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Vocational Rehabilitation and Research

Rehabilitation Services Administration
RSA oversees grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services.

Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD)
The Comprehensive System of Personnel Development provisions of the Rehabilitation Act require that each state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency develop and implement plans for an effective and comprehensive approach to developing its human resources.

Institute on Rehab Issues
Publications and Resources (sponsored by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)--U.S. Department of Education, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and the Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs (RRCEPs) at the University of Arkansas, George Washington University and past publications by University of Wisconsin--Stout.)

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
NIDRR is a national leader in sponsoring research. NIDRR is located in Washington, D.C., and is one of three components of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. NIDRR operates in concert with the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials
NCRTM is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and hosted by Utah State University. Serves the profession of Vocational Rehabilitation as a centralized resource for the development, collection, dissemination, and utilization of training materials.

National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
NCDDR's scope of work focuses on knowledge translation (KT) of NIDRR-sponsored research and development results into evidence-based instruments and systematic reviews.

VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention
The purpose of the Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC on Workplace Supports and Job Retention is to study those supports that are most effective for assisting individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers.

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
Research and training on educational supports for people with disabilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VR-RTTC)
VR-RRTC conducts research addressing the employment service delivery structures for individuals with disabilities, investigates "best practices" in certain critical areas, and provides training and technical assistance directed at improving VR services and employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on State Systems and Employment

A website that generates customized charts of state, national, and individual disability data. Accessible text versions are automatically created by the charting software.

Cornell University, Employment and Disability Institute
EDI advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the opportunities of people with disabilities through training, technical assistance, research, and publications.

Independent Living Research Utilization
A national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field.

Employment Websites

Federal Contractor Search Tool
​Implementation of the 503 regulations for Federal Contractors began March 2014. These new rules require federal contractors and sub contractors to plan affirmative action toward employing qualified individuals with disabilities. Use this tool to search federal contractors by state.
Related resource:
503 regulations for Federal Contractors

DisabilityInfo.gov provides access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits. Search for state, local, and national information.

The Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) National Network of ADA Centers
DBTAC is a national network of 10 regional Centers that provide services for up-to-date information, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act to businesses, employers, government entities, and individuals with disabilities, as well as media and news reporters.

DBTAC New England ADA Center
Providing information and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and accessible information technology (IT) for people in New England.

Social Security Online--The Work Site
Comprehensive information on the Ticket To Work program.

For professionals who provide employment services and supports for individuals with disabilities, in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

Helps businesses tap into the changing workforce.

US Business Leadership Network
USBLN is the national organization that supports development and expansion of its BLN affiliates across the country, serving as their collective voice. It is the only national disability organization led by business for business.

Department of Labor / Office of Disability Policy
ODEP provides national leadership on disability employment policy.

EARN provides employers with free consulting services and resources to support the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network
JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship, and related subjects. JAN's efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities.

National Hire Network
The National Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment (H.I.R.E) Network is a clearinghouse for information and an advocate for policy change, with a goal of increasing the number and quality of job opportunities available to people with criminal records.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC)
HKNC is the only comprehensive national program that provides vocational and rehabilitation services exclusively to youths and adults who are deaf-blind. A residential-based training program, located at its headquarters in Sands Point, NY, provides evaluation, short-term vocational and rehabilitation training and assistance to consumers in locating employment, housing and community resources in their home states. Field services include 11 regional offices, over 40 affiliated agencies and Senior Adult Services. A National Training Team (NTT) conducts professional training seminars both on campus and in the community.

The Regional Representative for New England is Steve Perreault (617-923-1600, steve.perreault@hknc.org) who is available to assist with referrals to HKNC Programs as well as technical assistance and support to individuals, families and agencies.

Start-Up USA--Self-Employment Resources
START-UP/USA provides technical assistance and disseminates resources nationally to individuals interested in pursuing self-employment. This includes the live web cast series with successful entrepreneurs who share their secrets for success.

Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH began as a high-school transition business model for youth with developmental disabilities at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Since then, the model has spread to over 200 sites internationally. The primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.

National Collaboration for Workforce and Disability/Youth
NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.

National TA and Research Center to Promote Leadership for Increasing the Employment and Economic Independence of Adults with Disabilities
NTAR Leadership Center is a collaboration of partners with expertise in workforce development, disability employment, economic development, financial education, benefits planning, and leadership development. Located at Rutgers University, and funded through a grant from the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), it’s mission is to build capacity and leadership at the federal, state, and local levels to enable change across workforce development and disability-specific systems that will increase employment and economic self-sufficiency for adults with disabilities.

National Technical Assistance Center (NTAC-AAPI)
Works to increase employment opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities