If you have a physical, mental, or cognitive impairment or disability that makes employment difficult for you, the Texas Workforce Solutions – Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas may be able to assist in the areas of preparing, finding, maintaining or advancing in your career.
If you have one or more of the following [diagnosed or not] you may qualify for Vocational Rehabilitation services:
- Behavioral and mental health conditions
- Hearing impairments, including deafness
- Alcoholism or drug addiction
- Intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities
- Physical disabilities, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, back injury, paralysis and impaired movement
- Visual impairments
Vocational Rehabilitation Services:
- Vocational counseling and guidance
- Referrals for hearing, visual and other examinations
- Assistance with medical appointments and treatment
- Rehabilitation devices, including hearing aids, wheelchairs, artificial limbs and braces
- Therapy to address a disability, including occupational or speech therapy and applied behavioral analysis
- Physical restoration services
- Medical, psychological and vocational assessments
- Assistance with college education or trade certification
- On-the-job training
- Training in workplace and employer expectations
- Vocational adjustment training
- Rehabilitation Teachers Services to help you learn Braille, orientation & mobility, and home and health management skills if you are blind or have a visual impairment
- Supported employment
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
If you are an employer seeking to hire qualified candidates with disabilities, we also encourage you to ask for a Vocational Rehabilitation Business Relations Coordinator in your area to help with candidate referrals, accommodation, or technical assistance related to hiring individuals with disabilities.
Here to Serve
We’re in this together! Your local Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) teams are committed to the continuation of services to help you reach your employment goals.
Your health and safety are our top priority!
While we aren’t able to meet in person, VR counselors, VR teachers, rehabilitation assistants and Independent Living staff are available to you by phone, email or teleconference where possible.
*(Please see A Message to Vocational Rehabilitation Services Customers below.)
Call 512-936-6400 to connect with a local VR staff member or you may contact your closest Workforce/VR office listed below.
Individuals needing employment assistance, including those with disabilities, may be directed to a Workforce Employment Specialist who will coordinate referrals or services with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) staff.
Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas/VR – Lufkin
210 N. John Redditt Drive
Lufkin, TX 75901
Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas/VR – Nacogdoches
235 N. University Dr., Suite D
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas/VR – Livingston
1241 W. Church St., Ste. 300
Livingston, TX 77351
Workforce Solutions Deep East/VR - Crockett
1046 S. 4th Street
Crockett, TX 75835
A Message to Vocational Rehabilitation Services Customers
As we work together with our Texas Workforce Solutions partners to address the serious health and safety implications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that the Texas Workforce Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is committed to continuing to serve our customers.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services is Here to Serve You
The health and safety of our customers, providers, staff and communities is our top priority, so we are implementing measures to ensure that we fully cooperate with the guidance on mitigation strategies, including social distancing, issued by federal, state and local authorities.
Vocational Rehabilitation staff and providers are practicing CDC guidelines regarding hand washing, good respiratory etiquette, cleaning surfaces, and social distancing. Social distancing means that staff are refraining from physical contact (such as hand shaking) with each other and customers and maintaining at least six feet between themselves and the nearest person. Gatherings of 10 or more people are limited at this time, including some of our group training activities for students. The good news is that we have developed virtual options for many of our group activities. Our goal is to keep your services moving forward!
Office closures: Some of our offices, including those where we are co-located in a Texas Workforce Solutions Office, are closed for in-person access by the public. Others are limiting the hours in which they are open for public access or are open by appointment only. In all locations, we are available to serve you remotely, using phone, email and interactive platforms. We can take your application and determine your eligibility for services, work with you to develop an individualized plan for employment and connect you to the services you need to achieve your employment goal.
Please call first before visiting an office. We remain committed to being available to you through email and telephone to maintain continuity of your VR services.
- Contact us by phone or email to see if we can serve your needs remotely rather than coming into our offices. Access the directory of Vocational Rehabilitation offices here or the directory of Workforce Board offices here or contact your VR Counselor.
- If you do need to come into the office, please contact us first if possible and know that we are implementing social distancing in all customer in-person interactions.
- If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or
- If you have concerns that you may have been in contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or;
- If you have been feeling unwell, we ask that you please work with us remotely by calling or emailing your local office or VR Counselor for services.
- VR staff who visit customers in their homes, such as Vocational Rehabilitation Teachers and staff who work in the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Program, have implemented strategies to assist customers in a safe manner, without entering the customer’s home.
TWC has developed a webpage with resources and information on actions taken by the commission in response to COVID-19. This page will be continuously updated with answers to questions about operating your business during this time. Please visit our page for employers or workers/job seekers.
In an effort to provide you information as quickly as possible, we are developing an email list around COVID 19. Please sign up to receive Govdelivery emails here for future updates.
For the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic, including symptoms, how to protect yourself, and travel advisories, visit the CDC's COVID-19 website found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html . Included in this website is CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html.
For state information you may review the Texas Department of State Health Services website: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Texas Workforce Solutions - Vocational Rehabilitation Services
101 East 15th Street Austin, Texas 78778-0001
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
The Texas Workforce Commission accepts calls made through any relay service provider.