School-Based Supported Employment Fidelity Scale: Summary of Findings
The Center on Transition to Employment (Presenter: Elizabeth Getzel, Rehabilitation and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University) provided on February 12, 2015 an informational webinar on a multi-year study on the design and implementation of a fidelity scale to measure the critical components and key performance indicators of school-based supported employment services for transition age youth with disabilities. The presentation discussed the results of the study in relationship to what factors affect the implementation of these services in Virginia's secondary schools.
Does Service System Collaboration Improve Student Outcomes in Transition?
The Center on Transition to Employment (Presenters: Ellen Fabian, Ph.D, Monica Simonsen, Ph.D, and Richard Luecking, Ed. D) provided on June 18, 2014 an informational webinar exploring the effect of service system collaboration on student outcomes in a statewide transition demonstration project. Researchers discussed the different approaches to defining and measuring service system collaboration, and presented the findings of a study assessing its impact on student vocational rehabilitation outcomes. Recommendations for inter-agency transition teams were provided, as well as directions for further study.
Part 1 of 2: The Discovery of Intervention Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for High Risk Youth with Disabilities
The Center on Transition to Employment (Presenter: Dr. Adam P. Sima, Virginia Commonwealth University) provided on January 22, 2014 an informational webinar on a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2). The first part of this research discusses a data mining strategy used to identify groups of youth who are at-risk of lower employment based on their non-modifiable characteristics. Four groups of youth who were considered particularly at-risk were identified, with the ability to understand what is being said and disability type being the most important group predictors.
Part 2 of 2: The Discovery of Intervention Strategies to Improve Employment Outcomes for High Risk Youth with Disabilities
The second part of this research focused on finding modifiable characteristics that are important predictors of employment for each of these groups.
Promising Practices in Transition: Results of Multi-Year, Multi-Site Study
The Center on Transition to Employment (Presenters: Drs. Ellen Fabian and Paul Gold, University of Maryland and Dr. Richard Luecking, TransCen, Inc.) provided on May 15, 2013 an informational webinar on a multi-year, multi-site study of personal and contextual factors contributing to employment for predominantly minority youth with high incidence disabilities. Researchers elaborated on the essential elements (what and why) of successful transition programs and interventions derived from this study and discussed strategies for replication and innovation of promising practices and interventions.
The session content begins 02:35 minutes into the recording.
The Personnel Factor
This is an informational webinar provided on December 19, 2012 on new research into the characteristics of employment specialists and their implications for successful transition to paid jobs for transition-age youth. Drs. George Tilson and Monica Simonsen shared the four personal attributes that emerged from this study and discussed implications for recruitment, hiring, training and advancing effective employment specialists.
The session content begins 01:50 minutes into the recording.
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