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    RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

    The VCU-RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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Study documents valuable contributions of employees with intellectual and development disabilities amid COVID-19. - The study by researchers at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center dispelled the myth that people with disabilities are limited in their ability to contribute to the labor force.
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Webcast - Feb 22

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Identifying and Reflecting on Bias in Policy By Issac Carter, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Coaching Imperative - The learning objectives for this webcast are: Identify four types of bias. Identify language in policy that can be rooted in unconcise bias. Describe how implicit bias may impact access to services.

Webcast - March 29

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Understanding and Utilizing Microenterprise Centers By Rachel Davis, MBA, CEO & Executive Director, The Edge. The learning objectives for this webcast are: Describe the intent of microenterprise centers. Identify beneficial ways to partner with microenterprise centers. Articulate the differences between microenterprise centers/community partners and vocational rehabilitation services.

Dr. Staci Carr receives 2021 Mission Champion Award

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Staci E. Carr, Ph.D., a technical assistance associate at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC), a center affiliated with the VCU School of Education, has won the Autism Society of Central Virginia's (ASCV) 2021 Mission Champion Award.

Why hiring people with disabilities is better for business

FAST Company VIDEO: The Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, but people with disabilities still often face barriers of entry to meaningful employment due to discrimination. Rebecca Cokley, the first U.S. Disability Rights Program Officer for the Ford Foundation, and Dr. Victor Pineda, founder of World Enabled, spoke with Chris Denson about what challenges and discriminatory practices people with disabilities still face.

Q&A: Autism Employment Post-Pandemic

There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world of work. As businesses cope with talent shortages and implement diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives, people with autism are -seeing more employment opportunities than ever before.

JAN Offers Practical Suggestions on Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation

Dealing with requests for telework as an accommodation - According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), telework has long been considered a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the EEOC provides useful guidance about telework as an accommodation, the pandemic has created a multitude of new telework issues for employers to consider. For employers who are looking for guidance on how to address these issues, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers the following practical suggestions.

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Start on success: A school and business collaboration model offering work-based learning for students with disabilities - Students connect what they learn in high school to the world of work. The opportunity to work provides high school students a valuable learning experience. They find a purpose for coming to school. For students with disabilities (SWD), a college and career readiness gap exists.

COVID-19 Is Creating Telework Converts

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Telecommuting is the new reality for many U.S. employees. Many are saying they want to continue working from home when the threat of COVID-19 has passed, even as companies grapple with how - and when - to safely return people to the workplace.

California bill to end subminimum wage for workers with disabilities passes Senate

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BY DANIELA PARDO LOS ANGELES -- In 2022, California is set to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. As of now, not all workers in the state will qualify for the raise. Since 1938, employers in California have been able to apply for a certificate that has allowed them to pay employees with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.

‘A remarkable person with a bright future’: How Isaiah Young made the most of his opportunities

The ACE-IT in College graduate gained confidence and refined his career goal through VCU classes and several jobs and internships.

Remembering Lou Brown

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We regret to inform you that Lou Brown, one of TASH’s co-founders, passed away on May 1, 2021. We mourn his loss, we are grateful for his vision and we honor his legacy by continuing to fight for equity, opportunity, and inclusion.

What is a PASS?

Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) factsheet

A Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) is a written plan of action for pursuing and getting a particular type of job. A PASS describes the steps you will take, and the items and services you will need to reach your work goal. When you have an approved PASS, Social Security does not count the money you set aside to help you reach your work goal, when determining your eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Project Achieve Services to Women with TBI & SCI in Postsecondary Education

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Project Achieve - Project Achieve is a demonstration research project which provides specialized services to women veterans and civilian women with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) who are pursuing higher education or training. Specialized services consist of using Cognitive Support Technology through iPads and individualized apps, peer mentoring, individualized case management and vocational rehabilitation, and assistance with job placement and maintenance. Participants receive compensation upon enrollment and completion of the project, and may keep their iPads upon completion.