Other Associated Partners

National Partners in Vocational Rehabilitation

The Consortia of Administrators of Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR)

The mission of CANAR is to serve as an avenue for collaboration and cooperation between Administrators of rehabilitation projects serving Native American persons with disabilities, to increase and enhance the quality of services, resulting in positive outcomes for Native American persons with disabilities.

The Council of State Administrators for Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)

The mission of CSAVR is to maintain and enhance a strong, effective and efficient national program of public vocational rehabilitation services which empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into our communities.

The National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils (NCSRC)

The mission of the National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils is: On behalf of people with disabilities, our national membership coalition will advocate for and work in partnership with the national public vocational rehabilitation system’s continual quest for excellence.

Websites of Stakeholder Groups Represented on the WSRC

The Client Assistance Program

The Washington State Client Assistance Program is a private non-profit organization funded by the Federal Government under the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as amended.
Rehabilitation Act, Section 112. ( c ) (1) (A) “The Governor shall designate a public or private agency to conduct the client assistance program under this section.”

Tribal VR Programs operating in Washington State

There are seven tribal VR Programs operating in Washington State. Each program has a different contact which can be found by returning to the WSRC home page, going to the left side bar under the heading WSRC Partners, clicking “Vocational Rehabilitation” and scrolling to The seven tribal VR Programs operating in Washington State.

The Washington State Independent Living Council

In cooperation with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitations and Department of Blind Services (known as "Designated State Units" or DSU's), the primary purpose of the SILC is to prepare a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) which sets goals and benchmarks for the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the services they provide. To help guide this "blueprint", the SILC solicits continual public feedback on the effectiveness of independent living services and the changing needs of the community.

Washington PAVE

Washington PAVE is a parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for over 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

In collaboration with educators, students, families, local communities, business, labor, and government, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction leads, supports, and oversees K-12 education, ensuring the success of all learners. Since a significant portion of DVR’s customer base are young people with disabilities graduating from high school to work, the Council is fortunate to have a relationship with OSPI. The link below will take you to the portion of their site addressing Special Education.


The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is a partnership of labor, business and government dedicated to helping Washington state residents obtain and succeed in family-wage jobs, while meeting employers' needs for skilled workers. As a state agency, the Workforce Board oversees a workforce development system that includes 18 education and training programs receiving almost $1 billion annually in state and federal funds.

Community Rehabilitation Programs

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation contracts with a number of organizations, some not-for-profit, other for profit who provide services to customers of the Division to assist them in securing employment.  These organizations are known as Community
Rehabilitation Programs.  Each Community Rehabilitation Program is required to adhere to a set of professional standards and accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  Examples of some of the services that DVR customers receive from these organizations include but are not limited to:

To contact a Community Rehabilitation Program near you, click the link at the bottom of the page for the contact information of the contracted Community Rehabilitation Program in your area.

Centers for Independent Living Operating in Washington State

Centers for Independent Living are non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.
Also, Centers for Independent Living serve as an advocacy voice on a wide range of national, state and local issues. They work to assure physical and programmatic access to housing, employment, transportation, communities, recreational facilities, and health and social services. These are just a few of the services offered.

Other Governor Appointed Councils in Washington State with Disability Related Missions

The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is a nationally recognized leader in promoting equality, opportunity, independence, and full participation in life for persons with disabilities. Members strive to promote the diversity of persons with disabilities by representing the widest possible range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritages.

The Mental Health Planning & Advisory Council

The Washington State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and its subcommittees operate under Public Law 102-321, and are responsible to perform the following specific duties:


The Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Planning Advisory Council

The Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council was created from House Bill 2055 approved by the Washington State Legislature in 2007. See Chapter 74.31 of the Revised Code of Washington.

The council includes 24 members who are Governor appointed to advise on Traumatic Brain Injury issues in Washington State. The council has monthly meetings.

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is appointed by the Governor to promote a comprehensive system of services, and serve as an advocate and a planning body for Washington State's citizens with developmental disabilities.

The Washington State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

This Rehabilitation Council is established to develop, analyze, make recommendations, and agree to state goals, the state plan, state policies, and state activities to insure that persons who are blind in the state of Washington receive the most effective and efficient services possible. In addition, it is the purpose of this Council to provide direct public and consumer guidance to the Director of Services for the Blind. It is also the purpose of this Council, where appropriate, to advise or report directly to the Governor, and to make recommendations to the State Legislature to promote efficient and effective services. It is also the purpose of this Council to enhance services, and opportunities and rights of Washingtonians who are blind by working closely with other state councils, state agencies and state organizations whose programs may impact such services.