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The State Rehabilitation Council, commonly known as the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council (WRC), was established by then Governor Tommy Thompson in 1993 through executive order #196, and reconstituted by the governor in 1999 under Executive Order #363. The WRC is required under Code of Federal Regulations Title 34 (CFR)§361.16 and is charged with advising and assisting the Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
WRC is required to deliver an annual report to the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Wisconsin Governor of its findings regarding the operations of DVR and its services to consumers throughout the state. The data, graphics, and stories in this annual report are attributed to work conducted by DVR staff, WRC Committees, and the full Council during the federal fiscal year, which runs October 1 – September 30 of the following year.
Data in this report was compiled through daily activities of DVR staff located around the state. DVR staff are trained and required to maintain detailed documentation for each Wisconsin consumer who applies for DVR services. Data is entered and maintained in Wisconsin’s Integrated Rehabilitation Information System, DVR’s official case management system.