RRTC Newsletter

July 2015

Upcoming Webcast

Katherine Inge, Ph.D.Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know About Employment

Katherine Inge, Ph.D., O.T.R. & Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D.

Date & Time: July 30 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Matthew Bogenschutz, Ph.D.The purpose of this RRTC research is to engage people with physical disabilities in the design, research, and on-going knowledge translation (KT) activities involved in developing and maintaining a RRTC and national resource center on employment. A series of focus groups were conducted to include people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Arthritis other physical disabilities, and transition-age youth with physical disabilities.

This webcast will present the findings from this research on employment for individuals with SCI, the plans for future research, and the implications for providing information on employment to individuals with physical disabilities. The target audience includes not only people with SCI but those stakeholders interested in improving the employment outcomes of this underemployed and unemployed group of individuals. Register Online (Registration is free but required.)

Fact Sheet

Q & A on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities Using PASS to Achieve an Employment Goal by Lucy Miller

Lucy MillerPASS is an acronym which stands for Plan to Achieve Self-Support and it’s a work incentive provision within SocialSecurity’s disability benefits program. PASS allows a person with a disability to set aside income and/or resources for a specified period of time in order to pay for items or services needed to achieve an employment goal. Under an approved Plan to Achieve Self-Support, an individual may set aside income and/or resources to pay for education or training, job coaching or other support services, transportation, job-related items, equipment needed to start a business, or just about anything else needed to achieve an occupational goal. Read the Fact Sheet


Customized Employment - Meet Brad

Brad working at Ovation TheaterBrad is a young man with cerebral palsy who really wanted to work. The employment specialist spent time with him to get to know his interests and abilities and learned that Brad loves movies and people. This information was used to customize a ticket taking position for him with the manager at Ovation 10. This position allows him to interact with the community as well as see as many movies as he wants. The hours have been customized to fit his needs, and a new job description was created for him excluding some of the tasks that did not match his skills. The resulting job benefited both Brad and Ovation 10! View the video

Accommodations Corner

Employee at keyboard

Job accommodations are modifications to a job or the way a job is performed that enables qualified people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their positions.

Do you have an example of an accommodation that you would like to share on our website? Please submit it to us for consideration.

Examples of Job Accommodations

calendar Upcoming Webcasts

July 30 - Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know About Employment - Register Online

Aug 13 - The Opportunity Game: How to Present Yourself as an Ideal Job Candidate - Register Online

Sept 10 - Customized Employment for Transition-Age Youth with Physical Disabilities - Register Online

Archived Webcasts - Did you miss one of our webcasts? Be sure to check out our 2015 Webcast Series.


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