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ACCES-VR: Announcing State Plan Public Meetings on Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services

The New York State Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services- Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015).

To assist in the development of the State Plan, individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, employers and services providers are invited to attend the public meetings to provide comments on the provision of vocational rehabilitation services. The public comment period extends from January 26, 2015 through February 23, 2015.

The current State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services is available for review.

Suggested Questions for Discussion:

  1. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires joint planning in the provision of services. How should ACCES-VR and the Department of Labor collaborate in providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities?
  2. How can New York State improve employment outcomes for youth? What is ACCES-VR’s role in the process?
  3. What can ACCES-VR do to educate the business community about hiring individuals with disabilities?
  4. How can supported employment services be improved?

For more information and a schedule of locations, click here.


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.


Webinar: Resources for Helping VR Professionals Provide Work Experiences as Transition Services

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Description: Youth to Work Coalition — October 28, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00

Presented by the Youth to Work Coalition of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC), and hosted by Sandra Miller, Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Join this webinar by logging into You may dial in to this webinar by calling 1-877-512-6886 entering conference code 145 430 4044.


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.”


Prevalence of Youth with Autism Who Received Vocational Rehabilitation Services

From “In 2002, about six children aged eight years per every 1000 people in the general population received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The corresponding figure in 2008 was about 11 children, a 78% increase in just six years.

To better understand how the increasing population of people with autism may impact adult programs, we examined the number of youth with autism served by state vocational rehabilitation programs in 2010. To account for the states’ general population sizes, we reported the number of youth with autism served per 100,000 in the state general population (prevalence)…”

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