State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

The Washington State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind (SRCB) members are passionate volunteers who represent recipients of rehabilitation services, their families, service providers, educators, advocates, and policy makers. We work together and alongside the DSB to promote excellence in service, leading to independence and meaningful employment for blind and visually impaired people in Washington State.

The SRCB is appointed by the Washington State Governor to provide counsel and guidance to the DSB. The SRCB reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to DSB on its plans, policies, and activities to insure that blind or visually impaired people in our state receive the most effective and efficient rehabilitation services possible. In addition to providing direction to the Director of DSB on behalf of the public and consumers, the SRCB also advises and reports to the Governor; makes recommendations to the State Legislature about services that impact the lives of blind people; and, works closely with other state councils, agencies and organizations to enhance the services, opportunities, and rights of Washingtonians who are blind. The SRCB is required in the federal Rehabilitation Act under the federal Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, and in Washington State statute (RCW 74.18.070‐74.18.100).

If you would like to be considered for appointment to the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind, complete the online application at https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/boardsapplication. Be sure to select “Blind, Rehabilitation Council for”. Applications may be submitted at any time. For more information or assistance regarding the application process, please contact Meredith Stannard, SRCB for the Blind Liaison, Meredith.Stannard@dsb.wa.gov.

SRCB INFORMATION

SRCB COMMITTEES

The SRCB has four standing committees that do the work of the Council. Every member is expected to serve on a committee.

  • Executive Committee
  • Membership and Collaboration Committee
  • Program and Evaluation Committee
  • Policy and Planning Committee

Executive Committee

This committee provides overall leadership, vision, and guidance. It includes the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Chairs of the standing committees. Responsibilities include: coordinating and prioritizing tasks with SRCB staff; monitoring use of resources; planning meeting agendas; strategic planning and work plan development for the SRCB; meeting federal and state mandates on time and within budget; and submitting this Annual Report.

Membership and Collaboration Committee

This committee works to maintain a strong, active, and high-functioning Council. This includes: member recruitment, training and support; public relations and outreach; and coordination of collaborative activities with partner councils.

In 2017, this committee made recommendations to fill two SRCB vacancies. There will be at least four vacancies to recruit in 2018. They are currently working on a recruitment brochure targeted to potential representatives of business and labor.

Program and Evaluation Committee

This committee evaluates customer satisfaction and other DSB performance measures, and makes suggestions for program improvement based on findings; coordinates opportunities for public feedback; and drafts the SRCB Annual Report.

This committee oversaw the anonymous satisfaction survey for VR customers closed in the federal fiscal year, conducted on behalf of the SRCB by The University of Washington Center on Technology and Disability Studies. Surveys were completed online or by phone. Questions address categories identified in the Governor’s Results Washington initiatives. The target for all satisfaction measures is 80%.

  • Overall satisfaction: for 2017 was 83%; for 2016 was 78%; for 2015 was 80%
  • Training offered: for 2017 was 84%; for 2016 was 78%; for 2015 was 80%
  • Accuracy of staff: for 2017 was 86%; for 2016 was 83%; for 2015 was 84%
  • Respectfulness of staff: for 2017 was 84%; for 2016 was 83%; for 2015 was 84%

Policy and Planning Committee

This committee provides input to DSB’s internal policies and practices by: identifying opportunities to engage in DSB internal workgroups; giving input on policy changes affecting DSB participants; and supporting DSB’s State Plan forums.

In 2017, this committee reviewed and commented on draft revisions proposed by DSB for the VR section of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC.) This committee also wrote a letter to the State Workforce Board on behalf of the SRCB regarding DSB’s status on the board as a full Workforce partner. They received a response from the Workforce Board indicating that DSB would not be considered for Board membership. The Policy Committee plans to send a follow-up letter requesting that the Board at least consider meeting its federal requirement to appoint a representative to the SRCB.