New York State Rehabilitation
2010-11 Annual Report
Raise the employment rate of people with disabilities to a rate that is equal to people without disabilities.
About the Council
The New York State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) was established in 1992 to fulfill the requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is charged with ensuring that the New York State (NYS) Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) – Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) addresses community concerns by creating responsive policies and programs designed to improve education and employment outcomes for New Yorkers with disabilities.
The SRC’s voting members represent people with disabilities who have used vocational rehabilitation services, community rehabilitation programs, rehabilitation counselors, advocacy groups and business leaders. Its nonvoting members facilitate communication between the Council and other State agencies responsible for empowering people with disabilities to achieve their goals for employment, independence and community integration.
Together, these stakeholders advise the New York State Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education, and ACCES on the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services and program design. Members of the Council:
- Participate in community meetings held across the State to shape ACCES-VR’s strategic plan;
- Work with ACCES-VR to craft and interpret needs assessments and consumer satisfaction surveys;
- Promote the employment of people with disabilities to and with, the business community;
- Coordinate with other State agencies serving and representing people with disabilities;
- Assess and recommend revisions to ACCES-VR policies to ensure that the program adapts to changing needs.
- Participate in quarterly Council meetings and monthly committee conference calls.
If you want to know more and to contribute your point of view, come to a public meeting or forum in your community — dates of these meetings are available online at: www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/src/home.html.
We welcome you to apply for membership in the Council by forwarding your resume to the State Rehabilitation Council Membership Committee Chair at: email@example.com.
Public comment is always welcome.
Contacting the New York State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
There are many ways to share your thoughts with the New York State Rehabilitation Council:
You may call (518) 473-7213 (Voice) or 1- (800) 222-JOBS (5627) (Toll free)
You may email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may write
Chair, NYS Rehab Council
One Commerce Plaza, Room 1605
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
You may attend a meeting or a public forum:
All New York State Rehabilitation Council meetings and forums are open to the public. Meetings are conducted quarterly. Dates and location of meetings are available online at: www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/src/
The Council invites you to apply for membership:
Council members are appointed by the Board of Regents. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Council, please submit in writing to the address above to the attention of the SRC Membership Committee Chair. Please include your resume.
SRC Chair: Kyle Goodridge
SRC Vice Chairs: LaWanda Cook and Michael Irwin
Michael Peluso, ACCES-VR Council Liaison
Gerri Malone, ACCES-VR Policy and Planning Committee Liaison
Tobi Bickweat, ACCES-VR Workforce Development Committee Liaison
Anne Sternbach, ACCES-VR Liaison to Quality Assurance Committee