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Vocational Rehabilitation

U.S. ED Releases ReThink VR Performance Plan

Exploring Virtual Reality and its Application for Learners on the Spectrum

I encourage members interested in the intersection of Virtual Reality (VR) and services supporting learners on the Autism Spectrum to check out the conversation happening now in the Integrating Technology group.  The panel of experts is weighing in on the application of VR,  Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to adult education this week.  I invite you to join in the conversation, and specifically around the use of these technologies to support learners with different types of disabilities.   

U. of New Hampshire is Seeking Participants for Study on Job Crafting for Persons with Disabilities


The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is looking for volunteers to take part in a study to evaluate whether job crafting strategies can effectively assist people with disabilities adapt to their work tasks and improve job retention.  Over six weeks, participants from anywhere in the country would virtually complete interviews, job crafting exercises and online surveys.  To learn more about this study and possibly enroll, please see the one-pager attachment.  

National Skills Coalition: Upskilling Adults with Disabilities through Better Systems Alignment

A new brief from the National Skills Coalition (NSC) highlights a Texas community that has taken on the challenge of creating equitable systems alignment. Stakeholders in the workforce development, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation systems in the Rural Capital region of Texas have been collaborating since 2016.

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.


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