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Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI): Index of Publications (1963-2015) Interpreter Material RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information

Arkansas CURRENTS, George Washington University, West Virginia University, Stout | Published 9/9/2019 | Arkansas CURRENTS, George Washington University, West Virginia University, Stout

For over 50 years, the IRI was a national forum for discussing the challenges facing the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Program. IRI publications provide a unique perspective on emerging issues in vocational rehabilitation as both the topics and the content are developed by practitioners. This document contains a links to all available IRI documents beginning with the ones that have been remediated for accessibility by New Editions Consulting, Inc. in 2017 and 2018 under Contract No. ED-OSE-16-Q-0006 from the U.S. Department of Education. While much of the content remains relevant to the field, please note the date of the original publication and that subsequent changes in laws and regulations may supersede some content.
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Building Financial Wellness Curriculum

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Integrated Health Care and Self-Directed Recovery | Published 9/5/2019 | UIC Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

The Building Financial Wellness curriculum is designed to help participants develop money management skills to promote their overall recovery, well-being, and health. Classes guide participants to recognize what triggers their spending, how using credit leads to debt, and ways to cope with challenging feelings about money. Participants also learn to set attainable financial goals. Learning occurs in a context of acceptance and encouragement, aimed at increasing participants’ sense of control over their personal finances. This course was developed for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, but it can be used by anyone who wants to gain basic financial management knowledge and skills.
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The JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) | Published 9/3/2019 | Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN’s Workplace Accommodation Toolkit is a free, comprehensive online resource for employers and contains actionable accommodation policies and processes from leading U.S. businesses, a suite of accommodation forms, training presentations, and role play videos modeling inclusive behaviors. The Toolkit also includes best and emerging practices for creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities during all phases of the employment life cycle. Resources support organizational efforts to accommodate applicants, candidates, and employees with disabilities; to train those serving in roles critical to managing disability; and to promote disability inclusion throughout the workplace
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Soft skills needed for success in today’s workplace with Vocational Rehabilitation Superstar, Catherine Conlon and Other Top VR Professionals RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 9/1/2019 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

Soft skills needed to effectively communicate, problem solve, collaborate, and organize are becoming more important. Recruiters and employment experts report a soft skills gap, especially among young workers more accustomed to texting than talking. Many job candidates fall short on interpersonal abilities. This show discusses key workforce readiness and soft skills that employees need to be successful in today’s environment, especially in manufacturing
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Medicaid “Buy-in” Q&A

Administration for Community Living | Published 8/31/2019 | Administration for Community Living

Medicaid “buy-in” allows workers with disabilities access to Medicaid community-based services not available through other insurers. Nationally, workforce participation among people with disabilities is significantly lower than those without disabilities. Some individuals with disabilities who want to work face barriers achieving their employment and earnings potential because they need to choose between healthcare and work. Medicaid “buy-in” breaks down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
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Assistive Technology and Community Living

Administration for Community Living (ACL) | Published 8/29/2019 | Administration for Community Living (ACL)

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has released an issue brief on assistive technology. Assistive technology includes software, devices, equipment and products that improve the functioning of individuals of all ages with disabilities.
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Welcome to the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) YouTube Channel RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) | Published 8/27/2019 | Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

This is the YouTube Channel with videos from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
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TA Coalition Webinar: Best Practices for Supported Employment (For Individuals with Serious Mental Illness)

Presenters: Katherine Burson, Susan McGurk, PhD, and Cheryl Bates-Harris | Published 8/16/2019 | National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment is a widely known and extensively studied evidence-based practice that helps people with serious mental illness get and keep jobs. Speakers will provide a brief overview of Supported Employment services; how to create a culture of recovery and employment within existing employment support systems; provide an overview of Thinking Skills for Work Program (a set of cognitive enhancement services that can improve outcomes for people who are not responding to traditional IPS); and strategies for successfully navigating the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) process to achieve employment for individuals with serious mental illness.
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JobTIPS: Helping Youth with ASD Transition to Employment RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3) | Published 8/14/2019 | E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)

The research summary describes JobTIPS. Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are at a higher risk for unemployment or under-employment after high school than many youth with other types of disabilities. Study results show that JobTIPS, an online program that teaches interviewing skills to youth with ASD, is effective in teaching youth with ASD to give appropriate verbal responses to interview questions. This resource is available on the JobTIPS website: https://do2learn.com/JobTIPS/
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Work-Based Learning Experiences in Way2Work Maryland RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Ellen Fabian, Amy D'Agati, Kelli Crane, Meredith Gramlich, Taylor Morris | Published 8/14/2019 | University of Maryland

Students with disabilities lag behind their nondisabled peers in terms of securing employment and/or enrolling in post-secondary programs after school exit. One evidence-based practice to prepare youth for careers is to offer work-based learning experiences (WBLEs), particularly when they are provided in integrated community settings. This brief outlines what Way2Work MD is, the results of our first cohort, and lessons we have learned for our second cohort.
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Unfolding Scenarios - 12 Interpreter Scenarios, a Learner Handbook, and Curriculum Guide Interpreter Material RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI) | Published 8/12/2019 | Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI)Northeastern University

Unfolding Scenarios consists of 12 interpreting scenarios, five structured from the perspective of a Deaf interpreter (DI) and seven from the perspective of a hearing interpreter. Each scenario includes five to seven decision points where the interpreter must decide how to proceed. A Learner handbook for independent learners and a curriculum guide for educators is available along with instructions for obtaining RID CEUs.
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Applying Motivational Interviewing Principles with People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) during Crisis Situations

Presenters: Elizabeth Guroff and Pam Pietruszewski | Published 8/12/2019 | National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

As treatment professionals work diligently to maintain positive and productive relationships with clients it is essential to start with a foundation of person-centered communication. Targeted crisis planning for people with SMI is a tool that complements other suicide prevention efforts, especially during crisis situations. In this webinar, the presenters will identify the Motivational Interviewing strategies most applicable to working with people with SMI, especially during escalated and crisis situations. The webinar will draw from example scenarios as the presenters overlay Dr. Bruce Perry’s arousal continuum with the spirit and process of Motivational Interviewing
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Capstone Project Hub RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

PEQATAC - Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance | Published 8/9/2019 | PEQATAC - Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance

After successful completion of the online PEQATAC Certification courses, participants will implement a capstone project within their state VR program. These projects are intended to provide an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained through the online courses in real-life situations. The goal is to design and implement program evaluation projects that support the participant’s state agency’s needs in measuring various aspects connected to successful WIOA implementation.
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Motivational Interviewing with Youth in the VR Setting RSA Technical Assistance Center

Y-TAC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities | Published 8/8/2019 | Y-TAC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities

This webinar provided an overview of adolescent development and the match between adolescent needs and motivational interviewing techniques. An overview was provided of Miller and Rollnick’s MI process and accompanying techniques, including the OARS communication skills, the EPE method, strategies for developing discrepancy and agenda-setting, and how to roll with resistance. Throughout the webinar, tips were provided for adapting traditional MI skills to meet the unique needs of adolescence. Additionally, this webinar highlighted VR themes that lend themselves well to the MI approach and a crosswalk between the traditional VR approach and the MI model.
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Applying Trauma-Informed Practices to Work with Youth in the VR Setting RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Y-TAC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities | Published 8/6/2019 | Y-TAC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities

This webinar provided an overview of the various types of trauma that individuals accessing VR services may have experienced, including acute trauma, complex trauma, and historical trauma.
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Curricula Enhancement Module Series: A Project of the National Center for Cultural Competence

National Center for Cultural Competence | Published 8/5/2019 | Georgetown University

The curricula enhancement module series is designed to: Assist faculty in incorporating four key content areas into existing curricula that are important to cultural and linguistic competence in public health; Provide a set of defined areas of knowledge, skills, and awareness related to each core content area; Offer relevant materials, articles, publications, and other multimedia resources for each core content area; Provide faculty with instructional and self-discovery strategies.
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Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) | Published 8/5/2019 | HHS

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers this e-learning program to further support the effort to reduce mental health disparities among minority populations. The free and accredited program is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of behavioral health providers related to culturally- and linguistically-appropriate services. The program's courses cover the connection between culture and behavioral health; the impact of cultural identity on interactions between clients and providers; and ways to engage, assess, and treat clients from diverse backgrounds. Registration is free and required. Continuing education recognition is available.
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Self-Advocacy Online

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation | Published 8/5/2019 | University of Minnesota

The NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living and Participation hosts Self-Advocacy Online, a website featuring content of interest to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities involved in the self-advocacy movement. Visitors can view dozens of short video interviews with self-advocates from across the country, explore lessons on different aspects of self-advocacy, and read easy-to-understand presentations about research in self-advocacy.
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InfoComic Series on TBI and Chronic Pain

written by Silas James and Ayla Jacob and illustrated by David Lasky and Tom Dougherty | Published 8/5/2019 | Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS)

The NIDILRR-funded University of Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center (UWTBIMS) has published a four-part InfoComic series on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic pain. Each part of the series introduces a new character with a TBI who discusses how they manage their chronic pain. The series covers life with chronic pain, co-occurring conditions, managing spasticity, and pain and anxiety. Each issue includes an activity log readers can use to record their pain experience and the different methods they use to manage it. Text-based factsheets on the same topics are also available.
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Understanding Social Security and Work Incentives (Blindness/Visual Impairments)

National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI) | Published 8/5/2019 | National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI)

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments has released several new special courses for professionals working with people who are blind or visually impaired. Understanding Social Security Work Incentives provides an overview of Social Security benefits, the impact of work on these benefits, and the differences between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Continuing education credits are available for these courses, and the courses can be accessed free of charge.Scroll through entries to locate this course.
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Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments, | Published 8/5/2019 | Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairments, Mississippi State University

Ethics for Professionals Working with People who are Blind or Visually Impaired is a two-part course designed to assist professionals in becoming familiar with the concepts of ethical and cultural competence needed to work with people who are blind or visually impaired. Continuing education credits are available for these courses, and the courses can be accessed free of charge. Scroll through course offerings to locate this course.
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Leaving Social Security Benefits Behind for a Fortune 500 Job through Vocational Rehabilitation: The Marvin Whitfield Story Interpreter Material RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 8/1/2019 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This episode highlights Marvin's path to earning his manufacturing credentials and being hired at Hersheys. Marvin explains how his deafness allows him to focus on his job without distractions and how VR services helped him leave social security benefits without any negative impact on his life. NCRTM resources related to financial literacy, empowerment, and benefits are highlighted.
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Resource Mapping and Flow of Services RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Kelli Crane (University of Maryland), Ruth Allison and Caroline MaGee (NTACT) | Published 8/1/2019 | National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

Community resource mapping and developing a flow of services is an effective strategy to promote a seamless transition for students and youth with disabilities. It is a process to organize information and to give direction to meet the common community goal. The major goal of community resource mapping is to ensure all students and youth have access to a broader, more comprehensive, and integrated system of services essential in achieving desired school and post-school outcomes.
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RSA Update: Data Collection, Reporting, and Performance Accountability RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) | Published 7/31/2019 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA),

RSA Update: Data Collection, Reporting, and Performance Accountability PowerPoint presented at Get Aware Live Conference in Seattle, WA on July 25, 2019. This presentation covered WIOA Annual Reports, Negotiating Levels of VR Program Performance, Case Service Report (RSA-911), RSA-911 Correction Procedures, Using RSA-911 Data, and website news.
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Playlist 1: Guidance for WIOA Programs, Service Providers, and Practitioners Working with Individuals with Disabilities

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 7/25/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) increases access for individuals with disabilities to high quality workforce services including preparation for competitive integrated employment. The purpose of this playlist is to provide WIOA service providers with information specifically about disabilities. This information, presented in five parts, can be helpful in creating partnerships that build on individuals’ talents and also strengthen or accommodate areas of need.
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