We help Alaskans with disabilities get and keep good jobs
Important changes starting March 16 due to COVID-19
DVR has made the following changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that we serve many people who are at-risk of serious complications from the virus:
- As of 3/31: Changes to DVR Orientations, Pre-assessments and intake procedures [PDF]
- As of 3/16: DVR staff will only meet with people via phone, email, SARA, or mail.
DVR is committed to continuing to support the needs of individuals with disabilities and recognizes this is a very stressful time for many of the individuals we serve. DVR staff will continue to be available, however, the best way to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to practice Social Distancing (remaining at least 6 feet away from other people and avoiding public areas).
All individuals are encouraged to call the office that serves your community to discuss how to continue to work with DVR.
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.
Check out DVR's latest Initiatives and Activities
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/
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
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.
- Provisional Hiring For State Hiring Managers [Video]
- Low Interest Loans for Assistive Technology
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)
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.
- State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee
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.
- Alaska Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
Contact information for Alaska's Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs, listed on the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation website.
- Disability Determination Services
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.
- Procurement Preference List and Guidelines
Information on disability related preferences in the State of Alaska's competitive solicitations and small procurement processes.
- 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.