The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) assists individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC's Vocational Rehabilitation Program assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. This may include identifying job goals based on individual interests and aptitudes, providing funds for college and vocational training, assessing worksite accommodations, educating an employer about the Americans With Disabilities Act, or assisting an individual returning to work after adjusting to a new disabling condition. MRC serves people with all types of disabilities except those who are blind.
Who is Eligible?
MRC's Vocational Rehabilitation Program helps individuals with physical, psychiatric and/or learning disabilities face the challenges of the modern workplace. MRC serves people with all types of disabilities except those who are blind. Priority is given to those individuals who have the most severe disabilities in areas such as communication, mobility, work tolerance and work skills.
Financial assistance to fund the plan is determined by need and availability of funds.
Click here and speak to your student's liaison to determine if an MRC referral is a good fit for his/her needs.
- Guidance and Counseling: to explore vocational skills, aptitudes, interests and realistic job goals
- Skill Training and Education: at vocational schools, colleges, community facilities and on the job
- Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering: for necessary accommodations
- Restorative Equipment and Treatment: not covered by insurance
- Vehicle and Housing Modification: needed to get to and from work
- Job Search and Follow-up Assistance: resumes, cover letters, job search assistance, job seeking skills, networking and job coaching
Additional services may include:
- helping students pursue their GED (now called the HiSET);
- funding community or state college if the training is needed to obtain a job in their field of interest;
- making a referral for and potentially funding a driving evaluation if needed to assess whether your student would be safe on the road.
When available, MRC has worked with KP to help our 11th- and 12th-grade students access paid internship opportunities through their Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). These services are funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). You can ask your student's liaison if any MRC internship opportunities are available for your student.
How to Apply
KP has a strong relationship with MRC. We work in close collaboration with the Milford office to help refer our students for services. Often, MRC comes to KPHS to make the referral process easier. Then, students can self-refer to MRC with support from their liaison. This usually happens in the beginning of 11th grade. You and your student will be informed when MRC is onsite to take new referrals. At that time, your son/daughter will need:
1. You to sign this consent to share information and records with them. After the referal is made, we will compile records to send them to MRC.
2. Their Social Security Number. He/she cannot make the referral without it.
For those students who are enrolled in KP until age 22, a Chapter 688 referral will be made 2 years prior to school exit. This will begin the referral process to the best fit agency, which may include MRC. Sometimes, students are referred to multiple agencies, such as MRC and DDS.
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Home National Office Plaza
100 Medway Road, Suite 102
Milford, MA 01757
Voice/ TTY: (508) 478-0700
Fax: (508) 634-0746