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VR Toolkit for SSI Youth:Tips, checklists, and tools to support successful work outcomes for SSI youth RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Y-TAC, VRTAC–Y - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities, Cornell University | Published 11/30/2018 | Y-TAC, VRTAC–Y - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities, Cornell University

As you prepare youth to join the workforce of tomorrow, access to reliable and accessible information about benefits and earnings is essential—as is access to qualified benefits and work incentive planners. That's what the Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioner’s Just-in-Time Toolkit is about. Each of the ten tools are based on information most essential to assist you in supporting youth who receive disability benefits and their families in navigating a path toward successful employment and includes specific knowledge needed to support a youth, and takes about five to ten minutes. If you choose, each tool also contains other links to test your knowledge, print out a one-page sheet of reminders or pursue further resources.
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Business Engagement Compendium RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center State Developed Resource

Explore VR, Jobs Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JDVRTAC) | Published 11/29/2018 | Institute for Community Inclusion, Explore VR, Jobs Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JDVRTAC)

The Business Engagement Compendium is a searchable online database designed to enhance information sharing and networking among VR agency professionals nationwide. The information and data collected in the compendium is compiled from the results of a survey administered to state VR agencies. The compendium provides accessible and updatable information about four key areas: • Business Engagement Models • WIOA Partnership Activities • Business Engagement Data Collection Strategies • WIOA Partner Agreements
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The Basics of Engaging the Business Customer RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Rick Kugler and Randall Wilson | Published 11/29/2018 | JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center, Explore VR, Institute for Community Integration

This brief will introduce you to business engagement concepts, and help you develop a business-serving mindset as you pursue opportunities for the clients you serve. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies are poised to introduce job applicants who have disabilities to help meet these shortages. Whether you are part of your state’s VR agency and directly engaging employers, or you are contracting these services out to providers, all VR professionals must be willing to understand the culture of business and their labor needs, and to communicate with them in their own language.
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Business Engagement Elevator Pitches RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

JD-VRTAC - Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center | Published 11/28/2018 | Institute for Community Inclusion

Interactions between business engagement representatives and businesses may be challenging at times. This video offers some examples of elevator pitches. An elevator pitch is a short 30 second statement in which you briefly and effectively introduce yourself and your work during any opportunity where you can speak with an employer about VR. What you say and how you say it really matters. Posture, confidence, and authenticity can make a big difference. In this video you will see some examples of more and less effective elevator pitches as well as some practical tips on creating a successful elevator pitch.. This link also contains additional resources related to the Phases of Business Engagement and Defining Key Roles of Business and VR
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Issue Brief: Roadmap for Change–Linking Learning to Careers Program RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Kara Contreary and Todd Honeycutt | Published 11/19/2018 | VocRehab Vermont and Mathematica

Linking Learning to Careers (LLC) is a five-year statewide initiative to improve the college and career readiness of high school students with disabilities. The program builds on existing vocational rehabilitation (VR) services (or “core” services), engaging students in additional (“enhanced”) services to help them make a successful transition to adulthood. All services are offered in a team-based environment, with several professionals working with each student. This brief describes LLC’s roadmap for change, or how it intends to help students achieve positive outcomes.
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Ed Owens and Vocational Training with CVS at WWRC. Meet Katia Albanese and learn about her exciting work with CSAVR and celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with Alan McClain and Jonathan Bibb from the 2018 CSAVR Fall Conference RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 11/15/2018 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This podcast features apprenticeships and innovative programs from CVS Stores as well as an update from CSAVR. The show notes include links to resources from the CSAVR Fall 2018 conference and the Valley to Apprenticeship video
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Pathways to the Future - Print Materials RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services | Published 11/12/2018 | West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services

Three guides developed by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services include: • Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities and their Parents • Sample Lessons for Life After High School for Students with Disabilities • Work Exploration Program Manual
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Project E3 Presentation for CSAVR Fall Conference 2018 RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 11/6/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

The Project E3 Team presented at the fall Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Conference held October 29 and 31 in Long Beach California. This presentation highlighted the mission driven nature of VR to focus on customers’ needs, including those living in regions with high-levels of poverty and lack of resources. Changes in policies, procedures, or practices were highlighted in the panel discussion with State VR Directors to highlight those agencies that are embracing and implementing innovation within their organizations. The presentation also highlighted successful partnerships that leverage other services provided in communities to drive successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
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Moccasin Telegraph - Issue 5 - AIVRTTAC RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

AIVRTTAC Staff | Published 10/31/2018 | AIVRTTAC IHD NAU

The AIVRTTAC Newsletter highlights AIVRS programs, products, events, staff, and more. The September newsletter focuses on new products.
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AIVRS PROGRAM MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Dr. Lee Gaseoma, Marc Espino | Published 10/31/2018 | AIVRTTAC IHD NAU

This document provides a template for use in developing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) specific to your AIVRS Program and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency. The template follows this introduction. Feel free to personalize the template by adding your own logo/contact information, customizing the footer, etc.
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Create Your Own AIVRS Program Overview RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

AIVRTTAC Staff | Published 10/31/2018 | AIVRTTAC IHD NAU

The purpose of the AIVRS Approved Grant Proposal Review Tool is to provide AIVRS Program Directors and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors with a template to extract and highlight important components of the approved grant proposal.
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PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment (NPCTE)

PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment | Published 10/30/2018 | PACER Center

The NPCTE website provides quality information and resources for families of young adults with disabilities on transition planning, civil rights, work-based learning, career accommodations, higher education, financial aid, and much more.
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AIVRTTAC Poster RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

AIVRTTAC Staff | Published 10/30/2018 | AIVRTTAC IHD NAU

A poster detailing AIVRTTAC's poster and technical assistance options
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AIVRS Program Directors Toolkit RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

AIVRTTAC Staff | Published 10/30/2018 | AIVRTTAC IHD NAU

The Directors Toolkit contains helpful information and resources for AIVRS Directors as they begin their journey into the AIVRS Community. The toolkit focuses on work that needs to be completed during your first 90 days as Program Director. Topics in the toolkit include Program, Tribal, State, Federal, and Resources.
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Step-by-Step Apprenticeship Implementation Guide RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

DeBrittany Mitchell, Neil McNeil, Julisa Cully, Jeanne Miller, Peggy Hale, Nerlie Blackburn, Tom Hooper | Published 10/30/2018 | Explore VR / Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC)

​The Step-by-Step Apprenticeship Implementation guide outlines key steps for VR agencies to consider when developing paid work experience programs. It guides the process of developing paid work experience programs by expanding on the following steps: Definition of your Apprenticeship program, Assessment of Current Labor Market Trends, Building of a team, Evaluation of the System’s Current State, Development of strategy, Implementation of Your Program, Evaluation of Progress, and Measurement of Results, and Improvements.
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Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities

Center for Parent Information and Resources | Published 10/30/2018 | Center for Parent Information and Resources

This resource page addresses one aspect of development that’s important not to ignore with children with or without disabilities—the development of sexuality.
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What Works RSA Information

Mary Lovley, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 10/26/2018 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

This session focused on components of the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training grants funded by RSA that seem to be working well. Mary Lovley identified examples of activities from various grants that are working well and a panel of projects presented aspects of their specific grants that are working well. The session was then opened up for grantees to exchange information and ideas.
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Scholarly Treats and a Few Tricks: Finding Current, Relevant, and 508-Accessible Training and Technical Assistance Resources RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials | Published 10/26/2018 | National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials

The purpose of this presentation was to Inform educators, practitioners, and trainers about how to access and search for relevant material for potential incorporation or application into syllabi and coursework. Equip Rehabilitation Long-Term training scholars with information about how to access and search for material available on the NCRTM. This presentation contains links to a number of useful, current, and accessible resources related to vocational rehabilitation.
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Transportation Guide for Persons Who are Blind or Have Low Vision RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities,, National Research and Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision. | Published 10/25/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities,, National Research and Training Center on Blindness & Low Vision.

his useful guide provides information about finding and using transportation options. It’s designed for persons with vision impairments and those who serve them, and includes information on: • Public, paratransit, and specialized transportation options • Taxicabs • Carpooling • Hired Drivers • Friends or relatives as drivers • Volunteer drivers • Bicycles • Walking It also gives practical tips on creating back-up plans, and tips on appropriate interactions with drivers and other passengers.
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Becoming a Peer Reviewer for RSA Discretionary Grants RSA Information

Mary Lovley, Diandrea Bailey, and Cassandra Shoffler | Published 10/25/2018 | Rehabilitation Services Administration

This presentation at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Fall 2018 focused on the roles and responsibilities of peer reviewers in the competition of RSA grants, the process currently used to review grants, how to get on the list of potential reviewers, and other related information.? Peer reviewers may be needed in FY 2019 and FY 2020 for a variety of RSA grant competitions, such as Braille Training, Parent Training and Information, Rehabilitation Long-Term Training, Rehabilitation Short-Term Training, Innovative Rehabilitation Training, Training and Technical Assistance Centers, Demonstration and Training, etc. RSA is always looking for peer reviewers who understand vocational rehabilitation and training.
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Introduction to RSA’s Payback Information Management System (PIMS) RSA Information

Amy Bitterman, Westat; Aaron Petrillo, Anlar; and Rosemary Collins, Anlar | Published 10/25/2018 | U.S. Department of Education

AnLar and Westat presented an update on payback procedures and the payback reporting system. Grantees learned about RSA’s Payback Information Management System (PIMS) which will replace the Management Information System (MIS) for reporting contract information, educational training, funding, and employment about participating scholars to verify the fulfillment of their service obligation.
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Closing Your ED Grants in Compliance: A Risk-Based Approach to Ensuring Successful Project Outcomes and Fiscal Accountability RSA Information

Office of Risk Management, U.S. Department of Education | Published 10/25/2018 | Office of Risk Management, U.S. Department of Education

This session at the NCRE Fall 2018 conference covered the key information and key resources for closing out ED grants in compliance. Including points to consider, regulations, and determining the need for a no cost time extension. It covers the reporting requirements; accounting for grant funds; disposition of property, equipment and supplies: and building on lessons learned.
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David Dillon Overcoming the Obstacles to Employment through Vocational Rehabilitation and WINTAC Super Stars, Rachel Anderson and Betsy Hopkins RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 10/15/2018 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This podcast's inspiration showcase is David Dillon’s story with reflections on his disability and how VR helped him train for a job at Eastman Chemical.Also special guest Rachel Anderson and Betsy Hopkins from WINTAC, their top suggestions for VR agencies implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act and Cherie Takemoto with a national clearinghouse update featuring resources from State VR agencies
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Resources from the NCRTM: Highlights from State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) | Published 10/10/2018 | National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials

Highlights of resources in the NCRTM from State VR agencies covering topics related to improving performance quality,program management, counselor training, public awareness, work-based learning, and pre-employment transition services
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Psychological Practice in Rural Settings: At the Cutting Edge RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 10/8/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

This E3TC-featured study highlights research and suggested practices considering psychological practice in rural settings. A combination of factors – close-knit relationships, mental health stigma, and privacy concerns – make getting and providing mental health care more challenging in rural areas. Despite these obstacles, use of technology and awareness of rural issues have provided more opportunities than ever for people seeking mental health treatment.
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