Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Who We Are

Vocational Rehabilitation is a state-federal program for individuals with disabilities who require assistance to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.  The Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) administers three programs that have separate but related functions to provide for the rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities to secure employment and to lead full and productive lives. The underlying philosophy and goal of the DVR is that through employment, individuals with disabilities are empowered toward economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.  DVR Accomplishments 2010-2014

MISSION – The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) exists to serve its participants. Staff work as a team so participants can achieve their hopes and aspirations for meaningful employment through timely and individualized vocational rehabilitation services.

VISION – To Move Forward to Work

VALUES – RISE  (see below explanation)

R “Respect for the Individual” 
Being aware of differences
treating everyone as we want to be treated
respecting one another’s ideas and choices
listening to what others have to say

I “Integrity”
taking pride in what we do
being transparent and honest in our actions
doing what we said we would do
taking social responsibility

S “Service with Compassion”
going the extra mile
providing timely services
being dependable and reliable
caring with commitment

E “Empowerment”
providing growth and development
providing hope for aspirations providing informed choice
thinking outside of the box for success


The State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program is established under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Program is a Federal-State partnership with a primary goal of providing vocational rehabilitation services to enable eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve gainful employment and economic self-sufficiency. The Program must be administered in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, Federal regulations, and State rules, policies and procedures.

The Disability Determination Branch (DDB) is also part of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. DDB determines whether Hawaii applicants for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits meet the required medical and/or psychiatric/psychological and vocational criteria to be found disabled.

2014 Goals and Priorities – MS Word document

DVR Organizational Chart and Contact Information– PDF Word document

State Plan for Independent Living – MS Word
State Plan for Independent Livng – PDF