Martha Garber, director of applied research and development and leader of UNT's Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) and JOB FIT programs, has been appointed to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas by Gov. Rick Perry.
The Rehabilitation Council of Texas advocates for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process. The council is federally mandated, and members are appointed by the Texas governor and serve three-year terms.
The council reviews, analyzes and advises the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Rehabilitation Services and Division for Blind Services on policy, scope and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services and eligibility requirements. The council also works in partnership with the divisions to develop, agree to, and review state goals and priorities.
UNTWISE and JOB FIT are housed within the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addiction in UNT's College of Public Affairs and Community Service. U.S. News & World Report ranks the department's rehabilitation counseling program 13th in the U.S. and 1st in Texas.
"Martha is an extraordinary individual and UNT is lucky to have her," says Linda Holloway, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addiction. "She is passionate in her mission to ensure that people with disabilities have access to good jobs and are fully included in their communities."