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New RRTC Product

Research In ReviewResearch in Review, June 2008

This research monograph describes the research that the VCU-RRTC on Workplace Supports and Job Retention has developed and implemented over the past 4 years. It looks at workplace supports and job retention broadly, not limiting to only one disability or one illness or type of injury; furthermore, it looks at workplace supports in the context of job retention but also access to the work force and job procurement. (Price $24.99 )

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Monograph Table of Contents:

  1. Public / Private Partnerships and Employment of People with Disabilities
  2. Addressing Employer Personnel Needs & Improving Employment Training, Job Placement & Retention for Youth with Disabilities through Public-Private Partnerships
  3. Toward a Public-Private Partnership in Competitive Employment for Persons with Disabilities: Supplemental Staffing & Community Rehabilitation Programs Working Together
  4. Organizational Factors that Facilitate Successful Job Retention of Employees with Health Impairments and Disabilities
  5. The Role of Disability Management Practices in the Long-Term Employment Retention of Individuals with Disabilities
  6. Evaluation of the Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach Program: Employment Supports for Social Security Beneficiaries with Disabilities
  7. Supporting SSA Beneficiaries to Pursue Their Employment Goals: A Retrospective Analysis of the BPAO Program
  8. Benefits Planning for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: First Step on the Road to Employment
  9. Service Intensity & Job Tenure in Supported Employment
  10. Experiences of College Students with Disabilities and the Importance of a Business Mentoring Program
  11. Return to Work of Individuals with Arthritis: A Review of Job Performance and Retention
  12. Quality Indicators for Competitive Employment Outcomes in School and Work Programs
  13. Allegations of Employment Discrimination Under the ADA & Resolutions: Populations Characteristics & Trends
  14. Post Hire Discrimination toward Workers with Disabilities: Development of a Prediction Model for Merit Claims
  15. The Role of Veteran’s Disability Benefits in Community Integration & Employment for Service Members with TBI

This activity is funded by grant (RRTC) #H133B040011 with the US DOE - NIDRR.

Upcoming RRTC Webcast - Complimentary

Jodi Shearer
Jodi Shearer

Working Together for Successful Employment in Virginia: Connecting with Staffing Agencies!

Date: 8/20/2008 | Time: 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Jodi Shearer

Virginia is reaching out to recruit and hire a diverse workforce including workers with disabilities. Gov Kaine signed Exe. Directive # 8 in 2007 calling for State agencies to review their recruitment and hiring procedures pertaining to individual with disabilities. One way agencies can hire workers is through a contact with several approved staffing agencies. In Va, state agencies work with Caliper and Abacus staffing firms to recruit workers. Jodi Shearer with Caliper will share her perspective on developing relationships with state agencies and the rehab community to assist in recruiting, hiring and accommodating good workers with disabilities. Register for this Webcast

This activity is funded by a grant with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities and the VCU-RRTC

Last Week to Register for the 2008 Online Courses!   Offered Aug 18 - Nov 10 | Brochure (PDF)

Supported Employment Web-based Certificate Series - 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
  • Special Topics
  • Long Term Supports & Funding.

Earn 3.5 CEUs or 35 CRCs, and a certificate of completion. Cost: $250 per individual or 5 participants for $1,000.

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Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness - 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
  • Funding & Other Topics.

Earn 3.5 CEUs or 35 CRCs, and a certificate of completion. Cost: $250 per individual or 5 participants for $1,000.

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START-UP/USA Self-Employment

Self Employment DVDView the 2007 Archived Webcasts for Free Online!

Watch the six webcast presentations featuring national speakers on self employment topics including: creative funding, family support, Medicaid Waivers, SBDC, loans, and other resources.

View the 2007 Self Employment Archived Webcasts online

The 2007 Self Employment Archived Webcasts are also available on DVD for $24.99. Shop Online | Product Brochure

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

Upcoming Self-Employment Webcast

Dennis Moore
Dennis Moore

Substance Abuse & Employment

Date: 9/9/2008 | Time: 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Dennis Moore, Wright State University

Substance abuse is an on-going challenge in the American workforce and widely impacts employability, productivity, and benefits availability. This webcast will address key issues related to substance abuse and employment with a particular focus on how this issue impacts disability services such as vocational rehabilitation.

Definitions of substance abuse and how substance use disorder qualifies as a disability will be covered. This will be followed by an overview of the prevalence of substance use disorders related to the workplace and vocational rehabilitation programs. Key policy and practice issues will be identified, and promising and effective practices for addressing substance use disorders will be reviewed.

Register for this Webcast

This activity is funded by grant (RRTC) #H133B040011 with the US DOE - NIDRR and by grant (CRP-RCEP) #H264B050007 with the US DOE - RSA.