Program Purpose

AVCP Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed to assist people with physical or mental disabilities to go into the workforce, maintain employment, or become active in their subsistence lifestyle.  Disabilities may include amputations, diabetes, head injuries, learning disabilities, mental illness, drug/alcohol abuse recovery, orthopedic problems, speech problems, hearing impairments, and developmental disabilities.

Program Description

The service(s) we can provide may include:

-Individual vocational counseling and guidance
-Diagnostic inventory & referrals
-Medical & psychiatric referral services
-Assistive devices such as artificial limbs, hearing aids, wheelchairs, etc.,
-Vocational training in schools, colleges, on-the-job training by correspondence
or by tutor
-Licenses, equipment, and tools
-Suitable job placement or OJT
-Referrals for independent living services and recreational opportunities

In order to qualify for the program, an applicant must have a mental or physical disability which prevents them from keeping a job or living a productive subsistence lifestyle.  The applicant must reside in the AVCP region and have proof of Alaska Native or American Indian decent.  The applicant must also have the desire to participate willingly and use other supportive services (comparable benefits) to complete their vocational rehabilitation plan.


Contact Information

Irma Goodwine, Vocational Rehabilitation Program Director
Phone (907) 543-7491

Dana Kopanuk, Counselor
Phone (907) 543-7490

Julia Kanuk, Counselor
Phone (907) 543-7462

Department Fax: (907) 543-7492