RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


Vocational Best Practices Paper Under Development
February 4, 2014

RCPA is developing “Best Practices in Employment, Prevocational and Vocational Rehabilitation for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” The paper will be crafted with input from members and shared with the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP).

ODP is a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) which focuses on “Employment First” priorities for individuals with disabilities. RCPA’s paper will cover the types of services currently offered, provider suggestions for potential new services, and address issues related to individuals with severe disability issues that do not allow them to successfully work in the community and competitive employment settings.

Members providing employment, prevocational, and vocational services to this population, funded by ODP and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, are asked to share specific program information as requested below. Please send information by February 21 to Linda Drummond.

  • Types of employment, prevocational, and vocational services your agency provides (including customized).
  • Functional levels and behaviors of individuals served in each type of employment-related program. Include those that can prevent the individual from being competitively employable in the community.
  • Methods and tools utilized to assess individual needs.
  • Suggestions for new options and best practice opportunities for services that provide a “continuum” of day programs for current and future individuals with extensive intellectual and/or physical and/or behavioral barriers to competitive employment.
  • Examples of success stories.
  • Suggestions for training topics for staff providing these services/supports.
  • Your agency’s impact on local economic development such as the number of staff and total cost for staff, number of individuals served, number individuals placed in competitive employment during 2013, and examples of competitive employment jobs.

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