Physical and Developmental Disabilities

Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA) – A Program of SAIL

Description: ORCA is a recreation program of SAIL. ORCA’s mission is to promote inclusive recreation and adaptive outdoor pursuits for Southeast Alaskans who experience disabilities. ORCA services include: community access and inclusion opportunities; Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School; Youth and Transition Recreation Services; and adaptive outdoor pursuits and trips. ORCA has many wonderful volunteer opportunities.
Location: 3225 Hospital Drive, Suite 300, Juneau, AK 99801
Contact: (907) 586-4920 Toll free: 1-800-478-7245
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(Updated 05/13)


Description: Reach, Inc. honors and respects people with disabilities by promoting choice and well-being through advocacy and services throughout Southeast Alaska. We do this by providing: infant learning and therapy for “at risk” children and their families; advocacy, technical assistance and case management support to individuals seeking developmental disability services and those who are already eligible and on the waitlist for services; support services to children and adults in their own homes, in their families’ homes, on the job and in the community; 24 hour respite as needed; supported residential living skills, training and vocational placement; and employment services through REACH Custodial and REACH Shredding. REACH operates and serves residents of three Assisted Living Homes round-the-clock. The CANVAS Community Art Studio and Gallery at REACH provides community outreach and day habilitation as well as serving everyone in the community interested in arts with year round programs that include classes in the visual, literary, ceramic and musical arts for all skill levels.
Location: 213 Third Street, Juneau AK 99801
Contact: (907) 586-8228
For the most current information, visit their website at:
(Updated 05/13)

Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL)

Description: Our mission at SAIL/ORCA is to empower Southeast Alaskans with disabilities by providing and promoting options to live as active, productive, and involved citizens in their community of choice. As an Aging and Disability Resource center, we offer a multitude of programs and services to Southeast Alaskan seniors, and people with disabilities including: Information and Referral; Disability Awareness Education and Training; Independent Living Skills Training; Peer Support; Benefits Counseling; Assistive Technology and Library Loan Closet; Older Blind Alaskans Program; Deaf Service and Interpreter Referral Program; Advocacy; and our popular recreation program, ORCA. 

State of Alaska – Department of Health and Social Services – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

  • The empowering value of employment in an individual’s life.
  • Honoring and respecting each individual’s strengths, skills, choices, abilities and cultural identity.
  • Developing strong partnerships with Tribal vocational rehabilitation programs, schools, job-centers and centers for independent living.
  • Delivering high quality vocational rehabilitation services.
  • Employing and developing highly qualified and skilled rehabilitation staff.
  • The principles of stewardship in the use of public resources.

Location: 801 W. 10th Street, Suite A, Juneau, AK 99801-1894
Contact: (907) 465-2814, Toll Free (800) 478-2815
For the most current information, visit their website at:
(Updated 05/13)

Tlingit and Haida – Vocational Rehabilitation

Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation – A program of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council
Services: The Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) program with the State of Alaska, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) jointly serves eligible applicants with disabilities in Southeast Alaska. Its mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.
The program empowers eligible applicants with disabilities to become self-sufficient and independent. TVR counselors provide the following services:

  • Guidance for clients needing help through the vocational rehabilitation process for training.
  • Referrals to appropriate employment agencies to ensure they find the best job that suits their skills, abilities, and strengths.
  • Counseling when client needs moral support, someone to talk with on basic needs, schooling, issues surrounding alcohol and drug issues; we do refer to professionals to handle their deeper needs as appropriate.
    • If needed, clients are referred to paid professionals within the community for up to 7 counseling sessions; the State of Alaska, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (ADVR) also provides another 7 counseling sessions if it is recommended that the client needs these services. These counseling sessions are limited as the client must be ready to train and/or work.
    • Counseling with professionals may include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, trauma, etc.
  • Working with probation officers on client’s aftercare plan when released.

Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, and live in Southeast Alaska.
  • Have a disability that interferes with their ability to do the work normally performed.
  • A disability is any medical condition (physical or mental) that interferes with a person’s everyday life, including employment.
  • May be reasonably expected to benefit from vocational rehabilitation services.
  • Must be able to work.

Location: 320 W. Willoughby Avenue, Suite 300, Juneau, Alaska 99801
Contact: ((907) 463-7326 Toll Free: 1-800-344-1432
For the most current information, visit their website
(Updated 05/13)