Projects

Projects

ACE-IT in College

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VCU's ACE-IT in College is an inclusive learning and training program for transition-age adults with intellectual disabilities. With individualized support, ACE-IT in College students participate in five semesters of employment, college classes, and campus activities. These college experiences create opportunity and prepare students to pursue self-determined futures. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education.

Autism Center for Education

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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. Funded by the Virginia Department of Education.

Business Connections

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With over 30 years of experience, Business Connections at VCU bridges the gap between employers looking for qualified and reliable employees and a pool of prescreened job applicants with disabilities that have the proper supports in place for long-term success! Business Connections focuses heavily on understanding and meeting the specific needs of both jobseekers and employers to make the best job matches possible.

Center on Transition Innovations

Center on Transition Innovations

It is the vision of the Virginia Department of Education to create a centralized statewide portal for information, resources, demonstration, and research for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities. The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) at Virginia Commonwealth University 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. Funded by the Virginia Department of Education.

Deployed 2 Work

Deployed 2 Work

Deployed 2 Work is a federally funded, randomized study for military connected or military dependent youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants are randomly selected to either receive vocational training within their current school setting or in a community-based internship program, Project SEARCH + ASD Supports, at Fort Eustis, VA. Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).

National Center on Self-Employment

Center on Self-Employment

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. Two specific objectives will guide the Center's activities:1) Increase the supply of trained personnel available to public and private agencies by developing, piloting, and disseminating a curriculum on the evidence-based practices of self-employment, business ownership, and telecommuting. 2) Maintain and improve the skill, knowledge, and quality of rehabilitation personnel by developing, evaluating, and widely disseminating short term training and resources on the evidence-based practices of self-employment, business ownership, and telecommuting.

Project SEARCH

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Through a collaboration with the business community, Project SEARCH provides a one-year work training experience for young adults aged 18-21 with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Through three unpaid, individualized internships, students learn the job and social skills they need to become successfully employed. Project SEARCH serves students at 21 sites across Virginia. In Virginia, the project has an eighty-five percent success rate in helping students find meaningful jobs after graduation. Learn more about Project SEARCH in Virginia by contacting Jennifer McDonough [jltodd@vcu.edu].

School 2 Work

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School 2 Work is an internship program, based on the Project SEARCH model, currently managed and evaluated in a randomized clinical trial at two Bon Secours Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. VCU has replicated this intervention in two Virginia hospitals: Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Hanover. The intervention consists of two components: (1) 900 hours of onsite training over nine consecutive months at the host hospital site and (2) training and support provided by employment specialists with expertise in autism, applied behavior analysis, supported employment, and business networking. Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90DP0051).

VCU-RRTC on Employment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

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The goal of VCU-RRTC on Employment of Persons with IDD is to help reduce the continuing high levels of unemployment among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This RRTC is in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, and Kent State University. The RRTC-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. Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant #90RTEM0003).

VCU-RRTC on on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities

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The VCU-RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities will conduct six studies to generate evidence-based interventions to assist youth to enter competitive integrated employment. This RRTC is in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, and Kent State University. It will focus 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. Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant #90RTEM0002).

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance National Training and Data Center (WIPA-NTDC)

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The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) 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. Funded by the the Social Security Administration (Contract #SS00-15-60034).

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