Our annual VCU Business Roundtable meeting will be held
on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at the Marriott in Richmond, Virginia. VCU-RRTC
will host this meeting in conjunction with a regional employment conference.
The Roundtable meeting will take place from 2p.m. to 5p.m. followed by
a business reception. This meeting will give our members an opportunity
to hear from national leaders in the field of employment for people with
disabilities. Also, we may be asking several members of the Roundtable
to join Dr. Wehman in a panel discussion regarding business needs and
how rehabilitation agencies can add value to business. Please be on the
look out for additional information on this event.
to a New Member!
Mark Feinour with Bank of America Card Services, formerly MBNA,
will be joining Mike Shriver as a member of the Business Roundtable. He
is taking a lead role in the Division of Support Services. Welcome Mark!
Best Practices & Business Resources
CWP with support from VERIZON has developed an online web tool for employers
interested in navigating the public workforce system. Employers
across the nation and within all industries share a common understanding
– a qualified and well-trained workforce is one of the most critical
factors to sustained growth and competitiveness. Whether you need help
in hiring new employees or training and educating your existing staff,
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Workforce Preparation’s
new Online Navigator can help you connect to available low or
no cost resources! http://www.uschamber.com/cwp/navigator/default.htm
Check out the The ADA & IT Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic
Region web site for some great resources to keep you up to date
on disability-related resources, news, and other items of interest. There
is section for business
that covers FAQ's and provides business related resources and information.
The site also provides a listing of current and upcoming training
events including workshops, conferences and web-based training courses.
Project 1: Partnership Employment Project (PEP)
This quarter we have been working to recruit participants into the project.
Currently there are 54 participants across the five sites. A significant
amount of our time has been dedicated to providing technical assistance
in the area of building authentic public -private partnership with trusting
and open communication. Also, this quarter we added the New York site
where we are working with YIA National Institute for People with Disabilities
and 7 Manpower offices in the New York City area. This site will begin
to make referrals to the project in February. Also in February we will
be meeting with partners in Minneapolis, Minnesota to initiate the involvement
of the finial site for the project.
Project 2: Business Mentor Program
Through collaboration with the VA Business Leadership Network, 20 mentors
have been recruited for participation in VCU Mentoring Matters. Examples
of mentor businesses include Anthem, VA Museum of Fine Arts, Hanover High
School, VA Department of Environmental Quality, and the Henrico Juvenile
Probation Office. Fifteen
students were recruited and are actively participating in the program.
Most of these students have been matched to a mentor and have or are in
the process of conducting their first meeting. An online organization
management system has been developed to enhance communication and disseminate
information to the participants. Recruitment of students will continue.
Project 3: Disability Management Practices & Successful Job Retention
Site visits for the second targeted organization,
University of California San Francisco (UCSF), were conducted in October
and November 2005. The first of these visits yielded a total of 14 interviews
with general management, HR, operations, and key program leaders, utilizing
the newly modified instruments. The second visit was devoted to 11 interviews
targeting five employees with disabilities, their supervisors, and a key
support person. Reports from all completed site visits at both CCHMC and
UCSF are being prepared for qualitative analysis using NVivo. Both organizations
will be revisited approximately one year from the initial site visits
for follow-up interviews with case study level participants. In addition,
initial site visits are currently being set up for the next two targeted
organizations of study, Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan and General