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October 14, 2023
Adult Life, Work

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) provides job search, educational, and independent living services and supports that help people with disabilities achieve and maintain employment. Some of the services include:

  • Assistance with college programs, job training programs, and supported employment programs 
  • Funds for accommodations and job related assistive technology based on financial need
  • Pre-employment training, e.g. career exploration or work readiness coaching
  • Supported employment opportunities


In order to receive services, an applicant must work with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to determine eligibility based on the following criteria: 

  • Have a disability that interferes with an ability to obtain, maintain, or advance in a job
  • Be able to benefit from VR services
  • Require vocational rehabilitation to prepare for and secure employment 
  • Be at least 14 years old to apply 
  • Currently live in New York State and be able to work in the United States 

Presumed Eligibility: If an applicant provides proof that they receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of their disability, ACCES-VR will assume they are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.


If an applicant meets the eligibility requirements, they will work with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The IPE will outline their work goal, steps involved, and services needed to achieve that goal. Based on financial need, ACCES-VR can pay for certain services. These may include: 

  • A physical and/or psychological examination to determine how the disability affects employment potential
  • Career counseling, guidance, and planning
  • Assistance with the job search process, such as:
    • Application forms
    • Support creating a resume
    • Interview preparation
  • On-the-job training 
  • Specialized transportation
  • Attendants, note-takers, and interpreters
  • Books, tools, and equipment
  • Rehabilitative and assistive technology 
  • Assistance with service costs related to employment, such as:
    • Worksite modification
    • Home, van, or other vehicle modification
  • Support with job placement and retention
  • Need based supplemental support in college, such as book vouchers, assistive technology, and other resources
  • Support with medical care for acute conditions that come about during the program

Note: While many of the services that ACCES-VR offers are free, some are based on a family’s financial need. For more information, contact your borough’s ACCES-VR office.

Application Process

  • Young people should start the application process two years before leaving high school. Every school should have an ACCES-VR liaison from their local district office.
  • Persistence and self-advocacy are key. Young people must acknowledge that they have a disability.
  • If applying independently, complete application for service form, which is available in six languages. ACCESS-VR will only process completed applications. 
  • Be sure to complete sections for:
    • Name, address, date of birth, gender, disability, and to sign and date the application. If the applicant is under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian will need to sign the application as well.
  • Send completed applications to or by mail to the address of applicant’s Local District Office. See below for a list of borough offices.
    • If sending by email:
      • Scan or take pictures of the ACCES-VR application and supporting documents.
      • In the subject line, write applicant’s full name, followed by “ACCES-VR Application.”
      • Be sure the application has the applicant’s preferred phone number and email address

Documents Needed to Apply

  • State identification (ID)
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP), if available
  • Evaluations (psychological, psycho-social), if relevant
  • Medical documentation
  • Copy of high school diploma/credential, if available 
  • Resume, if available
  • Copy of social security card
  • Proof of address, preferably a bill
  • Proof of income, e.g. pay stub, W2 
  • Information Release Form
  • Authorization/Obtain Release Form
  • Confidential Health Form

New York City Offices


1215 Zerega Avenue
Bronx, New York 10462

Lisa Field, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
(718) 931-3597


Shirley Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place, Second Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1580

Genell Kianes, Director of Counseling
(718) 722-6789


116 West 32nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10001

Kevin McMullen, Senior VR Counselor Transition and Youth Services
(212) 630-2370


11-15 47th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

Michele Delany, Senior VR Counselor Transition and Youth Services
(347) 510-3112

Harlem Satellite Office (serving 110th Street to 155th Street River to River)

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th Street, Room 713
New York, New York 10027

Doritt Hathaway, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
(212) 961-4011

Staten Island

2071 Clove Road, Suite 302
Staten Island, NY 10304

Nancy Gentile, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
(718) 816-4976