Office of Disability Employment Policy Releases Literature Review of Five Federal Systems Serving Transition Age Youth with Disabilities

To support the development of an interagency strategy to improve transition results for youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) funded the development of a literature review that focuses on five federal systems that play key and inter-related roles in preparing youth with disabilities as they transition into adulthood: vocational rehabilitation, social security, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and workforce investment. This study summarizes each system’s role, the extent of its use by the population, and central programs and authorizing legislation. In addition, challenges and recommendations for each system are identified, as are common themes and trends across systems.  To read this report, click here.


Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation Issue on Evidence Based Practice

From the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation: “We are very pleased to announce that a Special Issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation has been published by IOS Press.

You can access this issue on-line at no cost through the link below.

Michael Leahy, Fong Chan and John Lui have served as Guest editors for this Special Issue. The issue addresses the findings of the NIDRR funded RRTC EBP VR of a multistate case study methodology regarding best practices in the public VR program.

In this issue of six articles, they have given a great deal of thought to challenges facing state VR agencies and have selected a group of highly respected and skilled scholars from their RRTC research team to address these topics for an informed and scholarly discussion, in order to extend the national dialog on evidenced-based practice research and knowledge translation to the public VR program.

Paul Wehman, the Editor for the JVR, believes this special issue provides a unique opportunity for educators, researchers, rehab counselors, and VR professionals to learn about the current challenges, practices and advances taking place. We hope you will take time to check out the JVR 41 (3) issue on-line and freely available.”


OPWDD Web Conference on Self-Directed Planning: Sept. 17th

Because of the turnout of September 9th’s Web conference, the New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is offering an additional Web Conference for individuals who are self-directing and their families. This will provide additional updates and answer questions from participants.

This Web Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

To participate in the conference, individuals and families may connect via the Web or directly through the phone.

Participants will need to pre-register for the Web Conference, if they wish to ask questions.
To register, click on the following link
Then Click on the gray button in the middle of the screen that says “Register.”

Participants who only want to listen, may join by phone by calling : 1-415-655-0003
and entering the access code: 293 873 571


Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Employment | The White House

From the White House: “Today, we’re asking you to help us identify and honor innovators who are breaking down barriers to the middle class by providing employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities. These extraordinary leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to ensure that individuals with significant disabilities have a fair shot at succeeding in good jobs and careers. Please nominate a Champion of Change by midnight on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  We are seeking Champions who reflect the diversity of our nation, including diversity of types/visibility of disabilities and veterans with disabilities.  Nominees may include the following types of individuals:

  • Small business owners who have lead efforts to hire workers with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities, and who have hired and retained one or more workers with significant disabilities and a workers who are helping to build that business while gaining middle class security.
  • Managers within large or medium sized employers who have developed effective initiatives for the hiring, retention and/or promotion of people with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities.
  • Entrepreneurs with significant disabilities who have established successful businesses and are now employing others in a successful venture.
  • Leaders within companies or organizations who have disclosed hidden disabilities and have initiated efforts to educate others about employment of people with disabilities.
  • Public/private partnerships between employers and a state or local governments, colleges, foundations, or other entities that have developed effective collaborative initiatives focused on increasing competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, including people with significant disabilities.”

Read more… Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Employment | The White House.


2014 NYS Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Stakeholder Survey

The New York State Partnerships in Employment (NYS PIE) is a Project of National Significance PNS aimed at addressing barriers to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities IDD.

Funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the goal of NYS PIE is to enhance cross-systems collaborations and refine work readiness training to support improved employment outcomes for transition-aged students and young adults with IDD.

During the first two years of this project, stakeholders worked to identify barriers, strengths, and best practices in the provision of transition services to youth and young adults with disabilities.

The following survey is designed to help the project team to better understand progress made, lessons learned, and areas in need of additional attention. Please provide as much detail as possible and complete this survey no later than September 5th, 2014.

via 2014 NYS Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Stakeholder Survey.