This year is the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities as a result of serving in the military.
President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Fess Act of 1920, also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as “The National Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act,” into law June 2, 1920.
As part of the celebration, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has developed a historical perspective video, The State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program – The First 100 Years. In addition, the VR Workforce Studio has a VR Turns 100 Podcast discussing this milestone with Mark Schultz, RSA Commissioner.
Find out more about VR100 at the VR100 website.