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Inventory of the California Department of Rehabilitation Records
R204, F3934  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Department of Rehabilitation Records
    Dates: 1947-1997
    Collection number: R204, F3934
    Creator: California Department of Rehabilitation
    Collection Size: 38 cubic feet and three motion picture films
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The Department of Rehabilitation records consist of 38 cubic feet of textual records and three motion picture films covering the period 1947 through 1997. The earliest records document the establishment of the department and the formation of departmental policies. The bulk of the records, which cover the period 1960 through 1996, document the activities of the department.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dept. of Rehabilitation Records, [ID number].[series number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the California Department of Rehabilitation Records according to state law.

    Agency History

    In 1961 Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr. established the Health and Welfare Agency as part of his plan for the reorganization of state government (Statutes 1961, Chapter 2037). Designed to reduce government costs and improve efficiency, Governor Brown's reorganization plan created eight super agencies within the executive branch of California government (See Statutes 1961, Chapter 2038).
    As originally organized, the Health and Welfare Agency consisted of the departments of Social Welfare, Mental Hygiene, and Public Health. In the ongoing effort to further streamline government for maximum efficiency and public utility, the Brown administration added the Department of Rehabilitation to the departmental divisions of the Health and Welfare Agency (Statutes 1963, Chapter 1747). In addition, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Aging, established in 1955, and the Office of Atomic Energy Development and Radiation Protection, created in 1959, became organizational components of the Health and Welfare Agency (Statutes. 1963, Chapter 1746; Statutes 1963, Chapter 1747, Sec. 12).
    Historically, the California government developed various agencies and services to aid and rehabilitate the physically and mentally handicapped as well as the deaf and blind. The Federal Rehabilitation Act established the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation within the Department of Education in California as early as 1921. The Department of Education administered the Division of Special Schools and Services. Established in 1946, the division included such services as the California School for the Blind, Training Centers for the Adult Blind, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Schools for the Cerebral-Palsied Children. The Department of Social Welfare, established in 1942, administered the Bureau of Aid to the Needy Blind. The 1963 legislation consolidated the relevant services of these agencies into one Department of Rehabilitation.
    The primary function of the Department of Rehabilitation is to rehabilitate and find suitable employment for persons with physical, mental, and emotional handicaps. The department secures its rehabilitative objective through the application of specific programs administered within departmental divisions. As of 1997, the major divisions of the Department of Rehabilitation are the Office of the Director, Executive Branch, Program Management and Support Division, Independent Living Division, and Field Operations Division.
    The department administers its principal service, vocational rehabilitation, through statewide district and branch offices. Various subdivisions of the department provide counseling, training, and placement services. Those subdivisions are Transition Programs and Services, Community Access and Rehabilitation Engineering, Independent Living Rehabilitation Services, Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted, and Cooperative Programs. The department also works to develop and implement new rehabilitation technology and methodology, and to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

    Scope and Content

    The Department of Rehabilitation records consist of 38 cubic feet of textual records and three motion picture films covering the period 1947 through 1997. The earliest records document the establishment of the department and the formation of departmental policies. The bulk of the records, which cover the period 1960 through 1996, document the activities of the department. These activities include reviewing legislation affecting the disabled, managing vocational training programs for the disabled, and providing consulting services to assist in the removal of mobility and communication barriers. The collection is organized into twenty-one series. The files consist primarily of correspondence, memoranda, bill analyses, reports, and meeting minutes. Publications, blue prints, photographs, and surveys are also found throughout the collection.
    Of particular interest are the program files relating to the department's vocational training and independent living programs. These programs include the Transition Partnership Program and the WorkAbility II and III Programs. The Transition Partnership Program was established in 1987 to develop cooperative relationships with local education agencies in order to strengthen transition services to high school students with disabilities. The WorkAbility programs were established between 1981 and 1987. The purpose of WorkAbility II is to provide vocational training and job placement services to disabled students enrolled in regional occupational programs and adult schools. The purpose of WorkAbility III is to provide the same services to students enrolled in community colleges. The files in these series contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, course catalogs, and surveys.
    The largest series in the collection is Series R204.012 (Subject Files), which contains records created and collected by the Community Access and Rehabilitation Engineering section. This section was established in 1974. Its mission was to educate, consult, and advise building officials regarding the implementation of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, which requires access to all public facilities. The files of this series contain correspondence, memoranda, photographs, blueprints, and publications relating to the removal of mobility and communication barriers.

    Accruals

    Further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. Dept. of Rehabilitation
    Rehabilitation
    Vocational rehabilitation