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Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation assists eligible New Hampshire citizens with disabilities to secure suitable competitive integrated employment and financial and personal independence by providing rehabilitation services.

Learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation and how to get started

Open Invitation to Comment on the Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan

The bureau is preparing for the 2-year mid-plan update. The opportunity to provide input on the development is currently open to the public.

The VR portion of the state plan is part of the NH WIOA Combined State Plan. As a core NH workforce partner, we are gathering public input for revisions of the state plan through Nov. 12, 2021. Four public sessions are scheduled at the end of October through early November. The flyer provides information about when and where sessions are being held or how to provide input another way.

If you would like to view the current WIOA Combined State Plan it is located at: https://www.nhworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/WIOA-Combined-State-Plan-2020-2024.pdf. The VR portion of the plan starts on page 147.

Services for students with disabilities - Information Session for Parents

Would you like to know more about how Vocational Rehabilitation can help your student to prepare for life after high school? The bureau is offering weekly information sessions on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required. Click on the link for more information.

Vocational Rehabilitation Resources

Special Note: Vocational Rehabilitation Services Are Continuing During COVID-19

Are you an individual with a disability and are looking for a career pathway, advancement in your current field or employment during the COVID-19 pandemic? Vocational Rehabilitation staff are able to connect with you in person, video conferencing, and phone or email if you want to start your vocational journey. We have many assessments, planning tools, labor market resources, and conversations we can have to assist with your future now. Please call the office located closest to you to begin the connection.

Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Services for Blind and Visually Impaired provides those services necessary to help people with visual loss to enter, re-enter, or maintain employment. Most services are provided without charge to the referred individual as the Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Program is supported by your State and Federal tax dollars.

Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides leadership and direction in serving persons who are deaf and hard of hearing; reviews, updates, and implements the state plan for the deaf and hard of hearing; participates in the screening of sign language interpreters, and maintains a list and fee schedule of screened and certified interpreters; provides technical assistance to state and private agencies on request in order to ensure accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people; assists in development of legislation affecting deaf and hard of hearing people in the state as approved by the state board of education; works with the NH Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the NH Association of the Deaf, NH Hearing Loss Group, and any other consumer group as needed to ensure quality services for deaf and hard of hearing; and serves as an information and referral source for the state on the subject of deafness and hearing loss.

Independent Living Program

For many Americans with disabilities, Independent Living means freedom - the freedom to make choices in their lives taking an active part in daily living at home and in the community, which some people take for granted, can be difficult for a person with a significant disability.

Independent Living programs can help overcome barriers; especially those that impede a person's ability to pursue activities of his/her own choice.

A variety of services are available in New Hampshire to assist people with disabilities in achieving their personal life choices and goals.

School Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation has a long history of providing direct and indirect services to youth with disabilities as they transition from school to work. The services provided have enabled many students to obtain successful employment. This agency is committed to increasing access and improving the overall quality of services offered to school age youth.

Services for Employers

New Hampshire businesses are operating in an extremely competitive environment; therefore hiring the best person for the job is imperative. The most untapped, diversified and highly marketable employee in our state is the qualified professional with disability.

Community Rehabilitation Program 

The New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation (NHVR) Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) is comprised of specific services and authorized service providers who work with NHVR Counselors and program Participants to maximize employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

VR Counselor Training and Resources

Document and Links to assist with training and professional development of VR counselors.

Advisory Councils

  • State Rehabilitation Council
  • Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

Contact

Tracey Frye
Program Specialist
NH Department of Education
Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
21 S. Fruit Street, Suite 20
Concord, NH  03301
Phone: 603-271-2930
Tracey.Frye@doe.nh.gov