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CPID Resource: Behind the Machines: One Client and an International Manufacturing Company RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency | Published 10/19/2020 | Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

RSA funded the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities model demonstration projects with Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Virginia to demonstrate State VR agency partnerships and promising practices to use career pathways to help individuals with disabilities eligible for VR services, including youth with disabilities, to acquire marketable skills and recognized postsecondary credentials to secure competitive integrated employment in high demand, high-quality occupations. This article features Cole, who uses his power chair to get around at Roosevelt Warm Springs Vocational Rehab where he was drawn to study the field of engineering.
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RSA COVID-19 Questions & Answers: State VR Services and AIVRS programs under the Rehabilitation Act, and Business Enterprise programs under the Randolph-Sheppard Act RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information

Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA) | Published 10/16/2020 | Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA)

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) issued this Questions and Answers document on 10/16/20 in response to inquiries concerning the administration of the State VR Services and American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs under the Rehabilitation Act and Business Enterprise programs under the Randolph-Sheppard Act as grantees seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the current COVID-19 environment.
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Georgia Transition Talk Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) Resources RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Georgia VRA | Published 10/14/2020 | Georgia VRA

This video is a result of the RSA-funded Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities model demonstration projects. It features Georgia VR transition updates where the focus is on Local Level Planning, Transition Guide for VR Professionals & Aware Update, and about the transition webiste.
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Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities Toolkit RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Explore VR | Published 10/8/2020 | Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston

This toolkit highlights strategies, resources and lessons learned from the Nebraska Career Pathways Advancement Project and the Virginia Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities. Both projects were part of the RSA-funded CPID model demonstration focused on helping individuals with disabilities acquire marketable skills and recognized postsecondary credentials to secure employment in high demand, high quality employment
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The Ben Payne Story and Steve Wooderson Looks Forward to the CSAVR Virtual Conference RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services | Published 10/1/2020 | Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation

This podcast highlights how VR helped Ben Payne find work in manufacturing for Swissomation after a stroke, Steve Wooderson, CSAVR shares his perspectives about the 100th Anniversary of VR and their upcoming conference, and a 75th anniversary celebration of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
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WorkforceGPS Workplace Inclusion

WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor | Published 9/18/2020 | WorkforceGPS, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Workplace inclusion starts with the tools and resources that foster inclusive habits. Employers gain a competitive edge helping diversify and strengthen their workplaces through varied perspectives on how to confront challenges and get the job done. This page includes a list of resources that inform and create opportunities and strategies for a more inclusive and diverse workforce.
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Working from Home During the COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Tips and Strategies to Maintain Productivity & Connectedness

Lane, I. A., Mullen, M. G., & Costa, A. | Published 9/10/2020 | University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC), Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research

Here at the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, many of our faculty and staff have years of experience mastering the art of remote work and have put together a list of their top 5 tips and tricks to navigating this strange new world. We know these times are unique and there is a lot of stress and fear around COVID-19, so managing working from home under these conditions is a bit different, but the following strategies may help you find some new ways of maintaining productivity, while still allowing time for Netflix, pets, family and other ways to help you destress!
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Telecounseling Resource Collection RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Center for Innovative Training in Vocational Rehabilitation (CIT-VR), George Washington University (GWU) | Published 9/9/2020 | Center for Innovative Training in Vocational Rehabilitation (CIT-VR), George Washington University (GWU)

Useful links, guidelines, and ethical considerations for working with clients remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak and/or when services can no longer be provided face-to-face. Topics include: • Choosing an Online Platform • Training to Provide Telecounseling • Ethical and Legal Guidelines • Preparing Your Office for Telecounseling: Tools and Resources • COVID-19: Information and Resources • Online Teaching Resources
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A Roadmap To Creating A Culture of Inclusion In Your WorkPlace

Job Accommodation Network, StarReach Enterprises, the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center, and the New Mexico Business Leadership Network | Published 9/9/2020 | Job Accommodation Network, StarReach Enterprises, the DBTAC Southwest ADA Center, and the New Mexico Business Leadership Network

“A Roadmap to Creating a Culture of Inclusion in Your Workplace”, developed by the Southwest ADA Center, StarReach Enterprises, JAN, and the New Mexico Business Leadership Network, is an individualized employer and business tactical planning tool. It is designed to employers and businesses strategically plan and implement a successful accessible work and market place. The plan includes 20 comprehensive road map inclusion goals, identifying possible challenges that may need to be addressed in order to achieve these goals, example action steps under each goal, and the inclusion of partnerships/collaborations/resources to help the employer and business identify and implement their action steps.
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State Program Managers List for Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) | Published 9/2/2020 | Older Individuals Who Are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

A list of State Program Managers and secondary contacts for the Older Individuals Who are Blind (OIB) program. Accessible Word and Excel versions
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Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Discretionary Grant Information RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 9/1/2020 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

The RSA Discretionary Grants page contains information and accompanying handouts for applicants interested in applying for discretionary grants. It also contains important notices related to RSA grants as well as information about closed discretionary grant competitions.
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The Elevator Speech that Landed My Dream Job, National Recovery Month, and National Rehabilitation Association RSA Funded - Full or Partial State Developed Resource

Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services | Published 9/1/2020 | Rick Sizemore, VR Workforce Studio Podcast, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Foundation

This episode features Christopher Spoden, a young man with Asperger’s who applies his Masters degree in Library Science to providing critical services for a Federal contractor. He and his DARS counselor, LaSonya Jackson describe the work and preparation that lead to his success. Bently Wood, a recovering addict, describes how DARS helped him work his way up to helping others with recovery. Dr. DeAnna Henderson, president of the National Rehabilitation Association talks about their upcoming conference featuring the field's response to COVID 19 and race-related challenges, and Disability Employment Awareness Month. Also, listen to resources shared by the NCRTM.
Average Rating: 3

My Heart Is Not Blind: Voices of Older Blind, Michael Nye RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Michael Nye, Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center OIB-TAC | Published 8/31/2020 | Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center OIB-TAC

This presentation is from the OIB-TAC virtual conference in August 2020. For the last seven years, Michael has been listening to men and women who are blind and visually impaired. Each photographic portrait is accompanied by an intimate story told by the subject concerning his or her experiences and unique perspective. Many of the personal narratives that accompany each portrait speak of the transition from sight to vision loss and how that has changed—and has not changed—the ability to perceive the world. Some participants question the classification of blindness as a disability, and one proposes that blindness may, in some ways, aid one's perception, saying that "if you can always see the sun, you can never discover the stars."
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Self-Advocacy: The Missing Links in ADLs RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Hannah Fairbairn and Sylvia Stinson-Perez, Older Individuals who are Blind-Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) | Published 8/31/2020 | Older Individuals who are Blind-Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

This pre-recorded session from the OIB-TAC 2020 virtual conference featured Sylvia Perez’s interview with Hannah Fairbairn, the author of When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery. Hannah shared her experiences as a provider, why she wrote the book, and the key concepts the book discusses. A Q&A live session followed. Audio Reading Book List - List of further reading Resource List- Additional resources that Hannah finds useful VLPR Ones heet - Information on her book Session Q&A document
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OIB-TAC Virtual Conference 2020 Presentations RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) | Published 8/31/2020 | Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

he Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) hosted the second annual OIB Program Manager’s Technical Assistance Conference on August 31 – September 4, 2020. The conference was hosted virtually, and reached program managers and service providers from 48 states and territories in topics such as community outreach strategies, personnel preparation programs, and data collection. The link below connects to the archived presentations and materials.
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COVID-19 and Job Applicants and Employees with Disabilities: Emerging Practices to Employ and Protect Workers

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) | Published 8/28/2020 | Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

The purpose of this policy brief is to highlight emerging practices that employers may use as workers return to the workplace during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that facilitate equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities and protect the health and safety of all employees. The policy brief may be useful to a variety of audiences, including human resources (HR), equal employment opportunity (EEO), and diversity and inclusion (D&I) professionals, and companies’ legal teams, so that all involved understand the different perspectives that should be considered.
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Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities Webinar Series RSA Funded - Full or Partial

Virginia Career Pathways | Published 8/26/2020 | The Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research & Education, George Washington University

This four-part webinar series on Career Pathways is an opportunity to learn more about career pathways and pre-employment transition services as outlined in WIOA. - Part 1: WIOA, Career Pathways, and Pre-Employment Transition Services - Part 2: Virginia Career Pathways and a Demand Side Approach: Developing Career Pathways while Meeting Business Needs - Part 3: Virginia Career Pathways: A Fully Accessible Approach - Part 4: Vocational Assessments and Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities
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RSA-911 Edit Specifications for PY2020 Q1 Reports RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 8/25/2020 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

With the issuance of the FAQ document earlier today, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announced it will proceed with implementation of the revised Case Service Report (RSA-911) in Program Year (PY) 2020. RSA is pleased to share the RSA-911 Edit Specifications that we will use for PY 2020 Q1 reports in accordance with PD 19-03. These reports will be due by November 15, 2020. RSA appreciates the feedback we received from VR agencies and other stakeholders as we developed these Edit Specifications. As we have previously announced, V11 of the Edit Specifications for the RSA-911 outlined in PD 16-04 remain in place for PY 2019 Q3 and Q4 reports. Please email RSAData@ed.gov with any questions
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A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities RSA Information

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) | Published 8/24/2020 | Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education

OSERS is pleased to publish an updated A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities, August 2020, to advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to achieve their post-school and career goals. In this updated transition guide, we added information about dual enrollment and the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act . We hope this transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how the state education agencies (SEA), the local education agencies (LEA), and the vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for
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RSA TA and Demonstration Projects Virtual Series: Results and Reflections RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Information RSA Technical Assistance Center State Developed Resource

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and RSA-Funded Projects | Published 8/24/2020 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

In this virtual series of webinars, RSA-funded technical assistance centers and other demonstration projects feature the results of their projects, reflect on lessons learned, and share ideas for the future. All webinars are captioned and include a transcript. • Welcome to the Series and Kickoff with the Workforce Innovation TA Center (WINTAC) • Technical Assistance Focused on Targeted Communities and Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance • Technical Assistance Focused on Services to Students and Youth with Disabilities • Demonstration Projects • Technical Assistance Focused on Services to American Indians and Older Individuals who are Blind
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Final Waiver and Extension of the Project Period for a Grant that Provides Rehabilitation Short-Term Training to the Client Assistance Program (CAP) - CFDA 84.246K RSA Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) | Published 8/21/2020 | Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) waives the requirements in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and project period extensions involving the obligation of additional Federal funds. The waiver and extension enable the Rehabilitation Short-Term Training-Client Assistance Program (CAP) under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.246K to receive funding for an additional performance period of one year, not to exceed September 30, 2021. The point of contact is Felipe Lulli: felipe.lulli@ed.gov.
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Employment Strategies: Job Clubs Resources Roundup RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3) | Published 8/17/2020 | E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)

Job clubs are small groups of people who meet to talk about job searching and career advancement. The members support each other. Job clubs are rooted in the belief that every member has something valuable to contribute and that everyone benefits from the support of the diverse group dynamic. This resource roundup includes featured training, examples of strategy use in targeted communities, best practices/research, and selected research and resources.
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Integrated Resource Teams Resources Roundup RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3) | Published 8/17/2020 | E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)

An Integrated Resource Team (IRT) is an informal, customer-centered partnership between an individual jobseeker with a disability and diverse service systems. Its goal is to coordinate services and leverage funding to give the job-seeker comprehensive, wraparound services tailored to their unique needs and employment goals. It’s a federally recognized promising practice identified as critical to improving employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. This resource roundup includes featured training, examples of strategy use in targeted communities, best practices/research, and selected research and resources.
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Employment Strategies: Work Incentives Benefits Counseling Resources Roundup RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3) | Published 8/17/2020 | E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)

Work Incentives Benefits Counseling gives people the information they need to make informed decisions about work. It helps them understand how earning money may affect disability payments, healthcare, and other publicly funded benefits. This information is essential to getting and keeping a job.This resource roundup includes featured training, examples of strategy use in targeted communities, best practices/research, and selected research and resources.
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Employment Strategies: Transportation Resources Roundup RSA Funded - Full or Partial RSA Technical Assistance Center

E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3) | Published 8/17/2020 | E3TC Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC) (Project E3)

Lack of access to transportation can be a significant barrier to finding and maintaining employment, accessing necessary services, and participating in community activities and events. Reliable transportation enables jobseekers with disabilities to participate in job-seeking and employment activities. It also gives them access to necessary services and supports and empowers them to participate in community activities. Access to reliable transportation can lead to full community inclusion for people with disabilities. This information is essential to getting and keeping a job. This resource roundup includes featured training, examples of strategy use in targeted communities, best practices/research, and selected research and resources.
Average Rating: 3