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What is the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)?

What is the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)?

Published: Mar. 23, 2023

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) provides vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities. The DOR’s mission is to assist individuals with physical and mental disabilities in preparing for, entering into, and retaining or advancing in competitive employment in integrated work settings.

While the DOR’s vocational rehabilitation services are primarily focused on adults, the department also offers pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities ages 16 through 21 who are in high school or in a recognized program of study:

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences, including paid work experiences
  • Post-secondary education counseling for students
  • Workplace readiness training
  • Self-advocacy training

To learn more, see our article The Transition to Adulthood: How the Department of Rehabilitation Can Help.

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