Over many years, the OSERS has supported research in assistive technology, as well as making assistive technology (AT) more available to people with disabilities. More recently, OSERS has supported a number of activities to encourage and support AT reuse under the Assistive Technology Act. OSERS is now taking the lead on a national level to promote and encourage AT reuse through its sponsorship of a national conference on this issue, as well as through grants to state agencies, non-profit organizations and other entities to support AT reuse. OSERS has also developed a new pamphlet, entitled Recycle Your AT, outlining these activities.
(December 11, 2006)
In order to provide state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, disability advocates, VR consumers and service providers, and other VR stakeholders with information on the performance of the federal/state VR program, OSERS' Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has published the Annual Review Reports for fiscal year 2005 for each of the 80 state VR agencies. Published online through the Department of Education's Management Information System, these reports contains the following information about each state VR agency:
- State goals and priorities.
- Individuals in the VR program.
- Program outcomes.
- Agency staffing patterns.
- Financial data.
- Compliance with standards and indicators.
- State policies and procedures and also guidance materials that were issued by the agency.
- Activities conducted by the State Rehabilitation Council or Independent Commission.
- Status of appeals.
The reports are written in non-technical language for the general public and contain two appendixes that include statutory and regulatory definitions and reporting requirements and a guide for technical users on how to find the source data for the tables in this report. The information in the reports is based on data submitted to RSA by the state VR agencies as of November 21, 2006.
(November 22, 2006)
RSA would like to share materials and resources from the 2006 National Employment Conference—Employment and Disability: Transition Into High-Demand Industries.
RSA's 2006 National Employment Conference, Employment and Disability: Transition Into High-Demand Industries, in partnership with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), took place Aug. 21-23, 2006. The conference brought together business leaders, representatives of public vocational rehabilitation agencies and other stakeholders with an interest in the transition and employment of students and young adults with disabilities. The conference featured interactive training, successful programs in high-growth industry careers, and effective strategies for achieving successful post-school outcomes for youths and young adults with disabilities. Materials are being posted on the Web site at www.gwcrcre.org under National Employment Conference. We will continue to update this site as presenter materials are received.
(October 4, 2006)