Vocational Rehabilitation works with eligible South Carolina residents who are blind or have a visual impairment to help them reach their employment goals. These services help consumers obtain skills to become economically and socially independent. Services range from adjustment to blindness to job placement assistance.

Services are provided to individuals whose vision is causing problems obtaining and/or maintaining employment. Each consumer works with a counselor in their area who can assist them with:

  • Determining eligibility
  • Setting an employment goal
  • Developing a program for Vocational Rehabilitation services to achieve that goal
  • Learning to navigate the job-placement and job-retention process


Eligibility for services is based on the following:

  • Seeking services to prepare for, enter in or retain gainful employment
  • Having a central visual acuity of 20/200 in the better eye with best corrective lens or a visual field of 20 degrees or less (legal blindness)
  • Having a progressive visual disability that will result in legal blindness
  • Requiring and benefiting from Vocational Rehabilitation services


Vocational Rehabilitation may provide the following:

  • Counseling and guidance
  • Educational assistance
  • Coordination of community resources
  • Vocational evaluation
  • Comprehensive assessment