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State vocational rehabilitation agencies (VR) provide services to individuals with a permanent physical or mental impairment which interferes with their ability to work. The individual must wish to work and be capable of benefiting from VR services to "prepare for, enter into, engage in, regain, or retain gainful (paid) employment." Priority is often given to people with the most severe disabilities.

VR is a common source of funding for accommodations, however the agencies will pay only for technology that will enable a person to achieve his or her employment goals. Since employers are only required to provide accommodations related to an employee’s job tasks and participation in the workplace, VR will often assist with other related expenses, such as training, personal equipment, and supports needed to help a person get to and from the job.