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Request for Participation: Vermont Progressive Employment Model Replication and Learning Collaborative

In collaboration with the Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Institute for Community Inclusion is engaged in an exciting research activity that is seeking to replicate and evaluate the Vermont Progressive Employment model (VTPE) in four state VR agencies. The VTPE focuses on both business relations and VR customers with barriers to employment. View the informational webinar and additional materials below to learn more about expected requirements for participation in the learning collaborative and the likely benefits for your agency. Submit your agency’s Request to Participate Electronic Form by February 20, 2015 to apply for the VTPE Learning Collaborative.

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Call for Nominations: Promising Business Relations Practices

In partnership with CSAVR and the NET, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) is conducting research on business relations and employment for people with disabilities served by state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. We are currently accepting nominations of business relations practices used by VR agencies and other employment programs.

Please nominate a practice using this nomination form.

Can you help us identify emerging practices? We’re looking for ones that:

  • Meet the needs of businesses (for example, dual-customer approach)
  • Promote the employment of people with disabilities

As part of this effort, the ICI is creating a publicly accessible index of practices being implemented by VR agencies, other public or private employment agencies, and businesses.

If you know of any activity or practice that focuses on meeting the needs of businesses and promoting employment for people with disabilities, please let us know. We are looking for innovative practices, either new or longstanding. The nominated practices are not required to be formally established or evidence-based.

Thank you!

Review VR Brief Series on Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Patterns: Occupation Types and Trends (2008–2012)

Review VR issue No. 4, 2014

Funding Health-Related Vocational Rehabilitation Services: the Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act

Review VR issue No. 3, 2013

This issue of ReviewVR explores the policy level impact of the Affordable Care Act on funding health-related vocational rehabilitation services.

Demand Side Strategies: Prevalence of Business Employment Representatives in Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

Review VR Issue 1, 2012

Upcoming Webinars


Financial Services Job Development in the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

September 11, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST.

Kentucky Office for the Blind’s Experience with the Career Centers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

ExploreVR Presents VR Employment Patterns Webinar Series

Upcoming Employment Patterns Webinars

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© — ExploreVR is part of the Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VR-RRTC). The VR-RRTC is a national center that builds the capacity of the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) program to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The VR-RRTC is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the US Department of Education. Visit the VR-RRTC website ( for more information about the center’s policy research, training, and technical assistance efforts.