Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation

Applying for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) is part of the New York State Education Department. ACCES-VR, formerly known as the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

Individuals can apply for ACCES-VR services themselves, be referred by their physicians and/or treatment providers, or be referred by their schools if they are students. ACCES-VR offers orientation sessions where individuals can learn about the types of services available. Applications and related forms are available at the orientation sessions, or they can be downloaded to complete to bring to ACCES-VR.

ACCES-VR will need to following information to process your application:

  1. a signed application (PDF File, 103KB, 2pg) that includes at minimum, your name, address, date of birth, gender and referral disability; and
  2. a signed release of information
    1. the VR-21 (PDF File, 171KB, 1pg) for general health impairments and/or
    2. the VR-22 (PDF File, 161KB, 2pg) for substance use disorders and mental health conditions; and
  3. a completed confidential health assessment form VR-26 (PDF File, 621KB, 2pg).

To begin the application process: contact your district office for information on orientation sessions.

Last Updated: July 11, 2014