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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.

Four teachers of various genders and ethnicities gather around a table, planning the next day's class lessons. One teacher uses a wheelchair.

Mission and Policy

Planning and Reports

  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment FY2016-2018 [PDF] - Word Version
  • 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

  • Consumer Satisfaction Survey 2016 [PDF] - Word Version
  • DVR conducts this on-going Consumer Satisfaction Survey to ensure that DVR is providing the highest level of service possible.

  • Strategic Plan 2017 - 2019 [PDF] - Word Version

    DVR's strategic plan is a major component in the on-going program evaluation and planning for the division.

  • DVR State Plan FY2015
  • 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.

Programs We Administer

  • Assistive Technology 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.

  • Business Enterprise Program
  • 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
  • Disability Determination Services (DDS) is contracted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to adjudicate medical eligibility for disability benefits.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program
  • 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

Boards, Councils and Committees