A Systems Approach to Serving Individuals with Significant Disabilities: Customized Employment, Supported Employment, & Integrated Resource Teams. Get insights into the ways the VR service delivery system can utilize customized and supported employment services along with Integrated Resources Teams to more effectively provide services for people with disabilities.

This webcast will address the key elements of Customized Employment (CE) according to the “Essential Elements of CE for Universal Application” which is helping ensure CE is understood and implemented consistently across the country with high quality. The presenter will also cover other tools and resources that are available to help ensure CE is implemented and sustained as a high quality service delivery option for those who need it. * This webcast is co-sponsored by The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VTRAC-QM) and the VCU DRRP on Customized Employment.

In response to the pandemic, many State VR agencies are permitting their staff to work from remote locations, including their home. Telework options are becoming a more permanent fixture in how agencies will provide services in the future. Much has been learned in this past year to identify promising practices in remote supervision.

This webinar explores techniques for effective supervision of personnel working at a State VR agency remotely, providing concrete examples of what some agencies have already implemented with their workforces. It will assist supervisory staff to shift their work practices to effectively manage rehabilitation services and programs.

Topical areas covered include:

  • Modeling appropriate work behavior to improve performance of the work unit
  • Designing an effective workspace in a home office and establishing daily routines
  • Managing staff performance remotely
  • Goal setting and developing work plans
  • Developing and performing Annual Performance Reviews
  • Creating professional development goals.
  • Organization and planning strategies for supervisors
  • Communication strategies
  • Creating collaborative work teams

Resources and tools will be provided that supervisors can utilize in their daily work.

States are required to reserve no less than 15 percent of the Federal VR allotment for the provision of pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities under section 113 of the Rehabilitation Act. In this training, we will highlight 10 thought-provoking strategies, and offer potential ways of looking at your pre-employment transition services resource management. If your agency is struggling with the 15% minimum reserve requirement, you are not alone!

Training Objectives:

  • Explore how continuous evaluation and forecasting helps with creating a sustainable model for the delivery of pre-employment transition services
  • Learn how strategic planning can play a critical role in developing your agency’s strategy for the delivery of services
  • Explore potential solutions and options that can improve resource management.

This training is a collaboration between The George Washington University Center for Innovative Training in Vocational Rehabilitation (CIT-VR), the National Technical Assistance Center On Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C), and the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM).

Part One of this training will focus on the benefits of pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) strategic planning, including activities that are important for State VR Agencies to consider when developing and evaluating their current service delivery model in the implementation of Pre-ETS. The Pre-ETS Strategic Planning Guide that has been developed as a resource for State VR agencies will be discussed, and key strategies for effective strategic planning will be highlighted. 1 CRC credit is available.

Training Objectives:

  • Increased knowledge on the benefits of taking a strategic planning approach to help organize and plan the delivery of pre-employment transition services;
  • Increased knowledge of strategic planning activities outlined in the Pre-ETS Strategic Planning Guide;
  • An understanding of common strategies used to help forecast and evaluate the impact of Pre-employment transition services; and
  • The ability to identify when a student with a disability may want to access Pre-ETS as a potentially eligible student vs. when they should consider completing an application for VR services.

This training is a collaboration between The George Washington University Center for Innovative Training in Vocational Rehabilitation (CIT-VR), the National Technical Assistance Center On Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C), and the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM).

Part Two of this training will identify the importance of collaboration with Education, data sharing, and analyzing the impact of Pre-ETS programs and services. A highlight of this webinar will be Idaho VR sharing their perspective on implementing a strategic planning approach to evaluating Pre-ETS services. They will identify what worked well, challenges along the way, and next steps moving forward in the successful provision of Pre-ETS services! 1 CRC credit is available

Training Objectives:

  • Increased knowledge regarding the benefits of data sharing and data-informed decision-making when developing and/or strengthening Pre-ETS services and programs for students with disabilities;
  • Increased knowledge of how to analyze the progress and impact of Pre-ETS services on outcomes at the service level, student level, and program level;
  • An understanding of how one state used a strategic planning approach to evaluate their current model of Pre-ETS service delivery, lessons learned, and some of the short-term benefits they observed along the way; and
  • Identify successful outcomes of collaboration with Education in implementing a strategic planning approach to Pre-ETS.

This training is a collaboration between The George Washington University Center for Innovative Training in Vocational Rehabilitation (CIT-VR), the National Technical Assistance Center On Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C), and the Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Quality Management (VRTAC-QM).