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 – Participates in evaluating and selecting impartial hearing officers (34 CFR 361.57(e)) ; develops resource plan for SRC and supervises and evaluates staff (34 CFR 361.17); advises DARS on performance of VR program (34 CFR 361.17); advises DARS on the implementation of the consumer satisfaction survey (34 CFR 361.17); advises DARS on State Plan attachments (34 CFR 361.17)and develops recommendations for State Plan (34 CFR 361.20); reviews and comments on Comprehensive System of Personnel Development requirements (34 CFR 361.18) ; and evaluates the effectiveness of the VR program and reports on this effectiveness in the State Plan (34 CFR 361.17 and 29) .
- External – Prepares SRC Annual Report on the status of the VR program (34 CFR 361.1(h)(5)); provides recommendations on SRC member appointments (34 CFR 361.17(a)(2)); ensures coordination between activities of SRC and other Councils to avoid duplication of efforts; conducts a comprehensive statewide needs assessment with DARS (34 CFR 361.20 and 361.17); reviews nominations and selects recipients for Roy J. Ward SRC Employee Leadership Award; assists in development and maintenance of the SRC website; and receives information regarding State legislation that affects DARS and Virginians with disabilities and provides input as needed.
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 disAbility Law Center of Virginia; the Statewide Independent Living Council; the Virginia Board of Workforce Development; 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.
David “Dack” Axselle – Henrico
Robbin Blankenship – Henrico
Suzanne Bowers – Bealeton
Pamela Cobler – Martinsville
Tonya Fowler – Danville
Linda Garris-Bright – Virginia Beach
Samantha M. Hollins – Richmond
Delores Johnson – Harrisonburg
Richard A. Keene – Abingdon
Ellen A. McIlhenny – Montpelier
Bruce Phipps – Roanoke
James A. Rothrock – Richmond
Lauren Snyder Roche - Poquoson
Sally J. Thompson – Hampton
Julie Triplett – Richmond