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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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Explore Work RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

WINTAC, Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) | Published 10/3/2018 | Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)

WINTAC has worked with Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) to design a series of web-based modules specific to the five required WIOA Pre-Employment Transition Services activities. The focus of these modules are students with disabilities for whom an online learning modality will enhance access in addressing their pre-employment transition service needs.
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11th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

the Summit Group, Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Center (PEQA), Rehabilitation Program Evaluation Network (RPEN), and Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC). | Published 10/2/2018 | the Summit Group, Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Center (PEQA), Rehabilitation Program Evaluation Network (RPEN), and Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC).

The 11th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence co-hosted by the Summit Group, Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Center (PEQA), Rehabilitation Program Evaluation Network (RPEN), and Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC). Vocational rehabilitation professionals met in Oklahoma City September 2018 to collaborate and share resources for quality employment outcomes from state-federal vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities. Attendees learned evaluation results and research outcomes from practitioners and researchers and gained insight on VR agencies’ strategies for internal controls, program evaluation, skills gains, and other workplace integration processes.
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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 10/1/2018 | NCRTM

This brief contains a description and links to NCRTM highlighted materials related to Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).
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Exploring Relevant Motivational Interviewing Training Materials for Vocational Rehabilitation Settings RSA Technical Assistance Center

Heather Lynch | Published 9/27/2018 | NCRTM and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation

This webinar explored Motivation interviewing (MI) training videos and resources from Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation to help VR counselors gain skills to help VR participants build intrinsic motivation toward engagement and employment-related change goals. - Special Topics in Motivational Interviewing (MI) Video Series from Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation covering topics that explain how to use MI in a VR setting - William - A Motivational Interviewing Demonstration Video Series engaging a VR participant with a decision to move forward on a plan. - Working in a VR setting with a participant who experiences and intellectual and developmental disability.
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The Elephant in the Room: Poverty, Disability, and Employment RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

E3TC - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 9/21/2018 | E3TC - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

This E3TC-featured study highlights research and suggested practices considering poverty and disability shown that adults with even severe disabilities are often able to have successful careers and be self-sufficient. But, many of these people are un- or under-employed and living in poverty. Poverty and disability are often interrelated and cyclical. Poor living conditions and lack of insurance can cause disabilities. Medical and adaptive equipment expenses related to disability can cause poverty. Stressors of poverty survival often compound the obstacles presented by the disability itself.
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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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Texas HireAbility RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Texas Workforce Commission, partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People With Disabilities and the Texas Workforce Solutions network | Published 9/15/2018 | Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Workforce Commission is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People With Disabilities and the Texas Workforce Solutions network for a campaign called Texas HireAbility to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce.
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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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A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Richard Luecking, Ann Deschamps, Ruth Allison, Jacque Hyatt, and Christy Stuart | Published 8/30/2018 | National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

This Guide focuses on useful approaches, policies, and strategies necessary to facilitate partnerships that result in better outcomes for students and youth with disabilities and tangible mutual benefits for collaborating partners.
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Preventing & Treating Substance Abuse in Rural Areas: A Toolkit RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities and the Rural Health Information Hub | Published 8/29/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

This links to an E3TC feature of the Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit developed by the Rural Health Information Hub. This toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, program best practices, and resources that can be used by your organization to implement substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. There are seven modules in this toolkit. Each module contains resources and information that your organization can use to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain rural programs to prevent and treat substance abuse.
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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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RSA presentations for the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation Fiscal Conference RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 8/22/2018 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)

RSA presentations for the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation Fiscal Conference, August 22, 2018. Presentations include: • Establishment Projects Construction Expenditure • Financial Reporting (SF-425 & RSA-2 Reports) • Fiscal Monitoring • G5 & MIS • Indirect Cost Rates & Cost Allocation Plans • Match Maintenance of Effort Re-allotment • Period of Performance • Pre-Employment Transition Services & Supported Employment • Prior Approval • RSA Structure & Life Cycle • Third-Party Cooperative Arrangements • Uniform Guidance & Internal Control
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VR Agency Best Practices: Paving the Way for Increased Competitive Employment RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQATAC) | Published 8/19/2018 | Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQATAC)

Summary of researchers about 29 best practices that promote successful employment outcomes. They found that 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. Use of these practices enable practitioners to provide services that pave the way for successful, lasting, and positive consumer outcomes.
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Innovative Strategy Profile: Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC)

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD) | Published 8/17/2018 | National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth publishes innovative strategy profiles as part of its Innovative Strategies online database http://www.ncwd-youth.info/profiles-by-states/. The Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) in Fishersville, Virginia, operates the Manufacturing Technology Training (MTT) Program pre-apprenticeship program for young adults with disabilities to pursue apprenticeships and employment in manufacturing. The MTT program prepares students to for manufacturing positions, such as warehouse worker, machine operator, or instrument technician and prepares students for the industry recognized Manufacturing Specialist (MS) and Manufacturing Technician, Level 1 (MT1) exams.
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Innovative Strategies Profile: Civicorps in Oakland, CA

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD) | Published 8/17/2018 | National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD)

Civicorps in Oakland, California, is a high school diploma and job training program for youth ages 18-26, including those with disabilities, who have dropped out of high school and are not connected to the workforce. Civicorps' Environmental Management Social Enterprise provides youth with paid work experience through environmental enhancement and mitigation projects.
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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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