Statutory Authority

In 1993, when the Rehabilitation Act was re-authorized, disability rights advocates working at the federal level succeeded in convincing Congress to develop a formal mechanism (by amending Title 1, Section 105) for people with disabilities to have influence in shaping the vocational rehabilitation services they receive. State Rehabilitation Councils are this means of influence.

In 1994, the Washington State Rehabilitation Council was established by Executive Order 04-04. The Rehabilitation Act requires DVR to work with the Council as a policy partner.

In 2014, thanks to the hard work of Advocates like you, Congress made sweeping changes to the law that governs the public workforce system (The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act- WIOA). These changes strengthened the Rehab Act.