10/22/2012 Disability Employment Initiative: State Vocational
Rehabilitation Agency Participation
Slide 1: Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance Webinar. The U.S.
Department of Labor Disability Employment Initiative. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Participation. October 22, 2012
Slide 2: Polling Question #1. Who is joining us today? A= I am an ETA grantee B= I represent a
state VR agency C= I am an RSA grantee D= Other
Slide 3: Agenda. Welcome and Introductory Remarks. Overview: Disability Employment
Initiative. Delaware DEI. Virginia DEI. Consumer Perspective. Q&A. Closing
Slide 4: Rehabilitation Services Administration Carol Dobak, Chief Vocational Rehabilitation
Program Unit Rehabilitation Services Administration U.S. Department of Education
Slide 5: Department of Labor Kimberly Vitelli, Chief Division of National Programs, Tools, and
Technical Assistance Employment and Training Administration U.S. Department of Labor
Slide 6: Department of Labor Randee Chafkin Senior Program Coordinator for Disability
Programs Division of National Programs, Tools, and Technical Assistance Employment and
Training Administration U.S. Department of Labor
Slide 7: Disability Employment Initiative. The DEI is jointly funded by DOL’s ETA and ODEP.
Beginning in 2010-2012, DOL awarded over $63 million to twenty-three states for 3 years to
improve the education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults
with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security
Slide 8: Disability Employment Initiative. The three rounds of DEI states are: Alaska, Arkansas,
California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine,
Massachusetts, Minnesota , New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota
Tennessee, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
Slide 9: Disability Employment Initiative. The DEI mandates implementation of at least 3 of the
following strategic service delivery components, based on best practices in the public workforce
system for serving persons with disabilities: Integrated Resource Teams, Blending and Braiding
of Funds/Leveraging Resources, Customized Employment, Self-Employment, Guideposts for
Success, Asset Development Strategies, and Partnerships and Collaboration. DEI projects must
replicate and refine successful models based on these service delivery strategies.
Slide 10: Outcomes. WIASRD Data from Oct. 2009-Sept. 20120 showed: 1. The percentage of
exiters with disabilities in DEI states was 6.5%, 51% greater than the percentage for all states
which was 4.3%. 2. The percentage of exiters with disabilities in DEI pilot sites was 5% higher
than in DEI comparison sites. 3. The percentage of exiters with disabilities in all DEI sites,
whether pilot or comparison, were significantly higher (79%) than for all states.
Slide 11: Outcomes. All 9 Round 1 and 7 Round 2 DEI projects have become Employment
Networks (ENs) Under SSA’s Ticket to Work Program. The workforce ENs have moved to the
operational phase and beginning to collect revenue. For example NY has 144 Tickets assigned
with revenue of $379,246; Virginia has 69 Tickets assigned with a revenue of approximately
Slide 12: Partnerships & Collaboration. The key to the DEI is partnerships and collaboration.
All the DEI projects have developed and maintained successful partnerships with the local VR
agencies. These partnerships benefit the American Job Centers (AJCs) and the local VR
agencies’ customers. You will soon be hearing from two of our must effective DEI projects, and a
big factor in their success is the close working relationship between the AJCs and the local VR
Slide 13: Resources & Contact Information. Workforce3 One Disability and Employment Web
site: disability.workforce3one.org DEI TA Project Web site: dei-ideas.org
Randee Chafkin, firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 693-2723
Slide 14: The Delaware Disability Employment Initiative. Carolanne O'Brien Co-Project Lead,
Disability Employment Initiative Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Dan Madrid Co-Project Lead, Disability Employment Initiative Delaware Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation Daniel.email@example.com 302-761-8275
Slide 15: The Delaware Disability Employment Initiative. Team Approach to Reaching Goals
through Education and Training TARGET
Slide 16: Disability is Everyone’s Business. Persons with disabilities are the single largest
minority group in the country and growing. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans have a disability.
2/3 of persons with disabilities have a significant disability. 80% of persons with significant
disabilities remain unemployed and want to work. “If we live long enough, it is a minority we all
join” - Shapiro
Slide 17: The Disability Employment Initiative. Bridge among workforce, social service, non
profit, and education agencies in serving individuals with disabilities. Core Partnerships:
Education, Employment and Training (American Job Centers), Division for the Visually
Impaired, Vocational Rehabilitation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Youth Rehabilitative
Services, Juvenile Probation and Parole, Social Services, Economic Development, Prevention
and Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities Services, Workforce Investment Board,
Slide 18: The Disability Employment Initiative. Fills an essential need/gap between systems.
VR: ancillary services (housing, food, programmatic access), engagement of youth with
disabilities as early as age 14/15. Employment and Training: disability expertise, engagement of
youth within Job Centers.
Slide 19: Delaware Initiative and Highlights. Assistive technology assessment, upgrade, and
training in each of our state’s American Job Centers. Formal partnership with Employment and
Training’s W.I.A. funded youth programs. Weekly job seeking skills and mentoring courses held
by our staff in youth detention, treatment, and adjudication centers.
Slide 20: Delaware Initiative and Highlights. APEX initiative launched in collaboration with
Social Services and the Economic Development Office. $tand by Me financial empowerment
initiative launched in collaboration with Health and Social Services.
Slide 21: Delaware Initiative Outcomes. Within 2 years of receiving the grant: 6 Core Staff In
Place (4 Disability Resource Coordinators, 2 Employment Specialists). Over 500 persons with
disabilities served (300 being primarily at risk youth with disabilities). 200 enrolled for ongoing
case management/multiple services over an extended period of time. 45 successful outcomes to
date (education, employment, and documented gains in self sufficiency). 200 more on track to
have a successful outcome by the end of the grant.
Slide 22: Virginia Disability Employment Initiative. Dr. Joe Ashley Assistant Commissioner
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services / DEI Co-Director
Joseph.firstname.lastname@example.org 804-662-7624. Sinclair Hubard DEI State Lead – Department
for Aging and Rehabilitative Services Sinclair.email@example.com
Slide 23: Disability Employment Initiative. Virginia’s Unique Partnerships. DEI Executive
Management Committee. Common Intake Form
Slide 24: Disability Employment Initiative. Virginia’s Workforce Centers. Accessibility at
American Job Centers: Universal Computer Workstations. Accessibility Surveys /
Comprehensive One Stop. Certification. Business Engagement / Commonwealth Workforce
Slide 25: Disability Employment Initiative. Virginia’s Unique Features. Integrated Resource
Teams / 1st $ Down. Asset Development / Building Financial Futures. Customer Success Story
Slide 26: Consumer Perspective. Anil Lewis Director of Strategic Communications National
Federation of the Blind ALewis@nfb.org 410-659-9314 Ext. 2374
Slide 27: Question & Answer
Slide 28: National Employment Conference. “The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent”
In this new economy, where and how can the VR profession add true and targeted value to
achieve our goal of meaningful careers, self-sufficiency, and independence for persons with
disabilities? December 5-7, 2012 at the Marriott Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Arlington, Virginia. Registration is open and more information can be accessed at:
Slide 28: 39th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues. IRI topic nominations are due COB by 5PM
Eastern Time on Thursday, November 8, 2012 and may be submitted electronically at:
iriforum.org/topic_submission.aspx. Questions may be directed to the RSA IRI Project Officer
Kristen Rhinehart-Fernandez at 202.45.6103 or Kristen.Rhinehart@ed.gov OR the IRI Project
Director Maureen McGuire-Kuletz at 202.973.1558 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.