Data Note: Employment rates in the general population and VR Rehabilitation rates

Alberto Migliore, University of Massachusetts Boston

Data Note No. 18 This is a publication of, funded in part by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (#90DN0216).


The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program plays a critical role in assisting people with disabilities gaining integrated employment. In 2006, for instance, 48,876 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) exited the VR program after receiving services, with 56% of those who received services finding jobs in integrated employment. This percentage, known as the VR Rehabilitation Rate, varied from 42% in Hawaii to 77% in Maryland, if excluding the figure in Oklahoma where the VR rehabilitation rate was 22%.