Federal Partnerships Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

By Kathy West-Evans, Director of Business Relations, CSAVR VR and the IRS: A Partnership that Produces Positive Returns To fulfill its workforce needs across multiple states, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) partners with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (CSAVR) National Employment Team (NET), and the relationship is producing positive returns for the agency

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Justin Brown

A Father’s Engagement Justin Brown is an adoptive father of a 4-year-old boy, and a foster father to two 2-year-old boys. He works as a youth minister for St. Agnes Parish in Dalton, MA and is the co-director of Camp Holy Cross in Goshen, MA. Justin first became involved in early intervention when his 4-year-old

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Impact Stories — Joe McFadden

Throughout June we will celebrate the graduating high school class of 2020. This final blog in the series highlights a student from a private high school in Maryland. Congratulations Graduate! A Spotlight on Joe McFadden. By Pauline Peticlerc and Joe McFadden Joe was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old. He did not

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OSEP Releases Fast Facts: Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities

By the Office of Special Education Program In 2018–2019, 409,315 Infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, with disabilities and their families received early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Our new Fast Fact: Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities takes a closer look at what our 618 data tells us about this population. For this

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Impact Stories — Way2Work Maryland

Throughout June, we will celebrate the graduating high school class of 2020. This third blog in the series highlights two students from Maryland’s Way2Work program. Stay tuned as the graduates featured in this blog will also be part of the VR 100 webinar series in August.   Congratulations graduates! A spotlight on Way2Work Maryland participants Way2Work

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Impact Stories — Project SEARCH

Throughout June we will celebrate the graduating class of 2020. This second blog in the series highlights three students who participated in the District of Columbia public schools’ Project SEARCH program. Congratulations graduates! A spotlight on DC’s Project SEARCH participants By Sah Brown, Principal, Eastern High School; and Aimeé Cepeda, Ed.D., Principal, River Terrace Education

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Impact Stories — Unified Schools/Special Olympics

Throughout June, OSERS will celebrate the graduating high school class of 2020. This first blog in the series highlights three students who participated in the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program. Congratulations Graduates! A Spotlight on Participants of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools By Andrea Cahn, Project Director & Vice President for Unified Champion Schools

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Success Stories: Kelsey Redding

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Vocational rehabilitation helps student gain confidence and discover passion for public speaking By Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (part of the Adult Learning & Rehabilitation Services, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) Kelsey Redding wasn’t sure if Missouri’s vocational rehabilitation was right for her when she

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Reflecting Towards Success

Remote education and supporting elementary and secondary students with disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic Cross-posted from the Office of Ed Tech Understanding how to best address the needs of students with disabilities during extended school building closures is a challenging task. Students with disabilities in elementary and secondary schools include those who have an individualized

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Then and Now: VR Partnership with Business Expands

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Posted by: Kathy West-Evans: Director of Business Relations, CSAVR Christopher Pope, RSA OSERS’ Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) partnered with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team during National Disability Employment Awareness Month in 2018 to highlight the partnership between state

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