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Vocational Rehabilitation

Autism Speaks and GameStop NXT GEN Coders Grant Recipients

Autism Speaks has announced fourteen recipients of the first Autism Speaks and GameStop NXT GEN Coders Program.   These are grants for organizations that teach digital skills to people across the autism spectrum, training them for careers in computer programming and coding.

ExploreVR: The VR Business Engagement Compendium

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have varied approaches to engaging with business, tracking business contacts, and coordinating business engagement activities with workforce partners. In the past, there was not a single source of compiled information about how each VR agency approaches business engagement.

What Do You Know About Motivational Interviews?

Motivational interviewing (MI) as an 

Kitchen Careers, after Addiction:

A recent New York Times article highlights a Kentucky couple who created DV8 Kitchen to hire, train and encourage persons with opioid addiction to recover, and consider new career options.  

Rehabiliation Services Administration (RSA) 911: Data Dashboards

Does your WIOA State Plan include work with your state’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) partners?  If so, this is important data for you to know about too!

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has developed RSA-911 data dashboards which include feedback on quarterly and Program Year data to State VR Agencies. The data dashboards include specific data elements that agencies can use for quality assurance reviews and evaluation of your program. 
The five data dashboards include the following:

Access Explore VR’s New Job-Driven Toolkit

People with disabilities often face barriers to employment, due to employer biases, attitudes about disability, perceived level of skill, employability skills, and misinformation. Paid work experiences, such as internships, pre-apprenticeships, and apprenticeships, are effective "earn to learn" models for training skilled workers, including those with disabilities.

Labor Announces $20 Million to Help Injured American Stay on the Job

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the availability of $20 million in grants to help Americans who are injured or ill remain in or return to the workforce. The grants are intended to identify new, replicable strategies to help individuals with a work-related disability stay on the job.

WINTAC: Braided Funding for Supported Employment Services

  • Date: 
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
    Online webinar



This live-training webinar will provide some excellent examples of how Oregon and Colorado are partnering to effectively braid Medicaid funds with VR and other agencies to help provide services related to supported employment and extended services. Additional information on understanding where Medicaid resources can be leveraged will also be shared.

Participants will learn:

What are Motivational Interviews, and how do they support adult learners in the job market?

Check out these Motivational Interview (MI) training videos and learning activities, created to prepare Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors to utilize MI in VR settings.

What is MI, you ask?  There are Four Vital Aspects:

1. Collaboration (Partnership): “We are going to work together”
2. Acceptance: “I value you and am delighted to talk with you”
3. Compassion: “I want to understand and respect you and your experience”
4. Evoking: “I am going to create a space for you to share yourself and your story with me”

Developing Career Pathways for VR Clients: Delaware DVR's Job-Driven Project

  • Date: 
    Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Online webinar

Delaware DVR (DDVR) received JD-VRTAC technical assistance to create a statewide approach for developing Individual Plans for Employment that focus on career pathways. Career pathways emphasize an interconnected sequence of educational coursework and work experience that aligns with employer-validated competencies and certifications.


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