Gov. Perry Appoints Five to Rehabilitation Council of Texas
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. The council partners with the Texas Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS) divisions of Rehabilitation Services and Blind Services to advocate for people with disabilities during the vocational rehabilitation process. | Read more about Gov. Perry’s RCT appointments.
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas. The council partners with the Texas Department of Rehabilitation Services (DARS) divisions of Rehabilitation Services and Blind Services to advocate for people with disabilities during the vocational rehabilitation process. | More about Rehabilitation Council of Texas Appointments.
About the Rehabilitation Council of Texas
The Rehabilitation Council of Texas advocates for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process. The RCT was federally mandated by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1992. In the 1998 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act a working partnership was formed between the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (now the DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services [DRS]) and the RCT. In 2004 the DARS Division for Blind Services (DBS) also began a partnership with the RCT. The RCT reviews analyzes, and advises DRS and DBS on policy, scope, and effectiveness of Vocational Rehabilitation services and eligibility requirements, and works in partnership with the divisions to develop, agree to, and review state goals and priorities. The RCT also contributes to the preparation of the DRS and DBS State Plan for VR. Council Members are appointed by the Texas Governor and serve three year, staggered terms. With the exception of the Client Assistance Program representative, members cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
RCT Mission Statement
To advise and partner with the vocational rehabilitation agency to ensure Texans with disabilities have access to an effective vocational rehabilitation service delivery system leading to employment.
The Council 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;
- that collaboration and partnerships with federal, state, and private agencies are critical for system improvement.
- RCT Council Members
- RCT Brochure: (PDF) | (Accessible)
- RCT Bylaws
- Rehabilitation Act Section 105
- Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
- Parent Training and Information Center (PATH)
- State Independent Living Center (SILC)
- Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program Region VRI
- Office of the Governor- Rick Perry- Appointment Application
- Rehabilitation Council of Texas 2011 Annual Report (PDF format)
- Rehabilitation Council of Texas 2011 Annual Report (Accessible format)
- Minutes of Council Meeting – July 2012
- Archive of Meeting Minutes
The Rehabilitation Council of Texas webpage is maintained by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. The information on this page is the sole responsibility of the RCT and does not necessarily represent the views or positions of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.
For more information, contact:
RCT Staff Support
4800 North Lamar Blvd., Suite 350
Austin, Texas 78756