Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides services to Hawai’i community members who experience barriers to employment due to a physical or cognitive disability. DVR is designed to assist job seekers with disabilities prepare, secure, and retain competitive employment in an integrated work setting. DVR furnishes the finest resources and opportunities for training, support, and career placement. Productive partnerships with other state agencies, private non-profits, and employers pave the way for our consumers to find successful employment with the reality of competitive wages. The underlying philosophy and goal of the DVR is thorough employment, individuals with disabilities are empowered toward economic self-sufficiency, independence, inclusion, and integration into society.

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.

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2014 Goals and Priorities – MS Word document

DVR Organizational Chart and Contact Information– PDF Word document