The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was founded on the belief that every individual has the right to work and make choices that affect his or her life. Congress enacted and amended (1998) the Rehabilitation Act because:

1)   millions of Americans have one or more physical or mental disabilities and the number of Americans with such disabilities is increasing;

2)   individuals with disabilities constitute one of the most disadvantaged groups in society;

3)   disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to‑‑

a)   live independently;

b)   enjoy self‑determination;

c)   make choices;

d)   contribute to society;

e)   pursue meaningful careers; and

f)    enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society

The Rehabilitation Act provides financial assistance to states for vocational rehabilitation services and independent living services; with the goal of empowering individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.

If you would like further information about the Rehabilitation Act or how to access services provided by Vocational Rehabilitation and/or Center’s for Independent Living, you can contact Freedom Resource Center at 800-450-0459 or 701-478-0459.