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Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

 The Department of Rehabilitation Services is the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program. It encompasses three formerly separate entities: the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

DORS provides a wide range of services to individuals with disabilities who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living. DORS primarily serves individuals with disabilities.

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services includes:

Vocational Rehabilitation

BRS provides vocational rehabilitation services to assist Connecticut residents with significant disabilities to find and keep employment. DORS helps to finance modifications necessary for those who are eligible to participate in daily employment. A general rule is that in order for DORS to provide a service, it must be required in order for the individual to succeed in achieving employment goals. In addition, the service must be unavailable through other resources. As part of a person’s Employment Plan, DORS services may include:

  • Evaluations to determine eligibility and vocational needs
  • Counseling, guidance and information about career and employment decisions
  • Referrals to other service providers
  • Job placement services
  • Employment training
  • Physical and mental restoration services
  • Transportation services
  • Personal assistance services
  • Interpreter or reader services
  • Occupational licenses, tools, equipment and initial stocks and supplies
  • Self-employment services such as technical assistance and consultation for starting a small business
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Transition planning from school to work
  • Job coaching and supported employment
  • Services to families
  • Post-employment services
  • Modifications to your home or small business for meeting the functional needs of employment. DORS is involved only in cases where the employer is not required to provide the modifications under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the modifications are part of the your Employment Plan.
  • Vehicle modification in order to help enter or maintain employment, DORS can help determine: whether or not you can drive, or learn to drive; what kind of modifications are needed so that you can drive or ride safely; what type of vehicle you should purchase; what financial assistance is available for vehicle modifications.

Learn more. Please visit the Department of Rehabilitation Services website to find out about programs and services offered by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

Centers for Independent Living

For people living with a disability, Connecticut’s Centers for Independent Living provide easy, single-point access to services and information. These centers offer advocacy, information and referral, peer counseling, skills training, transition services and a range of supportive services.

Learn more. Please visit the Centers for Independent Living Page or the 2-1-1 website to locate the Centers for Independent Living office in your area.

Connect-Ability

The purpose of Connect-Ability is to bring Connecticut employers and people with disabilities together with information, tools and technical assistance.

Learn more. Please visit the Connect-Ability page on the Department of Rehabilitation Services website.  

CT Tech Act Project (CTTAP)

Designed to help individuals with disabilities of all ages and all disabilities, as well as family members, employers, educators and other professionals by providing access to Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services.

Learn more. Please visit the CT Tech Act Project website.

Driver Training Program for Persons with Disabilities

Formerly part of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), this program provides training for people who require special equipment to operate a motor vehicle.

Learn more. Please visit the Driver Training Program page on the Department of Rehabilitation website/BRS.

School to Work Transition: DORS Level Up – School to Work

DORS Level Up provides students with tools, training and resources to work competitively and forge a path to independence. By creating partnerships with schools, families and the community, students have access to new possibilities via an IEP or a 504 plan.

Learn more. Please visit the DORS Level Up page on the Department of Rehabilitation website.

Date Modified: 08/08/2017

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