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Did You Know Dozen: Tip #3 VR and Out-of-State Training

Accessibility, Client Assistance Program & Vocational Rehabilitation

Did you know VR can support an out-of-state training program or college in some cases?

VR prefers to pay for in-State services as a cost-saving measure. However, if you have identified an out-of-state training or educational program that you need to reach your employment goal you may be entitled to attend the more expensive out-of-state program. If there is no in-State service that meets your disability-related needs or you need an out-of-State service due to a disability-related need, VR may be required to pay for an out-of-State service. Even if there are in-state programs that can provide an equivalent education, VR can apply the amount for the in-state program to the cost of your preferred program and you pay the difference.

For example, Amir’s employment goal is to become a Deaf Educator and needs a Master of Arts in Deaf Education. He became deaf as a teenager and needs to learn more about deaf culture and strengthen his sign language skills that he will need to teach students who are deaf. He wants to attend Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. All programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students and the students live and learn using American Sign Language and English, which is a good reason to attend this out-of-state program.

If you have a dispute with VR about whether you are entitled to go to an out-of-state educational program, you may call DRAZ and do an intake form.

Source for Today’s Tip: 34 CFR §361.50 (b).

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