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VR Youth
Technical Assistance Center

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Youth Technical Assistance Center (Youth-TAC) provides technical assistance to our nation’s VR system to improve transition programs and services for youth.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center

Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center

Our website is currently under construction but in the meantime here is an overview of the scope of our work.
 

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IEL's VR Y-TAC consists of the following partners: Cornell University School of Industrial Labor and Relations, Marc Gold and Associates, Boston University, Applied Engineering Management, and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) subject matter experts.

The VR Y-TAC, through a cooperative agreement with RSA, will provide state vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs and related rehabilitation professionals with technical assistance and training to help more effectively serve youth with disabilities. Specifically, the VR Y-TAC can assist your agency in serving all youth, including students with disabilities who are not receiving comprehensive special education services, such as students with 504 plans and other “potentially eligible” young people; youth connected to other systems, such as youth in or aging out of foster care and court-involved, homeless, and runaway youth; and other disconnected, hard-to-serve, and at-risk youth populations.

The VR Y-TAC’s three main goals are to: 1) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies; 2) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies who pursue and obtain postsecondary education or training resulting in a postsecondary degree, credential, or nationally recognized occupational skills certificate; and 3) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies who obtain competitive integrated employment.

The VR Y-TAC will accomplish these goals through providing general, targeted, and intensive technical assistance using a multi-modal approach that includes a combination of distance delivery and in-person training and that takes into account a variety of learning styles.

In the interim, while the website is being developed, to learn more about the VR Y-TAC please contact Wendyh Quarles at quarlesw@iel.org or Curtis Richards at richardsc@iel.org.