- Free Online Course – The Changing Face of Benefits: Knowledge for Successful Employment and Asset Development – from the National Disability Institute (NDI) and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC)
With support from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, National Disability Institute created The Changing Face of Benefits, a downloadable benefits training workbook and online course to help make sense of Florida's benefits, rules, and resources as well as give you an overview of programs such as Social Security work incentives that allow Americans with disabilities who receive public benefits to work and retain income.
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- TACE Projects Equip VR to Improve Outcomes for Jobseekers with Most Significant Disabilities
In a recent study, five TACE-sponsored pilot projects were shown to advance VR understanding and utilization of best practices in four southeastern states, building VR capacity to improve outcomes for jobseekers with the most significant disabilities.
Through Innovations Projects, TACE collaborates with state leaders to use a pilot test approach to integrate selected best practices in VR systems. The pilot provides an incubator to learn and observe the practice in context, make needed adjustments and allow it to gain traction before taking it to scale. Once a pilot is completed, TACE also provides supports to embed the practice into mainstream VR operations.
The first five sites piloted Customized Employment, known to be effective with jobseekers with the most significant disabilities but as yet untested in these southeast agencies. An evaluation of the projects concluded that, as a result of the pilot approach, “VR counselors have a viable option for serving jobseekers with the most significant disabilities where previously they had no effective option.”
TACE presented the study at a national summit on VR program evaluation and quality in September, completed a white paper discussing methods and findings, and offering recommendations for replication. The findings will also be published in the Spring issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
- TACE Partners with Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society (RESNA) on a New Web Portal Offering Assistive Technology Solutions for Employers
This portal offers resources that can be helpful to businesses, non-profit organizations and other employers. It provides exclusive assistive technology (AT) resources to businesses, to facilitate employment of people with disabilities.The AT for Employer/Business Web Portal features a wealth of AT solutions for businesses, employers and those who work with employers to recruit, hire and retain jobseekers with disabilities. This includes information about AT in the workplace, a consultant database, publications on AT and Employment, and other resources for employers to explore. The portal is developed and maintained by the RESNA Catalyst Project and partners including the United States Business Leadership Network, Job Accommodation Network, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Southeast TACE and the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Vocational Rehabilitation professionals who work with employers are encouraged to take advantage of this new resource.
- New Offerings on TACE’s Job Development Exchange
TACE’s Job Development Exchange (JDX) provides vocational rehabilitation professionals with the information and tools they need to successfully engage employers and address a wide range of barriers to employment. It offers timely resources via multimedia platforms and taps into the rich expertise of colleagues, businesses, jobseekers and national authorities to achieve employment goals. Among many other offerings, the JDX kicked off its Fall/Winter webinar series with two high-profile, interactive and practical webinar sessions.
Visit the JDX website for other job
development resources for vocational rehabilitation professionals.