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Celebrating the ADA

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 7/11/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

In July, the nation celebrates the 29th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of disability and is helping ensure all Americans have equal access to employment.The Employment and Training Administration highlights government and nonprofit resources to support American Job Centers, employers, and people with disabilities on the technical assistance resources available.
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Understanding Internships

PACER's National Parent Center on Employment and Transition | Published 7/10/2019 | PACER Center

An internship is a great way to learn about a profession, explore employment options, develop and foster new networks, explore workplace cultures, and learn if a particular career path is right for you. For youth with disabilities, internships can also be an excellent opportunity to identify and practice useful job accommodations and assistive technologies. PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment’s webpage, Understanding Internships, provides answers to basic questions such as “Why seek an internship?,” “What is an internship?,” “What are the benefits of internships?,” and “Where do I find an internship?”
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Youth in Action! – Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) | Published 7/10/2019 | National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

Youth in Action! – Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences, from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD), presents steps for finding an internship or other work-based learning opportunity and provides youth with tips on how to get the most out of the experience.
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Fostering Inclusive Volunteering and Service Learning

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) | Published 7/10/2019 | National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

For individuals with disabilities to access and benefit from volunteering, the practice of inclusion is key. This NCWD guide, “Fostering Inclusive Volunteering and Service Learning,” provides information useful to youth service professionals and others interested in facilitating youth engagement in volunteer activities. It provides an overview of how youth can benefit from volunteering and describes different types of volunteer opportunities and the youth service professional’s role in assisting youth to prepare for, access, and learn from their experiences.
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Best Practices for Pre-Employment Transition Services RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) | Published 7/10/2019 | National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

Recently a GAO-18-502 report titled “Students with Disabilities: Additional Information from Education Could Help States Provide Pre-Employment Transition Services” noted states indicated the need for “additional assistance with identifying best practices” (p. 26). The following table from OSERS’ National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit provides a starting point for state and local Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education agencies. (Note: An asterisk * denotes examples of job exploration counseling that can be provided by VR under pre-employment transition services)
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Targeted Populations: Adjudicated Youth / Adults RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 7/8/2019 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

Many stories about the criminal justice system focus on race and poverty and not from the lens of people with disabilities. Approximately 750,000 people with disabilities are currently imprisoned or more than 30% of the prison population (500,000 with cognitive impairment, 250,000 with mobility problems and 140,000 people who are blind/vision loss). The majority of them are predominantly African-American, Hispanic, or new immigrants who face challenges already compounded by effects of racism, ableism and other forms of discrimination and whose disabilities were not appropriately addressed, diagnosed, or treated. This E3TC page is updated regularly with information on this topic.
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Innovative Rehabilitation Training Pre-Application Webinar RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 7/5/2019 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)RSA

This pre-recorded informational webinar is designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA) Innovative Rehabilitation Training CFDA 84.263C. Specifically, this webinar is designed to highlight pertinent information from the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) to assist the applicant’s understanding of this competition. For more information visit the following link: https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/rsa/new-rsa-grants.html
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Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Pre-Application Webinar RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 7/5/2019 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

This pre-recorded informational webinar provides technical assistance to interested applicants for four separate competitions under the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA) Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program, CFDA numbers 84.129B Long Term Training – Rehabilitation Counseling, 84.129H Long Term Training – Mental Illness, 84.129P Long Term Training ̶ Blindness, and 84.129Q Long Term Training – Deafness. Specifically, this webinar is designed to highlight pertinent information from the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) to assist the applicant’s understanding of this competition. For more information visit the following link: https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/rsa/new-rsa-grants.html
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The Spark that Ignites Vocational Rehabilitation RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 7/1/2019 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

An interview with VR Workforce Studio co-commentator, Rick Sizemore as he concludes a 33-year career at WWRC and focuses on the VR Workforce Studio podcast.
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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 7/1/2019 | 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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Helping Seniors with Visual Impairment Maintain Active Engagement in the Community RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) | Published 6/17/2019 | Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

Many people who are older blind would like to participate in community and senior center activities. This document provides a list of suggestions for creating a comfortable, safe, and adaptive community and senior center.
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Basic Questionnaire for Referral for People who are Visually Impaired RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) | Published 6/17/2019 | Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

Questionnaire for Referral: It can be difficult to determine quickly how to prioritize consumers for services. This quick 10 question list can help identify immediate needs and referral needs.
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American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Pre-Application Webinar RSA Information

Rehabilitation Training Administration (RSA) | Published 6/13/2019 | Rehabilitation Training Administration (RSA)

This pre-recorded informational webinar is designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for grants under the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA) AIVRS program competition, under CFDA 84.250M. Specifically, this webinar is designed to highlight pertinent information from the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) to assist the applicants’ understanding of this competition. For more information visit the following link: https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/rsa/new-rsa-grants.html
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Workplace Resources for the Deaf

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 6/12/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

In 2017, based on statistics derived from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, there are 3,956,175 individuals ages 18 to 64 with hearing disabilities living in the community. The ability to communicate forms a foundation for every day decision making and relationship building. Communicating with deaf individuals is an achievable goal in the workplace as outlined in the following resources from Workforce GPS.
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Workplace Resources for the Blind

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 6/12/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

In 2017, based on statistics derived from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, there are 3,869,339 individuals ages 18 to 64 with vision disabilities living in the community. Amongst working-age blind adults, one leading barrier is not knowing how to use Braille, a skill which has been found to be correlated with successful employment outcomes for those with blindness. The following links from WorkforceGPS are workplace resources targeted for this population.
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Understanding PTSD

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 6/10/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic events. It is estimated that 7 to 8 percent of the American population will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. These resources compiled by Workforce GPS are listed to help overcome misconceptions about PTSD and to increase awareness of resources available.
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Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

RespectAbility: Fighting Stigma and Advancing Opportunities | Published 6/10/2019 | RespectAbility: Fighting Stigma and Advancing Opportunities

In 2016, RespectAbility, in consultation with a wide-ranging group of diverse leaders, prepared a detailed report, Disability & Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success. The report, which was featured on the PBS Newshour, looks at how youth with disabilities get caught in the school-to-prison pipeline, what happens to people with disabilities behind bars and how people exit the criminal justice system. Leaders in the disability community and leaders in the criminal justice reform movement have much to learn from each and have great opportunities to collaborate. Below is a short list of resources, reports and organizations that touch on the critical intersection of ableism, racism and economic inequality in criminal justice
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EPISODE 67: The Man who Makes Classrooms Comfortable and Vicki Goes to the Miss Wheelchair America Event RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 6/9/2019 | nne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

Ira Socol, a celebrated author, consultant, consumer of assistive technology, and “the person who makes the classroom comfortable” along with. Vicki Varner, Miss Wheelchair Virginia and a former college softball player injured in a car accident, share their rehabilitation and resilience stories along with their efforts to help others. Cherie Takemoto shares accessibility resources from the NCRTM and AbleData.
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Braille Training Program Pre-Application Webinar RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 5/30/2019 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

This pre-recorded informational webinar provides technical assistance to interested applicants for grants under the RSA Braille Training program competition, under CFDA 84.235E. Specifically, this webinar is designed to highlight pertinent information from the Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) to assist the applicants understanding of this competition. For more information visit the following link: https://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/rsa/new-rsa-grants.html
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Intervention Fidelity in a Large Scale Model Demonstration Project: Lessons Learned from Maryland PROMISE

Richard Luecking | Published 5/30/2019 | University of Maryland College Park

Maryland PROMISE model demonstration project has implemented and is evaluating a collaborative, integrated community based intervention. This brief reports on the implementation of MD PROMISE, illustrates measures of fidelity achieved in serving 997 transition age youth receiving SSI across the state, and offers implications for ongoing PROMISE evaluation and its potential influence on transition practice.
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General Information for RSA Discretionary Grant Competitions RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information

U.S. Department of Education, OSERS, RSA | Published 5/30/2019 | U.S. Department of Education, OSERS, RSA

These four webinars cover general information about RSA grant competitions and are designed to supplement, not supplant, the relevant material associated with specific competitions. Please note that each competition will contain an application package with specific information about that program. RSA invites all prospective applicants to access these webinars and to share them with their teams responsible for developing and the program and financial components of the application. The webinars are linked together on a playlist. However, you may access them in any order.
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Workforce Innovation Cohort on Disability and Employment: Capstone Tools and Resources

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 5/24/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

The Workforce Innovation Cohort on Disability and Employment developed capstone tools and resources stemming from its six-month peer exchange that ended in May 2019. These tools were developed to either respond to the unique needs in a state or to support the broader American Job Center network to address a systemic barrier. These tools are customizable and can be a good starting point to help you address challenges in your area to improve customer service.
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Mental & Behavioral Health Modules for Sign Language Interpreters Interpreter Material RSA Funded - Full or Partial

The CATIE Center | Published 5/23/2019 | St. Catherine's University

The CATIE Center hosts introductory webshops and online modules on topics in mental health interpreting, interpreting in settings impacted by chemical dependency, addiction and recovery, and domestic and sexual violence. On Demand webshops and modules serve as a gateway to further training in these specialized areas and are available on a rotating basis. CEUs available. - Webshops are self-directed, interactive, mini online classes. They require about 1.5 hours of time. - Modules are interactive online classes, each five weeks long. Participants are expected to invest 20 hours of work over five weeks for each module
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Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) | Published 5/17/2019 | U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Departments of Education and Labor have issued this technical assistance resource as s high-level overview of the services to youth provided by RSA-funded Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, and the ETA-funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program. This resource is intended to improve coordination of workforce preparation activities and employment services. It offers strategies and resources to increase collaboration between the State and local agencies under these two programs, as well as program providers, so they may more effectively serve youth with disabilities.
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Resources from the NCRTM on Section 511 Restrictions on the Use of Subminimum Wage RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) | Published 5/16/2019 | National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials

Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act places limitations on the payment of subminimum wages by entities holding special wage certificates under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The following resources include a sampling from the NCRTM on Section 511 Restrictions on the Use of Subminimum Wage
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