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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 11/6/2019 | 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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If You Want to Go Fast Go Alone, If You Want To Go Far Go Together: Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with Cancer Survivor Matt Campbell. ComSoncis and the National Employment Team RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 11/4/2019 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation

In Episode 74 of the VR Workforce Studio podcast, the focus is National Apprenticeship Week. Matt Campbell shares his story about his battle with cancer while on his career pathway, his job at ComSonics, his apprenticeship, and industry-recognized credentials., ComSonics, located in Harrisonburg provides state-of-the-art electronics manufacturing services across multiple industries and apprenticeships help build their talent pipeline. CSAVR’s Kathy West-Evans and VDARS’s David Leon discuss how the NET Summit brings VR and the national business community together. Cherie Takemoto joins us for the National Clearinghouse update.
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Saluting Our Veterans with Disabilities

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 11/1/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

In 2016, approximately 2.3 million individuals had a service-connected disability, which is nearly a quarter of working-age civilian Veterans (ages 21 to 64). A “service-connected” disability is a result of disease or injury incurred or aggravated during military service. WorkforceGPS shares links to resources to support our Veterans with disabilities and their families. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides services to eligible veterans and family members including vocational rehabilitation and disability benefits.. Within the Department of Labor (DOL), the VETS office is focused on helping veterans, service members and spouses.
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OSERS Highlights for Disability Awareness Month - October 2019 State Developed Resource

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education | Published 10/31/2019 | Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education

Throughout October 2019, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) highlighted aspects of disability awareness for national disability employment, dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD and Down syndrome. This blog post contains the VR success stories and videos featured throughout the month.
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RSA ReThink VR Performance Plan RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 10/30/2019 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

Beginning in the spring of 2019, RSA, CSAVR, NCSAB, and State VR agencies committed to rethinking the way we look at the performance of the VR program, improving results, and maintaining high expectations of both the VR program and individuals with disabilities. Through several meetings with the ReThink VR Performance Workgroup in the summer and fall of 2019, RSA identified strategies it will adopt to rethink how RSA fosters continuous improvement, enhances collaboration, and maximizes high-quality employment opportunities for customers served by the VR program. The Plan outlines goals and specific actions across five priority areas identified in this initiative.
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Transition Work-Based Learning; Progressive Employment Model: Jobsville RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Maine Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Services, ICI Media Productions | Published 10/25/2019 | Maine Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Services, ICI Media Productions

This video depicts the Jobsville meeting. After being found eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services, youth and their families discuss with the assigned VR Counselor if Progressive Employment is the right approach. Youth who are referred to Progressive Employment have access to a team of youth workforce professionals who share their knowledge and creative ideas in regular staffing meetings- leading to expanded opportunities. The attached videos are both captioned. The first video is the video description version of the same video.
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Transition Work-Based Learning Model Video of Student's Employment Path: Mitchell RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Maine Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, ICI Media Productions | Published 10/25/2019 | Maine Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, ICI Media Productions

A video of students experiencing the Progressive Employment Strategies.
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Customer Service Cohort Resources

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 10/25/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

The Customer Service team within the Workforce Innovation Cohort on Disability and Employment shared resources to address the following question: How might we ensure individuals with disabilities experience seamless customer service across WIOA programs? Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma were States representing the Customer Service Team. Resources were developed in coordination with ETA to support organizational learning within the workforce system.
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Training for Transition to the Common Performance Accountability System: Case Service Report (RSA-911) Training Series RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information RSA Technical Assistance Center

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and WINTAC | Published 10/15/2019 | RSA and WINTAC

The eight pre-recorded trainings will be posted here as they become available. 1. Background and Implementation (October 2019) 2. Reporting Expenditures for VR Services (October 2019) 3. Pre-Employment Transition Services (November 2019) 4. Supported Employment Services (November 2019) 5. Measurable Skill Gains and Credential Attainment (December 2019) 6. Exit and Post-Exit Data Elements (December 2019) 7. New Data Elements – Additional “Need to Know” Information (January 2020) 8. RSA-911 Information Used in the WIOA Annual Report (January 2020)
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Resources from the NCRTM on Apprenticeships RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

NCRTM | Published 10/15/2019 | NCRTM

Listing of resources available in the NCRTM that relate to Apprenticeships
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Resources from the NCRTM on Transition Services RSA Funded - Full or Partial

NCRTM | Published 10/10/2019 | NCRTM

Resources from the NCRTM on Transition Services
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Resources from the NCRTM for Youth RSA Funded - Full or Partial

NCRTM | Published 10/10/2019 | NCRTM

Resources from the NCRTM for Youth
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Resources from the NCRTM on Pre-Employment Transition Services RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) | Published 10/10/2019 | National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM)

Resources from the NCRTM on Pre-Employment Transition Services
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WINTAC Toolkit Resource: Are you ready for a Career Pathways Approach with WIOA Implementation? RSA Funded - Full or Partial

WINTAC | Published 10/4/2019 | WINTAC

Is your agency positioned to provide career counseling and rehabilitation services within a Career Pathways structure? Use this checklist to find out.This checklist, developed by the WINTAC, includes a broad-range perspective that supports agencies in providing services for the people (and industries) they serve.
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Ticket to Work (for Employment Networks)

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 10/4/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

The Ticket to Work program can help individuals with disabilities receiving disability benefits opportunities to return to work, stay employed and increase earnings. As a result, beneficiaries with disabilities may reduce their dependency on public benefits and become more economically self-sufficient.This page contains links to administer Ticket to Work through an Employment Network (EN) in the public workforce system.
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Nebraska Transition Planning Guide State Developed Resource

Nebraska Department of Education | Published 10/3/2019 | Nebraska Department of Education

This site provides Pre-Employment Transition Services guidance questions, activities, and resources by grade level (middle school, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, and grades 12+) Information and Resources are organized by the following Pre-ETS categories Counseling for Transition and Post Secondary Programs Job Exploration Self-Determination Training Work-Based Learning Workplace Readiness Training
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Launch My Life North Dakota RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, North Dakota Protection & Advocacy, North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities | Published 10/3/2019 | North Dakota Transition Consortium

Resources for students to launch their lives from high school into college or the workforce. Tools and resources include pre-graduation checklists for students, parents, and professionals, and resources for self-advocacy and self determination
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I'm Determined State Developed Resource

Virginia Department of Education, James Madison University | Published 10/3/2019 | Virginia Department of Education, James Madison University

The I’m Determined project, a state-directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger. The site has the I'm Determined Training Modules, transition guides for independent living, employment, self advocacy and independent living, and much more for youth, parents, and educators
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Alabama Transition Unlimited RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Auburn Transition Leadership Institute | Published 10/3/2019 | Auburn University

Transition Unlimited is an Alabama pre‐employment transition services (Pre‐ETS) initiative designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement pre‐employment transition services throughout the state. This site provides access to LEA Pre-ETS plans and provides links to related resources.
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Vocational Rehabilitation and the Blue Man Group Creating Opportunity and Accessibility RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 10/1/2019 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This episode features Andy Poole's journey to become certified and successfully employed as an IT Security officer. He considers some aspects of his autism an asset. Jason McLin from the Blue Man Group describes how they adapt their show for the enjoyment of people with autism. RSA Commissioner Mark Schultz congratulates Andy on gaining the success that exemplifies what VR is all about.
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Orientation Packet for New Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals Working with Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired

National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI) | Published 9/30/2019 | National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI)

This orientation packet for vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals will familiarize you with the blindness field and NRTC products and online courses. Along with providing an intensive list of resources, the guide presents misperceptions about blindness and appropriate blindness etiquette. While geared towards new VR professionals working with blind and visually impaired consumers, the guide's content will be useful to all people new to the field and VR professionals who occasionally work with this population. (To locate resource scroll down on landing page)
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Basics of Blindness & Low Vision RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance and Training Center (OIB-TAC) | Published 9/30/2019 | Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance and Training Center (OIB-TAC)

Basics of Blindness & Low Vision provides a foundation on critical matters within this multidisciplinary field. It was designed for individuals and professionals who are new to the field of blindness and low vision. It is worth one credit hour. (scroll down to OIB-TAC courses to locate this course)
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Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Best Practice Highlights from States State Developed Resource

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 9/30/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

This page contains mini-brief summaries of disability and employment best practices currently being implemented by Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees. Overall, it has been found that the implementation of DEI strategies have resulted in an increase in the enrollment of individuals with disabilities at American Job Centers.
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Getting Started With Financial Literacy RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Maine Department of Labor, Maine Medical Center | Published 9/27/2019 | Maine Department of Labor

A resource guide for transition youth with disabilities in Maine
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Meeting the New Requirements of WIOA Through Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education Enrolling Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – A Practice Brief

Russ Thelin and Meg Grigal | Published 9/23/2019 | vr&youth Rehabilitation Research and Training Center

This brief provides an overview of the key provisions of WIOA and offers suggested strategies for the establishment or enhancement of partnerships between state VR agencies and IHEs. For this purpose, we have grouped the key provisions into five overarching goals: preparing workers for the 21st century labor market, pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), post-secondary training, career over job focus, and the dual-customer approach. For each goal we provide a summary of the key issues and requirements, along with recommended strategies that IHEs can use in partnership with VR agencies.
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