Division Director Allison Flanagan Biography

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Since September 2017, Allison Flanagan has served as the Director of the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. She moved to Florida from Kentucky in May 2017 to serve as the Deputy Director of the Florida Division of Blind Services (DBS). At DBS she oversaw the operations and updated policies to include changes regarding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), among other responsibilities. Prior to joining DBS, she was the Executive Director for five years of the Kentucky Office for the Blind. In addition to her experience directing a state agency and implementing policy and operational goals, she served as an online instructor for her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, where she holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

This year Director Flanagan is serving as President-elect for the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. This council is composed of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the States, District of Columbia and the territories. These agencies constitute the state partners in the State-Federal program of rehabilitation services provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Under her leadership, Director Flanagan works with staff, service providers, businesses and other agencies to raise awareness and promote inclusion in the workplace. “I am impressed by the passion and dedication of my staff working in partnership with stakeholders to be the state agency that helps people with disabilities find, get or keep a better job.”

Allison has been a public servant since she began her state career in Kentucky in 1993. She has three daughters and one grandson.