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csavr & the NET -VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION: Brining Talent to America's Workforce for 100 years

WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE ADMINISTRATORS OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

MISSION, PURPOSE, OPERATING PRINCIPLES

COUNCIL OF STATE ADMINISTRATORS OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

AS AMENDED SPRING 2021

 

MISSION - FROM ARTICLE II OF THE CSAVR CONSTITUTION

The mission of the Council shall be to maintain and enhance a strong, effective and efficient national program of public vocational rehabilitation which, in partnership with education, business, and the workforce system, empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence inclusion, and integration into communities.

 

PURPOSE - FROM ARTICLE III OF THE CSAVR CONSTITUTION

The purpose of the Council shall be to:

  1. Provide a forum to enable Administrators of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRA) to study, deliberate, and act upon matters affecting the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabilities;

  2. Provide a resource for the formulation and expression of the collective points of view of State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies on all issues affecting the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities;

  3. Serve as an advisory body to the Rehabilitation Services Administration and to other governmental agencies as they develop policies and administer programs affecting the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabilities;

  4. Serve as an advisory body to other associations on matters pertaining to the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabilities;

  5. Provide a means of communication and joint action with similar organizations in the health, education, welfare, business, and workforce systems, as the services of such organizations are related to the provision of vocational rehabilitation and employment services to persons with disabilities;

  6. Conduct, support, and participate in research and demonstration leading to improvement of vocational and other rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities;

  7. Inform the public with respect to the effect of disability in lives of individuals and the benefits that accrue to persons with disabilities and society for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services;

  8. Advocate for the enhancement of the national public program of vocational rehabilitation services; and

  9. Lead and support the development of effective working relationships with businesses through the National Employment Team (NET).

 

OPERATING PRINCIPLES -

 

VR is driven to deliver inclusive, culturally informed services and outcomes for people with disabilities and business in a system that is free of ableism, racism, discrimination, and institutional bias.

  • Principle #1:

    • Innovating Solutions to achieve greater access to and use of vocational rehabilitation services resulting in the most effective outcome for our customers.

  • Principle #2:

    • Building careers and retaining talent in America’s workforce by investing expertise and resources to benefit our customers.

  • Principle #3:

    • Customizing Services and Expertise that provide flexible supports and services to meet the workforce goals of our customers.

  • Principle #4:

    • Leading and Engaging in Collaborative Strategies with our partners who are working with us to achieve greater collective impact at all system levels.

  • Principle #5:

    • Committed to assuring the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and all who are legally protected from discrimination.

CSAVR  Statement on Equity

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) is a national organization comprised of Directors of State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies. These agencies are the state partners in the State-Federal program of rehabilitation services provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended. The public VR program engages with nearly 2 million individuals with disabilities every year.


CSAVR is committed to working toward a world free of institutional bias and injustice. Racism is a civil and human rights issue, and as such, a disability rights issue. CSAVR condemns and rejects racism and inequities in all forms and the systemic manner in which it is used to oppress minorities, including those who are individuals with disabilities. Disability and poverty continue to exacerbate the challenges that many individuals face. CSAVR will work tirelessly to assist individuals with disabilities, with whom we work, to have full access to opportunities that increase independence and employment, and to provide them with the services and supports they need to achieve the American dream.


This Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leads to a commitment on the part of the leadership of CSAVR to assertively establish strategies and definable actions to foster equality of opportunity in the workplace by supporting initiatives to include underrepresented populations in our own ranks, at all levels. CSAVR and our member organization will promote initiatives that focus on the recruitment, hiring, training, and upward mobility of staff from minority communities. In order to serve our diverse customer base, it is essential to reflect that diversity in our own staff to address the cultural and access issues that individuals with disabilities face in their goal of competitive integrated employment and independence.

The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation is composed of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the States, District of Columbia, and the territories. These agencies constitute the state partners in the State-Federal program of rehabilitation services provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Council’s members supervise the rehabilitation of some 1.2 million persons with disabilities.

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THE NET

The NET (National Employment Team) offers business customers in the private and public sectors, a designated single point of contact to connect with qualified applicants, resources and support services in their local state area, multi-state, or national marketplace.

The NET provides employment supports in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories.

CSAVR believes that information about products, services, publications, programs, and service delivery methodology should be made available to its members so they can make informed decisions for themselves and their agencies. As such:

  • CSAVR does not endorse, warrant, recommend, or make representations with respect to the products, services, publications, programs and service delivery methodology that it shares with its members.

  • Individuals at a CSAVR-sponsored event do not represent an endorsement by CSAVR, nor is it testimony by CSAVR as to the quality of the products, services, publications, programs and service delivery methodology  or the validity of the presenter’s claims.

  • All information found here was believed to be correct at the time of inclusion, and is for informational purposes only and not intended as professional advice.

  • This information is subject to change, based on new research and development, and does not necessarily express the views of CSAVR.

 

References to any products, services, publications, programs, and service delivery methodology do not constitute an official endorsement by CSAVR. You are encouraged to fully investigate options and providers that you think may be most appropriate to meet the specific needs of your agency and customers.

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THE NET
BUSINESS PARTNERS

NET partners: Hershey, Safeway, Starbucks, CVS, Walgreens, Manpower Group, Wells Fargo, NIH, hyatt