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Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

RSA provides leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence, and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

State VR agencies should understand all aspects of RSA’s website, publications, and requirements. VRTAC-QM recommends accessing the following links to begin familiarizing yourself with their new and improved website:

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED and its programs and employees are dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education and distributing as well as monitoring those funds, collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

OSERS understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

OSERS is composed of the Office of the Assistance Secretary (OAS) and two main programs: