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VCU-RRTC and the Partnership for People with Disabilities Receives U.S. Department of Education Grant

The VCU RRTC and the Partnership for People with Disabilities received a five year grant totaling 2.2 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. The project will design and implement a college transition and postsecondary program at VCU for young adults with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18 to 26.  The VCU on-campus program will also be replicated on two Virginia community college campuses.  The grant will disseminate training materials (including curriculum) and information for local education agencies, adult service agencies, young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families to not only prepare these young adults for college, but also to assist localities, both in Virginia and nationally, to develop and implement inclusive postsecondary opportunities. Read the U.S. Dept. of Education Press Release & List of Grantees

Upcoming Webcast

Juan Carlos Arango, PhD Traumatismos Craneoencefalicos en personas de habla Hispana*
Date: 11/10/2010, 2:00pm ET
Juan Carlos Arango, PhD

Traumatic Brain Injury in Spanish Speaking Individuals - The prevalence and incidence of traumatic brain injury in Spanish speaking individuals in the United States and Latin-American has been increasing during the past decade. Unfortunately, there is a lack of research studies that have focused on the specific needs of these individuals. The aim of the present webcast is to offer an overview of research studies that have been conducted with Spanish speakers in the US and Latin America in the areas of functional, psychosocial, neurobehavioral characteristics and family issues. It is hoped that a synthesis of these studies will both provide information about the issues faced by Spanish speakers with TBI and offer directions for future research in this area.

* This webcast will be in Spanish. A transcript will be available in English. Register for this Webcast

JVR Article

Journal of Vocational RehabilitationDifferences in employment outcomes 10 years after traumatic brain injury among racial and ethnic minority groups - by K. Gary, J.Ketchum, J. Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, J.Kreutzer, T. Novack, A. Copolillo & X. Deng

Employment outcomes of racial and ethnic minority groups with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have not been thoroughly examined in the research literature beyond five years. The objective of this study was to examine differences in employment outcomes 10 years after TBI among racial and ethnic minorities. Using a multi-center, nationwide database, 382 participants (194 minorities and 188 whites) with primarily moderate to severe TBI from 16 TBI Model System Centers were examined. Read this JVR Article *

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Customized Employment - 11/15/10 - 12/13/10 - 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. Find out More & Register Online

Autism Book coverInto Adulthood: Transition to Work for Individuals with Autism 1/17/11 - 3/7/11 - 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. Find out more & Register

NewJob Development 1/24/11 - 2/21/11 - Job development is the "process of locating and creating work opportunities for individuals with disabilities". This is achieved by earning an opportunity to engage an employer and from there hopefully moving on to earning a commitment to meet, interview, and hire a specific job seeker. This course covers specific principles associated with job development via online lectures and readings and then requires the learner to take action on his or her behalf to further develop a particular skill. Participants also reflect upon what he or she learned from both the online content and field based experiential activity by sharing personal insights with other course members. Find out More & Register

Ethics Book coverEthical Issues and Decision Making for Rehabilitation Professionals Webcourse 1/31/11 - 3/14/11 - EARN 10 CRCs in ETHICS - This 6 week online course explores the professional ethics that guide rehabilitation professionals as they work with customers, individuals with disabilities and employers. The course uses the newly revised Code of Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors developed by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) as the guiding source of the ethical framework for the profession. More information & Registration

Supported Employment Web-based Certificate Series (ACRE-certified) 1/31/11 - 4/25/11 - 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. Find out more & Register

Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness (ACRE-certified) 1/31/11 - 4/25/11 - 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. Find out more & Register