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					    Rehabilitation Services
   Administration Technical
     Assistance Webinar
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 THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
     AGENCY PARTICIPATION
         O C TO B E R 2 2 , 2 0 1 2
         Polling Question #1
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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

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                   Agenda
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 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
 Overview: Disability Employment Initiative
 Delaware DEI
 Virginia DEI
 Consumer Perspective
 Q&A
 Closing


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Rehabilitation Services Administration
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            Carol Dobak, Chief
   Vocational Rehabilitation Program Unit
   Rehabilitation Services Administration
      U.S. Department of Education




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            Department of Labor
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              Kimberly Vitelli, Chief
Division of National Programs, Tools, and Technical
                     Assistance
      Employment and Training Administration
             U.S. Department of Labor




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            Department of Labor
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                  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




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     Disability Employment Initiative
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 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 disability
 benefits.




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    Disability Employment Initiative
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 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.



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    Disability Employment Initiative
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 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.
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                      Outcomes
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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.
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                   Outcomes
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 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 $34,000.
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   PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATION
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 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 agencies.
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      Resources & Contact Information
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   Workforce3One Disability and Employment Web
    site: disability.workforce3one.org

   DEI TA Project Web site:
    dei-ideas.org/

   Randee Chafkin, chafkin.randee@dol.gov
    (202) 693-2723

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The Delaware Disability Employment Initiative
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                  Carolanne O'Brien
    Co-Project Lead, Disability Employment Initiative
     Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
            Carolanne.obrien@state.de.us
                    (302) 761-8275

                      Dan Madrid
    Co-Project Lead, Disability Employment Initiative
     Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
              Daniel.madrid@state.de.us
                    (302) 761-8275
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The Delaware Disability Employment Initiative
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   Team Approach to Reaching Goals through
           Education and Training
                  (TARGET)




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      Disability is Everyone’s Business
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 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

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     The Disability Employment Initiative
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 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, Veterans Groups.


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     The Disability Employment Initiative
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 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.




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     Delaware Initiative and Highlights
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 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.



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     Delaware Initiative and Highlights
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 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.




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          Delaware Initiative Outcomes
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 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.
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  Virginia Disability Employment Initiative
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                   Dr. Joe Ashley
               Assistant Commissioner
        Department for Aging and Rehabilitative
              Services / DEI Co-Director
         Joseph.ashley@dars.virginia.gov
                    804-662-7624

                    Sinclair Hubard
DEI State Lead – Department for Aging and Rehabilitative
                        Services
           Sinclair.hubard@dars.virginia.gov
                      540-434-5981
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Disability Employment Initiative
Virginia’s Unique Partnerships
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DEI Executive Management Committee

       Common Intake Form




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          Disability Employment Initiative
           Virginia’s Workforce Centers
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 Accessibility   at American Job Centers:
       Universal Computer Workstations
       Accessibility Surveys / Comprehensive One Stop
              Certification

   Business Engagement / Commonwealth Workforce Networks




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         Disability Employment Initiative
           Virginia’s Unique Features
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   Integrated Resource Teams / 1st $ Down

   Asset Development / Building Financial Futures

   Customer Success Story




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   Consumer Perspective
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               Anil Lewis
Director of Strategic Communications
   National Federation of the Blind
           ALewis@nfb.org
      (410) 659-9314 Ext. 2374




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Question & Answer




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      National Employment Conference
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“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: gwntap.org/conferences.html

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     39th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues
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 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 mkuletz@gwu.edu.

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