Event: 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.

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

Event: Explore VR Webinar: Engaging Businesses from a Blindness Perspective

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

Event: 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.

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

Bulletin: 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:

Event: 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.

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

Bulletin: National Clearinghouse on Rehabilitation Training Materials: VR and Community College Customized Training Partnerships

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) has evolved as a dynamic partner in developing and implementing customized training programs with community colleges and businesses that actively engage job-seekers with disabilities. Partnerships with community colleges, businesses, and training providers help prepare VR clients for competitive employment in high-demand industries.

Bulletin: Workforce Innovation and Technical Assistance Center: Changes to VR Under WIOA

The California Department of Rehabilitation has created a table that outlines the most significant changes in WIOA's final rules. Click here for this review of federal regulations affecting Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services under WIOA.

Bulletin: Workforce GPS: Decreasing Recidivism through Vocational Training and Education Programs

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 68% of prisoners released in 2005 returned to prison within three years of release, and 77% were arrested within five years of release. The Workforce Systems Strategies (WSS) resources below provide data analyses, literature reviews, and other tools through which practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders can improve or create effective programs that support individuals as they transition from prison to the community, such as providing employment services pre-release.

Discussion: Have you worked with learners with disabilities unable to access funding for post-secondary education?

A recent article published in The Hechinger Report highlights a troubling trend faced by many adults with disabilities trying to access state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funding for post-secondary education.  Eligible but got Nothing: Hundreds of thousands of People with Disabilities Blocked from College Aid shares the stories of several VR clients, and the underlying issues that have kept them from receiving services.  

Bar graph showing states with the highest percentage of eligible vocational rehabilitation consumers who exit without services

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