What is the SGA Project

The SGA Project is a model demonstration funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). This section defines SGA and highlights its importance in the job placement process. There are also a variety of resources providing detailed information about the quantitative and qualitative research findings.

Why Return to Work? Consumer Perspectives from the SGA Qualitative Study

What drives vocational rehabilitation (VR) consumers’ decisions about returning to work – and whether to stay on or go off Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? What is the role of VR in this process?

We conducted a rigorous qualitative research project, using a series of in-depth, confidential interviews with 48 SSDI beneficiaries who were seeking help from their VR agencies in Minnesota and Kentucky. In this webcast, ICI researcher Allison Taylor shares several themes learned from this study around what drives people on SSDI to return to work and how being employed has impacted their lives.

This video has been approved by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for CRC credits. Provide your name and email, watch the video, and complete a survey to be eligible for CRC credits (offered through 9/29/2018).

Dr. Allison TaylorDr. Allison B. Taylor led the SGA Qualitative Study and conducts qualitative and mixed methods research on the employment of people with disabilities at ICI. She holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology, and prior to coming to ICI, she conducted community-based research and program evaluations. Her doctoral research was an ethnographic study of community responses to war and displacement in the Somali diaspora. She also holds a Master of Social Work degree, and prior to her doctoral studies, she did clinical and direct service work for ten years.




Webinar: Innovating Services, Improving Outcomes: A VR Model for Serving SSDI Clients

Watch the webinar presented on September 28, 2017 by Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI).  This webinar, attended by approximately 400 participants, included a panel discussion on the SGA project and its impact on the SSDI beneficiaries in the states of Kentucky and Minnesota.  The presenters included:  Gina Livermore, Purvi Sevak, and Todd Honeycutt from Mathematica; Susan Foley and Joe Marrone from ICI, and Steve Wooderson from the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation.




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The SGA Project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education Grant # H235L100004