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Rehabilitation Council of Texas 2015 Annual Report

 

Rehabilitation Council of Texas

What is the Rehabilitation Council of Texas?

The Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT) is a federally mandated council, with members appointed for three-year terms by the Texas governor. Each state rehabilitation council is expected to be the “consumer voice,” and members are required to represent a diverse range of disabilities and perspectives to best address the needs of Texans with disabilities.

The RCT’s purpose is to partner with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to optimize the Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Division for Blind Services (DBS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs, and ensure that Texans with disabilities have access to VR services to help them prepare for, obtain and retain competitive employment and achieve greater independence and community integration.

RCT members at a council meeting

In addition to partnering with DARS to determine how VR services are provided in Texas, the RCT also participates in national discussions about VR as a member of the National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils (NCSRC). NCSRC was formed in 2005 to help coordinate the state rehabilitation councils (SRCs). SRCs exist in every state to provide feedback and guidance to their respective agencies, as required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

As a NCSRC member, the RCT promotes a nationally consistent vision for the effective provision of VR services and shares the NCSRC’s belief that effective VR services are guided by the values of advocacy, integrity, diversity, partnership and teamwork.

For more information on the NCSRC go to www.ncsrc.net.

Mission:

The Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT), partnering with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, advocates for Texans with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.

Bylaws:

The RCT operates according to bylaws that can be found online at RCT Bylaws www.dars.state.tx.us/announcements/rct_bylaws.docx.

Blind woman walking with a cane

Values:

The Rehabilitation Council of Texas believes:

  • In the worth and dignity of each individual.
  • The right to choice is realized by access to full information.
  • Work opportunities open doors to individual independence and participation in community life.
  • Person-centered goals, service plans, and delivery systems lead to individual success.
  • Shared roles and responsibilities improve satisfaction with the rehabilitation process and outcomes.
  • Collaboration and partnerships with federal, state, and private agencies are critical for system improvement.

 

council members group photo