We Help Alaskans with Disabilities Get and Keep Good Jobs

Duane Mayes, Director

Each year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps hundreds of Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs. If you want to work or keep working and have a physical, intellectual or mental condition that makes this hard, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services.

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Examples of VR Services

A vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor helps eligible Alaskans choose their job goals, the services they need to reach those goals and the providers of those services.

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Who Qualifies?

You may qualify if you have trouble finding or keeping a job because of a physical, mental or intellectual condition.

Learn more about who qualifies


Transition Tools for Teachers, Parents and Students

Guidance and forms on how to refer a student to DVR, JOBZ Club, Summer Work Programs and other Transition program materials as well as an orientation video on how we serve students with disabilities.

More Services

  • For Businesses
  • Information on hiring a qualified employee with a disability, workplace accommodations, tax credits and other incentives for hiring people with disabilities and assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Low Interest Loans for Assistive Technology (AT)
  • This program helps eligible Alaskans with disabilities get lower interest rates and/or longer term repayment timelines for loans to purchase AT. AT includes not only things like hearing aids and wheelchairs, but a broad range of devices that a person can use to help with their disability in order to improve their quality of life.

Disability Resources

  • Client Assistance Program (CAP)
  • CAP can help if you have questions or problems when applying for or receiving services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. CAP is run by the Disability Law Center of Alaska.

  • Alaska Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
  • Contact information for Alaska's Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs, listed on the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation website

  • Disability Determination Services
  • Disability Determination Services (DDS) is contracted to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to adjudicate medical eligibility for disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income rules and regulations.

  • Procurement Preference List and Guidelines
  • Information on disability related preferences in the State of Alaska's competitive solicitations and small procurement processes.

  • Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program

    The Ticket to Work program is a free, voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid.

  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee
  • Governor-appointed volunteers from across Alaska who work with DVR to ensure quality services and provide input on implementing the Assistive Technology Act in Alaska.