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Each year, the Division of Vocatonal Rehabilitation (DVR) helps hundreds of Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs. It is part of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and provides services throughout Alaska from twelve offices.
Mission and Policy
Planning and Reports
- Comprehensive Needs Assessment FY2016-2018- Word Version
- Consumer Satisfaction Survey 2014
- Strategic Plan 2013 - 2015
- DVR State Plan FY2015
- RSA Monitoring Report on Alaska DVR and IL Centers
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation conducts this needs assessment jointly with the State Rehabilitation Council every three years. The results of the CSNA are used to develop goals, priorities, strategies and actions for both DVR’s Strategic and State Plans
DVR conducts this on-going Consumer Satisfaction Survey to ensure that DVR is providing the highest level of service possible.
DVR's strategic plan is a major component in the on-going program evaluation and planning for the division.
As a condition for the receipt of federal funds under Title I, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development agrees to operate and administer the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program in accordance with the provisions of this State Plan, the Rehabilitation Act, and all applicable regulations, policies and procedures established by the secretary.
During fiscal year (FY) 2010, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) reviewed the performance of the the vocational rehabilitation program, the supported employment program, the independent living program, and the independent living services program for older individuals who are blind (OIB).
Programs We Administer
- Assistive Technology Program
- Business Enterprise Program
- Disability Determination Services
- Vocational Rehabilitation Program
This program improves access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) for Alaskans with disabilities of all ages. The majority is funded by a federal grant from the AT Act.
This program provides employment opportunities to people who experience blindness and other severe disabilities by establishing businesses such as food service, gift shops and vending machines, which these individuals manage.
Disability Determination Services (DDS) is contracted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to adjudicate medical eligibility for disability benefits.
This program provides individiualized services to help Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs.
Laws and Regulations
- The Rehabilitation Act
Federal legislation that, among other things, authorizes the formula grant programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living, and client assistance.
- 34 Code of Federal Regulations 361
Regulations governing the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.
Service Providers and Agencies
- Alaska Job Center Network
- Assistive Technology of Alaska
- Business Employment Service Team (BEST)
- Client Assistance Program
- Department of Education and Early Development