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Workplace Resources for Intellectual Disability

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 8/13/2018 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) experience significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. The Arc reports that between one and three percent of Americans have ID. The majority of adults with ID are either unemployed or underemployed. The following list of resources can help workforce professionals better understand this disability type and facilitate employment opportunities.
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Individual Placement and Support RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 8/9/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

Individual Placement and Support is a supported employment model that gives people with mental illness the help needed to work successfully at competitive jobs. Competitive jobs are positions that are available to anyone which pay at least minimum wage. It is a federally recognized evidence-based practice. Research has shown that with the right type and amount of support, people with mental illness can work successfully. However, for many, the support needed has not been available so employment rates for people with mental illness are low.This article describes evidence based strategies
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My Money

Florida Department of Financial Services | Published 8/8/2018 | Florida Department of Financial Services

The Florida Department of Financial Services created the My Money Program to provide educational lessons for individuals with developmental disabilities and important resources for family members and caregivers. Individuals can learn and practice financial skills at their own pace, using interactive games, activities and educational videos. Lessons focus on money basics, banks and credit unions, accounts, budgeting, government benefit programs and ways to find and keep employment. Parents, guardians and support providers of individuals with developmental disabilities can also access important information on teaching financial skills, government programs and information on the different ways to save and invest money.
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Real People Real Jobs: Stories from the Front Line

Cherie Takemoto | Published 8/8/2018 | Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

This site highlights the employment successes of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are working in paid jobs in their communities. Through the use of innovative, front-line employment support practices, these individuals are earning money, forming networks, and contributing to their communities. Learn more about these people and the promising practices that led to their success. Brief videos and stories are categories according to topic, and also sorted by geographic location.
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The Progressive Employment Model RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

JD-VRTAC | Published 8/8/2018 | Institute for Community Inclusion

The Progressive Employment (PE) model is an employment strategy with an emphasis placed on how VR business relations and job placement personnel interact with employers. PE is predicated on a dual-customer philosophy, making information about business engagement key to better serving VR consumers in finding work experiences while ensuring employer needs are optimally met by the VR program. The PE model is fundamentally based on the premise that businesses should be partners and clients of VR for the process to work most effectively.
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Moccasin Telegraph - Issue 4 - AIVRTTAC RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Lee Gaseoma, Suzanne Malson, Marc Espino, Darold Joseph | Published 8/7/2018 | Institute for Human Development - Northern Arizona University

The Moccasin Telegraph is a newsletter designed to share content that is based on subject matter that has benefits and applications to current scenarios in AIVRS program staff professions. The purpose of our newsletter is to provide the American Indian VR Services (AIVRS) programs with information on upcoming training and technical assistance (TA) events, updates on training and TA services and products, venue to network with key service providers, and spotlight and share individual program success stories.
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VR Workforce Studio Special Episode with Dr. Kurt Sprenger and his reflections on the 2018 NET Summit RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 7/28/2018 | Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio

In this special episode, Dr. Kurt Sprenger, Virginia DARS, shares his take-aways from the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) 2018 NET Summit held at the General Motors Headquarters in Detroit Michigan.
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VR Agency Operations and Services that Lead to Employment RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 7/26/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

This study examined vocational rehabilitation agencies in four states to learn what operation and service practices lead to increased competitive employment for people with disabilities. They identified promising best practices that set both vocational rehabilitation professionals and consumers up for success. Agencies that use at least some of the identified promising best practices shift focus from process to consumer needs and cultivate an environment of innovation. The practices need to be sustainable, replicable, and portable across states, and flexible enough to be tailored to local need. Agency use of these practices enable practitioners to provide services that pave the way for successful, lasting positive consumer outcomes.
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WIOA Annual Report Demo RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 7/25/2018 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

This Rehabilitation Services Administration technical assistance program will provide an overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) annual report submission timeline, state requirements, and a demonstration of the submission portal located at https://www.doleta.gov/performance/pfdocs/ETA-9169-WIOA-State-and-Performance-Report-Template.pdf
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Postsecondary Education and Training Preparation Toolkit. RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). University of North Carolina Charlotte Cato College of Education, Special Education & Child Development | Published 7/24/2018 | National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). University of North Carolina Charlotte Cato College of Education, Special Education & Child Development

The toolkit explains the array of Postsecondary Education and Training (PSET) options for young adults with disabilities after they complete high school. Just as there is a wide range of skills and needs demonstrated by individuals with disabilities, there is an array of opportunities, services, and programs. This toolkit is a resource for any student with a disability, family member, service provider, or educator of a student with a disability, to consider options and plan for PSET access and success. It is a compilation of procedural guidance and research regarding effective practices in PSET.
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They are the Dreamers. We are the Doers. Meet Rose Hilderbrand as she discusses her new job in manufacturing and hear reflections from Vanessa Rastberger of the Manufacturing Skills Institute and the National Clearinghouse Update with Cherie Takemoto RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 7/15/2018 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This podcast features Rose Hilderbrand and her career pathway from last year’s C&C Academy and retraces the steps to her new job in manufacturing. We talk with Heidi King about this year’s academy, check in with Vanessa Rastberger, from the Manufacturing Skills Institute and Cherie Takemoto from the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials
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How does our students’ performance during and after high school impact long-term outcomes? RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) | Published 7/13/2018 | Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and State Education Agencies (SEA) performance indicators align. Post-school outcomes for students with disabilities are impacted by many partners, including VR and Education. WIOA and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require VR and Education agencies to collect data and report on results-driven outcomes. These agencies can support student outcomes and improve agency performance by understanding how they align, the potential impact on shared student data, timelines and priorities
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Identifying and Overcoming Transportation Barriers: a 7-Step Guide RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 7/13/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

This 7-step guide can help you navigate transportation systems, discover resources, and connect with experts in your community. It was developed by the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center. Community transportation systems are often available to help people with disabilities and the elderly find transportation, but they may not be well-advertised and finding them can be difficult and time-consuming. These 7 steps can help you empower consumers with transportation choices.
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Special Topics in Motivational Interviewing (MI) Video Series from Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation OR-1.10 When Pain Takes Center Stage RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Heather Lynch | Published 7/12/2018 | Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

In this 29-minute webcast, Dr. Denise Ernst discusses the topic of pain. What might we do in VR when the pain becomes center stage, a real barrier to going to work and the participant states is overwhelming…the biggest thing in their life.
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Targeted Communities State Profiles RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 7/7/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

Project E3 works with 12 selected communities who receive long-term, on-site Intensive technical assistance focusing on improving employment and community integration of persons with disabilities from VR-eligible, economically disadvantaged targeted populations. This page contains summaries of each of the targeted communities currently working with Project E3. Check back for updates on progress and outcomes.
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Customized Training in VR: Promising Practices RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Job-Driven VR Technical Assistance Center JD-VRTAC | Published 7/7/2018 | Job-Driven VR Technical Assistance Center JD-VRTAC

Customized Training in VR: Promising Practices Characteristics of a Customized Training (CT) partnership include flexibility and innovation. This site includes information about CT programs that involve partnerships with community colleges and programs based on the industry-specific or sector-based training model where VR is a key partner.
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Paid Work Experiences Toolkit RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center | Published 7/7/2018 | JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center

This toolkit goes into further depth to explain internships, pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships and includes case studies and a National Index highlighting models across the US.
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Paid Work Experiences Implementation Guides RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center | Published 7/7/2018 | JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center

Paid work experiences such as pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and internships can lead to increased numbers of individuals with disabilities who meet the demand for rapidly expanding career fields while earning higher wages. For job seekers who face barriers to employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR) can offer paid work experiences that lead to education and credential attainment to better meet business needs.Through candidate identification and preparation, marketing and outreach, pipeline development, and developing partnerships VR can position itself as a source of talent that meets the needs of employers.
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Additional Resources for Customized Training RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center | Published 7/7/2018 | JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center

Topical annotated resource list for Customized Training: Research and Best Practices, Apprenticeship Resources and Websites, Middle Skills (beyond high school but not a four-year degree), and webinars
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What Works? VR Services for SSDI Beneficiaries with Visual Impairments RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3) | Published 7/4/2018 | E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)

Examining VR service delivery patterns may shed light on both the effectiveness and potential risks of services for consumers. This study examined service patterns of VR consumers who had a disability of blindness or visual impairment and who were receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The results identified services that could lead to positive employment outcomes and serve as a red flag signaling the consumer is at risk and may need multiple or intensive services.
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Special Topics in Motivational Interviewing (MI) Video Series from Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation OR-1.9 Adjusting "The VR Dance" to Your Participant RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Heather Lynch | Published 6/28/2018 | Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

This 34-minute video, presented by Dr. Denise Ernst, addresses when and how we adjust the “dance” we do with our VR participants, to consider at how we might be dancing vs. wrestling. Information is shared about how we can stay more in-tune during client meetings
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Disability and Apprenticeship

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 6/22/2018 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Apprenticeships are a great way for people with disabilities to gain entry into a number of well-paying occupations in the technology, manufacturing, construction, and health care industries. The technical assistance tools linked here range from WorkforceGPS resources, webinars, reports, and videos have been compiled to help you connect the pieces between the disability population and the expanding apprenticeship initiative.
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NCRTM Highlights on Labor Market Information RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials | Published 6/15/2018 | National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials

Whether you are in leadership, business or job development, rehabilitation counseling, training, or a client, a fundamental understanding of the uses of Labor Market Information (LMI) may help you explore career decisions and expand job opportunities. The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) is your go-to resource for vocational rehabilitation information, technical assistance and training. The following resources include a sampling from the NCRTM.
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Job-Driven Strategies for Serving Individuals Who Are Blind/Visually Impaired: A Forum for Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Job-Driven VR Technical Assistance Center JD-VRTAC, Workforce Innovation TA Center, (WINTAC) and Mississippi State University National Resources and Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision | Published 6/14/2018 | JD-VRTAC

In June 2018, Job-Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC), Workforce Innovation TA Center (WINTAC), and Mississippi State University NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision hosted an in-person forum for VR agencies serving individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The forum provoked discussion on a variety of job-driven topics, such as: Collaborative WIOA implementation Youth-focused job-driven initiatives Access to job training and career pathways Labor market information Collaborative business engagement
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Linking Learning to Careers Plan and instructions RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Rich Tulikangas and Brian Guy | Published 6/14/2018 | VocRehab Vermont

The LLC Plan is completed with students and reflects their discovery process and experiences while part of Linking Learning to Careers. It includes individualized reflection and planning incorporating their work-based learning, post-secondary, and career exploration. It articulates student interest, skills, barriers, and short- and long-range steps to achieve their goals. The LLC Plan is directly tied to the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) and draws from and contributes to other plans developed at school. For some students, the LLC Plan simply documents their work and next steps through LLC; for others, it offers an opportunity to be creative and expressive about their future “beyond the pages” of the other plans in their lives.
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