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    VCU Alum with Autism Gains Employment, Builds Confidence to Be a Voice for the Disability Community

    When Zack Day graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University's political science program in 2021, they knew they wanted to start a career in disability law to help individuals with disabilities. "Ultimately, I'm someone who is trying to help people and help society," Day explained.

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    Project SEARCH Success Story: Ehab Abdalla

    For many school-aged individuals living with disabilities, the fear of the unknown grows as they approach the end of public education. The question of "now what?" begins to circulate amongst individuals and families. This was the case for Ehab Abdalla and his family, as he grew closer to exiting Henrico County Public Schools.

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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-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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