RRTC Features

VCU-RRTC Partners on New Court-Involved Youth Project

RICHMOND, Va.- The Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center took a major step with a grant for Project Belong, a program that will address employment needs for 75 high-risk young adults with behavioral health disorders in Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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

RICHMOND, Va.- 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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Communities of Leaders in Autism to Hold Annual Conference

Each summer, an annual conference brings together educators from throughout Virginia to help them better serve students on the Autism spectrum. This year’s CoLA Summer Institute will be held June 20-21 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown. The theme will be Accept, Understand, Empower.

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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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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 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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Self-Paced Online Autism Course Nears First Anniversary, Record Certifications

RICHMOND, Va.- As of April 2nd, World Autism Day 2024, VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Autism Center for Education’s (RRTC-ACE) Autism Spectrum Disorder for Paraprofessionals self-paced online course is approaching both its first anniversary and the milestone of having provided this training to nearly 4,500 participants.

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The Journey to Employment for People with Disabilities: Kelly McCown

For many teenagers, independence starts with a job and money in their pockets. Kelly McCown is no exception to this. At 14 years old, Kelly began working around her neighborhood, watering plants, taking care of pets, and doing house chores for neighbors. Lucy McCown, Kelly’s mother, said she’s noticed Kelly’s confidence grow throughout her job experiences.

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VCU RRTC Welcomes New Director

VCU's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center recently welcomed its new director, Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson, who takes over for Dr. Paul Wehman, who has been the center's director since its inception in 1983.

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