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Being a Mentor Resources

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 1/7/2019 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

January is National Mentoring Month to help promote youth mentoring in the United States. Today, one in three youth in America grow up without a mentor. It is estimated that students with disabilities are 50 percent more likely to be absent from school than those without disabilities and half of college graduates with a disability don’t have jobs or find fulfilling careers. Mentoring is one innovative solution to address these gaps as outlined below. To celebrate January as National Mentoring Month these specialized resources and technical assistance tools focus on serving the disability population.
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Disability Focus Employer Tax Incentives Interpreter Material

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

Businesses accommodating or hiring employees with disabilities may qualify for tax credits and deductions. There are three federal tax incentives available. They include the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Disabled Access Credit, and Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction. There are also state employer tax incentives. More information and additional resource links are provided within this resource page.
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Finding an Edge: How VR, Business, Career Pathways and Apprenticeships Help Individuals with Disabilities Find Vocational Success RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore and Anne Hudlow, VR Workforce Studio | Published 12/16/2018 | Anne Hudlow and Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation.

This special live podcast from the HIRE Ed Conference of the Virginia Community College system. This story is truly compelling with a start to finish story of a young man which had completely isolated himself from society as a result of his disability, and how vocational rehabilitation gave him a pathway out of seclusion to his ultimate success as a registered apprentice, and at a job with a Fortune 500 company. Guests include Joe Ashley, recently retired from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services, Emily West, Debbie Hopkins, and Chris Hall, Karen VanCuren and Cherie Takemoto
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Job Exploration Counseling RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 12/5/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

Job Exploration Counseling can include a variety of activities to help people explore and reach their career goals. Rehabilitation career counselors work with people with disabilities to explore their interests and abilities, short- and long-term career goals, jobs available in the local economy, and issues related to disability and employment. Job Exploration Counseling fosters motivation and helps people explore opportunities so they can make informed decisions about the future. Developing career awareness helps people decide on a career path and learn about the skills and requirements needed to be successful in that field.
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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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Transition Resources for VR Counselors RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Ronica A. Marable | Published 11/21/2018 | National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

This document describes what state vocational rehabilitation counselors who work with students with disabilities need to know to provide effective vocational rehabilitation services to the students they serve. It outlines critical knowledge and skills that VR Counselors need to assist students with transitioning from secondary to postsecondary education or competitive integrated employment. The document follows a timeline beginning with initial contact with a student through the first year after the he/she has achieved his/her employment goal as outlined on the IPE.
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A Case for Hope RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 11/20/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

This research summary describes findings from a study on hope-focused rehabilitation. People both with and without disabilities are more likely to achieve their goals when they have hope. Often thought of as an intangible concept, this study shows how hope is in fact measurable, predictive, and teachable. Snyder’s Trait Hope Scale is a useful tool for vocational rehabilitation professionals to measure and understand levels of hope.
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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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Customized Employment RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities | Published 11/14/2018 | VRTAC-TC (E3TC) - Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities

Customized employment connects a job seeker who has unique interests and abilities to an employer who has an unmet business need. A job is customized to fit the needs of both the employer and the job seeker. A traditional job seeking approach often doesn’t work for a person with significant challenges. The customized approach defines job tasks around the needs of the employer and what the job seeker is capable of and interested in. It individualizes the relationship between a job seeker and an employer. This brief discusses steps and strategies for customized employment with links to additional resources and training to better understand how to implement this strategy.
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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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South Dakota Business Tours Tool Kit RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center State Developed Resource

WINTAC and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation through the South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative (SDDEI). | Published 11/11/2018 | WINTAC and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation through the South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative (SDDEI).

The information links to a “How-To” guide developed by the Building Pathways cross-agency team. A team consisting of WIOA core partners across all four titles came together to identify ways to work together to gain a deeper understanding of employer needs within high-demand occupations. The business tours are a way for cross-agency business outreach staff to gain a deeper understanding of the business need, culture and physical work environment to increase responsiveness to both employer and job seekers by making an informed match that is a win-win. The practice has enhanced cross-agency relationships and developed an increased network of businesses, thereby increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities
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Service Integration with the Integration Continuum: Three Ways to Rate your Agency - Tool and Facilitator's Guide RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

WINTAC | Published 11/11/2018 | WINTAC

In your implementation of WIOA, have you had thoughts or questions about how to integrate or align your services with your Core and Required Partner agencies? The Integration Continuum can help. The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) has developed the Integration Continuum, a tool to help you identify your current level of WIOA service integration -- Isolation, Communication, Coordination, Collaboration, or Integration. This is a facilitators guide and link to the assessment tool.
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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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