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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 2016 - Word Version
- Strategic Plan 2017 - 2019 - Word Version
DVR's strategic plan is a major component in the on-going program evaluation and planning for the division.
- Current Alaska Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined Plan
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.
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, states were required to submit, to both the U.S. Secretaries of Labor and Education, a four year Unified or Combined State Plan. The Alaska Department of Labor decided, by inclusion of other programs, to develop and submit a Combined State Plan. This plan includes the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s plan for the four years, from 2016-2020. The VR portion of the Combined Plan was reviewed by the Statewide Vocational Rehabilitation Committee (SVRC) and the Alaska Combined State Plan was posted for public comment. This plan is required to be updated in two years (FY2018).
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