Teamwork to Make the Dream Work

NOTE: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month By Michelle Novak, Community Liaison for Tradewinds The relationship between the vocational rehabilitation counselor, employment specialist and the job seeker are important when it comes to finding successful employment. The support and encouragement on the road to a successful employment placement can make a positive impact for everyone

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Ability for Hire in South Dakota

NOTE: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month Originally posted by the South Dakota Department of Human Services Rehabilitation Services To shed a little more light on the real people impacted by businesses championing everyone’s right to be employed regardless of their disability status, Ability for Hire is highlighting stories from South Dakotans who have benefited

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Investing in America, for 100 Years

By Stephen A. Wooderson, CEO, CSAVR This summer marked 100 years since a major milestone in our nation’s history—the establishment of America’s public vocational rehabilitation (VR) program, which was created by Congress in 1920. As the collective voice for chief administrators of state VR agencies, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) is pleased

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Job Work

by Lamisse Williams, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) Counselor Meet Daniel Robertson, a management information systems student at the University of Idaho who recently obtained his second paid summer internship at HP. Daniel worked with counselors at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho who informed him about how the university offers students on

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Federal Partnerships Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

By Kathy West-Evans, Director of Business Relations, CSAVR VR and the IRS: A Partnership that Produces Positive Returns To fulfill its workforce needs across multiple states, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) partners with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (CSAVR) National Employment Team (NET), and the relationship is producing positive returns for the agency

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Ensuring an Inclusive Rapid Response to COVID-19

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. By the Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) As the nation continues to adapt to the “new normal” brought on by COVID-19, so too do state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. While the circumstances are unprecedented, VR’s nimbleness is not. Adapting

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Adapting to Evolving Employment Needs in Ohio During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. By Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Throughout its 100-year existence, the nation’s vocational rehabilitation (VR) program has continually adapted and evolved to meet changing public needs. This spirit is certainly evident today, as state VR agencies respond to the rapidly shifting employment landscape triggered by

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