State Rehabilitation Council Hosts Legislative Reception at State Capitol


Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and Alex Watters at the 2020 Legislative ReceptionThe State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) held its annual Legislative Reception at the Iowa State Capitol Building on March 4, 2020.

The SRC provides an advisory role to Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) on policy and outreach. Members of the council are appointed by the Governor to serve a 3 year term. Annually the SRC hosts a Legislative Reception to share information on the return on investment of the State’s appropriation for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) as well as offer a thank you to legislators for their support.

The Outreach Committee plays a key part in organizing and hosting the legislative reception to highlight the work that is taking place at IVRS.

“The Outreach committee for the SRC focuses on amplifying the great work that Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation is doing. Part of that communication and education is talking with State and Federal delegation about the work that IVRS is doing to employ people with disabilities into competitive integrated employment,” SRC Chair Alex Watters said.

This year, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg visited with SRC Chair Alex Watters at the reception to learn how IVRS serves persons with disabilities in Iowa.

Watters was first appointed to the SRC in July 2016 and has been the SRC Chair since July 2018.

Watters has been employed at Morningside College since 2013, advising students making the transition from high school, mostly recently, in Career Development.

“In that role, I work with first and second year students on helping them explore the diverse majors offered at Morningside College and assist them with learning more about various industries, the job market, and opportunities to get hands-on experience in their anticipated career field,” Watters said.

Watters was appointed as a member of the City Council for Sioux City in 2017 and elected to a four-year term in November of 2017. In addition to serving on the City Council, Watters has serves on various boards and commissions.

“One of my passions is the recruitment and retention of young professionals in our state. I have served on the executive committee for our local young professional organization and continue to serve on the board for Young Professionals of Iowa.”

SRC Members and IVRS Staff were at the capitol for the 2020 Legislative ReceptionWatters provides an essential link in focusing on disability issues in Iowa.

“The reason I am so supportive of IVRS and proud to serve on the SRC is because I am a product of those services,” he said. “After my accident I was unsure what resources were available and how I would be able to achieve my career goals. Local IVRS counselors encouraged me to pursue my dreams, assisted me with going back to college, and helped me regain my independence. With their assistance I was able to go from relying on programs such as SSI, SSDI, and exclusively Medicare/Medicaid to becoming gainfully employed, owning my own home, a vehicle that with assistive technology I drive to work, and even hold public office. My situation is not an anomaly. IVRS is working with thousands of disabled Iowans every year. Helping them achieve independence, invest in our economy, and instilling in them a belief that with the right support services they too can pursue their dreams.”