Worksupport Newsletter

Spring 2015

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Upcoming Online Courses!

Supported Employment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury - Jan 19 - This course will offer participants an overview of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the supported employment literature suggestions on specific strategies to use to get to know the job seeker, look at possible workplace supports with an emphasis on compensatory memory strategies and some insight into ways to provide pro-active job retention services. Details

Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism - Jan 26 - Careful transition planning from secondary education is critical for young people with ASD to be successful. This course will provide the participant with an in-depth understanding of the concepts related to positive transition planning for youth with autism. The issues, challenges, and strategies that are involved with helping young people with autism participate to the fullest degree in society will be examined. Details

Customized Employment - Feb 2 - Customized employment is a process for individualizing the employment relationship between a job seeker and an employer in ways that meet the needs of both. It is based on a match between the unique strengths, needs, and interests of the job candidate with a disability, and the identified business needs of the employer or the self-employment business chosen by the candidate. Customized employment uses a flexible blend of strategies, services, supports, and funds to facilitate employment outcomes for job seekers with complex needs through negotiated employment relationships. Details

RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities Webcast Series

Feb 12 - Disability Diversity Training: A Review of Potential Evidence-based Factors - Brian Phillips, Ph.D., CRC, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mar 12 - Successful Employment and Quality Work Life After MS: A Qualitative Study - James Krause, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina & Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D., Kent State University

Apr 9 - Assistive Technology Solutions in the Workplace - Raj Pagadala, AT Services Director, Georgia VR Agency

May 14 - Understanding Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) - Lucy Miller, VCU's National Training Center

Jun 11 - Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know About Employment - Katherine Inge, Ph.D., Carolyn Graham, Ph.D. & Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D. of VCU

Aug 13 - The Opportunity Game: How to Present Yourself as an Ideal Job Candidate - George Tilson, Ph.D., Tilson & Diaz Solutions, Inc.

Sep 10 - Customized Employment for Transition-Age Youth with Physical Disabilities - Pam Hinterlong & Chandler Moore of VCU

Register Online (Registration is free.)

VCU-ACE Webcast

Elizabeth GetzelIn Their Own Words: The Career Planning Experiences of College Students with ASD

Presenter: Elizabeth Getzel

Feb 10 | 3:30 - 4:15 pm ET

This webcast will provide results of a study on the career planning experiences and overall college experiences of students on the Autism Spectrum. Structured interviews were conducted with college students with ASD attending community colleges and/or state universities in Virginia. Seven emerging themes based on students’ knowledge of, and participation in, career related services and supports will be described.

Meet the Presenter & Register

Register for the ACE webcast series or select individual webcasts . View the 2015 ACE Webcast Series brochure.

VCU-RRTC Webcast

Brian PhillipsDisability Diversity Training: A Review of Potential Evidence-based Factors

Presenter: Brian Phillips

Feb 12 | 2:00 - 2:45 pm ET

This webcast provides results from a systematic scoping review of the diversity training literature with an emphasis on disability training. The literature review is introduced with a general discussion of diversity training, its importance in the workplace, and the failure of some employers to view disability as a form of diversity. The review of current literature includes considerations for design, content, and participant factors. The presentation will conclude with a consideration of existing disability diversity training programs as well as future directions for practice.

Register Online (Registration is free.)

ODEP News Release: [01/05/2015]

Disability Employment Advisory Committee Adds 17 Public Members

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced the 17 public members who will serve on the new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Signed by President Obama in July 2014, WIOA helps job seekers, including those with disabilities, access services to succeed in employment and matches employers with skilled workers. Reflecting this, the committee will advise the U.S. Secretary of Labor on ways to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. This includes recommendations on the use and oversight of the certificate program under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Find out More

KTER Center

Webcast - Interventions that Work: Employment of Cancer Survivors

Date: January 20, 2015 (3 - 3:30 p.m. EST)

In this webcast, Carlton Fong and Kathleen Murphy discuss the findings and implications for the systematic review: Behavioral, Psychological, Educational and Vocational Interventions to Facilitate Employment Outcomes for Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review. The review was recently published in The Campbell Library. Carlton Fong serves as managing editor for the Campbell Collaboration's Education Coordinating Group (ECG) and also discusses the goals of the ECG and its Disability Subgroup. Following the presentation of this webcast, the KTER Center will develop a Technical Brief to share the results of this research. The webcast is sponsored by the KTER Center, the Center on KTDRR, and The Campbell Collaboration.

Register for Jan 20 Webcast

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Online Events calendar

Jan 19 - Supported Employment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury course

Jan 26 - Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism course

Feb 2 - Customized Employment course

Feb 10 - Career Planning Experiences of College Students with ASD webcast

Feb 12 - Disability Diversity Training webcast

Mar 2 - Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series course

Mar 2 - Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness course

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