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.

Kentucky Office for the Blind’s Experience with the Career Centers

Presenters: 
Janell Turner, Becky Cabe, and Alan Gullett
Date/Time [EST]: 
10/01/2014 - 11:00am
Description 

Since May 2010, the Kentucky Department for Workforce Investment, which is comprised of the Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Office of Employment and Training, have been working towards a more unified and collaborative approach to the delivery of workforce development services. Kentucky Office for the Blind has had to adapt to the new business services framework. This presentation will describe where Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment has been, where they are now, and where they hope to go as a result of the RTAC project. This webinar is part of a series where members of the NIDILRR-funded RTAC project of VR Program Management present the lessons they've learned through their management initiative. The RTAC is a collaborative initiative to identify, test, and disseminate management practices to build a performance management model tailored to the vocational rehabilitation system.

Quality Assurance Practices through Vendor Utilization Management in California Department of Rehabilitation

Presenters: 
Theresa Correale, Suzanne Chan, and Lori Bruno
Date/Time [EST]: 
10/02/2014 - 10:45am
Description 

As part of California’s Vocational Rehabilitation Modernization efforts, the Vendor Utilization Management project was formally chartered in May 2013 to examine the Department of Rehabilitation’s business model, including the redesign and streamlining of its authorization, invoicing, payments, and disencumbering processes.  A sub-project to these efforts included a three month pilot that centralized the vendor invoice processing in the field. This pilot was initiated in January 2014 to improve and streamline DOR invoice approval and payment processes and provide more timely payments to vendors. This webinar is part of a series where members of the NIDILRR-funded RTAC project of VR Program Management present the lessons they've learned through their management initiative. The RTAC is a collaborative initiative to identify, test, and disseminate management practices to build a performance management model tailored to the vocational rehabilitation system.

Approaches for Reporting Vendor Performance in Vocational Rehabilitation: A Benchmarking Study by Florida VR

Presenters: 
Steven Collins and Elizabeth Moody
Date/Time [EST]: 
11/21/2013 - 2:30pm
Description 

Steven W. Collins, Ph.D., Chief Bureau of Planning and Performance, and Libby Moody, MPA, Strategic Planning Coordinator give us an overview of the approaches that they used to report vendor performance in VR.  This webinar is part of a series where members of the NIDRR-funded RTAC project on VR Program Management present the lessons they¹ve learned through their management initiative. The RTAC is a collaborative initiative to identify, test, and disseminate management practices to build a performance management model tailored to the vocational rehabilitation system.

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Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's Quality Journey

Presenters: 
Ed Tos and Mike Crenshaw
Date/Time [EST]: 
10/16/2014 - 10:45am
Description 

This presentation will provide an overview of the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Quality Project. Key topics to be addressed include: the key action steps; lessons learned; and quality changes implemented. The presenters will discuss their:

- Vendor summit
- Leadership Retreat
- Staff survey
- AWARE implementation
- Vendor data and performance review
- DVR Leadership realignment
- Motivational Interview Training

This webinar is part of a series where members of the NIDILRR-funded RTAC project of VR Program Management present the lessons they've learned through their management initiative. The RTAC is a collaborative initiative to identify, test, and disseminate management practices to build a performance management model tailored to the vocational rehabilitation system.

Workforce Planning and Management Support in Colorado Vocational Rehabilitation

Presenters: 
Rob Buzogany and Krista Dann
Date/Time [EST]: 
10/21/2014 - 10:45am
Description 

The goal of the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation project was to improve workforce planning.  During the development and implementation of the project the agency was faced with the loss of the agency director and by a time-consuming agency audit. The agency was able to develop a workforce plan and tap into their peer network for support and guidance. This webinar is part of a series where members of the NIDILRR-funded RTAC project of VR Program Management present the lessons they've learned through their management initiative. The RTAC is a collaborative initiative to identify, test, and disseminate management practices to build a performance management model tailored to the vocational rehabilitation system.

Adopting the Vermont Progressive Employment Model - Informational Session on the VR-RRTC on Demand-Side Strategies Study and Learning Collaborative

Presenters: 
Hugh Bradshaw, Dennis Moore, and Susan Foley
Date/Time [EST]: 
01/08/2015 - 10:30am
Description 

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.

 

Progressive Employment Model Learning Collaborative Informational Webinar

Presenters: 
Hugh Bradshaw, Dennis Moore, and Susan Foley
Date/Time [EST]: 
01/09/2015 - 10:15am
Description 

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VT DVR) is engaged in an exciting research activity that is seeking to replicate and evaluate a promising model in VR. This is the Vermont Progressive Employment model (VTPE) that focuses on both business relations and VR customers with barriers to employment. This webinar describes the project in more detail, as well as the expected requirements for participation in the learning collaborative and the likely benefits for your agency.  

Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Patterns: Wage Variations

Presenters: 
Libin Zhang and Ngai Kwan
Date/Time [EST]: 
09/25/2014 - 12:00pm
Description 

This webinar describes VR clients’ educational attainment by patterns of employment closure, the variation of wage between occupation groups, and detailed information on differences of wage according to client’s characteristics (demographic, education, and primary disability).

Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Patterns: Demographic Distribution

Presenters: 
Libin Zhang and Kartik Trivedi
Date/Time [EST]: 
04/18/2015 - 2:00pm
Description 

This webinar will describe the demographic and primary disability variations of VR closure in major occupation groups from 2008 to 2012. The speakers will describe the patterns and trends of variations of demographic characteristics such as age, gender, and racial/ ethnic group. In addition, the webinar will present information on primary disability patterns such as sensory/communicative impairments, physical impairments, cognitive impairments, and psychosocial and other mental impairments.

Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Patterns: Occupation Types and Trends

Presenters: 
Libin Zhang and May-Lorie Saint Laurent
Date/Time [EST]: 
04/12/2015 - 2:00am
Description 

This webinar will describe national VR employment closure patterns by occupation types from years 2008 – 2012. In addition, the speakers will discuss state level variation trends. This information is illustrative of where VR clients have been placed in past labor market opportunities, and can help VR professionals target specific occupations and industries for successful employment.