Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1111 W 8th St, Ste 210
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-2814 (Local)
(907) 465-2856 (Fax)
(800) 478-2815 (Toll-Free)
(907) 478-2815 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a combined federal/state program under the authority of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. It is a vocational rehabilitation agency that offers specific programs and services for people who are blind and visually impaired as well as people who experience a physical or mental disability, that creates a barrier to employment, through a coordinated service delivery system statewide.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Clients served on average per year: Approximately 300 blind and visually impaired persons.
Number of staff: Approximately 9 full-time employees for Blind Services.
Staff description: Statewide Program Coordinator, Business Enterprise Coordinator, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Counselor Assistants, Specialists and Fiscal staff.
Geographic area served: Statewide Alaska with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Sitka, Kodiak, Wasilla, Eagle River and Kenai.


Juneau Central Office
1111 W 8th St, Ste 210
Juneau, AK 99801

145 Main Street Loop
Suite 143
Kenai, AK 99611-7755

211 Mission Rd, Ste 108
Kodiak, AK 99615

304 Lake Street,
Room 101
Sitka, AK 99835

455 3rd Ave, Ste 150
Fairbanks, AK 99701

913 W. Commercial Drive
Wasilla, AK 99654-6937

10002 Glacier Highway
Suite 305
Juneau, AK 99801-8033

Anchorage Counseling Center
1016 W. 6th Street, Ste 403
Anchorage, AK 99501-1963

2030 Sea Level Drive, Suite 220-A
Ketchikan, AK 99901

913 W. Commercial Drive
Wasilla, AK 99654-6938

Business Enterprise Program
3301 Eagle St, Ste 302
Anchorage, AK 99503

4600 Debarr Road, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99508-3126


John Cannon, Director, Vocational Rehabilitation, (907) 465-2814,
Mahala Coker, Statewide Coordinator for the Deaf, (907) 269-0737,
Velja Elstad, Community Resource Specialist & Older Blind Grant Administrator, (907) 465-6932,
Pamela Geary, Business Enterprise Program Coordinator, (907) 269-7492,
Sue Ellen O'Connor, Statewide Coordinator for the Blind, (907) 352-2553,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides referrals and funding for appropriate and necessary diagnostic and assessment resources.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers computer training.
  • Counseling
    • Provides assistance with adjustment to disability, blindness, or visual impairment with an emphasis on self-empowerment and "informed consumer choice."
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers statewide services to assist those who are blind or visually impaired and age 55 and older through contract service providers.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers vocational evaluation, on-the-job training, vocational training, and academic training. Provides job seeking and job placement services. The Alaska Business Enterprise Program provides individuals who are blind with priority to run food service establishments in federal facilities and blind and severely handicapped with the priority to run food service establishments in state facilities.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Offers funding for medical services necessary for vision restoration or stabilization when no other resources or coverage are available.
  • Information and Referral
    • Referrals to aging programs.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides referrals for evaluation and financial assistance with purchase.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provided through contract service providers.
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