News and Notes 134 October 1

Over 70 active NIDRR-funded research projects highlighted in observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); latest RRTC-EBP VR quarterly newsletter has articles on motivational interviewing to improve employment outcomes; VCU-RRTC seeks participants with disabilities for focus groups exploring their work experiences; Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law releases report on promoting employment of people with mental illness; AskJAN blog features NIDRR fellow's work on assistance dogs in the workplace; EPM RRTC releases video from its September forum on services and supports promoting employment among workers with disabilities; Southeast ADA Center continues monthly webcast series with The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); EPM RRTC researchers to discuss plans for expanding employment for people with disabilities in webinar hosted by RespectAbility USA.

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2014-10-01
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Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? NDEAM is a Congressionally-recognized observance of the important contributions of people with disabilities to the workforce. This year's theme is Expect. Employ. Empower. This issue of News and Notes focuses on employment research and resources from the NIDRR community and elsewhere. NIDRR-funded research in employment is quite broad, with more than 70 active projects covering topics from school-to-work transition to aging in the workplace.

Resource Highlight: 

RRTC-EBP VR Newsletter
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) (H133B100034) released its latest quarterly newsletter. This issue includes articles on motivational interviewing to improve employment outcomes for individuals receiving individual placement and support services, training to develop a community of practice, and information sheets on work incentives in VR.

News items: 

AskJAN Highlights Assistance Dogs in the Workplace
2012 NIDRR Fellow Margaret Glenn, PhD, is featured in Assistance Dogs in the Workplace - Reflections on How to Make it Work Part 2 in the AskJAN blog. Dr. Glenn discussed the increasingly important role of assistance dogs in the workplace, her NIDRR-funded research (H133F120031) on the elements of successful service dog partnerships on the job, and best practices that support both employee and employer. In August, JAN hosted a webcast with Dr. Glenn and Marcie Davis as presenters, on Best Practices - Employment and Service Dogs: Perspectives from Assistance Dog Experts. See also Part 1 of this series with Ms. Davis.

EPM RRTC Releases New Disability Policy Forum Video
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM RRTC) (H133B100030) released a video from its September forum, Getting a Job, Keeping a Job: Services and Supports that Promote Employment Among People with Disabilities. The panel discussed factors associated with achieving return-to-work milestones among SSDI beneficiaries; the effectiveness of programs by state vocational rehabilitation agencies; services, supports, and strategies used by people with disabilities to find and keep work; and lessons learned that can inform the design of future programs to foster employment.

Grantee event: 

ADA Live Covers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) TODAY
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA Center (H133A110021) continues is monthly ADA Live webcast series with The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), TODAY, 1pm ET. Rebecca Salon, PhD, and Elizabeth Jennings of the LEAD Center will discuss changes created by WIOA and the opportunities it presents for individuals with disabilities. No registration is required for this webcast.

Webinar: Implementation of WIOA - Lessons from Research on Employment
Researchers from the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM RRTC) (H133B100030) will present in a webinar, Implementation of WIOA: Lessons from Research on Employment, October 7th, 1:30pm ET. Co-Principal Investigator David Stapleton, PhD, and Senior Fellow David Wittenburg, PhD, will discuss best practices in developing performance-based plans to expand employment for people with disabilities. The webinar is hosted by RespectAbility USA. Registration is free but required.

Participate: 

Focus Groups on Disability and Work Experience
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) (H133B130011) is seeking individuals with physical disabilities ages 18 to 64 for focus groups to explore their work experiences, including what has helped them find a job and advance in their careers. The researchers are specifically interested in transition-age youth ages 18 to 24. Participants will receive a $50 gift card following participation. Contact Grant Revell at wgrevell@vcu.edu or 804/828-6989 for more information.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Getting to Work - Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a new report, Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness (PDF). The report describes the need for supported employment services for people with mental illness, how these services work, the successful outcomes they secure, and the benefits to individuals and states. The report also offers recommendations for states interested in expanding the availability of supported employment services for people with serious mental illness.