We help Alaskans with disabilities get and keep good jobs
Duane Mayes, Director
Each year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps hundreds of Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs. If you want to work or keep working and have a physical, intellectual or mental condition that makes this hard, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services.
DVR is on Facebook
Check out DVR’s Facebook page for all things disability employment and help us spread information that will help people with disabilities get and keep good jobs: https://www.facebook.com/alaskadvr/
Lead On VR
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities as a result of serving in the military. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Fess Act of 1920, also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as "The National Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act," into law June 2, 1920. "The Rehabilitation Services Administration plays a key leadership role through its resources and technical assistance to state vocational rehabilitation programs and others," said Mark Schultz, RSA commissioner. "Those 100 years of experience bring a responsibility of leadership on issues that impact the ability of individuals with disabilities to be employed and live independently." DVR will celebrate 100 Years of VR throughout 2020, and this YouTube video, Vocational Rehabilitation National Anthem, is a great way to honor 100 years of VR!
A Committment to Inclusive Employment. This video highlights some of the great work that VR is doing with business at the local, state and national level.
DVR Orientation Video
Examples of VR Services
A vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor helps eligible Alaskans choose their job goals, the services they need to reach those goals and the providers of those services.
You may qualify if you have trouble finding or keeping a job because of a physical, mental or intellectual condition.
Transition Tools for Teachers, Parents and Students
Guidance and forms on how to refer a student to DVR, JOBZ Club, Summer Work Programs and other Transition program materials as well as an orientation video on how we serve students with disabilities.
- For Businesses
- Low Interest Loans for Assistive Technology (AT)
Information on hiring a qualified employee with a disability, workplace accommodations, tax credits and other incentives for hiring people with disabilities and assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This program helps eligible Alaskans with disabilities get lower interest rates and/or longer term repayment timelines for loans to purchase AT. AT includes not only things like hearing aids and wheelchairs, but a broad range of devices that a person can use to help with their disability in order to improve their quality of life.
- Client Assistance Program (CAP)
- State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee
- Alaska Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
- Disability Determination Services
- Procurement Preference List and Guidelines
- Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work program is a free, voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid.
CAP can help if you have questions or problems when applying for or receiving services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. CAP is run by the Disability Law Center of Alaska.
Governor-appointed volunteers from across Alaska who work with DVR to ensure quality services and provide input on implementing the Assistive Technology Act in Alaska.
Contact information for Alaska's Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs, listed on the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation website.
Disability Determination Services (DDS) is contracted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to adjudicate medical eligibility for disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income rules and regulations.
Information on disability related preferences in the State of Alaska's competitive solicitations and small procurement processes.