Improving Employment & Quality of Life For Virginians with Disabilities

The Virginia State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is a group of individuals, most of whom have disabilities, appointed by the Governor to work on behalf of people with disabilities by serving as a source of advice, information, and support for the Commonwealth's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs. The SRC constantly is searching for ways to communicate with DARS consumers, other people with disabilities, and those who support them.

Photo of Board Members

Seated left to right: Pamela Cobbler and James A. Rothrock
Standing left to right: Richard Keene, Ellen A. McIhenny, Tonya Fowler, Samantha Hollins, Robbin Blankenship, Bruce Phipps, Sally Thompson, Deloris A. Johnson, Suzanne Bowers, Linda Garris-Bright, David Axselle
Not Pictured: Lauren Snyder-Roche, Julie Triplett, Kate Broderick

Mission

The mission of the Virginia State Rehabilitation Council, in partnership with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and in collaboration with advocacy groups, consumers and their families, is to ensure quality services for Virginians with disabilities to achieve meaningful employment, self-sufficiency and independence.

Vision

All Virginians with disabilities have access to quality services leading to meaningful employment, self-sufficiency and independence.





ABOUT THE SRC

Why the State Rehabilitation Council Exists

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.


SRC Bylaws

Download a copy of the SRC Bylaws.

Who Serves on the State Rehabilitation Council

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

Shaquwanda Baker - Manassas

Linda Garris-Bright - Virginia Beach

Garrett Brumfield - Roanoke

Pamela Cobler - Martinsville

Nichole Drummond - Springfield

Brian Evans - Richmond

David Head - Moseley

Daniel Irvin - Mechanicsville

Delores Johnson - Harrisonburg

Tonya Milling - Danville

Bruce Phipps - Roanoke

James A. Rothrock - Richmond

Petrina Thomas - Culpepper

Sally J. Thompson - Hampton

Julie Triplett - Richmond



NEWS & INFORMATION


Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

DARS logo The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program was established under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, and provides vocational rehabilitation services to eligible individuals with disabilities so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment. The DARS VR program provides direct services to consumers through its field offices located throughout the Commonwealth. Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center provides consumers with residential or outpatient programs ranging from early medical rehabilitation to complete vocational services and re-entry into the community. The VR program provides a comprehensive range of services, including vocational evaluation, job placement, career counseling, vocational and academic training, rehabilitation and assistive technology, physical restoration and personal assistance services.

In addition to its Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) program, DARS has strong partnerships with many community-based rehabilitation providers across the Commonwealth and supports facility-based employment and supported employment services for the Employment Services Organizations (ESOs), the community rehabilitation providers in Virginia.

DARS also works closely with private, non-profit Centers for Independent Living which provide independent living skills, training, advocacy, information and referral and peer counseling for individuals with disabilities.

Consumer Satisfaction

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) works in partnership with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to assess satisfaction with services received through the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS). Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 was the second year of assessing satisfaction for consumers in service delivery (post Individualized Plan for Employment but prior to Employment). Survey highlights are provided below. A detailed report is available at https://www.vadars.org/publications.htm#annualreports.

Percentage of Consumers Responding "Yes"

Question Asked Number of "Yes" Responses Percentage of "Yes" Responses
Have you and your counselor agreed on your plans for reaching your job goal? 332 74
Is your counselor helpful in connecting you with people and services you need to reach your job goal? 318 71
Has your counselor kept in contact with you throughout the process? 322 71
Is your counselor meeting the timetables for reaching your job goal? 280 62
Is your counselor doing what he/she said they would do to help you reach your job goals? 307 69
Do you believe everyone is working together to help you reach your job goal? 298 67

While percentages of "Yes" responses were below 75 percent, they were indicative of real time assessment (what was happening with consumers at the time of survey completion). Despite low "Yes" percentages, the majority of consumers reported the best thing that had happened to help them move towards their job goal and what would help them move closer to their goal.


DARS State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment

DARS is required to file a State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment with the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration, annually. Topics covered in the State Plan include:

An important Attachment to the State Plan summarizes recommendations and advice provided by the SRC to DSRS, and presents the agency's response to these recommendations.

Each year, DARS conducts special hearings for the purpose of obtaining public input into its State Plan.

SRC Annual Report

The SRC submits an Annual Report to the Commissioner of the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration and to the Governor of Virginia on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operated within the state.

Copies may be obtained by contacting the SRC Liaison at SRC Web.



MEETINGS


SRC meetings are held quarterly. Meetings are generally scheduled to occur at 8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Richmond, Virginia, in the first floor conference room. The location of the meeting is accessible. Interpreter services will be provided, and other accommodations may be requested prior to the meeting.

To find out more about scheduled meetings, please contact:
Jennifer.Woodward@dars.virginia.gov.

Meeting Schedule - 2017

March 20 - DARS Central Office
June 19 - Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
August 21 - Location to be determined
November - Date and location to be determined

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and minutes from the SRC's meetings are available to view or print on our SharePoint site.



RESOURCES


disAbility Law Center of Virginia

National Rehabilitation Association

Virginia Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA)

Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD)

Virginia Board of Workforce Development

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS)

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS)

Virginia Disability Services Agencies (DSA)

Virginia Partnership for People with Disabilities

Virginia Rehabilitation Association

Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)


CONTACT US

State Rehabiliation Council
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23229

Voice: 804-662-6625
Voice Toll Free in Virginia: 800-552-5019
TTY Toll Free in Virginia: 800-464-9950

Fax: 804-662-7663
E-mail: SRC Web

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