• VCU-RRTC Feature

    VCU Student with Cerebral Palsy Connects Passion with Employment

    Finding employment can be a challenge for anyone. Finding employment that matches one's passion and career goals can be a greater challenge. But for one Virginia Commonwealth University student with Cerebral Palsy, combining his degree path and current work with his desire to help people with disabilities meets that challenge.

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  • Project SEARCH

    Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

    Since 2008, VCU-RRTC has partnered with Project SEARCH, presently collaborating with five host businesses in the greater Richmond area: St. Francis Medical Center, Memorial Regional Medical Center, St. Mary's Hospital, Fort Gregg-Adams, and Fort Eustis. The graduates join the program's 269 alumni, 93% of whom have gone on to obtain competitive integrated employment in the community.

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  • VCU-RRTC Feature

    RRTC Leads Innovative Pilot Training for Families of Children with Autism

    Recently, approximately 18 Virginia family members of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder participated in a pilot training and educational program designed to assist families with behavior support and community inclusion for their loved ones.

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  • VCU-RRTC-Transition

    RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

    VCU-RRTC-Transition focuses on pre-employment training for younger adolescents, postsecondary and supported college education training for universities that are serving students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as internships for youth with emotional, learning and behavioral disorders.

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    RRTC on Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    The VCU-RRTC on Employment of Persons with IDD will conduct multiphase studies that examine the critical variables that have the potential to improve the competitive integrated employment (CIE) outcomes for individuals with IDD and enhance rehabilitation professionals and other stakeholders' capacity to provide employment opportunities and supports.

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    VCU Autism Center for Education

    VCU-ACE is a university-based technical assistance, professional development, and educational research center for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VCU-ACE improves services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by promoting the implementation of research-based practices in schools and the community through training, technical assistance, research, and collaboration.

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    Center on Transition Innovations

    The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) at Virginia Commonwealth University is a centralized statewide portal for information, resources, demonstration, and research for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities. CTI provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the field. The results of research studies and demonstration projects conducted here in Virginia help us shape the ongoing work of CTI.

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  • National Center on Self-Employment

    National Center on Self-Employment, Business Ownership, and Telecommuting

    The purpose of this Center is to build the capacity of Federal and State public agencies and private entities to support people with disabilities in achieving self-employment, business ownership, or telecommuting as employment outcomes.

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    Work Incentives Planning & Assistance National Training and Data Center

    The Virginia Commonwealth University National Training and Data Center (NTDC) provides comprehensive training and technical assistance to Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects, the Ticket to Work Help Line, and community partners to ensure accurate and timely support for beneficiaries on the road to employment and financial independence.

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IDD Conference Archive

IDD Conference Archive Available: View the presentations from the State of the Science on Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Career Planning Toolkit

Career Planning Toolkit

Career Planning: There's a Toolkit for That! The Career Planning Toolkit includes activities, assessments, and strategies to support students with significant disabilities in exploring and preparing for their future careers.

How to Set Your Child Up for Employment Success

Whitney Ham, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA

How to Set Your Child Up for Employment Success?

Supported & Customized Employment: Referral Decision Guide

Supported & Customized Employment: Side by Side Referral Decision Guide

For vocational rehabilitation agencies offering both supported and customized employment approaches to pursuing employment for people with disabilities, there may be questions about which approach is best based on an individual’s circumstances. This new Supported and Customized Employment Side-by-Side Referral Decision Guide can help determine how to choose between these two approaches.

VR Map & Policies

US Map

This map shows the policies and procedures for self-employment services for individuals with disabilities from each state VR.

Self-Employment Policy Paper

Understanding the Provision of Self-Employment For People with Disabilities in the United States

The Center on Self-Employment researched and summarized self-employment policies for the 50 States plus the District of Columbia. In total, 73 State VR Agencies were included in this research: 29 Combined VR Agencies, 22 General VR Agencies, and 22 Blind VR Agencies.

This paper represents the background and impetus behind the policy review, summarizes the findings, and offers initial considerations and recommendations for state VR policymakers.