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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 Take 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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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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Linking Learning to Careers Project Description RSA Funded - Full or Partial

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

Short overview of the Linking Learning to Careers project.
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Substance Abuse Counselors Identify Barriers to Treatment RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 6/14/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

Kentucky substance abuse counselors identified lack of funding, transportation, bureaucracy, and lack of interagency cooperation as the four key barriers to successful client outcomes in rural and urban communities. This research suggests that substance abuse treatment programs work best when they’re tailored to unique community needs. Especially among rural clients, unique cultural characteristics must be addressed, such as family histories of abuse and community encouragement of substance use.
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Turning the Tables: Reverse Job Fairs and Vocational Rehabilitation RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

JD-VRTAC | Published 6/12/2018 | JD-VRTAC

What is a reverse job fair? How can reverse job fairs benefit job-seekers with disabilities and businesses? Are reverse job fairs replacing the traditional job fair model? Visit the job-driven Business Engagement Toolkit Partnerships page to watch this virtual panel. You'll learn how VR agencies and agencies for the Blind in Iowa, Missouri, and New Jersey implemented the reverse job fair model.
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RSA-911 Data Dashboards RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information RSA Technical Assistance Center

Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) | Published 6/11/2018 | Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)

RSA has developed RSA-911 data dashboards which include feedback on data to State VR Agencies. The data dashboards include specific data elements that agencies can use for quality assurance reviews and evaluation of your program. The WINTAC, in partnership with RSA, has recorded an informational webinar to explain the data dashboards, including examples of how the charts can be used for quality assurance and evaluation.
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Spencer Clark's Career Pathway to IDX with Reflections from a Panel of Top VR and CPID Experts. RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 6/10/2018 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This podcast features Spencer Clark, a young man with a disability who became interested in manufacturing, went through a Dream it. Do it. academy vocational training and now works as a mill operator at IDX up in Fredericksburg with guest co-host Emily West, the project manager for Virginia’s Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities grant and a panel of experts from George Washington University.
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NCRTM Highlights on Labor Market Information RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) | Published 6/8/2018 | The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM)

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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The Forerunners RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Hunter College, Southern University of Baton Rouge, and E3TC - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 6/7/2018 | Hunter College, Southern University of Baton Rouge, and E3TC - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

You can help reduce stigma around hiring people with disabilities using the award-winning film “The Forerunner.” The 30-minute film tells the stories of people with disabilities who are working successfully as information technology professionals in Chicago. Watching it has helped change employer attitudes against people with disabilities in the workplace. The Forerunners” is a MIND Alliance film funded by Hunter College – City University of New York. a joint project between Hunter College and Southern University of Baton Rouge.
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CRP Pre-ETS Guidebook: Strategies for Community Rehabilitation Providers to Collaborate on Pre-Employment Transition Services RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

WINTAC | Published 6/7/2018 | WINTAC

If Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) are going to provide Pre-ETS to student with disabilities, they will need to become versed in Pre-ETS, understand how to work and deliver services to younger students, and develop effective processes to collaborate with multiple partners. This guide includes: Section 1: Pre-Employment Transition Services Section 2: Developing Services Based on Staff Resources and Logistics Section 3: Collaborating to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities Section 4: Programming and Reporting Expectations for Pre-ETS Section 5: Tools and Resources Section 6: Appendices
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How is the NCRTM Useful and Relevant to VR Agencies? - 2nd Session RSA Technical Assistance Center

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

This interactive session highlighted features in the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) including how to discover current, reliable and accessible resources, and how agencies can use the NCRTM to share their own materials with the broader rehabilitation community. We also solicited input from vocational rehabilitation agencies for improving the NCRTM. This session was co-hosted by the Council of Administrators of State Vocational Rehabilitation.
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Hidden Gems: Using “Agency Business Relations LMI” as Part of your Labor Market Strategy RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center | Published 6/5/2018 | JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center

When discussing labor market information, or LMI, people are commonly referring to one of two kinds: traditional LMI, or real-time LMI. However, there’s an additional source that vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies shouldn’t overlook: the “hidden gems” of agency business relations LMI.
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Counseling, Ethics, and Labor Market Information (LMI) RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Rick Kugler | Published 6/5/2018 | Job Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JDVRTAC)

WIOA requires VR counselors to utilize a dual customer approach: the client and business. This brief video describes ethical considerations for VR counselors to apply knowledge of the labor market to support individual client skills and interests. LMI should be used to inform decisions instead of driving a decision.
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About The Career Index Plus (TCI+) RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

The Career Index | Published 6/5/2018 | The Career Index

The Career Index Plus (TCI+) is a clearinghouse of labor market information. Specifically developed with the needs of Vocational Rehabilitation in mind, TCI+ is free of charge and brimming with LMI. To instruct all VR stakeholders on its usage, WINTAC has released five introductory TCI+ videos.
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Best Practices in the Administration of the OIB Program RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) | Published 5/31/2018 | National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, Mississippi State University (NRTC)

This document details best practices associated with services to older individuals who are blind, developed by a panel of experts. It is intended to be a guide to policy makers, service providers, and administrators in their efforts to provide quality services through OIB programs. The best practice may be a standard that challenges some state programs. Acceptable practice includes a plan to move toward the best practice, and the unacceptable practice is typically regarded as unsafe, detrimental, or nonproductive in assisting OIB consumers become as independent as possible.
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RSA Technical Assistance on Prior Approval for Grant Activities and Expenditures for RSA Formula Grant Awards RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 5/24/2018 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

This technical assistance series explains prior written approval for certain grant activities and expenditures in accordance with the Uniform Guidance. The series includes five sessions: Session 1 - Prior Approval: Overview Session 2 - Prior Approval: When is it Required? Session 3 - Prior Approval: Administrative and Clerical Staff Session 4 - Prior Approval: General Purpose Equipment Session 5 - Prior Approval: Participant Support Costs The first three sessions are applicable to all RSA formula grant awards. Sessions four and five are specific to the VR program and the flexibilities in TAC 18-02. The technical assistance circular, uniform guidance, and links to the presentations and transcripts are included.
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