What is DORS?
DORS is an agency of the Maryland State Department of Education. DORS is composed of the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) program and the Disability Determination Services. The public VR program includes:
Office of Field Services, which prepares people with disabilities to go to work, stay on the job, or prepare for the world of work. Rehabilitation counselors in offices throughout Maryland provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance.
Office for Blindness & Vision Services (OBVS), which specializes in helping people whose primary disability is blindness or vision loss go to work and stay independent. The office also oversees the
Maryland Business Enterprise Program for the Blind. This program prepares individuals who are legally blind to operate vending, gift or food service businesses in public facilities.
Workforce & Technology Center (WTC), a comprehensive program which offers a variety of services,both virtually and in person, in the community and at the campus in Northeast Baltimore.
The Vocational Rehabilitation program receives 78.7% of its funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For the Federal fiscal year 2023, the total amount of grant funds awarded was $52,041,475. The remaining 21.3% of the costs ($14,084,922) were funded by State appropriations.
In addition, DORS also operates the
Disability Determination Services (DDS), which makes medical decisions about disability claims filed by Marylanders for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).