Archived Webinars

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.

Sector Strategies: What Are They and How Can They Help VR Agencies?

Presenters: 
Lindy Foley and Patricia Maguire
Date/Time [EST]: 
05/16/2016 - 12:00pm
Description 

This ExploreVR webinar will provide information about sector strategies and how they can assist VR agencies—including leaders, administrators, and counselors—in building resources for demand-driven employment opportunities for their job seekers. A sector strategy approach is a partnership of multiple employers within a critical industry that brings together education, economic development, workforce system, and community organizations to identify and collaboratively meet the workforce needs of that industry within a regional labor market. 

Jobs for the Future (JFF), a partner in the Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC), will provide an overview of sector strategies. JFF has a long history in sector work and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation will present their sector strategy approach, how they partner with employers to identify in-demand skills, and how they support the development of training programs that prepare clients to successfully enter jobs.

Download the Powerpoint presentation: Sector Strategies: What are they and how can they help VR agencies? Powerpoint (PDF) 

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Sector Strategies: What are they and how can they help VR agencies? Transcript (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.

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Skills for Business Engagement: Part 1

Presenters: 
Laurie Ford, Lara Enein–Donovan, and Rick Kugler
Date/Time [EST]: 
05/10/2016 - 1:00pm
Description 

This ExploreVR webinar will provide an overview of business engagement competencies outlined in the ExploreVR Business Engagement Toolkit. Presenters will discuss three key competencies of VR business engagement:

  1. Labor market needs
  2. Communication strategies
  3. Internal management strategies

 

This webinar will familiarize VR personnel with the matrix of business engagement competencies, and will explain how the competencies in each of the categories contribute to engaging businesses in the VR process. 

Download the Powerpoint presentation: Skills for Business Engagement: Part 1 Powerpoint (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Skills for Business Engagement: Part 1 Transcript (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. 

The Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) is housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # H133B120002.

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Labor Market Information (LMI) for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Leadership in the Age of WIOA: A View from the Top

Presenters: 
Allison Flanagan, Russ Thelin, and Bob Burns
Date/Time [EST]: 
05/03/2016 - 1:00pm
Description 

This ExploreVR webinar is for current and future VR leaders who want to discuss leadership-level engagement in the VR agencies' use of Labor Market Information (LMI). This topic is increasingly important given the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Topics include:

  • The role of LMI in planning processes,
  • Creating LMI partnerships/collaborations,
  • Obtaining buy-in from VR counselors in fully using LMI tools, and
  • LMI data and information technology needs. 

 

Download the Powerpoint presentation: LMI for VR Leadership in the Age of WIOA: A View from the Top Powerpoint (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: LMI for VR Leadership in the Age of WIOA: A View from the Top Transcript (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. 

The Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) is housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # H133B120002.

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

The Reasonable Accommodation Process for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors: Part 2

Presenters: 
Eva Larrauri and Andrea Olson
Date/Time [EST]: 
03/31/2016 - 2:00pm
Description 

Vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRCs) play an essential role in facilitating reasonable accommodation outcomes between job-seekers/employees and employers. In individual cases, the VRC can help build the job-seeker/employee’s confidence in requesting reasonable accommodation. For employers making commitments toward more diverse and inclusive workplaces, the VRC can serve as a collaborative partner to meet those goals. 

Part II of this two-part webinar will cover examples and case studies showing how the VRC can maximize successful outcomes (e.g., number of 26 closures) by collaborating with applicants/employees and employers. Building relationships with your clients and employers may not only pay off in numbers—you may find yourself with more energy at the end of every work day!

Download the Powerpoint presentation: Reasonable Accommodations Process: Part 2 Powerpoint (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Reasonable Accommodations Process: Part 2 Transcript (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. 

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

The Reasonable Accommodation Process for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors: Part 1

Presenters: 
Eva Larrauri and Andrea Olson
Date/Time [EST]: 
03/29/2016 - 2:00pm
Description 

Vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRCs) play an essential role in facilitating reasonable accommodation outcomes between job-seekers/employees and employers. In individual cases, the VRC can help build the job-seeker/employee’s confidence in requesting reasonable accommodation. For employers making commitments toward more diverse and inclusive workplaces, the VRC can serve as a collaborative partner to meet those goals. 

Part 1 of this two-part webinar will offer an overview about what a VRC needs to know about reasonable accommodation under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Participants will learn how to coach qualified individuals with disabilities to facilitate an open and honest dialogue with potential and current employers. 

Download the Powerpoint presentation: The Reasonable Accommodations Process Part 1 Powerpoint (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: The Reasonable Accommodations Process Part 1 Transcript (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. 

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Job-Driven Customized Training: Exploring Innovative Models

Presenters: 
Kathy Powers and Kelly Walling
Date/Time [EST]: 
03/22/2016 - 2:00pm
Description 

This webinar will feature two presenters, Kathy Powers, Vice-President of Services at ORION Industries in Auburn, WA, and and Kelly Walling, Partner Resources Associate Sr. at the Carson Valley Roasting Plant & Distribution Center, one of Starbucks Coffee Company’s largest plants in Carson City, NV. 

ORION and Starbucks are committed to workforce diversity and inclusion. Both companies have linkages with their state vocational rehabilitation agencies and with employers in the communities they serve. Each presenter will discuss their company's innovative training programs, and they will conclude by taking questions from webinar participants.  

Download the Powerpoint presentation: Job-Driven Customized Training: Exploring Innovative Models Powerpoint (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Job-Driven Customized Training: Exploring Innovative Models Transcript (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.

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

How Does the Dual Customer Approach Support VR Employment Outcomes?

Presenters: 
Kathleen West-Evans and Beth Butler
Date/Time [EST]: 
01/29/2016 - 12:00pm
Description 

This webinar will provide Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies with an overview of the National Employment Team (NET) and the Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP). Kathleen West-Evans, Director of Business Relations at the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, will discuss how the NET and TAP are building relationships with businesses that contribute to career planning and VR employment outcomes. 

Download the Powerpoint presentation: How Does the Dual Customer Approach Support VR Employment Outcomes? Powerpoint (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Does the Dual Customer Approach Support VR Employment Outcomes? Transcript (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. 

The Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) is housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # H133B120002.

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Introduction to Labor Market Information (LMI) in a Job-Driven Economy

Presenters: 
Mary Wright, Lois Joy, and Hugh Bradshaw
Date/Time [EST]: 
12/15/2015 - 2:00pm
Description 

This webinar will examine the value of Labor Market Information (LMI) as it applies to national workforce job-driven initiatives around preparing youth and adults with disabilities for work. This presentation will focus on how vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies use LMI throughout various levels of the agency to inform their work with consumers and businesses. Presenters will define and discuss the impacts of traditional and real-time LMI, as well as LMI gathered from the field.  

Download the Powerpoint presentation: Introduction to Labor Market Information (LMI) in a Job-Driven Economy PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Introduction to Labor Market Information (LMI) in a Job-Driven Economy Transcript (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. 

The Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side RRTC) is housed at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The center and its webinars are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # H133B120002.

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Introduction to Customized Training (CT) in a Job-Driven Economy

Presenters: 
Mark Henry, Alexandra Waugh, Cecilia Gandolfo, and Neil McNeil
Date/Time [EST]: 
12/09/2015 - 1:00pm
Description 

This webinar will define the concept of Customized Training (CT) as it applies to national workforce job-driven initiatives around preparing youth and adults with disabilities for work. This presentation will focus on current VR Customized Training models and practices that demonstrate VR collaboration with employers and other community partners. These partnerships and training programs help to fulfill employer or industry needs for skilled workers and can provide positive employment opportunities for VR consumers. 

Download the Powerpoint presentation: Introduction to Customized Training in a Job-Driven Economy PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

All ExploreVR webinars are live captioned: Introduction to Customized Training in a Job-Driven Economy Transcript (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. 

Project 
Job-Driven VRTAC

Hoopa Yurok - Re-entry: Inclusion in Indian County

Presenters: 
Debra Pizzuto, David Tripp, Michael Gabriel, and Caw-Tep Sylvia
Date/Time [EST]: 
10/20/2015 - 2:30pm
Description 

Debra Pizzuto, David Tripp, Michael Gabriel, and Caw-Tep Sylvia from the Hoopa-Yurok Vocational Rehabilitation Program will present on the Hoopa-Yurok VR program’s involvement with the ICI Learning Collaborative, and their work on developing a consumer-driven re-entry program. A foundation of culture evolves through respect, and it also defines the Hoopa-Yurok consumer driven re-entry model. The Hoopa-Yurok's concept of respect is rooted in and drawn from the traditions of their river people in the mountains of northwestern California.