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Vocational Rehabilitation

Workforce GPS: Vocational Rehabilitation and WIOA Programs Introduction Series

Are you new to working with learners who are also working with states' Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), or just curious about how VR services operate in your state?  This webcast provides an overview of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation programs.  The webcast will walk you through both programs and explain eligibility, services and other pertinent program information.  

Vocational Rehabilitation—100 Years Later

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities as a result of serving in the military.

President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Fess Act of 1920, also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as "The National Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act," into law June 2, 1920.

ED's RSA Announces RehabData Workgroup

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.


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