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This section contains links to RSA’s technical assistance (TA) centers, RSA-funded projects, WIOA federal partners, other resources and research databases that offer information for users interested in additional rehabilitation training information.


Rehabilitation Services Administration

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Portal

RSA is the principal federal agency of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) that provides leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market. The RSA Portal contains news and information about RSA; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), grants and funding; research and statistics; reporting and monitoring; and other resources.

RSA TA CENTERS

This section contains links to RSA technical assistance (TA) centers and resources.



American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC)

AIVRTTAC provides intensive, targeted, and universal training and technical assistance (TA) to the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs. There are currently 85 AIVRS programs located on tribal lands in 25 states serving tribal members with disabilities to prepare for gainful employment. The Center also holds webinars, self-paced training, regional training, and develops quarterly evidence-based practice guides, on-line newsletters, videos, and FAQ documents for the AIVRS VR community.


E3TC

E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)

The purpose of Project E3 is to provide technical assistance (TA) to State VR agencies and their partners to address barriers to VR participation and competitive integrated employment of historically underrepresented groups of individuals with disabilities. TA will be provided on-site through long-term service delivery relationships with local VR agency personnel and community-based partners in economically disadvantaged communities selected by the VR agencies themselves.


Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (VRTAC)

The Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (VRTAC) is jointly funded by RSA and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to identify, adapt, embed, and sustain job-driven practices that lead to improved employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Outcomes and strategies from the VRTAC are designed around four topic areas: labor market information, services to employers, building and maintaining employer relations, and services to training providers.


National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

The purpose of the NTACT is to assist state education agencies, local education agencies, State VR agencies and other VR service providers to implement evidence–based and promising practices to ensure students with disabilities, stay in school, progress in school, and graduate with knowledge, skills, and supports needed to succeed in postsecondary education and employment.


Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

The purpose of the Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) is to provide training and TA to designated State agencies (DSAs) (the State agencies that provide VR services to individuals who are blind) that receive grant funding under the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) program and to other service providers that receive OIB program funding from DSAs to provide services to consumers.


Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQATAC)

The purpose of the Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance Training and Technical Assistance Center (PEQATAC) is to assist State VR agencies to improve performance management by building their capacity to carry out high–quality program evaluations and quality assurance practices that promote continuous program improvement.


Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities (VRTAC–Y)

The purpose of the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities (VRTAC–Y) is to provide TA to State VR agencies to improve services to and outcomes of: (1) students with disabilities, as defined in section 7(37) of the Rehabilitation Act, who are in school and who are not receiving services under the IDEA; and (2) youth with disabilities, as defined in section 7(42) of the Rehabilitation Act, who are no longer in school and who are not employed, including dropouts.


Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)

The purpose of the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) is to provide training and TA to State VR agencies on the new statutory requirements imposed by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The WINTAC will develop and provide training and TA to State VR agency staff and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of WIOA.



RSA-FUNDED PROJECTS

This section contains links to RSA’s grant-funded projects.



Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID)

Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) funds collaborative models and promising practices enabling individuals with disabilities, including youth with disabilities, to access existing or new career pathways to competitive integrated employment in high-demand occupations in Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska and Virginia. State VR agencies enable individuals to attain training, education and industry-recognized credentials through comprehensive supports and accommodations and partnerships with employers, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, American Job Centers, workforce training providers and social and human service organizations.

Visit the centers' websites:

Georgia

Kentucky

Nebraska

Virginia


Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI Forum)

IRI develops publications for use in training and technical assistance for vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors, consumers, administrators, and other partners in the VR scope. These publications provide a unique perspective on emerging issues in vocational rehabilitation as both the topics and content are developed by practitioners.

Interpreter Centers

Interpreter Education Training

RSA funds interpreter education projects to increase the number of skilled interpreters throughout the country who can meet the communication needs of individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and individuals who are deaf-blind. In 2017, RSA funded five new national projects, including an Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center for novice interpreters and four projects focused on interpreter training in specialty areas.

 

Graduation to Certification - CATIE Center

The purpose of Graduation to Certification is to develop an Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center for Novice Interpreters and Baccalaureate Degree ASL-English Interpretation Programs in order to increase the number of certified interpreters, reduce the average length of time it takes for novice interpreters to become nationally certified after graduating from baccalaureate degree ASL-English interpretation programs and increase the average number of hours that novice interpreters, through the experiential learning program, interact with and learn from the local deaf community.

 

Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI) - Northeastern University

The project will address the growing demand for interpreters with specialized skills to serve Deaf and DeafBlind persons with atypical language and will continually update an annotated bibliography of print and video media dealing with atypical language, language dysfluency, and language deprivation. Building on this foundation and other effective practices research, a Program of Study will be created and offered to experienced interpreters beginning in 2018.

 

Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds (Project CLIMB)- University of Northern Colorado

This project serves to increase the number of interpreters of color and heritage signing backgrounds by creating career paths for specialization in legal interpreting for practitioners from these underrepresented communities. Project CLIMB will focus on the delivery of educational opportunities for minority group interpreters, within communities of practice created by a critical mass of interpreters who share similar backgrounds. The Project’s core consultants provide expertise in legal systems, instructional design, delivery and program evaluation.

 

DeafBlind Interpreting - Western Oregon University

The purpose DeafBlind Interpreting is to develop an Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center for Novice Interpreters and Baccalaureate Degree ASL-English Interpretation Programs in order to increase the number of certified interpreters, reduce the average length of time it takes for novice interpreters to become nationally certified after graduating from baccalaureate degree ASL-English interpretation programs and increase the average number of hours that novice interpreters, through the experiential learning program, interact with and learn from the local deaf community.

 

Interpreting in Healthcare Settings - CATIE Center

Interpreting in Healthcare Settings provides specialty training to working interpreters with a baccalaureate degree in ASL-English who possess a minimum of three years of relevant experience as an interpreter or equivalence such as relevant professional experience, and years of education (credit hours) not totaling a formal degree.


Parent Information and Training Programs

The program provides training and information to enable individuals with disabilities, and their parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or other authorized representatives, to participate more effectively in meeting their vocational, independent living, and rehabilitation needs. These projects are designed to meet the unique information and training needs of individuals with disabilities who live in the area to be served, particularly those who are members of populations who have been unserved or underserved.


 

Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment (RAISE)

Works with the seven RSA-funded Parent Training & Information Centers to develop and disseminate information and resources that increase their capacity to serve youth and young adults with disabilities and their families.


Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute

The Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute offers tribal vocational rehabilitation courses for vocational rehabilitation professionals to gain specific American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) training and to earn a stand-alone credential in tribal vocational rehabilitation.



WIOA FEDERAL PARTNERS

This section contains links to federal partners that comply with WIOA legislation.


Administration for Community Living (ACL)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ACL has taken over three programs formerly managed by the Department of Education (Ed). These programs more closely align with ACL’s mission. WIOA implementation provides an important opportunity to strengthen the participation of human services programs in workforce development efforts.


Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) CSBG is a natural and important partner within the public workforce system and has a long history of collaborating with workforce partners under the precursor (the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)) to the WIOA law.


Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD creates strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all U.S. workers.


Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

The Department of Labor (DOL) ETA is collaborating with other federal agencies to prepare everyone for the implementation of WIOA. ETA’s WIOA Resource Page provides information and resources for states, local areas, non-profits and other grantees and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of WIOA. This page is updated to reflect newly developed materials, including responses to frequently asked questions.


Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

The Department Agriculture (USDA) FNS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allows participants to improve skills that can lead to a career and financial independence. Individuals who receive nutrition assistance benefits qualify for many federal and state employment and training programs that help them obtain and retain employment.


Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE)

The Department of Education (ED) OCTAE is responsible for adult education, family literacy and helping all students acquire challenging academic, technical and employability skills to succeed in postsecondary education and in-demand careers.


Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

The Department of Education (ED) RSA oversees grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services. RSA's major Title I formula grant program provides funds to State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to provide employment-related services for individuals with disabilities, giving priority to individuals with significant disabilities.


TANF/WIOA Learning Community

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) TANF/WIOA Learning Community was developed in response to WIOA and offers an opportunity for significant and improved collaboration between workforce agency partners.


Workforce GPS/ION

The Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) is a community of practitioners, program staff, partners, planners, industry leaders and stakeholders that strive for system improvement, capacity building and excellence in the public workforce system. The ION is a national, regional, state and local alliance that makes available the technical assistance, information sharing, and training needed to implement the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that was signed into law in 2014.




OTHER RESOURCES

This section includes a variety of rehabilitation and disability resources and organizations including other federally-funded projects, professional and membership associations, advocacy and service-based organizations, and accreditation boards.


AbleData

AbleData is a free resource for objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment from both domestic and international sources. The database provides information on more than 40,000 products, 5,000 manufacturers and distributors, 3,000 organizations and 11,000 research abstracts.

ADARA

ADARA facilitates excellence in human service delivery with individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This mission is accomplished by enhancing the professional competencies of the membership, expanding opportunities for networking among ADARA colleagues and supporting positive public policies for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.


American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)

ARCA is an organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators, and students who are concerned with improving the lives of people with disabilities. The organization strives to enhance the development of people with disabilities throughout their life span and to promote excellence in the rehabilitation counseling profession.


Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE)

ACRE is a national membership organization for trainers and educators who work in the field of employment for people with disabilities. Through competency-based training, ACRE promotes continuing education for professionals in order to raise the standard of employment services nationally.


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

AHEAD is an international professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.


Center for Parent Information and Resources

This is the portal for resources and information relevant to the parent training and information centers funded by the Office of Special Education Programs and the RSA within the U.S. Department of Education. Resources relevant to the rehabilitation community include self-advocacy, transition from school to work, college and career readiness, and postsecondary education.


Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE)

CCIE is the accreditation board for interpreter education programs. The commission was established by the collaboration of six stakeholder organizations and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).


Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)

CRCC sets the standard for quality rehabilitation counseling services in the United States and Canada. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, CRCC certifies rehabilitation counselors with its widely recognized, national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation.


Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)

CORE is a specialized accreditation organization that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). CORE accredits undergraduate and graduate programs in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies to prepare those going into the rehabilitation and counseling field.


Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT)

CIT is a professional organization dedicated to laying the educational foundations for interpreters to build bridges of understanding. While focused primarily on interpreters working between American Sign Language and English, the conference welcomes educators who work with other languages, whether signed or spoken.


Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR)

CANAR is an organization under the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (AIVRS) and works to increase and enhance the quality of culturally relevant and appropriate services, resulting in employment and positive outcomes for Native Americans with disabilities.


Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)

CSAVR is composed of the chief administrators of public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the United States, District of Columbia, and territories. The organization maintains a national program of public vocational rehabilitation services which empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into our communities.


International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP)

IARP is a global association for professionals involved in private rehabilitation. Leaders in case and disability management, forensics, vocational expertise, and life care planning are members of the IARP community known for diversity, mentoring, entrepreneurial approach and intellectual power.


Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN is a source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.


National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States. The non-profit works to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America.


National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC)

NAMRC is a professional association who promotes cultural diversity and disability through advocacy for excellence and equity in rehabilitation research, education, and practice. The purpose of this organization is to create an understanding of the barriers, impact and outcomes of cultural insensitivity; to ensure the provision of equitable and quality rehabilitation services; to provide professional development and enrichment of cultural competence.


The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)

NASET is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education. The organization promotes the profession of special education, and provides a national forum for ideas involving special education.


National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

NASDSE provides services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts and maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The association focuses on improving educational services and outcomes for children and youth with disabilities throughout the United States, the Department of Defense, the federated territories and the Freely Associated States of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.


National Council on Disability (NCD)

NCD is an independent, federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.


National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE)

NCRE is a professional organization of educators dedicated to quality services for persons with disabilities through education and research. The council advocates up-to-date education and training as well as the maintenance of professional standards in the field of rehabilitation.


National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB)

NCSAB works to enable individuals who are blind and visually impaired to achieve personal and vocational independence through advocacy, coordination and education, as well as the delivery of specialized services.


National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC works to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.

The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)

NRA is a membership organization that promotes ethical and state of the art practice in rehabilitation with the goal of the personal and economic independence of persons with disabilities. As an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities, the NRA’s mission is to provide advocacy, awareness and career advancement for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation.


National Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NRCA)

NRCA was founded in 1958 as an organization to represent the unique concerns of practicing rehabilitation counselors. Today, NRCA is one of the largest national organization representing rehabilitation counselors practicing in a variety of work settings: private non-profit agencies, hospital medical settings, educational programs, private-for-profit businesses, state/federal agencies, private practice, unions, and others.


Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA)

PRA is the premier source of learning, knowledge and research for the psychiatric rehabilitation profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the recovery workforce. PRA represents more than 1,300 individual and organizational members, representing 8,000 psychiatric rehabilitation professionals.


Rehabilitation Research Training Centers (RRTCs)

These centers are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to conduct coordinated and integrated advanced programs of research targeted toward the production of new knowledge in the disability and rehabilitation community. The centers work to improve rehabilitation methodology and service delivery systems, alleviate or stabilize disabling conditions, or promote maximum social and economic independence for persons with disabilities.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

RID is a national membership organization that advocates for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language. RID supports members and encourages the growth of the profession through the establishment of a national standard for qualified sign language interpreters and transliterators, ongoing professional development and adherence to a code of professional conduct.


Section508.gov

Section 508 requires that Federal agencies’ electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. This site contains resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.

The Summit Group

The Summit Group is a community of practice committed to the professional education and training of Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluators and to the improvement of performance management within state vocational rehabilitation agencies.


TASH

TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. The non-profit corporation works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.

Ticket to Work Program

Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (Ticket) program is a Federal program designed to provide SSI and SSDI beneficiaries the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter and maintain employment. This site contains links to useful information for employers, rehabilitation counselors, and people with disabilities.



RESEARCH DATABASES

This section includes key information databases focused on disability and rehabilitation.


Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)

ERIC is an online database that provides access to educational literature and resources. The database is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement and is administered by the U.S. National Library of Education (NLE).


MEDLINE®/PubMed® Resources

MEDLINE® contains journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world, and contains over 21 million references to biomedical and life sciences journal articles back to 1946. PubMed® provides free access to MEDLINE and links to full text articles when possible.


National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

NARIC is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NARIC collects, catalogs, and disseminates the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR.


PsycINFO

PsycINFO® is an expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health, making it an ideal discovery and linking tool for scholarly research in a host of disciplines.