Explore VR features a number of free webinars related to vocational rehabilitation (VR). Webinars allow participants and presenters to interact in real time, allowing for two-way interaction. Webinar participation is completely online and allows organizations and individuals to communicate and share resources, despite barriers of geographic location. View the archived webinars below.
To this end, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Mathematica Policy Research received a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration to develop the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Project Demonstration. This demonstration focused on improving employment outcomes for state VR clients who receive SSDI.
Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy hosted this webinar featuring a panel of experts. The panel discussed the experiences of VR agencies in Kentucky and Minnesota that implemented the SGA Project innovations, which were designed to help beneficiaries prepare for and find jobs with earnings high enough to leave the disability rolls.
Over the past 2 years, with assistance from the JD-VRTAC, the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) has developed a 4-person Business Relations Unit (BRU) dedicated to engaging and serving business as a primary customer, coordinating and providing trainings and technical assistance, organizing targeted hiring events, and facilitating a talent pipeline from one of NJ’s untapped talent pools. By providing a range of services to NJ businesses, our goals are to increase awareness, eliminate misconceptions and stigma around blindness, and reduce barriers to employment for persons with vision impairments. Complementing the developing of the BRU was an additional project goal with a focus on business: to implement strategic training initiatives on the use of Labor Market Information (LMI) as a counseling tool by VR Counselors to facilitate greater informed choice by CBVI consumers. In this webinar, Amanda Gerson from CBVI will discuss the goals of the project, lessons learned, and the successes of participation in the JD-VRTAC Learning Collaborative.
Geri Scott, Director of Jobs for the Future; Mark Genua, Apprenticeship Program Director at Philadelphia Works; and Elizabeth St. Clair, Apprenticeship Director, at the Urban Technology Project will discuss the key components of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs. On this webinar, presenters explained:
- Core components of Registered Apprenticeships;
- How RA's are implemented;
- Suggestions for developing RA models that meet the needs of people with disabilities;
- Key RA implementation challenges;
- Tips for RA program replication; and
- The role VR agencies can play in RA programs.
- the process for creating their Business Engagement structure;
- steps they took to prepare the field to engage business; and
- unique barriers they encountered when integrating the Business Engagement Unit into the field.
With the support of the JD-VRTAC technical assistance grant, Nebraska VR has initiated staff training on customized employment with a focus on business networking, job analysis, development and negotiation. During this webinar, Paige Rose and Lindy Foley of Nebraska VR will highlight lessons learned from the grant and efforts to align this work with other state and federal initiatives.
This ExploreVR job-driven webinar will focus on Illinois Department of Rehabilitation's (DRS) journey through their JD-VRTAC project to develop a cohesive, strategic business relations structure. On this webinar, presenter John Marchioro will discuss Illinois DRS's rationale for the job-driven project as well as the project overview, communication, training components, how DRS incorporated internal and external resources, evaluation, and factors for sustainability. Illinois’ approach to business services utilizes existing staff in regional Business Engagement and Services Teams, unleashing the talent and dedication of counselors and Workforce partners.
The Langston University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (Langston RRTC) and the Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC) are presenting a webinar on how vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs serve people with disabilities through the use of Customized Training (CT) models. The presentation will focus on the challenges faced and benefits gained by people with disabilities from racial, ethnic, and other minority backgrounds participating in CT employment training programs.
The objectives for this webinar are to:
- Identify and explore employment barriers that people with disabilities from racial and ethnic minorities and other diverse populations experience.
- Present CT practices and programs that demonstrate the benefits of CT for employment success.
- Identify outreach efforts that support the development of CT programs and inclusion of a diverse range of people with disabilities in CT.
Download the Powerpoint presentation: Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practice Powerpoint (PDF)
Download the list of resources and links mentioned in this webinar: Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practice Resource List (Word)
Download the webinar transcript: Customized Training: An Inclusive Employment Training Option in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practice Transcript (Word)
North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NDDVR) is working to enhance partnerships with business by raising awareness of VR’s business services and how VR can help business with their employment needs. NDDVR is improving their use of labor market information (LMI) to advance clients’ understanding of the job market and potential for employment.
This webinar will explain NDDVR’s JD-VRTAC project regarding business engagement and the use of labor market information. In this webinar, NDDVR staff will discuss project goals, accomplishments, challenges, lessons learned, and what comes next for this project.
Download the Powerpoint presentation: Getting More People Employed in North Dakota: Improving Business Engagement and Utilizing Labor Market Information Powerpoint (PDF)
All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Getting More People Employed in North Dakota: Improving Business Engagement and Utilizing Labor Market Information Transcript (WORD)
Business Engagement at North Dakota DVR:
- Best Practice Guidelines for Business Engagement (PDF)
- Business Engagement Rapid Response (PDF)
- Business Engagement Bi-weekly Meeting Structure (PDF)
- Governor's Conference Business Engagement Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)
- Society of Human Resource Management Business Engagement Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)
Using Labor Market Information at North Dakota DVR:
Pennsylvania’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (PA OVR) initiated two job-driven projects as part of the Job-Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC). For the first project, the results of a preliminary staff survey informed a training curriculum on how to integrate labor market information (LMI) into the VR process. For the second project, the results of a business roundtable helped shape a training curriculum informed a training curriculum on engaging businesses to hire minors.
In this webinar, Sara Gales and Vondol Hammond from PA OVR will provide an overview of their JD-VRTAC projects on LMI and business engagement. They will discuss the goals of this project, how it was implemented, and some accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned. Gales and Hammond will also share their experiences as members of the JD-VRTAC Learning Collaborative, and the future direction of their job-driven projects.
Download the Powerpoint presentation: Integrating Labor Market Information and Engaging Employers to Hire Minors: An Overview of PA OVR’s Completed JD-VRTAC Project Powerpoint (PPT)
All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Integrating Labor Market Information and Engaging Employers to Hire Minors: An Overview of PA OVR’s Completed JD-VRTAC Project Transcript (WORD)
All other downloadable files:
- PA OVR's LMI Survey (PDF) (WORD)
- PA OVR's LMI Training Powerpoint: Integrating LMI into the VR Process (PDF)
- PA OVR's Business Engagement for Students Powerpoint: Employer Engagement to Increase Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students with Disabilities (PDF)
- PA OVR's Employer Roundtable Questions (WORD)
The JD-VRTAC is a national center housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the US Department of Education under grant #H264A140002.