• Dr. Wehman in the News

    Families, advocates and providers hold dialogue on autism at Richmond Time Dispatch's Public Square

    Dr. Paul Wehman, Director of VCU's Autism Center for Excellence and of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, served as a panelist at the forum.

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  • VCU-RRTC-EP

    Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities

    The RRTC-EP investigates the most successful business practices which companies utilize to hire and retain workers with disabilities. The project includes four studies, the largest takes place in partnership with Bon Secours Virginia Health System, a long term leader in diversity and hiring of persons with disabilities.

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  • VCU-DRRP

    Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment

    The VCU-DRRP helps young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, to achieve competitive employment based on the individual's choices, interests and skills. The project's overall objective is to test the effectiveness of customized employment as an intervention to facilitate employment for youth with disabilities.

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  • VCU-ACE

    VCU Autism Center for Excellence

    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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  • VCU-CTI

    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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  • WIPA-NTDC

    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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Families, advocates and providers hold dialogue on autism at Richmond Time Dispatch's Public Square - Dr. Paul Wehman, Director of VCU's Autism Center for Excellence and of the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, served as a panelist at the forum.
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Online Course: Customized Employment

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Overview of Customized Employment Online Course -March 4 - 29, 2019 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.

Betsy's Case Study

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Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Customized Employment - Informational interviews may help the job seeker and the employment specialist learn more about how the person’s interests and skills may meet the needs of business. This case study describes how informational interviews were used during discovery for “Betsy”.

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Partners in Employment: Building Strong Coalitions to Facilitate Systems Change for Youth and Young Adults - In 2014, the employment rate for young adults with cognitive disabilities was 20% for ages 16-11 and 41% for ages 22-30. These numbers are almost half the employment rate of young adults without disabilities.

Online Course: Supported Employment

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Supported Employment Online Course ACRE Certified - July 1 - Sept 23, 2019 This course provides an extensive overview of supported employment and how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with significant disabilities. Topics include: federal policy; customer profile; job development; working with employers; job-site strategies; support plans; and alternative funding.

Business Connections Spotlight

Kristen Hamilton and Austin Miller

This month the VCU RRTC is spotlighting two outstanding Employment Specialists, Kristen Hamilton and Austin Miller for their team work in developing an organizational partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe.

Upcoming Webcast - April 17

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Instructional Strategies for Acquisition and Maintenance of Customized Job Tasks - Employment specialists should understand and be proficient at developing specific workplace supports to ensure a customized employee completes negotiated job tasks. This webcast will provide a review of validated instructional strategies that can be used to develop the workplace supports necessary for job task completion. Specifically, the webcast will review how to develop a task analysis and use validated instructional strategies that promote the acquisition and maintenance of negotiated job tasks.

RRTC EP - Employment Services

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Business Connections at VCU is a supported employment service provider for individuals in the Metro Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Warsaw areas, assisting individuals with disabilities with finding employment and providing ongoing support to clients who obtain employment. Established in 1983, the Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. Our team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities.