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j. 1. C. Who have been unserved or underserved by the VR program;

Current Narrative:

With respect to the needs of individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the VR program, the CSNA identified the following recurring themes:

  • Individuals with disabilities living in the rural areas of Florida were the most frequently mentioned underserved group. The lack of public transportation and the distance that has to be traveled to get to the VR offices or to work was the primary reason noted for being underserved
  • Deaf individuals were characterized as potentially underserved because there is a shortage of qualified interpreters in many parts of the State.