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Rehabilitation Council of Texas 2015 Annual Report

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Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Division for Rehabilitation Services

Map depicting DRS Regions, Offices, and Counties Served, as stated in the table below

The Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT) partners with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program to ensure the provision of effective VR services to eligible Texans with disabilities except visual impairment; Texans who are visually impaired are served by Division for Blind Services (DBS).

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Eligibility criteria for services from the DRS VR program include the presence of a physical or mental disability that results in a substantial impediment to employment.

The primary purpose of the program is to help people with disabilities prepare for, find and keep employment. The program also provides services to eligible people with disabilities who have been injured on the job and helps youths and students with disabilities plan their transition from school to post-secondary opportunities and the workplace.

Services provided through the program may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance and more.

The program works to cultivate and expand partnerships with local businesses to help Texans with disabilities achieve competitive employment and to assist local businesses to hire those talented individuals.

DRS Regions, Offices, and Counties Served
DRS Region Headquarters City Offices Counties Served
1 Lubbock Abilene, Alpine, Amarillo, Big Spring, Brownwood, El Paso (2), Fort Stockton, Graham, Lubbock (2), Midland, Odessa, Pampa, Plainview, San Angelo, Wichita Falls Andrews, Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Borden, Brewster, Briscoe, Brown, Callahan, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, Collingsworth, Comanche, Concho, Cottle, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Ector, El Paso, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hockley, Howard, Hudspeth, Hutchinson, Irion, Jack, Jeff Davis, Jones, Kent, Kimble, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, McCulloch, Martin, Mason, Menard, Midland, Mitchell, Montague, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Pecos, Potter, Presidio, Randall, Reagan, Reeves, Roberts, Runnels, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Sherman, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Swisher, Taylor, Terrell, Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Winkler, Yoakum, Young
2 Dallas Arlington, Carrollton, Cleburne, Corsicana, Dallas (4), Denton, Duncanville, Fort Worth (3), Garland, Greenville, Irving, Lewisville, McKinney, North Richland Hills, Plano, Sherman, Stephenville, Waxahachie, Weatherford Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise
3 Austin Athens, Austin (4), Bastrop, Beaumont, Brenham, College Station, Crockett, Gatesville, Jacksonville, Killeen, Livingston, Longview, Lufkin, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Paris, Port Arthur, Round Rock, San Marcos (2), Sulphur Springs, Temple, Texarkana, Tyler, Waco (2) Anderson, Angelina, Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Coryell, Delta, Falls, Fayette, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Grimes, Hamilton, Hardin, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Lamar, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Madison, Marion, Milam, Mills, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Saba, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Washington, Williamson, Wood
4 Houston Alvin, Bay City, Baytown, Conroe, Galveston, Houston (10), Humble, Huntsville, Katy, Lake Jackson, Liberty, Pasadena, Rosenberg, Texas City, Tomball Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, Wharton
5 San Antonio Beeville, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Gonzales, Harlingen, Kerrville, Kingsville, Laredo, McAllen, New Braunfels, Pearsall, San Antonio (4), Seguin, Uvalde, Victoria, Weslaco Aransas, Atascosa, Bandera, Bee, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Live Oak, McMullen, Maverick, Medina, Nueces, Real, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Webb, Willacy, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala

 

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Division for Blind Services

Map depicting DBS Regions, Offices, and Counties Served, as stated in the table below

The Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT) partners with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Division for Blind Services (DBS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program to ensure the provision of effective VR services to eligible Texans with visual impairments, including those who are legally blind or deafblind.

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Eligibility criteria for services from the DBS VR program include the presence of a significant visual impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment.

The primary purpose of the program is to work in partnership with Texans who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind to help them prepare for, find and keep employment. The program also provides services to help achieve greater independence and helps youths and students who are blind or visually impaired plan their transition from school to post-secondary opportunities and the workplace.

Services provided may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance and more.

The program works to cultivate and expand partnerships with local businesses to help Texans with disabilities achieve competitive employment and to assist local businesses to hire these talented individuals.

DBS Regions, Offices, and Counties Served
DBS Region   Name Office Locations Counties Served
1 Austin Austin (2) Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Llano, Travis, Williamson
2 Corpus Christi Corpus Christi (HQ), Victoria Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Duval, Fayette, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Live Oak, McMullen, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wharton
3 Dallas Dallas Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall
4 El Paso El Paso (HQ), Odessa Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Glasscock, Howard, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler
5 Fort Worth Fort Worth (HQ), San Angelo, Wichita Falls Archer, Baylor, Clay, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Cottle, Crockett, Erath, Foard, Hardeman, Hood, Irion, Jack, Johnson, Kimble, Knox, McCulloch, Mason, Menard, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Reagan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Somervell, Sterling, Sutton, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, Young
6 Harlingen Harlingen (HQ), Laredo, McAllen Cameron, Dimmit, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Maverick, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala
7 Houston Houston Austin, Fort Bend, Harris (except southeast portion), Montgomery, Waller
8 Lubbock Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock (HQ) Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Brown, Callahan, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Comanche, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Eastland, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Haskell, Hemphill, Hockley, Hutchinson, Jones, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Scurry, Shackelford, Sherman, Stephens, Stonewall, Swisher, Taylor, Terry, Wheeler, Yoakum
9 San Antonio San Antonio Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson
10 Southeast    Beaumont, Houston (HQ) Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris (southeast portion only), Jefferson, Liberty, Orange
11 Tyler Lufkin, Texarkana, Tyler (HQ) Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood
12 Waco College Station, Waco (HQ) Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, McLennan, Madison, Milam, Mills, Navarro, Robertson, Walker, Washington