Upcoming Webinars:

VR Counselor Transition Practices in “High Performing” States

We solicited the perceptions of VR counselors in 13 state VR agencies, that produced the highest VR success rates for the population of youth ages 16 to 24 across a five-year period, regarding their transition practices for youth both in and out of school. Based on survey results from 538 respondents, we describe their perceptions of the importance of effective transition practices, and their preparation to perform them. The webinar will:
summarize the results of this study within the context of existing research and the WIOA; offer recommendations and implications for transition-related policy and practice; and describe some next steps in improving transition-related practices of VR counselors.

Presenters: Richard Luecking & Ellen Fabian – University of Maryland
Date: February 27, 2018, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
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Need Evidence-based Practices for Secondary Transition and Pre-ETS Implementation?

This webinar will share how to navigate the myriads of evidence-based and predictors for post-school success resources for dropout prevention/school engagement, Pre-ETS implementation, and online professional development available through the NTACT website and the Transition Coalition. Resources will be shared relevant to Special Educators, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, along with state level SEA and VR contacts.

Presenters: Catherine Fowler & Mary Morningstar
Date: February 15, 2018, 3:00 p.m. EST
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Leveraging Peer Mentoring Strategies to Increase Transportation Advocacy Among Young Adults with Disabilities: Results from the Transportation Advocacy Mentoring Initiative

To address the issues of non-inclusive mobility options for youth and the lack of voice that young adults have in transportation planning, three human service organizations including Easterseals, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), and PEAC partnered to implement a model demonstration program to address these challenges.

Presenter: Genelle Thomas, Direcotr of National Initiatives at Partners for Youth with Disabilties
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
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Join us for this LERNing Opportunity

Join 30 people from across the country to LERN online – how to implement the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction (SDLMI)!

Here’s what you get:
Learn from experts the key elements of SDLMI
See video examples
Use the SDLMI to enhance student self-determination
Receive expert Coaching from Kathryn Burke & Sheida Raley from the University of Kansas Beach Center on Disability – practitioners who have used the SDLMI!

Here’s what we require of you:
Your commitment to participate and complete all aspects of the LERN
2 weeks (about an 1 hr/day)
Your questions, ideas and resources shared in online discussion with coaches/other LERNers

We limit registration and have high demand for LERN, so please DO NOT register if you do not plan to participate, complete and implement this LERN topic.

When? January 16 – 31, 2018
Maximum registrants? 30
Questions? Need more info? Contact Dana Lattin dlattin@ku.edu

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Webinar from WINTAC Pre-ETS Team

“Pre-Employment Transition Services: State Implementation – Three State Strategies, Challenges, and Lesson Learned”

In this recorded webinar, the WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services team along with representatives from Alaska, Maryland, and Nebraska share their implementation strategies and challenges related to implementation of Section 113 (Pre-Employment Transition Services) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Closed Captioning will stream during the recording. A copy of the transcript is also available upon request. Presentation materials are available for download once registered. Please be sure to complete the evaluation located in the Weblinks pod on the site. One CRC credit will be awarded upon completion and submission of your evaluation.

Event: Pre-Employment Transition Services: State Implementation – Three State Strategies, Challenges, and Lesson Learned

When: On Demand

Presenters: WINTAC Pre-ETS team, Alaska, Maryland, and Nebraska

Audio Conference Details:Please make sure that your computer speakers are turned on the volume is on to hear this presentation.

To register now, please visit the following link:


WIOA Series

RSA is hosting a series of on-­‐demand webinars focused on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation.  The first, “RSA 911: Introduction to Data Collection and Reporting Requirements” is available now.  RSA plans to develop two other presentations for this series.

ICI Researchers Seek Participants for Facebook Employment Focus Group

Researchers involved in the Strand 1 of the Individual Family Information Needs and Family-Employment-System Interactions project are seeking individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to participate in an online employment forum.  Forum members will discuss their experiences working through the transition into the workforce, including assessing the needs, abilities, and interests of themselves and their family members.

Specific topics will include navigating vocational rehabilitation, and how individuals and their family members find information relating to the transition process.  For this focus group, we are going to be using a private Facebook group, which has the benefit of easy access and anonymity.

If you know of anybody who might like to participate, or a network that might provide wider access to this focus group, please distribute this link, which provides a screening survey and consent form to participate:


If you have any questions, please contact John Shepard at john.shepard@umb.edu or at 617-287-4345.  Thank you!