Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation office lobbies will be closed to the public until further notice. Customers are able to contact their local DVR office for service-related questions. For all other inquiries, please call 1-800-637-5627. We appreciate your patience as we respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Washington State Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary Celebration Video on YouTube 

Join in the celebration along with other Washington State-based Vocational Rehabilitation customers, businesses and employers, VR affiliated programs and educational institutions, and VR professionals.

Click on https://youtu.be/WzUO1GoqL6s to re-watch, or watch for the first time, the celebration program!

The video program showcases personal VR stories as told by Vocational Rehabilitation customers, as well as remarks by DVR Director Robert Hines, Department of Services for the Blind Acting Director Michael MacKillop, and past WA DVR Director and former RSA Commissioner Lynnae Ruttledge. Employers that advocate and support VR, and VR professionals, share their passion and experiences. 

Some DSHS offices close foot traffic response COVID-19

DVR Implements New Measures in Response to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, DVR has taken the following steps to protect staff and the public:

  • Reconfiguring offices to promote social distancing
  • Transitioning most DVR staff to telework from alternate locations, such as their homes
  • Offering support and services to customers by phone or other remote methods
  • Working closely with vendors to maintain services while mitigating exposure

Thank you for your assistance in promoting healthy communities and workspaces.

DVR to Serve 300 Individuals Per Month from Priority for Services Category 2 Waiting List

DVR now has resources to initiate services to 300 individuals per month from the Priority for Services Category 2 list. Services are initiated to individuals on the waiting list for services based on the date they applied for services with DVR. Each month, DVR initiates services to the 300 individuals with the earliest application dates (who have been waiting longest). 

When DVR does not have adequate financial resource or staff capacity to serve all eligible individuals, it must establish a waiting list for services. Waiting list rules are established by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under a provision called “Order of Selection for Services” (34 CFR 361.36). These rules require that DVR serve individuals with the most significant disabilities as a priority.

Currently, all individuals with the most significant disabilities (Priority for Services Category 1) are served with no waiting. There is a waiting list for Individuals with significant disabilities (Priority for Services Category 2).

DVR reevaluates its service delivery capacity annually, or more often if circumstances change, to ensure it continues to serve effectively the greatest number of eligible individuals possible.

While DVR remains under Order of Selection, individuals determined eligible in priority category 1 continue to receive services.

Priority category 1

Open continuously (no waiting)​

Priority category 2

Effective Nov. 2, applications with a start date of Sept. 24, 2018, or earlier, will be released.

Priority category 3

Closed

Priority category 4

Closed

Priority category 5

Closed

*Please visit the DVR website regularly to keep informed of the priority category 2 status. Updates will be posted at the beginning of each month.*

 

What We Do


 

DVR’s MISSION

Transforming lives by assisting individuals with disabilities to fully participate in their communities through meaningful employment.

DVR’s VISION

Dedicated professionals leading the field of vocational rehabilitation, delivering exceptional experiences to every customer, every time.

DVR’s VALUES

  • Transparency through clear, honest communication with customers, staff, and partners
  • Acting with Integrity, upholding the ethics and values of our profession
  • Promoting a culture of Empowerment for customers and staff
  • Advancing rehabilitation practices through Innovation
  • Collaboration with customers, staff, and partners that produces results
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in all its forms to achieve excellence

DVR believes everyone should have the opportunity to pursue meaningful work, and that employment further improves a person’s ability to live independently, make choices, and contribute to one’s community. DVR provides people with disabilities the tools, supports, and services required to achieve successful employment, which hopefully will result in a greater quality of life. With offices located throughout Washington State, DVR has been a community partner for more than 80 years.

 

 Services We Provide

  • We provide individualized vocational rehabilitation counseling and employment services and supports to people with disabilities who want to work but face substantial barriers in finding meaningful and sustained employment.
  • We provide technical assistance and training to employers regarding the recruiting and hiring of people with disabilities.