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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

Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a high performer in the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  This case study was written to provide a practical resource for states trying to increase the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  The report describes the

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Innovations in Employment Supports: Colorado’s State Division of Developmental Services

This report identifies factors that led to Colorado’s success in helping people with ID/DD achieve integrated employment, followed by changes that led to a decline, and initiatives subsequently put into place to improve attainment of integrated employment for this population. 

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Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in Washington State

Washington State is recognized as a high performer in integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  This case study was written to provide a practical resource for states trying to increase the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  It details five

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Posted in Funding mechanisms, Leadership, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies, Training and technical assistance

Guideposts for Success

Statement of principles to guide policy and program development related to the needs of transitioning youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Citation: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (2005). Guideposts for Success. Washington, DC, Institute on Educational Leadership.

Posted in Career preparation and work-based learning, Family Involvement, Leadership, Post-secondary Education, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Training and technical assistance, Transition planning in schools, Youth development and leadership

Promising Practices by State Agencies: Training and Technical Assistance

This website includes summaries of formal training programs supported by state agencies to help increase the use of innovative techniques for supporting the employment of individuals with ID/DD.  Summaries include descriptive information on training and technical assistance programs, contexts of

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

Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature

Findings from a review of the research literature on implementing evidence-based programs. Citation: Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., et al. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida. Link to resource

Posted in Performance measurement and data management, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, Training and technical assistance
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