Worksupport Newsletter

Spring 2014

Introducing the Center on Transition Innovations

Center on Transition Innovations

We are pleased to announce the launching of the Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) website! It is the vision of the Virginia Department of Education to create a centralized statewide resource for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities. We invite you to explore the website to learn about the many opportunities available to you that can immediately impact your transition planning efforts. We also will be posting information and resources on our Facebook page. Please take a moment to like us on Facebook and share the page with your colleagues.

Center on Transition Innovations Webcast

Lucy MillerAn Overview of Social Security Benefits for Transition Age Youth by Lucy Miller

Apr 24 | 3:30 - 4:00pm ET

Have you ever wondered how to discuss Social Security benefits with your students and families? Sign up for our easy to understand and engaging webcast about Social Security Benefits which will be held on April 24th. You'll hear from Lucy Miller who is a national expert in the field.

Ms. Miller was hired as one of the original technical assistance liaisons with the SSA funded training center for the BPAO projects and has continued to be a leader in this role through the conversion to WIPA to the present time. As a Technical Assistance Liaison with VCU's National Training Center, Lucy has distinguished herself by developing an extensive library of user-friendly written material about SSA disability benefits and work incentives. Lucy was the principal author and editor of the current national WIPA training manual and developed more than 35 fact sheets and briefing papers currently posted on the WIPA NTC website.

You may register for the series or for single webcasts. Meet the Presenter & Register

RRTC on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities Webcast

James Krause, PhDJames Krause

A Measure for Studying Successfully Employed People Who use Wheelchairs

David Gray, PhDDavid Gray

by James Krause, PhD & David Gray, PhD

May 8 | 2:00 pm ET

Research on effective interventions for return to work or acquisition of employment post-SCI is virtually non-existent. We conducted a three phased study of workers who use mobility devices to discover what they do at work (interviews, photos and video); to create and test a survey of workers who use mobility devices (construction of the measures and psychometrics); and analyze a sample of 132 workers for work concerns, satisfaction, AT and PA use, and a variety of other worker characteristics. The webcast will cover the basic attributes of the Mobility Worker Survey (MWS) and provide some preliminary results. Meet the Presenters & Register

APSE's 25th Annual National Conference

Livin' the Dream…Building the Future for Employment First

July 1-3, 2014 Hyatt Regency Long Beach

APSE 2014 Conference Join the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) on July 1-3, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach for its 25th Annual National Conference. APSE is a national organization that leads in the advancement of employment and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities through advocacy and education.

This year's conference theme is Livin' the Dream..Building the Future for Employment First and will include opening keynote speaker Ray Bradford, a nationally recognized advocate for diversity and access within film and television and closing speaker Kevin Breel, a 20 year old comedian and mental health activist who's speech titled "Confessions of a Depressed Comic" went instantly viral online with more than half a million views in less than 30 days. Conference Registration

RRTC Research Brief

Successful Employment and Quality Work Life after Severe Disability: Comparison of Predictive Models with Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Cord Injury

RRTC Research BriefDespite all that is known about multiple sclerosis (MS), the literature is lacking studies examining patterns in labor force participation. There is a need for large-sample representative studies examining subjective and objective aspects of the employment experiences of people with MS, particularly focusing on quality indicators of successful employment. This study will yield important data regarding employment patterns of a large sample of people with MS, and the detailed measures of respondents' employment experiences will bring unprecedented insights into the dynamics of the career development process for these individuals. Read this Research Brief

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Events calendar

Apr 24 - Overview of Social Security Benefits Webcast

May 05 - Supported Employment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury Webcourse

May 08 - A Measure for Studying Successfully Employed People Who use Wheelchairs Webcast

May 13 - No More Meltdowns: Managing & Preventing Challenging Behaviors Webcast

Jul 07 - Customized Employment Webcourse

Aug 04 - Job Development Webcourse

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