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WINTAC Responds to COVID-19

In response to the need for ongoing and frequent communication between VR agencies, their partners and stakeholders at the national level during the COVID-19 crisis, the WINTAC developed discussion forums on a wide variety of topics related to teleworking and providing services by distance.   We encourage you to participate in the discussion forums to ask questions, share information and support one another.  You can log in and participate in the discussion forums. (If you have not registered to WINTAC site yet, click here to register.)

Technical Assistance by State and Type at the end of Year Four

This image is a picture of the US by State with intensive and targeted TA identified by color.  Intensive TA is in Blue and Targeted TA is in Red.  There are only 13 States that do not have an intensive TA agreement, and all of these have received targeted TA.  It also shows a map of US and territories showing blue for intensive TA and red for targeted.  Only 13 states have targeted and the rest are blue.

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Essential Elements for Customized Employment:

This is a document that outlines elements  that subject matter experts determined are essential to the practice of Customized Employment (CE).  Funders such as VR agencies  can use this information to inform Requests for Proposals for training  in CE ,the development of contracts with providers of CE services and evaluating the effectiveness of CE practices.

 

Recommendations for Customized Employment Practices:

This document outlines practices that subject matter experts recommend for effectively practicing CE. This document focuses on practices related to Customized Job Development. This document can also inform training on  and evaluation of CE.

 

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RSA COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Administration of the VR Services, AIVRS, and Business Enterprise Programs (PDF)

Today, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) issued this Questions and Answers document in response to inquiries concerning the administration of the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services and American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act) and Business Enterprise programs under the Randolph-Sheppard Act as grantees seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the current COVID-19 environment.

The US Commission on Civil Rights published their report entitled, “Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities.” You can read the press release with a summary of findings. Click this link to read the full report

Today, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) issued this Questions and Answers document in response to inquiries concerning the administration of the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services, American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS), and Randolph-Sheppard programs as grantees seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the current COVID-19 environment.  You can download the document by clicking on the link below:

RSA COVID-19 Questions & Answers: Administration of the VR Services, AIVRS, and Randolph-Sheppard Programs

WINTAC will host a discussion on Data Integrity Strategies During COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 19, from 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time.

COVID-19 has created a situation where VR agency staff (as well as many other service providers) must work remotely. Agencies are developing policies and procedures specifically around providing services remotely while maintaining data integrity and confidentiality.

This webinar will feature discussion on the following topics:

  1. Data Integrity – both collecting and reporting -- in a remote service environment;
  2. Lessons learned that will inform Data Integrity policies and procedures moving forward; and
  3. Plans for possible additional pandemic waves and future opportunities for remote working.

Four State VR agencies will share information in a Q&A format about how they are addressing this change in service model and maintaining data integrity. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their approaches and pose additional questions to the panel with the time available.

The panel, facilitated by WINTAC’s Nikki Powis, includes Mariah Krueger (Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), Alicia Kucharczyk (Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services), Allison Flanagan (Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) and Dacia Johnson (Oregon Commission for the Blind).

To attend this event, click this link to register.

Engaging and Communicating with Individuals with Autism before, during and after the Intake Process through Eligibility Determination (ID200302) (Recorded training)

The WINTAC announces the release of the 2nd webinar in the new series focused on autism spectrum disorders presented by renowned researcher and autism specialist, Dr. Mary Baker-Ericzén. This 2nd webinar provides information on how to engage individuals with ASD during the enrollment and eligibility intake processes. Practical information is presented on how to adjust communication and interaction styles and environmental accommodations to support individuals with autism along with research information on the current state of VR services and autism.

For other training materials, visit the Training page under the Resources and Strategies for Competitive Integrated Employment section.

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Announcements

In this recorded webinar, the WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services team and the Common Performance and Reporting team is hosting the Alaska and Maryland State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to share their strategies for the tracking and reporting of pre-employment transition services...

The WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services team is hosting our WINTAC partner at the National Disability Institute Rachel Anderson, who is the technical assistance and training manager and subject matter expert for performance reporting:...

WINTAC has created a checklist to guide you through service alignment and integration with WIOA Core and Required partners.

The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center hosts the first meeting of the Career Pathways Community of Practice meeting - Thursday, September 28.

The WINTAC has compiled a summary of technical assistance provided by RSA to State VR agencies in 2016.  Click to view this summary of the TA provided...