Vocational Rehabilitation

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.  

  • To assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.
  • We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life.
  • We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency’s mission.
  • We value collaborative efforts and partnerships which support the agency’s mission. 
See the directory or local district office directory to contact the office nearest you or call 800-372-7172 (V/TTY) for more information.  The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Organizational Chart​​ is also available for more information.
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Central Office
275 East Main Street
Mail Drop 2EK
Frankfort, KY 40621
800-372-7172 (V/TTY)

Announcements & Other News

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold public hearings across Kentucky in May and June

The Kentucky Office for the Blind (OFB) and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services.  

The public hearing schedule follows.

  • Elizabethtown: 4–6 p.m. (EDT), May 21, Kentucky Career Center, 233 Ring Road, Suite 100. Contact: Rhonda Bush, 1-800-760-6891.
  • Thelma: 2–4 p.m. (EDT), May 24, Carl D. Perkins Training Center, 5659 Main St. Contact: Barb Pugh, 1-800-443-2187.
  • Owensboro: 4–6 p.m. (CDT), May 29, Kentucky Career Center, 3108 Fairview Drive. Contact: Vickie Madlem-Bandy, 1-800-334-6929.
  • Paducah: 4–6 p.m. (CDT), May 30, Kentucky Career Center, 416 S. Sixth St. Contact: Jean Sutton, 1-800-334-6945.
  • Bowling Green: 4–6 p.m. (CDT), May 31, Kentucky Career Center, 955 Fairview Ave., Suite 100. Contact: Theresa Murphy, 1-800-222-1215.
  • Louisville: 10 a.m.–noon and 5–7 p.m. (EDT), June 5, Charles McDowell Center, 8412 Westport Road. Contact: Pam Minton, 1-800-346-2115.
  • Lexington: 10 a.m.–noon and 5-7 p.m. (EDT), June 6, Bluegrass Council of the Blind, 1093 S. Broadway, Suite 1214. Contact: Theresa Thomas, 1-859-259-1834.
  • Covington: 4:30–6:30 p.m. (EDT), June 7, Kentucky Career Center, 1324 Madison Ave. Contact: Cindi Bowles, 1-800-334-6895.
  • Hazard: 4–6 p.m. (EDT), June 13, Kentucky Career Center, 412 Roy Campbell Drive. Contact: Lisa Meade, 1-606-436-5751 ext. 7028.
  • Ashland: 4–6 p.m. (EDT), June 14, Kentucky Career Center, 411 19th St. Contact: Kennetta Freholm, 1-800-334-6881.
Kentuckians who are unable to attend a forum may send comments in any format (written, phone call, in person, etc.) through June 15, 2018.

Comments may be sent in writing to the Kentucky Office for the Blind, 275 E. Main St., Mail Drop 2-EJ, Frankfort, KY, 40621, via e-mail to cora.mcnabb@ky.gov or becky.cabe@ky.gov​, fax at 502-564-2951 or call 1-800-321-6668. 

If any reasonable accommodations for a disability are required for participation at a public hearing, please call 1-502-564-4754 by May 18, 2018.

Please feel free to review the draft policy for Order of Selection​ prior to the hearings. Alternative formats of draft policy may be provided upon request at 1-800-321-6668.​ 

2017’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities​​​​

Louisville, Kentucky ranks #11 as one of the best cities for individuals with disabilities.  For more information on how other cities ranked, including the Lexington area, please click here.

​DB 101 Site:  Public Release Note

December 1, 2017

We’re pleased to announce the release of the new Kentucky Disability Benefits 101 site to the public.

You can visit KY DB101 today to explore the new features, tools, and calculators and browse the content: https://ky.db101.org/​

DB101 provides:

  • Information: Learn about benefits program and rules around work. Get answers to frequently asked questions. Find out how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Calculators: Get results tailored just for you that helps you plan and set goals for work. Get tips for success for your individual situation.
  • Experts: Find answers to your questions. Connect to community resources. Get help understanding your next steps. DB101’s Talk to an Expert connects you to a real person who can help with your situation.
If you find something you don’t understand or that appears to be incorrect, please use the Give Feedback link appearing in the right sidebar of each page, to tell us what you saw and what you expected to see instead.  We’ll keep a close eye on the feedback. 
Many thanks for your help spreading the word about KY DB101!

-The Disability Benefits 101 Core Team​​

Interested in Serving on the Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation?

​The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is looking for individuals willing to serve on its Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation. The Council reviews, analyzes, and advises the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation on: 

eligibility, including order of selection, 
extent, scope and effectiveness of services provided by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, 
activities that affect or potentially affect the ability of individuals with disabilities to achieve rehabilitation goals. 

Additionally, the Council is charged with conducting a review and analysis of program effectiveness and consumer satisfaction with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation as well as other public and private entities that serve individuals with disabilities and use funds made available under the Rehabilitation Act.  
Members are appointed by the Governor for a three-year term. The Council meets four times a year. All meeting expenses are covered according to Kentucky State regulations.

Interested individuals should contact Kellie Scott at 1-866-304-1958 or visit the Kentucky Boards and Commissions website​ to complete an online application.  You may also send an email to WFD.VOCREHAB@ky.gov​ for questions.

CHANGE IN ORDER OF SELECTION:  Effective July 1, 2016

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation must set priorities to serve those with the most significant disabilities. If you are found eligible for OVR services, your counselor assigns you a priority category based on the functional limitations that affect your ability to work.
For more information about Order of Selection please review the following documents or visit the Order of Selection section of this website.


If you are a current consumer and have questions or concerns regarding the services you are receiving, please contact the branch manager at your local district office.​​