Resources for Vocational Rehabilitation

“Three Things to Take Away”

I have been asked to provide, in condensed form, the “Three Things to Take Away” (from my Oregon VR Presentations).  Here they are in PowerPoint and PDF form:

 Three Things to Take Away

Three Things to Take Away

PowerPoint from August 14th Voc. Rehab. Presentation in Salem

Day 2:  Outsmarting Cognitive Impairment and Getting (Back) to Work: OUTSMARTING Cognitive Disability and Getting (Back) to Work – Day 2 VR Conference in Salem – for Blog


PowerPoint from August 13th Voc. Rehab. Presentation in Salem

Day 1:  Prosthetic Cognition and Assistive Technology:  Prosthetic Cognition and Assistive Technology – DAY 1 VR Conference Salem – for Blog

Assistive Technology Screening  & Evaluation Tools for individuals with cognitive disabilities:

Step 1:  For all consumers:  Challenges and AT Tools ChecklistsChallenges Checklist for Worker with Cognitive Disability – STEP 1 of Screening Process  and  AT Checklist for Workers with Cognitive Disabilitiy

Step 2:  Use only if My Bionic Brain is being considered:  Either the PowerPoint, Is  My Bionic Brain Right for You?  SCREENING TOOL – Is MBB Right for You or PDF,  SCREENING TOOL – Is MBB Right for You

Step 3:  For all consumers who are issued assistive technology:  Post AT use Checklist: Post Checklist Assessing Issues Resolution

Workshops for Vocational Rehabilitation staff to optimize work outcomes for individuals with cognitive disabilities

Contact Cognitive Compass for training opportunities for workers, company HR staff and Vocational Rehabilitation counselors.  See CogCompass for VR

Brain Injury Association of America Webinar, April 2014:  OUTSMARTING BRAIN INJURY AND GETTING BACK TO WORK — PowerPoint and Handouts


For webinar recording and handouts:

 WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) signed into law on July 22, 2014 — Overview to Title IV: Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

These are some of the guidelines state VR agencies will be using to make policy and procedure decisions in the future.  The goal of the legislation is to “increase opportunities, particularly for those individuals with disabilities who face barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation.”

See WIOA Changes to the Rehab Act

  • Increases Services to Youth with Disabilities
  • Supports Employer Engagement
  • Emphasizes Competitive Integrated Employment
  • Enhances Accountability
  • Promotes Collaboration and Efficiency
  • Promotes training and technical assistance for grantees
  • Repeals In-Service Training Programs, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program, Recreational Programs and Projects with Industry

“Cue Don’t Rescue” – PowerPoint for Employers and Helpers

CUE-DONT-RESCUE – A PowerPoint for Employers and Job Coaches


More Resources

– A Customer Guide to Accessing Vocational Rehabilitation Resources (for Consumers):A Customer Guide to Accessing Vocational Rehabilitation Services

– Report re. Employment Overview following Brain Injury, by Sherry Stock, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Oregon:  Employment of PWBI Stock ED BIAOR 2006

– Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes for Consumers with TBI from StateData.Info (with commentary): Voc Rehab Outcomes for consumers with TBI per the RSA

– Definition of “Assistive Technology” per the Assistive Technology Act of 2004:  Definition of AT per the 2004 Assisstive Technology Act emphasis added

– Statistics re. Return to Work following Brain Injury and Voc. Rehab services:  VR Research in Brief- Success After Voc Rehab

–  “Using a Handheld Computer as a Cognitive-Behavioral Tool” and “Apps Resource Guide” by Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L, Virginia Commonwealth University, Assistive Technology for Cognition Laboratory, Dept. of Occupational Therapy: Gentry – Intro-to-pda-as-cogaid and Gentry – Intro-to-pda-as-cogaid

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