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​​​ 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 Cabinet organizational chart is also available for more information.​​ 
 

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Central Office
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Mayo-Underwood Building
500 Mero Street
4th Floor NE
Frankfort, KY 40601
800-372-7172 (V/TTY)

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100th Anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Fess Act of 1920, also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as "The National Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act," into law June 2, 1920.

The OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will be celebrating 100 Years of VR throughout 2020. To that end, we have launch a dedicated webpage to house anniversary content.

We encourage you to view and bookmark the VR 100 webpage​, where you will currently find the kick-off podcast from OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz, VR100 graphics, signature block and the hashtag #VR100Years to use as your agency and organization promote the year. New information will be added to this page throughout 2020.

We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with all of our VR stakeholders!

Announcements & Helpful Resources

Effective Monday, February 18, 2019 individuals on the waiting list in Priority Category Two will be moved to eligible status. They will be provided the necessary rehabilitation services to meet their individual vocational goals. Category Two will be opened at this time and remain open.

Category One and Two will remain open until further notice. This means any new applicants will not be placed on a waiting list unless they meet the criteria for Priority Category Three and Four. Thank you. If you have any questions you can contact hollyb.hendricks@ky.gov or cora.mcnabb@ky.gov​ via email or call the main office at 502-564-4440.​

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network Advisory Board Seeks New Council Members​​

KATS Network is currently accepting applications from Individuals with Disabilities who use Assistive Technology, their Family Members, or Authorized Representatives.
 
If you are interested in applying to serve on the KATS Network Advisory Council to help provide guidance to the State on increasing the awareness and acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) to the thousands of Kentuckians with disabilities who use or need AT, please contact us at (800) 327-5287. You can also visit our Advisory Council  page for additional information.

Or, you may submit your application and resume directly to us by mail or email to JamesA.Brown@ky.gov. Please also review the Advisory Council's purpose and composition statement. The application and Advisory Council purpose and composition statement are available on the KATS Network website​.​

Disability Benefits 101 Calculator

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​​

Questions/Comments

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.​​ ​​​​​​
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