DVR Newsletter - June, 2019 Issue
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's latest initiatives and activities.
Serving Students with Disabilities
Students Go Hands-On to Explore Careers in High-Demand Fields
By Jim Kreatschman, DVR Transition Specialist
Exploring Power Technology
Students Gain Experience and a Tuition Waiver
Hiring Qualified Employees is Hard, Let DVR BEST Help You
By Cindy Murphy-Fox, DVR Assistant Chief; and Pik-ha Soo, DVR Training Specialist. Photos by Pik-ha Soo.
DVR BEST has Strong Partnerships with Businesses Throughout Alaska
The Importance of Our Tribal Partners
By Jason Caputo, DVR Communications Lead
Alaska is fortunate to have ten Federally funded American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs (also known as Tribal Vocational Programs or TVR) funded under Section 121 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1978, as Amended, who serve Alaska Natives and American Indians with disabilities living in Alaska.
There are approximately 103,000* Alaska Natives residing in Alaska, which is 14-percent of Alaska's population. The majority of these individuals live in remote and rural communities such as Dillingham, Bethel, and Nome.** There are many different types of Alaska Natives, each of which has its own culture and unique characteristics, including different languages and traditions.
AIVRS/TVR programs are vital partners to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). They help DVR serve Alaska Natives who are in remote and rural locations in a culturally sensitive manner. During FFY 2018, the SVRC was fortunate to have AIVRS Directors from Kawerak, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA), and the Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA), share their perspectives on serving Alaska Native individuals with disabilities in their different respective regions.
The Kawerak and KANA Directors also presented to DVR's Rural Services Counseling Team, which focuses on delivering and improving services to Alaska Native individuals living in remote and rural Alaska. In SYF18, 27-percent of the individuals served by DVR identified as Alaska Native, which is a direct result of the continuous improvement in service delivery that DVR has made because of its partnerships with AIVRS/ TVR programs.
* U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates