- ADA National Network
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the network consists of ten Regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center (ADAKTC).
- Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. Given the strong ties between one’s ability to earn income and fully participate in their communities, BBI’s work focuses on two interconnected innovation areas: Economic Participation and Community Participation. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance in these Innovation Areas, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities. Newsletters and publications are available.
- Career Index
The Career Index is a new breed of career information system. Takes the guess work out of informed career choice, this site puts everything needed in one place and makes it simple to use and access. Information includes: current salary information, job trends and projects, current job openings, license requirements and certifications, knowledge, skills and abilities using O*Net 15, related training programs as well as career videos. The Career Index has been designed with a VR counselor's workflow in mind. It’s Free to the State, to their counselors, their providers and even their clients. There is no license to buy, no updates or maintenance to pay for, no technical infrastructure to create and no hidden costs.
ePolicyWorks is a Web-based approach to policymaking that engages citizens and stakeholders in new and innovative ways. The initiative leverages the latest technology to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities and fosters real-time collaboration and communication around key issues. Participants in the ePolicyWorks initiative benefit from a variety of tools and features to help them stay informed, build relationships and partner on important policy developments. It includes a series of online collaborative workspaces.
- GW Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education
The GW Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education (CRCRE) aims to enhance research, as well as to provide opportunities for growth and development to a diverse population including persons with disabilities. Currently, the CRCRE is part of two US Department of Education funded National Technical Assistance Centers (the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center and the VR Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities). GW CRCRE is also a partner with the University of Richmond/Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) on a research project examining VR Return on Investment. The Center is also partnering on a demonstration project with Virginia DARS as part of their Career Pathways Grant. The CRCRE provides training and technical assistance through contracts with State VR agencies in MD, VA and DC.
- Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION)
The Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) is a community of practitioners, program staff, partners, planners, industry leaders and stakeholders that strive for system improvement, capacity building and excellence in the public workforce system. The ION is a national, regional, state and local alliance that makes available the technical assistance, information sharing, and training needed to implement the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that was signed into law in 2014.
- Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has worked for half a century to equip leaders to rise above institutional barriers and to build effective systems that prepare children and youth for postsecondary education, careers, and citizenship. IEL strives to involve broader community with public education to support the learning and development of young people.
- Lead Center
The LEAD Center is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations dedicated to improving employment and economic advancement outcomes for all people with disabilities. The LEAD Center is funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.
- National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Materials (NCRTM)
The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Materials (NCRTM) is the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA) central repository for training resources in vocational rehabilitation. The NCRTM offers the vocational rehabilitation and education communities, grantees, researchers, trainers and practitioners the opportunity to gain visibility for their work, while contributing new knowledge to their specific fields.
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. The NCWD/Youth, created in 2001, is composed of partners with expertise in education, youth development, disability, employment, workforce development and family issues. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. NCWD/Youth offers a range of technical assistance services to state and local workforce investment boards, youth councils and other workforce development system youth programs.
- National Disability Institute (NDI)
The National Disability Institute is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to designing pathways to economic stability and mobility for people with disabilities. NDI is most recognized for harnessing the power of collaboration with government, financial institutions, the business community, community nonprofits, and institutions of higher education to advance new opportunities for work, income production, savings, and asset building for people with disabilities. NDI believes in the importance of providing resources, tools and trainings to expand individual and service professionals’ knowledge on strategies that help build the financial wellness of persons with disabilities. To assist with expanding knowledge and awareness, NDI offers an online classroom with courses that are available to all at no cost.
- National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
NTACT is a Technical Assistance and Dissemination project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment. NTACT will work with SEAs, LEAs, State VR, local VR service providers, and other stakeholders engaged in improving outcomes for youth with disabilities by disseminating resources and tools regarding effective practices and the use of data for program improvement through strategic planning. NTACT is funded from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2019.
- National Youth Transitions Center
The Youth Transitions Collaborative is a powerful community of more than 45 organizations that share a common mission: to empower youth and young people with disabilities as they enter adulthood and the world of work. Collaborative members also provide critical input to help shape and direct the National Youth Transition Center's planning and programming.
- Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. ODEP was authorized by Congress in the Department of Labor's FY 2001 appropriation. Recognizing the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce, the Secretary of Labor delegated authority and assigned responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy.
- Policy Works
The mission of PolicyWorks is to develop and apply innovative practices to make policy work for people with disabilities. PolicyWorks seeks to foster a national dialog and build collaborative partnerships that maximize public, nonprofit and business sector resources. PolicyWorks believes in innovation through the use of technology, and the introduction of new tools and emerging best practices. This includes connecting individuals with disabilities to jobs, services and supports to help them live independently. It also includes connecting to other organizations to strengthen our collective impact, identify joint resources and use existing resources more efficiently.
- Transition Coalition
The Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities. The Transition Coalition provides free research-based online training for anyone who is involved in transition planning. The modules are developed using up-to- date research in transition, effective practices in professional development, and materials and resources for implementation.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities (VRTAC-Y)
The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities (VRTAC-Y) provides technical assistance to our nation’s VR system to improve transition programs and services for youth.
- Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) is a national center that is funded to provide training and technical assistance (TA) to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), WorkforceGPS is an interactive online communication and learning technical assistance (TA) platform that was designed to communicate with and build the capacity of the public workforce investment system to develop and implement innovative approaches to workforce and economic development in the 21st Century economy.