The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth is pleased to announce our partnership with the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) for the NCRE Fall 2018 Conference with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth will offer a unique set of State of the Science sessions related to delivering quality VR services to youth. The RRTC is partnering with several technical assistance centers to conduct sessions that address key challenges and suggest useful strategies for VR practitioners and educators. Themes include staff competencies needed to providing service to youth and young adults, using evidence to improve VR practices, and the VR role in inclusive higher education. 
The conference will be held Thursday, October 25 - Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA.

Additionally, we'd like to announce that NCRE is accepting proposals for the conference based on the conference theme of "Employment and Social Inclusion: The Impact and Role of Rehabilitation Counselors." Proposals are due Sunday, July 15, 2018 by 10:00pm PST.

Upcoming Free Webinar from The RRTC  

Pre-Employment Transition Services in Inclusive Higher Education Settings: The What, Where, and How of Good Collaboration
August 9, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST 

Presented by: 
  • Julie Pollard, ACHIEVE Associate Director
  • John Traugott, Director, Community & Employment Services
  • Russ Thelin, Senior Policy Fellow, Institute for Community Inclusion
  • Meg Grigal, Ph.D., Co-director, Think College
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 ACHIEVE, a program at Highline College, as they 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.
Session participants will:
  1. Learn strategies for effectively partnering with DVR to utilize Pre-ETS funding. 
  2. Learn effective approaches for establishing and maintaining relationships with employers, including developing and supporting internships based on student interest. 
  3. Learn strategies for developing person-centered career exploration plans with students.

This webinar is being co-sponsored by the RRTC on VR Practices and Youth, the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT), and Think College.

Publication Highlight - Mathematica 

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies' Early Implementation Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services

This Issue Brief builds on findings from the National Council on Disability's (NCD) 2017 survey to 25 state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, which identified the challenges they were experiencing in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act's (WIOA) pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) regulations. This brief uses qualitative information from ten state VR agencies and quantitative data from seven agencies located across the country. It presents examples of partnerships, service delivery, and staffing for Pre-ETS.
This brief allows VR administrators a way to put their own experiences in the context of other agencies' experiences, which may help them generate ideas for innovations in Pre-ETS delivery within their agencies. The findings confirm those identified by NCD, that agencies have faced a number of challenges in implementing Pre-ETS. However, it also finds that agencies have made considerable progress in developing innovative strategies to expand the services they offer and the populations they serve.
The Issue Brief is available on the RRTC website.
Online Seminars are Live on the RRTC Website 

The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth is proud to launch an innovative series of online seminars designed to provide short, web-based trainings to VR counselors and others involved in youth VR services and employment. Each training is approximately 30 minutes long, and provides the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. This is a great tool for capacity building for current VR staff, and skill building for pre-service rehabilitation counseling students. The current list of seminars is below, but be on the lookout for more in the series. 
  • The Family Role in Career Planning and Preparation for Youth with Disabilities
  • Integrated Employment: Expectation and Choice
  • Introduction to Seamless Transition
  • Inclusive Higher Education and VR Common Performance Measures
  • 10 Tips for Effective Collaboration between VR and Higher Education
  • Introduction to Inclusive Higher Education and its Impact on VR Services
  • Family and VR Roles in Supporting Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Upcoming Partner Events 

The CSAVR-RSA National Fiscal Conference will be held August 20 to August 22, 2018, followed in the afternoon by a presentation on Partnership Plus and its benefits to state VR agencies and their customers. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland. Registration is now open for the conference. 
The CSAVR Fall 2018 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in Long Beach, California from October 27 to October 31, 2018. CSAVR has issued a Call for Proposals for the conference. Submissions are due by close of business on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

Mathematica is hosting a series of topical webinars over the summer on services for youth SSI recipients as part of a project for the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). 
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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