Webinars are longer in duration and are delivered by RRTC partners and related content experts. Webinar topics are either directly related to the RRTC studies or feature a broader look at issues and strategies affecting VR service delivery to youth and young adults.
Please note that the RRTC does not offer certificates of completion for archived webinars. However, the RRTC does offer certificates for our live webinars, so check back often for details on our newest offerings.
Pre-Employment Transition Services in Inclusive Higher Education Settings: The What, Where, and How of Good Collaboration
The emergence of pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) provides an important new avenue for collaboration between VR and institutions of higher education serving students with intellectual disability (ID). Join staff from Think College and the Achieve program at Highline College as we share practical resources, strategies, and examples of how pre-ETS services can be offered via a college program, and how these services can help students with ID explore, and ultimately obtain, competitive integrated employment.
Customized employment is a strategy that provides individuals with disabilities with the tools to gain employment, with options for employment beyond “off the shelf” jobs. This approach to employment offers individuals previously thought to be unemployable, opportunities to obtain integrated employment. This session 1) discussed the components and essential elements of customized employment and 2) addressed the critical role of vocational rehabilitation services to support both the job seeker and business.
We solicited the perceptions of VR counselors in 13 state VR agencies, that produced the highest VR success rates for the population of youth ages 16 to 24 across a five- year period, regarding their transition practices for youth both in and out of school. Based on survey results from 538 respondents, we describe their perceptions of the importance of effective transition practices, and their preparation to perform them. The webinar will: 1) summarize the results of this study within the context of existing research and the WIOA; 2) offer recommendations and implications for transition-related policy and practice; and 3) describe some next steps in improving transition-related practices of VR counselors.
The VR Program Evaluation Coach is a powerful tool. It helps you analyze your own data to evaluate your agency’s services and answer important questions such as: How can I test new ideas? Does a new program lead to outcomes that my agency and our clients want? Are we getting what we paid for?
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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents significant promise for improving transition outcomes when implemented in the context of proven transition service models. This session: (1) describes a seamless transition model that features research-based service components; (2) compares vocational rehabilitation service elements, service costs, and vocational rehabilitation closure statuses of youth served through this model with a matched sample of youth who received other services; and (3) offers implications for transition and vocational rehabilitation practice with students and youth with disabilities, especially in the context of transition service requirements of WIOA.
Families of youth with significant disabilities may have difficulty thinking about the transition to adulthood and envisioning a future that includes competitive employment. This webinar will highlight strategies for engaging families of youth, including those with significant disabilities around planning for employment. Innovative parent training efforts will be discussed as will the need to engage around specific outcomes and ideas for working with families who are apprehensive about exploring employment options for their youth.