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Factors Associated with Enhanced Knowledge and Use of Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices

This article presents research on the access of high school special educators and direct service transition professionals to resources and training on evidence-based practices in transition. Citation:  Plotner, A.J., Mazzotti, V.L., Rose, C.A., Carlson-Britting K.B. (2015). Factors Associated with Enhanced

Posted in Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Training and technical assistance

College of Employment Services

The College of Employment Services is a web-based curriculum designed for professionals who support people with disabilities and other challenges to find employment.  Each of the courses offered is approved for continuing education credits by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Course content is created

Posted in Professional development for support staff, Training and technical assistance

Written Testimony William E. Kiernan, Ph.D., Meeting of March 15, 2011 on the Employment of People with Mental Disabilities

Testimony on barriers to employment for individuals with mental disabilities explains the need to engage employers in the training and hiring process, use technology to match potential workers and employers on the basis of knowledge, skills, and abilities, and provide

Posted in Career preparation and work-based learning, Professional development for support staff, Services and service innovations, Training and technical assistance

Transition Coalition

This website provides on-line information, resources and professional development on topics related to the transition of youth with disabilities from high school.  The Transition Coalition of the Department of Special Education, University of Kansas provides customized training for districts and

Posted in Professional development for support staff, Training and technical assistance

Advisory: Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 31-10

Document details strategies and resources for increasing effective services for youth with disabilities through the public workforce system including training, coordination, universal design, strength-based assessment and career development planning, work experience, outreach to and relationships with employers, service, summer employment,

Posted in Career preparation and work-based learning, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Professional development for support staff, Services and service innovations, Training and technical assistance

Choosing Employment: Factors That Impact Employment Decisions for Individuals with Intellectual Disability

This is a qualitative study about factors shaping the employment-related decisions of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  It discusses implications of the findings for system features that would optimize their employment outcomes.  The system elements that emerge as critical

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Posted in Family Involvement, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations, Training and technical assistance

Improving the Employment Outcomes of Job Seekers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Training and Mentoring Intervention for Employment Consultants

Article reports on a study using random assignment to test the impact of a training curriculum for employment consultants on the employment outcomes of the adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who were later served by them. Training the employment

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Posted in Employment outcome data, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Training and technical assistance

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors’ Identified Transition Competencies: Perceived Importance, Frequency, and Preparedness

Examines vocational rehabilitation counselors’ perceptions of transition competencies.  Survey assesses and ranks VR professionals’ perceptions of the importance of transition competencies, their preparedness to provide transition services, and the frequency with which they do so.  Perceptions of importance were greater

Posted in Interagency collaboration and partnership, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Training and technical assistance, Transition planning in schools

Trends in Postsecondary Education: Participation Within the Vocational Rehabilitation System

This article examines participation in postsecondary education of youth with disabilities receiving services from a vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency.   Although participation in postsecondary education has increased for the general public, the trend line has been flat for people receiving VR

Posted in Cross agency funding, Interagency collaboration and partnership, National level resources, Post-secondary Education, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Services and service innovations, Training and technical assistance, Transition planning in schools

Pushing the Employment Agenda: Case Study Research of High Performing States in Integrated Employment

This article summarizes the methods and findings of a study examining organizational factors leading to high state performance in achieving integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Strategies such as flexibility, communicating values through data, rewards, funding incentives,

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Posted in Cross agency funding, Employment outcome data, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Leadership, Performance measurement and data management, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies, Training and technical assistance
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