About the SRC
- Why the State Rehabilitation Council Exists
- Who Serves on the State Rehabilitation Council
- Who the Members of the State Rehabilitation Council Are
- Contact Us
- SRC Bylaws
As a result of amendments to the federal Rehabilitation Act in 1992, each state has a citizens' advisory council for its vocational rehabilitation agency. In Virginia, the State Rehabilitation Advisory Council for the Commonwealth's Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) was established by the General Assembly in its 1994 session. When the Rehabilitation Act was reauthorized as part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the role of this citizens' council -- now called a State Rehabilitation Council -- was strengthened in order to underscore its importance in providing public input and advice to the state vocational rehabilitation agencies.
The SRC has three standing committees: Executive, Internal & External
- Executive – The Executive Committee shall be composed of the SRC Chair, Vice-Chair, Past Chair, and Internal Affairs and External Affairs Committee Chairs. The Executive Committee shall meet at the request of the Chair and meetings of the Executive Committee shall be open to all SRC members and the public.
- Internal –
- External –
In accordance with federal statutory requirements, the Governor of Virginia appoints individuals to the SRC. The SRC must include among its members:
Representatives of disability groups that include a cross-section of individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental disabilities; representatives of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves or are unable due to their disabilities to represent themselves; and current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services.
One representative each from the federal Client Assistance Program at the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy; the Statewide Independent Living Council; the Virginia Workforce Council; the Department of Education; the parent training and information center; the Employment Services Organizations; and a qualified counselor from the state's vocational rehabilitation department.
Four representatives of business, industry, and labor.
A majority of the members of the SRC must be people with disabilities.
Suzanne Bowers – Bealeton
Matthew Forrest Deans – Chesterfield
Charlie Downs – Waynesboro
John Eisenberg – Richmond
Karen Gregory-Williams – Glen Allen
Cheryl Johnson – Gainesville
Anthony “Toney” Lineberry – Manakin Sabot
Ellen McIlhenny – Montpelier
Rumy Mohta – Midlothian
J. Bryant Neville – Dewitt
James A. Rothrock – Richmond
Lauren Snyder Roche - Poquoson
Thalia Simpson-Clement – Washington, D.C.
Sally J. Thompson – Hampton
Julie Triplett – Richmond