(a) Vocational rehabilitation services for individuals Vocational rehabilitation services provided under this subchapter are any services described in an individualized plan for employment necessary to assist an individual with a disability in preparing for, securing, retaining, or regaining an employment outcome that is consistent with the strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individual, including -
(1) an assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs by qualified personnel, including, if appropriate, an assessment by personnel skilled in rehabilitation technology; (2) counseling and guidance, including information and support services to assist an individual in exercising informed choice consistent with the provisions of section 722(d) of this title; (3) referral and other services to secure needed services from other agencies through agreements developed under section 721(a)(11) of this title, if such services are not available under this subchapter; (4) job-related services, including job search and placement assistance, job retention services, followup services, and follow-along services; (5) vocational and other training services, including the provision of personal and vocational adjustment services, books, tools, and other training materials, except that no training services provided at an institution of higher education shall be paid for with funds under this subchapter unless maximum efforts have been made by the designated State unit and the individual to secure grant assistance, in whole or in part, from other sources to pay for such training; (6) to the extent that financial support is not readily available from a source (such as through health insurance of the individual or through comparable services and benefits consistent with section 721(a)(8)(A) of this title), other than the designated State unit, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental impairments, including -
(A) corrective surgery or therapeutic treatment necessary to correct or substantially modify a physical or mental condition that constitutes a substantial impediment to employment, but is of such a nature that such correction or modification may reasonably be expected to eliminate or reduce such impediment to employment within a reasonable length of time; (B) necessary hospitalization in connection with surgery or treatment; (C) prosthetic and orthotic devices; (D) eyeglasses and visual services as prescribed by qualified personnel who meet State licensure laws and who are selected by the individual; (E) special services (including transplantation and dialysis), artificial kidneys, and supplies necessary for the treatment of individuals with end-stage renal disease; and (F) diagnosis and treatment for mental and emotional disorders by qualified personnel who meet State licensure laws; (7) maintenance for additional costs incurred while participating in an assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs or while receiving services under an individualized plan for employment; (8) transportation, including adequate training in the use of public transportation vehicles and systems, that is provided in connection with the provision of any other service described in this section and needed by the individual to achieve an employment outcome; (9) on-the-job or other related personal assistance services provided while an individual is receiving other services described in this section; (10) interpreter services provided by qualified personnel for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and reader services for individuals who are determined to be blind, after an examination by qualified personnel who meet State licensure laws; (11) rehabilitation teaching services, and orientation and mobility services, for individuals who are blind; (12) occupational licenses, tools, equipment, and initial stocks and supplies; (13) technical assistance and other consultation services to conduct market analyses, develop business plans, and otherwise provide resources, to the extent such resources are authorized to be provided through the statewide workforce investment system, to eligible individuals who are pursuing self-employment or telecommuting or establishing a small business operation as an employment outcome; (14) rehabilitation technology, including telecommunications, sensory, and other technological aids and devices; (15) transition services for students with disabilities, that facilitate the achievement of the employment outcome identified in the individualized plan for employment; (16) supported employment services; (17) services to the family of an individual with a disability necessary to assist the individual to achieve an employment outcome; and (18) specific post-employment services necessary to assist an individual with a disability to, retain, regain, or advance in employment.
(b) Vocational rehabilitation services for groups of individuals Vocational rehabilitation services provided for the benefit of groups of individuals with disabilities may also include the following:
(1) In the case of any type of small business operated by individuals with significant disabilities the operation of which can be improved by management services and supervision provided by the designated State agency, the provision of such services and supervision, along or together with the acquisition by the designated State agency of vending facilities or other equipment and initial stocks and supplies.
(2)(A) The establishment, development, or improvement of community rehabilitation programs, including, under special circumstances, the construction of a facility. Such programs shall be used to provide services that promote integration and competitive employment.
(B) The provision of other services, that promise to contribute substantially to the rehabilitation of a group of individuals but that are not related directly to the individualized plan for employment of any 1 individual with a disability.
(3) The use of telecommunications systems (including telephone, television, satellite, radio, and other similar systems) that have the potential for substantially improving delivery methods of activities described in this section and developing appropriate programming to meet the particular needs of individuals with disabilities.
(4)(A) Special services to provide nonvisual access to information for individuals who are blind, including the use of telecommunications, Braille, sound recordings, or other appropriate media.
(B) Captioned television, films, or video cassettes for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
(C) Tactile materials for individuals who are deaf-blind.
(D) Other special services that provide information through tactile, vibratory, auditory, and visual media.
(5) Technical assistance and support services to businesses that are not subject to title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12111 et seq.) and that are seeking to employ individuals with disabilities.
(6) Consultative and technical assistance services to assist educational agencies in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities, including employment.
(Pub. L. 93-112, title I, Sec. 103, as added Pub. L. 105-220, title IV, Sec. 404, Aug. 7, 1998, 112 Stat. 1148.)