Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation program, previously known as the Texas Department of Assistive Rehabilitative Services (DARS), helps people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and helps youth and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The program, in partnership with Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Workforce Solutions and WSB also helps businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.

Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program serves:

  • Adults with disabilities
  • Youth and students with disabilities
  • Businesses and employers

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) serves adults with disabilities when the disability is a substantial barrier to employment and VR services are required to achieve employment. Available services include vocational evaluations, counseling and guidance, training and education assistance, assistive technology and more. Supported employment services are available for consumers needing ongoing assistance, as well as referral to our Business Enterprises of Texas Program and Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center.

The VR program serves youth and students with disabilities when pre-employment transition services are required to prepare for and obtain post-secondary education and employment opportunities. Services include job exploration and counseling, work-based learning experiences and training.

Businesses and employers seeking to recruit, hire and accommodate employees with disabilities, including helping them to comply with federal hiring and accommodation requirements are also a priority for Workforce Solutions Borderplex VR Services.  Services include assistance accommodating employees with disabilities, disability awareness training, recruitment and job-matching assistance and coordination of employer symposia and job fairs.

Are you an individual needing special accommodations to work? Are you an employer needing assistance with providing accommodations to your employees? VR services are a state-funded service provided at no charge to individuals and employers. For more information, please contact:

Local Level:
Connie Benford
(915) 472-6502
Bobby Alcala
(915) 478-1324
Bertha Torres
(915) 472-6913
State Level:

TWC Vocational Rehabilitation Inquiries

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