About UsThe Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), a division of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), which help persons with significant physical and/or mental disabilities prepare for, find, keep or advance in a job. BRS strives to create opportunities to help individuals with disabilities work competitively.
BRS has helped thousands of Connecticut residents with disabilities. Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors have the knowledge and experience to help people with disabilities explore work opportunities and make good choices related to employment.
We offer individualized services for persons with disabilities who are eligible for VR and provide supports in planning for and achieving their job goals. To get started, complete the online form on our contact us page and a counselor in your area will get back to you.
To be eligible for the VR program, “an individual must have a significant physical or mental condition which poses a substantial barrier to employment and must require VR services in order to prepare for, find and succeed in employment."
BRS may provide a full range of individualized services, including:
- Career Counseling
- Benefits counseling
- Job search assistance
- School-to-work transition services
- Career Advancement Supports
- Skills training and career education in college and/or vocational schools
- On-the-job training in business and industry
- Assistive technology services such as adaptive equipment for mobility, communication and work activities
- Vehicle and home modification
- Services to assist in restoring or improving a physical and/or mental impairment, such as hearing aids
- Supported employment services
- Help accessing other programs and services
BRS serves persons with all disabilities except legal blindness. Individuals with legal blindness are served by the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB).
The VR Program also serves eligible, or potentially eligible, students with disabilities ages 16-22 through the Level Up Program.
The VR program is supported by a combination of state and federal funds.
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works under the direction of The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.