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:
Welcome to WINTAC
Technical Assistance by State and Type at the end of Year Four
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- Overview of WINTAC Topic Areas and Available Supports to SVRAs
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.
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.
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:
- Data Integrity – both collecting and reporting -- in a remote service environment;
- Lessons learned that will inform Data Integrity policies and procedures moving forward; and
- 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).
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.
The VR 100 Series Webinar on Innovative Strategies from VR During the COVID-19 Pandemic is now available. This Webinar includes Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and RSA Commissioner Mark Schultz, State Directors and staff from five VR agencies and the WINTAC. You can view the recorded Webinar by clicking here. CRC credit is available by clicking the link on the last side.
The WINTAC developed this Reasons for Exit Tool to assist VR agencies in understanding the reporting requirements when an individual exits the VR Program. This tool includes information related to inclusion or exclusion from the performance measures and examples of when the 'Reasons for Exit' may be used.
Upcoming Online Live Training
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.