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To be eligible for VR, a person must meet specific guidelines related to a physical or mental disability that results in a substantial barrier to employment. Due to limited resources, Tennessee operates under a legally-mandated Order of Selection and currently can serve only individuals with the "most significant disabilities". The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor determines eligibility with the help of medical examinations, psychological examinations, vocational evaluations, and other diagnostic information secured by the agency to determine the nature and extent of the disability. Applicants who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) benefits based on disability or blindness are presumed to be eligible if they intend to go to work, but further diagnostic assessments may be required to determine if they will be able to receive services under the Order of Selection.

Eligibility and Order of Selection Fact Sheet

Contact Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Citizens Plaza State Office Building
2nd Floor, 400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1403
Telephone: (615) 313-4891
TTY: (615) 313-5695
TTY: (Long Distance): 1-800-270-1349
Fax: (615) 741-6508