2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities as a result of serving in the military.
President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Fess Act of 1920, also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as "The National Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act," into law June 2, 1920.
“The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) plays a key leadership role through its resources and technical assistance to state vocational rehabilitation programs and others,” said Mark Schultz, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ (OSERS) RSA commissioner and delegated the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for OSERS. “Those 100 years of experience bring a responsibility of leadership on issues that impact the ability of individuals with disabilities to be employed and live independently.”
Curious to learn more about the history of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and what it can do to support adults with disabilities? Start by checking out the VR Turns 100 Podcast.
Also stay tuned to the VR100 website to learn more over this centennial year!