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Vocational Rehabilitation

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



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:

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

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

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.

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

Explore VR Webinar: Engaging Businesses from a Blindness Perspective

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

ICI: Innovating Services, Improving Outcomes: A VR Model for Serving SSDI Clients

State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, the main source of job services for people with disabilities, help individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to become more independent and economically successful.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Online webinar

WIOA Performance Accountability Training for Serving Vocational Rehabilitation Consumers

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has developed a training curriculum which provides an overview of the joint guidance issued in Technical Assistance Circulars (TAC) 17-01 and 17-04. This curriculum contains seven independent modules that provide information on the key terms outlined in section 116 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well as the six performance accountability indicators.

Please go to the National Clearinghouse of Training Materials (NCRTM) at:

Meeting Employer Demand in a Job-Driven Economy: Diversity, Inclusion, and VR's Evolving Role

The Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC) and the Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) will co-host a national conference, Meeting Employer Demand in a Job-Driven Economy: Diversity, Inclusion, and VR's Evolving Role.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 1:00pm
Bethesda, MD


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