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

Michael Morris

The Financial Side of Self-Employment

Date: 9/16/2009 | Time: 2:00 - 2:45pm ET
Presenter: Michael Morris, CEO of Burton Blatt Institute & Dir of National Disability Institute

Advancing self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities requires skills, planning and focus on building a better economic future. The purpose of this webcast is to increase awareness, understanding and knowledge about a variety of tools, strategies and relationships that can help improve the management of money and credit, access to capital, and peer and professional support at a community level. The topics to be discussed are financial tax provisions, access to matched savings plans and other strategies to start and grow a microenterprise or small business.

Find out More & Register - (Scholarships available to individuals with disabilities.)

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

HVRP Factsheet: Asset Building: A Hand Up Out of Poverty for Homeless Veterans

Asset-building is an anti-poverty strategy that helps low-income people move toward greater self-sufficiency by accumulating savings - and purchasing long-term assets. For homeless vets, asset-building can greatly increase the motivation to seek and retain employment. The Assets for Independence Program is a Federal program that provides funding to organizations offering Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) to enable low-income individuals and families to save toward the purchase of a first home, enrolling in an educational or training program, or starting a small business. Each dollar that the participant saves is matched by up to $8 from federal, state, local, and private funds. Read this new fact sheet

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

Free Webcast

Katherine Wittig
Katherine Wittig

Supporting Secondary Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Process
Date: 10/01/2009 | Time: 2:00pm ET
Presenters: Katherine Wittig & Kelly Ligon, Virginia DOE's T/TAC at VCU

The IEP team is responsible for facilitating the age-appropriate transition assessment process. Are you confused about which tools to use and who else might partner with you to gather this valuable information with your students? Learn how to make these decisions, practice modifying assessments for individual needs and learn how to document the assessment results in order to help your students achieve their desired postsecondary goals. Register for this webcast

Kelly Ligon
Kelly Ligon

Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation Article

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance: Assisting Beneficiaries to Obtain Employment and Reduce Dependence on SSA Benefits

by John Kregel, Ed.D.

On May 19, 2009, Dr. John Kregel provided testimony to the Social Security Subcommittee of the Ways and Means
Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on ways to improve the Social Security Administration’s employment
and return to work programs. His testimony is provided in this JVR article in its entirety. Read this JVR article

There's Still Time to Register for Fall Webcourses

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 VCU Free Webcast!

Allen LewisDisability Disparities

Date: 9/23/2009 | Time: 2:00pm ET
Presenter: Allen Lewis, VCU Dept. of Rehabilitation Counseling

This webcast will present a model of disability disparities. Though the concept of health disparities is discussed in the health care literature, there is no such model that explicitly addresses disparities in the disability literature. Therefore, this model begins to fill a void in the disability literature. Part of the value of such a model is that it represents an attempt to address the question of why cultural competency is important in the disability arena at this point in the 21st century. Guests presenters include Andrew Imparato, Esq. (President/CEO of American Association of Persons with Disabilities), Dr. Keith Wilson (Full Professor of Ed & Rehab Services and African American Studies at Penn State University) and Dr. Phil Rumril (Director of Disability Studies at Kent State University’s Educational Foundation and Special Services). Register Online

VCU's Project Empowerment is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (#H133A080060)

START-UP/USA Self-Employment Fact Sheet

An Analysis of Self-Employment Outcomes within the Vocational Rehabilitation System

There are two primary references to self-employment within the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220, Title IV, The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. Self-employment within the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system is addressed both as an employment outcome and as a set of services intended to assist VR participants to be successful in self-employment. Read this factsheet

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

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.