Worksupport Newsletter

Summer 2016

2016 Fall Courses

August 29: Overview of Self-Employment for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities - This course will cover the basics and frequently asked questions that individuals with disabilities may have when thinking about starting a business. The course content is appropriate for individuals with disabilities as well as those who support them including family members,
community rehabilitation providers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, employment
specialists, and others. Details

October 3: Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series ACRE Certified - This course provides an extensive overview of supported employment and how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with significant disabilities. Topics include: federal policy; customer profile; job development; working with employers; job-site strategies; support plans; and alternative funding. Details

VCU RRTC Upcoming Webcast

James Krause, PhDJuly 14 (2:00 pm ET) - A Study of Quality Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis By James Krause, Ph.D.
Our purpose is to describe our unique study of employment outcomes among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). This study uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. Our first phase of the study used open-ended focus groups to identify themes and patterns among the employment experiences of people with MS and to help us better design a quantitative survey of employment outcomes. We are obtaining completed surveys regarding employment throughout the individuals lives to identify factors that relate to the most successful outcomes. We are using participants who are identified through an MS clinic. The presentation will describe our progress and our findings, along with what those findings mean for people with MS. It will also discuss comparisons with other employment research through the MS society. We will summarize with recommendations for policy-based on the most current findings, considering studies with populations of people with other disabling conditions.

Register Online (Registration is free.)

ACE-VCU Ask the Expert Series

Ask the Expert Video Series

These short videos are approximately 5 minutes long and are intended to provide a brief overview of a wide variety of concepts. In these videos, experts will discuss define the topic, explain why it is important, and provide helpful tips on how it can be utilized. Topics in this series include:

  • Systematic Instruction Visual Supports
  • Antecedent-Based Intervention: Motivation
  • Antecedent Based Intervention
  • Antecedent-Based Intervention: Choices

Check out the Expert Series

VCU CTI Upcoming Webcast

Shawn Henry and Chris FillerJuly 20 (3:00 pm ET) - Transition Youth with ASD: Tips for Educators By Shawn Henry & Chris Filler
Students with autism spectrum disorders face many challenges as they embark on their transition paths to employment. Educators, parents and families and other practitioners as well as students may have many questions about the transition process to employment. This webcast will surround the research and practices at the OCALI Center in Ohio. Drs. Shawn Henry and Chris Filler have developed suggestions for educators regarding best practices for the transition process for youth with ASD.

Register Online (Registration is free.)

Top YouTube Video

Understanding Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) - By Lucy Miller

PASS YouTube Video

This VCU-RRTC video provides an overview of Social Security's Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) work incentive. The discussion includes a review of how PASS can help pay for items or services disability beneficiaries may need to achieve their employment goals and describe the individuals most likely to benefit from a PASS. Youtube Video

Center on Transition Innovations

Fast Fact: Start on Success

Fast Fact: Start on SuccessStart on Success (SOS) is a school-to-work internship program started in 1995 by the National Organization on Disability. Students with disabilities on track for a standard or advanced studies high school diploma participate in SOS during their senior year of high school. The goals of this employer-based, highly structured program are to build stronger relationships between schools and the business community, to increase the career potential of students with high incidence disabilities, and to prepare students for employment after high school. Virginia is piloting this program in three school divisions: Norfolk, City of Richmond, and Danville.

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Online Events calendar

7/14 - Webcast: A Study of Quality Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with MS

7/20 - Webcast: Transition Youth with ASD: Tips for Educators

8/29 - Webcourse: Overview of Self-Employment for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

10/3 - Webcourse: Supported Employment Web-Based Certificate Series ACRE Certified


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