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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help if you have a disability that makes it hard to find or keep a job.

workability is contracted with the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services to provide Vocational Rehabilitation and Pre-Employment Training Services (Pre-ETS) for eligible individuals.

But before we can help you, you have to apply for services. Luckily, applying is easy! 

Contact the VR office that is closest to you. You will get an appointment to attend an orientation and get the process started.

If you need services for a ​high school student (ages 14 to 21) or a young adult (ages 14 to 24), find more information on ​the VR Youth Services page.

​Questions? Read the frequently asked questions below, or call your local VR office. ​


VR will work with your interests and skills to help you be successful at work. This page explains how the program works and how to get services. If you have questions, contact your local VR office.

Who is Eligible?

We work with most people who have a disability that makes it hard to get or keep a job. We also work with young people with disabilities age 14 to 24 who want help getting ready to work. 

A counselor will work with you to make sure you are eligible for VR services.

VR is for people who:

  • Have a physical, developmental or mental disability that makes it hard to get or keep a job
  • Need help looking for a job or things like training or tools so you are ready to work​​
  • Are able to legally work in the United States

Some examples include people with learning disabilities, loss of vision or hearing, ​back injuries and mental health conditions.

How It Works

You will get a counselor who will spend time getting to know you and what kind of job you want. They will learn about your di​sability and how it makes it hard for you to work.

​Your counselor will help you set goals, make a plan and give you the services you need to be successful. 

You can get help with things like:

  • Career assessment and exploration
  • Job search, training and transportation
  • Getting ready for job interviews
  • Special equipment for your disability
  • Understanding how work may impact other benefits 

See the frequently asked questions below to read more about VR services and the steps to​ get services.