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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 9/19/2018 | 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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Creative Workforce Solutions RSA Funded - Full or Partial

VocRehab Vermont | Published 9/18/2018 | Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

VocRehab Vermont’s initiative, Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) streamlines and improves services to customers and employers by offering consistent, coordinated workforce development. Offering a variety of options to job seekers and employers alike, CWS progressive employment options to increase job opportunities for Vermonters. Site contains videos, and documents to support this progressive employment model geared to meet the needs of customers typically not considered to be “employable” and businesses who may be reticent to hire an unfamiliar employee. They can participate at the level that is most comfortable to them. Includes documents for paid internships, insurance, OJT and other items to quickly respond to business.
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Disability Employment Awareness Month and Brandon's Big Career Day at WWRC as We Celebrate International; Podcast Day: Meet Brandon Stees and Hear How VR is Using its Training Centers to Deliver Pre-Employment Transition Services with Special Guest Jessica Stehle and Matt Luther plus Cherie’s National Clearinghouse Update RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 9/17/2018 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This VR Workforce Studio celebrates International Podcast Day on September 30th and National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October featuring Brandon Stees, a young man with a disability who helped WWRC kick off their first Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Career Day. He is joined by the Virginia statewide coordinator for Pre-ETS, Jessica Stehle who explains what Pre-ETS is and how Career Day and with Matt Luther, a VR counselor. Cherie from the NCRTM shares resources for Pre-ETS.
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Resources from the NCRTM: Pre-Employment (Pre-ETS) Transition Resources RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

NCRTM | Published 9/15/2018 | NCRTM

This brief contains a description and links to NCRTM highlighted materials related to Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).
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Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Techniques: Rationales and Examples RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

PEQATAC - Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance | Published 9/13/2018 | PEQATAC - Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance

How information is presented can affect how it is received. We’ve learned from Motivational Interviewing that, when relevant, new information should be presented in a neutral, nonjudgmental, and sensitive manner that empowers consumers to make more informed decisions about quitting or changing a risky or problem behavior. The following paper outlines some of the Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Techniques and provides rationales and sample questions around: - Asking for permission - Eliciting/evoking change talk
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Employment Strategies: Self-Employment RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 9/5/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

Self-employment can offer benefits to people with disabilities. These may include making their own business decisions, setting their own schedule, working around their unique strengths and limitations, the option to work at home, having a job that matches their skills and interests, and the availability of Social Security incentives for growing a business.This research brief highlights tiow it works and tips for success with links to the research about self employment
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Youth with Disabilities Resources Links

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 8/27/2018 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Transitioning into adulthood requires that youth with disabilities and their families carefully plan for the future. These resource links have been compiled to support workforce professionals and other stakeholders to help ensure that youth with disabilities and their families have access to services that can facilitate a seamless transition during the formative years of development. Resources on work-based learning and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) included
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The Poverty Disability Model: 4 Risk Factors RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 8/16/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

The Poverty Disability Model proposes four poverty risk factors that could cause or worsen disability: low social standing; unsafe living conditions; high levels of daily survival stress; and negative group influences. It’s important for VR counselors to provide consumers in poverty with supporting services to reduce the risk of worsening or acquiring disability. The Poverty Disability Model helps counselors understand some of the reasons that people in poverty are more at risk for disability and how these risks can create barriers to employment:
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VR Helps Fill the Talent Pipeline in a Veteran-Owned Business: The Phillip Connor-Intercon-Story RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 8/16/2018 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This VR Workforce Studio podcast centers on the career pathways journey of Phillip Connor as he prepared for a job in manufacturing and has become a self-supporting employee at Intercon, a veteran-owned business. Nate Mahanes, his VR counselor and David Brandt from Intercon add their perspectives. The NCRTM update focuses on the work-based learning toolkit developed by JD-VRTAC, a RSA-funded TA center, and Danni Guest from CSAVR showcases their National Employment Team (NET).
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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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14(c) Certificate Program Resources RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) | Published 8/8/2018 | Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services offers a suite of resources including forms that can be tailored for individual clients receiving the career counseling required under Section 511 of WIOA related to subminimum wage earners. Materials are available in English and Spanish.
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Pre-Employment Transition Services, Community Rehabilitation Provider Resources RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) | Published 8/8/2018 | Maryland Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services has developed a suite of information for community rehabilitation providers to understand the requirements for becoming a Pre-ETS provider and completing required reports.
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Montana Youth and Pre-Employment Transition Services RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) | Published 8/8/2018 | Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS)

This site describes Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) available in Montana, with specific information for youth and families, as well as schools who may be eligible to receive VR and Blind Services (VRBS) funding. to provide services. This site also describes Montana's work-based learning opportunities.
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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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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

Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston | 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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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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Predictors of Post-School Success RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) | Published 7/30/2018 | National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

Research-based predictors and promising practices for post-school success in education, employment, and independent living
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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 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

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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