Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2014 - 2015
Letter from PaRC Chair for 2014 and 2015
Friends and Fellow Advocates:
The 2014/15 Federal Fiscal year was a year of transition for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). With the passage of the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA) in the summer of 2014 came a new emphasis on services for transitioning youth and services to business customers. Prior to the passage of WIOA, OVR had already begun to address these areas of need by establishing its Early Reach Initiative and its Business Services Division. These programs are now fully operational and are being guided by OVR’s new Executive Director, David DeNotaris.
The Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council (PaRC) continued to work closely with OVR to assist with the employment of people with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth. The PaRC began the year by approving the project report and recommendations on Customer Satisfaction of OVR’s business and consumer customers. The report was immediately forwarded to OVR for its review and implementation as deemed appropriate. The Council has been and will continue to work with OVR on this effort. The council also focused its attention on the effectiveness of OVR’s local Citizen Advisory Committees. The Council believes that these local committees can help to improve services on the local level and help the Council and OVR to improve services statewide. The Council ended the year with a day long look at its own effectiveness and compliance with the mandates of WIOA. Because of this, the Council decided to focus on what’s required under the law going forward because of all that needs to be done and given our members’ time. The Council will be continuing to work on all of these areas this fiscal year and much more. A detailed account of the Council’s and its Committees accomplishments is included in this report.During this year, the Council expects to review and update its Mission and By-laws. The Council wants to increase participation and the effectiveness of its own Committees in our effort to help OVR better serve its business and consumer customers. We hope to also increase consumer customer participation in the local Citizen Advisory Committees. If you are interested in getting involved at the local or state level, or if you may want more information on the PaRC and/or OVR, please check out our Web site at (www.parac.org). Also, you may call our office at 1-888-250-5175 toll free or TTY 1-888-559-2658. Finally, if I can be of any assistance, please feel free to send me an email at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling me at 412-592-7480.
Remember that: Together, we can and do make a difference.
W. D. Chrisner, III, Chairperson
PA Rehabilitation Council Chair (2014 -2015)