New and Improved RRTC Website Launched
The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth is proud to announce the launch of its new and improved website. You can view information and publications related to our Center's studies, current news items, or contact us directly with any questions you might have! 

Publication Highlights 


VR agencies play an important role in delivering services to transition-age youth with disabilities as youth prepare to move into employment or post-secondary education. VR agencies collect or have access to large amounts of data on client services and outcomes, data that may go largely underutilized. This brief illustrates how state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies can use performance management tools and processes to leverage their data systems for program improvement.

University of Maryland 

This study examined vocational rehabilitation service and outcome
differences between youth with disabilities who participated in a model
transition intervention and youth with disabilities who did not (Luecking,
Fabian, Contreary, Honeycutt & Luecking, 2017). The transition model
featured research supported components integrated into a single service
model and implemented across eleven Maryland school districts from 2007
- 2013. Using administrative data extracted from the Maryland Division of
Rehabilitation Services (DORS), we compared service and outcome data
for participants with that of non-participants.

Think College

This Fast Fact describes students enrolled in TPSIDs (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities) in 2014-2015, shares differences in demographics based on whether or not their TPSID program partnered with a state VR agency, and encourages partnering with VR agencies.


Upcoming RRTC Webcast - "Vocational Rehabilitation and Higher Education: A Promising Partnership for Students with Intellectual Disability" 
Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 3:00 EDT.

Together with the RRTC on VR Practices and Youth, Think College presents this collaborative webinar on vocational rehabilitation. It takes many pieces connected meaningfully in order for a puzzle to be seen for the vision it provides. This webinar is intended to explore examples of partnerships that meaningfully connect various pieces of community resource, resulting in a common vision that assists individuals with Intellectual Disability in achieving independence, careers and community engagement.

This webinar is being done in partnership with, and is being presented by staff from Think College. To register: ( )

Upcoming RRTC Webcast - "Customized Employment - An Overview"

Date and time to be announced

This webinar will provide an overview of customized employment. Customized employment is a strategy that provides individuals with disabilities and other barriers to 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 webinar will 1) discuss the components and essential elements of customized employment and 2) address the critical role of vocational rehabilitation services to support both the job seeker and business.

Archived RRTC Webcast - "Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes for Students Participating in a Modal Seamless Transition Program"

This webinar, featuring Dr. Richard Leucking as the presenter, was hosted by NTACT and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on VR Practices and Youth. Originally having taken place on August 10, 2017, it has been archived for those who may have missed it. Listen to the archived version

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 (VR) 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 VR practice with students and youth with disabilities, especially in the context of transition service requirements of WIOA.

Upcoming Partner Events 


CSAVR will hold its Fall 2018 Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, South Carolina from Saturday, November 11th, to Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.

Registration information and a draft agenda can be found on the CSAVR Events page (

Other Events 

It's never too early to begin pulling your state team together. The 2018 NTACT Capacity Building Institute for interdisciplinary state teams will be held in Denver, CO from May 15 through 17, 2018. Mark your calendars! Continue to check for updates to the agenda, the CBI App, and specific presentation titles under "Events" at

State of the Art Conference 

The 2017 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held November 15-16 in Syracuse, NY.

This popular conference of 300+ participants provides opportunities for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to learn about the current state of research and practice in the field, and to network with each other. Panels that include faculty and staff from postsecondary education initiatives, parents, self-advocates, and other experts, share effective practices during break-out sessions with opportunities for group discussion. New this year is a parallel student conference on Syracuse University's campus, with the goal of bringing more high school and college students into the conversation.

Registration information can be found:

Contact Us Directly With Your Questions 

The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth provides research, training, and technical assistance aimed at improving the lives of transition-age youth with disabilities, by improving the VR services delivered to them. If you don't find the information you are looking for on our web site, please feel free to contact us directly and we will help connect you to the appropriate content expert. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living,
Grant Number: 90RT5034-02-01

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