New Jersey is an Employment First state that recognizes everyone's ability to work in a competitive, community-based environment. Many State Departments and Divisions offer programs and services – sometimes in partnership with private agencies and providers - to support people with disabilities in achieving their employment goals.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS)
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development is home to the State's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), which provides employment-related services for individuals whose disabilities – physical, mental, cognitive or otherwise – result in a substantial impediment to employment.
DVRS Eligibility and Q&A (3rd option)
Apply for Services Referral Form
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
In compliance with and support of New Jersey's Employment First initiative, DDD offers supported employment services based on assessed needs and when the individual has already sought services through DVRS or CBVI and either have been rejected or exhausted their available resources. Individuals can receive services from both DVRS and DDD.
*Referrals to DVRS are made by support coordinators of DDD eligible individuals.
Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired Vocational Rehabilitation (CBVI)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services offered by CBVI are tailored to the specific needs of people who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. Services include vocational evaluation, counseling, career exploration, supported employment, transition services, and training and assistive technology services.
If you have additional questions or would like to apply for VR services, please contact Vocational Rehabilitation and Transition Services: 973-648-3660
Reemployment Centers will help with the unemployment process:
NJ Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
New Jersey is home to 12 Centers for Independent Living (CIL), which provide community-based, consumer-driven services and supports:
The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) Program helps people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) remove barriers to employment. PABSS advocates provide legal support, advocacy and information to help beneficiaries understand their employment rights. Disability Rights NJ operates the PABSS program for New Jersey.
The Arc of New Jersey Project HIRE
The Arc of New Jersey has published a helpful Overview of Supported Employment .
U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities.
Social Security Administration – Ticket to Work
Everyone age 18 through 64 who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of his or her disability is eligible to participate in the Ticket to Work Program. Participation in the Ticket to Work Program is free and voluntary. Anyone who chooses to participate receives services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency. The service provider chosen will serve as an important part of the Ticket to Work " employment team."
Many additional support programs are available to individuals and families to better navigate employment and maintaining support systems and benefits.