RRTC Newsletter

April 2017

Upcoming Webcast

Patricia Burns

May 11 (2 - 3 pm ET)

Title: Job Site Accommodations

Presenters: Patricia Burns, B.A., OT & AT Specialist and Thomas Rybak, M.F.A., Rehabilitation Engineer

Register Online (Registration is free!)

Thomas Rybak

Finding solutions that work requires finding the right tool and the right job. The assistive technology specialist and rehabilitation engineer work collaboratively with the client, employment specialist, employer, and family/care giver in determining the technology and accommodations needed for successful employment based on the client’s interests, skill set, aptitude, and barriers to employment. Matching the assistive technology to the individual requires consideration of the person, the demands of the job tasks and the the environment in which they work.

Case Study

Research Study 3: Customized Employment - Case Study 1

Case Study - KevinWho is Kevin? What are his strengths, interests, and job preferences? One of the most important features of customized employment is discovering the gifts and talents of the job seeker. Individuals in the person’s life and the professionals who are supporting the person are encouraged to answer the questions: Who is this person? What are his or her gifts and talents? Through the discovery process, individuals are identified by their unique gifts and contributions and not as people with disabilities.

Read the Case Study

Research Brief

Research Study 1, Research Brief 4, 2016 - Employment Outcomes for Transition-age Youth with Physical Disabilities: Vocational Rehabilitation RSA 911 Closure Data FY 2011, 2012, and 2013

Research Brief By William G. Revell, Katherine J. Inge, Robert E. Cimera, and Hannah E. Seward

Transition-age youth with mobility/dexterity impairments face a number of barriers in achieving employment outcomes as they exit the school system. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services through the use of the federal and state VR program are a primary resource for these youth to obtain the needed supports that lead to successful competitive employment outcomes. This brief uses data from the RSA-911 Closure Report[1] for federal fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013 to identify general demographics, services received, receipt of SSI/SDI, and reasons for case closure for transition-age youth with mobility/dexterity impairments. The youth included in this data were age 24 or younger at the time of application for VR services. Read the Research Brief


Q & A on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities: Using Social Capital to Access Opportunities and Contribute to our Communities

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By George Tilson, EdD and Michael Ward, PhD

"Social capital” has been covered in a wide range of disciplines including economics, education, history, medicine, sociology, human rights, and politics. As our society has undergone significant shifts demographically, culturally, and politically; it has become a hot topic with regards to people with disabilities and others who strive for full participation and increased opportunities in the broader community. Social capital refers to all of the connections that people have to other people, in every aspect of their lives, throughout a person’s lifetime. Other words to describe these connections are relationships and networks. Read the Factsheet

Save the Dates!

Save the Date!

State of the Science Conference September 26 - 27, 2017. Hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities. Location: Richmond, VA also offered virtually. More information will be available soon!

Customized Employment Webcourse- June 5 - July 3, 2017 - Customized employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in ways that meet the needs of both. It is based on a match between the unique strengths, needs, and interests of the job candidate with a disability, and the identified business needs of the employer or the self-employment business chosen by the candidate. Register Online

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Jun 5 - Customized Employment Webcourse - Register Online

Jun 8 - VR Services for Individuals with Physical Disabilities Webcast - Register Online

Jul 10 - Supported Employment Webcourse - Register Online

Jul 13 - Disclosing Disability in the Workplace Webcast - Register Online

Aug 10 - Employment Outcomes after MS Webcast - Register Online


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