VR-RRTC on Demand-Side Strategies

Using the Vermont Progressive Employment Model to Meet Pre-Employment Transition Services Provisions to WIOA

Policy Note Issue NO. 1, 2015

This paper provides a focused, preliminary analysis of the July 2014 amendments to Title I of the Rehabilitation Act regarding the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) Program. 

This paper is considered a “preliminary” analysis because the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration has not yet promulgated regulations, policy directives, or guidance relative to implementation of the amendments, even though the new law took effect for the VR program as soon as the President signed it. 

Our discussion here is focused because it is limited to an analysis of a new service authorized in the legislation—Pre-Employment Transition Services—and its compatibility with an emerging practice in public VR services—Vermont Progressive Employment. 

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The cost of VR services in the U.S.

The amount of money the U.S. spends on VR services varies from year-to-year. The number of consumers VR serves also varies each year. There are 80 VR agencies across the country. In 2009, each VR agency spent $22,751,427 and served 17,071 consumers on average, spending about $1,333 per consumer. In 2013, although VR agencies served only 373 more clients on average, each VR agency spent an average of $25,731,115, or $1,475 per consumer.

Adopting the Vermont Progressive Employment Model

Hugh Bradshaw, John Halliday, and Susan Foley
Date/Time [EST]: 
04/10/2013 - 12:00pm

Informational Session on the VR-RRTC on Demand-Side Strategies Study and Learning Collaborative

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) and the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) are pleased to have hosted a webinar, which provided information about Vermont’s Progressive Employment (PE) Model and discussed the opportunity for state VR agencies to engage in a research project aimed at replicating the model using a learning collaborative approach.

Labor Market and Occupational Information - Implications for Business Partnerships and Vocational Rehabilitation Education

Presentation Date: 11/04/2014 

This presentation was made by Libin Zhang and Kartik Trivedi at the National Council for Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Fall Conference in Arlington (VA). This presentation was made possible because of the project funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) grant (grant #: H133B120002).