TACE Projects Equip VR to Improve Outcomes for Jobseekers with Most Significant Disabilities
In a recent study, five TACE-sponsored pilot projects were shown to advance VR understanding and
utilization of best practices in four southeastern states, building VR capacity to improve outcomes for
jobseekers with the most significant disabilities.
Through Innovations Projects, TACE
collaborates with state leaders to use a pilot test approach to integrate selected best practices in VR
systems. The pilot provides an incubator to learn and observe the practice in context, make needed
adjustments and allow it to gain traction before taking it to scale. Once a pilot is completed, TACE also
provides supports to embed the practice into mainstream VR operations.
The first five sites piloted Customized Employment, known to be effective with jobseekers with the
most significant disabilities but as yet untested in these southeast agencies. An evaluation of the five
projects concluded that, as a result of the pilot approach, “VR counselors in four states in the Southeast
have a viable option for serving jobseekers with the most significant disabilities where previously they
had no effective option.”
TACE presented on the study at a national summit on VR program evaluation and quality in September, and has completed a white paper discussing methods and findings, and
offering recommendations for replication. It can be viewed here, and will also appear in the Spring issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
TACE Partners with RESNA on a New Web Portal Offering ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS
A new web portal for employers provides exclusive assistive technology (AT) resources to businesses, to facilitate employment of people with disabilities. The AT for Employer/Business Web Portal features a wealth of AT solutions for businesses, employers and those who work with employers to recruit, hire and retain jobseekers with disabilities. This includes information about AT in the workplace, a consultant database, publications on AT and Employment, and other resources for employers to explore. The portal is developed and maintained by the RESNA Catalyst Project (www.resnaprojects.org) and partners including the United States Business Leadership Network, Job Accommodation Network, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, Southeast TACE and the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Vocational Rehabilitation professionals who work with employers are encouraged to take advantage of this new resource.