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Information, resources and research about work and disability issues
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Upcoming Self Employment Webcast

Grant Revell
Grant Revell

Current Research in Self-Employment

Date: 8/19/2009
Time: 2:00 - 2:45pm ET

Presenter: Grant Revell

(Scholarships available to individuals with disabilities.)

Self-employment is increasingly sought and attained by individuals with disabilities, including vocational rehabilitation clients. This webcast will present findings from the START-UP USA research studies on self employment, specifically:

  1. The extent to which self-employment is used as an employment option for individuals with disabilities within the vocational rehabilitation system,
  2. VR policies and practices that promote and inhibit self-employment goals for vocational rehabilitation clients, and
  3. Exemplary state models for self-employment for use within a customized employment approach.

The presentation will include a discussion of the implications of the research findings for individuals with disabilities who are pursuing self-employment through the state Vocational Rehabilitation system, and also for their service providers.
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Start-Up-USA is funded by cooperative agreement # E-9-4-6-0111 from the U.S. DOL-ODEP.

START-UP/USA Online Seminar

Kevin Webb
Kevin Webb

Braiding Small Business Start-Up Funding

In this seminar, Dave Hammis discusses braiding small business funding with Kevin Webb and Kevin’s mother, Glenna Taylor. Kevin is the co-owner of Webb Taylor horseback riding and boarding stables. Glenna Taylor, Kevin's Mother, is a co-owner of Taylor Farms and a business partner with Kevin. View this online seminar

Glenna Taylor
Glenna Taylor

Start-Up-USA is funded by cooperative agreement # E-9-4-6-0111 from the U.S. DOL-ODEP.

Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation Article

Return to work of individuals with arthritis: A review of job performance and retention

by Satoko Yasuda Crockatt, Pam Targett, David Cifu, Paul Wehman

With so many people affected by arthritis and the significant impact it has on themselves and on their families, employers as well as on society, employment of individuals with arthritis is an important topic to consider. A review of literature was conducted to examine the issues that arise from arthritis, factors that influence work disability and employment retention, and interventions and services that are available to promote and retain employment for individuals with arthritis. In recent years, employers have begun to proactively intervene in terms of both prevention activities as well as provision of accommodation. Work disability is a common occurrence for individuals with arthritis and factors that influence work disability for those with arthritis include employment factors, employee factors, disease factors, and other factors such as access to health care and vocational rehabilitation.

Read this JVR article

Register Now for the Fall Webcourses

Supported Employment Web-based Certificate Series (9/14/09 - 12/13/09) * ACRE-certified
This online course provides an extensive overview of supported employment and how to facilitate competitive jobs for individuals with significant disabilities. Topics include: Federal Policy and Overview Customer Profile; Marketing and Job Development; Job-Site Support; and Long Term Supports & Funding. Details

Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness (9/14/09 - 12/13/09) * ACRE-certified
This online course provides an extensive overview of supported competitive employment for individuals with mental illness. Sessions will include these topics: Overview and Values Base; Building Relationships with Business; Establishing a Career Direction; Locating Work Opportunities; Employment Support; and Funding & Other Topics. Details

Customized Employment (9/21/09 - 10/19/09)
This course covers the important topics in customized employment. 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 self-employment. Details

Overview of Self-Employment for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (10/19/09 - 11/23/09)
Self-employment is increasingly recognized as a viable employment option for people with disabilities. Self employment for individuals with disabilities involves minimizing the fears of the prospective business owner, as well as the rehab & local small business development professionals who assist them. A person does not need to“get ready” to own a business, if a customized approach is used. Details

Into Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism (10/5/09 - 11/9/09)
More than ever, individuals with autism spectrum disorders are participating in the mainstream of school, work, and the community. Careful transition planning from secondary education is critical for young people with autism spectrum disorders to be successful in the community however; there is limited information on this topic. This 5 week course will provide the participant with an in-depth understanding of the concepts related to positive transition planning for youth with autism. Details

VCU-RRTC is funded by grant #H133B040011 with the US DOE - NIDRR.

Upcoming HVRP Free Webcast!

Richard SalnickImplementing HVRP In-house Work Centers
Date: 9/02/2009 Time: 2:00pm ET
Presenters: Richard Salnick, RoseAnna Runsa

The purpose of this webcast is to provide information that will assist HVRP Centers that are contemplating having in-house call centers for their clients. The webcast will provide a process to assess the existing facility, organization, and clients to determine what actions will be required. In addition, the presenters will discuss the costs to start-up and implement an in-house call center.

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HVRP (Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project) Technical Assistance Center is funded by grant #HV-16488-07-75-5-51with the US DOL.

Upcoming Conference

NCRE logoNCRE/RSA/CSAVR Conference
(Oct 27-29th, Keybridge Marriott, Arlington)

*VCU ADA grant is co-sponsoring a FREE preconference DBTAC Research Conference on October 27, 2009 (Read the pre-conference agenda)

Find out more about the 2009 Fall Conference by visiting the NCRE website

The contents of this newsletter were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, NIDRR grant # H133B040011. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.