Center staff conceptualized a series of short training seminars related to improving VR service delivery to youth and young adults. Each seminar consists of an overview of a topic, 30 minutes of content, and a quiz to assess the participant’s understanding of content. These self-directed training segments are perfect for ongoing capacity building of VR staff and transition and employment stakeholders.

Online seminar participants are able to receive a certificate of completion* from the Center if they score at or over 70% on the associated quiz. Once submitted, please allow Center staff 2-3 weeks to email participants certificates of completion.

The Family Role in Career Planning and Preparation for Youth with Disabilities

Families and caregivers play a critical role in helping youth with disabilities prepare for employment success. This online seminar highlights key ways VR counselors, employment providers, and educators can partner with families. Participants will, 1) understand the benefits of engaging families as partners, 2) learn strategies to actively involve families in career planning and preparation for youth, 3) be able to identify the aspects of career planning families need to be aware of, and 4) gain ideas on how to build their own capacity to partner with families.


Integrated Employment: Expectation AND Choice

Should integrated employment be an expectation for youth with disabilities, or a choice? This online seminar discusses the key differences between the two concepts and encourages viewing employment for youth with significant disabilities as an expectation and a choice. Participants will, 1) understand the role of expectations and choice in planning for post-school employment, 2) be able to identify effective practices in transition planning, 3) become familiar with 21st Century skills for college and career readiness, and 4) distinguish between “readiness”, motivation, and exposure.


Introduction to Seamless Transition

What is a fully realized vision for an effective transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities? It’s a coordinated plan where students and families and empowered, and adult supports are coordinated and working in partnership. This online seminar introduces the “seamless transition model” and discusses the vital importance of collaboration. Participants will, 1) understand the process and vision of seamless transition, 2) learn what seamless looks like in practice, and 3) be able to identify best practices for seamless transition planning.


Inclusive Higher Education and VR Common Performance Measures

This seminar will describe the new Common Performance Measures introduced under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, and how inclusive higher education for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities can help VR agencies meet these new measures of success.


10 Tips For Effective Collaboration Between VR and Higher Education

In this seminar, we described ten tips for effective communication and collaboration between vocational rehabilitation agencies and higher education programs. These tips are gathered from case studies the Think College team conducted of four college programs with strong track records of collaboration with VR.


Introduction to Inclusive Higher Education and Its Impact on VR Services

This seminar will describe the origin of inclusive higher education in the United States and the impact of legislative guidance from the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008.
Dr. Grigal will: 1) present an overview of the federally funded model demonstration projects called TPSIDs and the current provision of services in higher education. 2) describe impact of higher education on employment outcomes for people with intellectual disability. 3) describe existing partnerships between higher education and Vocational Rehabilitation in supporting students with intellectual disability. Resources for further inquiry will be provided.


Family and VR Roles in Supporting Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

This seminar describes how family members and VR professionals can support college attendance and success for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The roles of family members and of VR are explored at three stages: pre-college (setting expectations, teaching foundational skills, a process for system’s change and exploring different options), during college (supporting academic success and other outcomes and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements), and post-college (supporting the transition from college to employment and adult life).