Achieving a Common Understanding of Customized Employment This webcast will address the key elements of Customized Employment (CE) according to the “Essential Elements of CE for Universal Application” which is helping ensure CE is understood and implemented consistently across the country with high quality. The presenter will also cover other tools and resources that are available to help ensure CE is implemented and sustained as a high quality service delivery option for those who need it.
In a cluttered brick building off Currie Street in Richmond, Robert Doss gets to work. His employer, Cabinetry and Construction Inc., moved to the new building near Virginia Union University over the summer and needed someone to organize the space. Enter Robert, a Richmond native with autism.
The VCU Center on Transition Innovations (CTI), part of the VCU School of Education’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, has received a $360,000 ECMC Foundation grant to study the mental health challenges and needs of community college students. “This study is a great opportunity for VCU, especially considering its commitment to transfer student success,” said Elizabeth E. Getzel, CTI director and Principal investigator in the study. “This commitment is evidenced by the establishment of the VCU Transfer Center and the development of transfer maps with four community colleges.”
Project Achieve - Women veterans represent 14% of Virginia’s veteran population, leading the nation with the highest percentage of women veterans. This number is expected to increase over the next 20 years. Despite their presence in Virginia, little is known about the postsecondary support needs unique to women student veterans, particularly those with disabilities such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). To fill this gap, CTI is implementing a demonstration project, Project Achieve, to provide specialized services to women veterans with TBI and SCI in postsecondary education.
Higher Education Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities This webcast will discuss how higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can provide effective virtual job development and training supports to students on a college campus.