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Disability.Blog: Job Search Tips from the Pros

From disability.blog: “When it comes to job hunting, it is often best to consult the professionals. Job and career counselors are certified specialists in their field and know from experience, with their own clientele, what works best and what does not. They also know the nuances of different stages of the job hunt and different industries.

Not everyone can afford a career counselor or has access to free job placement services. Therefore, I asked my job counselors, who helped more than 400 people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) return to work last year, about their best suggestions for getting a job.

Every one of them began with “Preparation is the key to success!” So take these tips to bring out the best qualities you have to offer an employer!”

To read more job search tips, click here.

Events

ALERT: 11/24 Conference Call – Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services present:

Next Steps on WIOA Implementation

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Please Join the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services for a Conference Call with Workforce Development Stakeholders

Monday, November 24, 2014

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm EST
Toll Free: 888-982-4692
Passcode: 2921187

Register at http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/343/

This will be a conference call with the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration Portia Wu, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education Johan Uvin, Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration Janet LaBreck, and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg.

The purpose of this call is to share our joint vision for the implementation of WIOA and discuss critical steps that can be taken now by states, local areas, and partners to ensure successful implementation.

During the call, you may send questions to DOL.WIOA@dol.gov

Events

Webinar — Determined to Succeed: Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm ET, the Youth Transitions Collaborative in partnership with the, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will host a free technical assistance webinar entitled, Determined to Succeed: Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment.

At this webinar, OSERS funded Technical Assistance Centers, and Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers will share guidance, tools, and resources on the importance of self-advocacy and transition planning.

To register for this webinar, click here.

News

U of R Transition Opportunities: Encouraging and motivating students with disabilities

From the University of Rochester Campus Times: “An individual born with a mental disability is faced with many obstacles, many of which the majority cannot understand. Social stigmas against the disabled these individuals create the widespread idea that these individuals cannot succeed as much as their peers, an idea that often becomes internalized.

Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR) looks to help integrate disabled students into a the college environment. Similar programs have been developed on campuses across the country to promote increased involvement and participation.

The philosophy of the TOUR program is to give students with disabilities additional support and resources that they need to succeed.

‘I started to research into how I could help students with disabilities to have the opportunity to have the college experience as a more open and accessible option to them,’ Warner School of Education graduate and Director of TOUR Catherine Branch Lewis said. ‘We all have the opportunity to change the world, and I think anyone and everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from everything that is offered here at the U of R.'”

Learn more about this program via UR Transition Opportunities: Encouraging and motivating students with disabilites | Campus Times.

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Helping Young Adults Navigate Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Getting the Most out of Vocational Rehabilitation,” a companion tip sheet to the recently released “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” publication from Pathways’ Career Visions project, explains the types of services vocational rehabilitation provides and the process of applying for services, and offers tips and a case study that illustrate how to obtain successful outcomes from VR.