Webinars

Free Webinar: Assistive Technologies in Vocational Rehabilitation March 26 at 1 pm EST

Posted on Mar 18, 2015

Presenter: Anthony Langton, MS, CVE Tony has been extensively involved in rehabilitation services for over 45 years.   His background includes work in vocational evaluation, vocational rehabilitation services, post-secondary education, and online education.  For the past 30 years he has specialized in working with rehabilitation programs and agencies with applications of assistive technology and staff development and training. He is a principal partner of Pathfinder Associates, which provides training and technical assistance to rehabilitation programs and agencies.  Pathfinder’s specializes in distance education and developing online training materials. Throughout his career Tony has been active in professional associations such as RESNA, the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Society of North America, the National Rehabilitation Association, the Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association, and VECAP, Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals.  He has been received numerous outstanding service awards and currently is President of VEWAA.  He was honored with the RESNA Fellow Award in 1996 for his contribution to the field of assistive technology and the VEWAA Paul R. Hoffman Award in 2010 for contributions to the field of vocational evaluation. To login go to  https://eduadvisory.adobeconnect.com/at2015/   To test your pcs for using Adobe Connect go the Adobe Connect Test page at http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm Please direct questions to...

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Save the Date: Join Us at the 2015 Skillsoft Conference in Orlando, Florida: May 18-21

Posted on Dec 11, 2014

2015 Skillsoft Perspective Conference is an industry event to network and learn from each other. Global Skillsoft Perspectives brings learning professionals together from business, government and education to share and discuss how learning drives performance and delivers business value for their organizations. Attendees will experience: Learning sessions with hard hitting case studies. Workshops on key topics such as reporting and measurement. Hands-on labs and courses. Fun and unique social events. Learn more at...

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Webinar Reminder: Join Us October 30th

Posted on Oct 7, 2014

EMPOWERING PEOPLE THROUGH LEADERSHIP We all fight accessibility issues regularly when decisions are made in our communities without input from the disability community. Rather than continuing this process, the Resources for Independence Central Valley in Fresno, CA has developed the Community Leadership Academy. The Academy is designed to teach people with disabilities to be effective members of boards of directors and government councils, and to help get them appointed to leadership positions. Join us October 30, 2014, at 1o:00 pm Pacific, 11:00 Am Mountain, 12:00pm Central, and 1:00 pm Eastern , as Executive Director of Resources for Independence Central Valley in Fresno, CA, Robert Hand introduces the Community Leadership Academy. Mr. Hand has been the for over eight years. He is the Chair of the California Foundation for Independent Living, the former Chair of the CA State Rehabilitation Council and the City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission. Robert has over forty years in the disability field, over thirty-five as an executive director and ten as a CARF surveyor. He has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from CSU Fresno. Robert is a co-author and facilitator of “Leaders Without Limits”, and author of the board guide “Leading Community Benefit Corporations”. He has made “Leaders without Limits” presentations across California, in Kansas, South Carolina, South Korea, and at national conferences. He has taught leadership development for people with disabilities at Fresno State University, in nonprofits and conferences across the U.S., and in South Korea. Overview of CLA Resources for Independence, Central Valley has developed the Community Leadership Academy (CLA) out of our consumers’ desires to increase leadership and civic engagement among people with disabilities. The CLA trains persons with disabilities to be board members of nonprofits, and members of government councils, commissions and boards. What: Webinar Empowering People Through Leadership When: September 25, 2014 10:00 am Pacific, 11:00 am Mountain, 12:00 pm Central, 1:00pm...

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Focus on Innovation: Lena Balk, Minnesota Resource Center

Posted on Sep 22, 2014

Focus on Innovation is a series of interviews designed to provide our members with information on successful programs throughout the nation.  Our goal is to spark new ideas and discussions. This month’s interviewee is Lena Balk, Training and Assessment Services Manager at Minnesota Resource Center. Why did you join the ARPCT Board of Directors? I felt it was a nice way to have a greater connection to all the programs that were out there, and to help shape the direction of this important organization. What do you think is the greatest benefit of membership? Having access to Skillsoft is a huge benefit. Outside of that, our members get a better sense of what is going on around the country especially in the areas of funding and innovation. We get to learn and grow from each other. Is there are program you are working on that you would like to highlight? Our Focus Forward program is currently working with individuals diagnosed with or have a suspected diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. We are seeing a huge need for career skill navigation help. We also provide services for career exploration, planning and placement. We want to make sure people have access to all the services they need, and that they have one person who will follow them through the process. One of the most important things we do is expose people to different workplaces so they can see that career in action. This activity gives them valuable information so they can make better decisions based on facts and real life experiences. What was the problem you were hoping to solve when you started this program? We saw that many kids with Individual Education Plan (IEP) were transitioning out of high school and were not prepared to be successful in school or the workplace. We found that many of these individuals need a little more time to refine their skills and gain self-confidence. We did some innovative programs at area high schools, which helped eliminate many of the transportation issues and connection them to the community. We are so proud that we have been successful in getting these kids into the right program and moving in the right direction. How is this program funded? We have a grant covering the individuals with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder funded through the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This model historically been funded through Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Department of Health, and...

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October 30, 2014 Webinar: Empowering People Through Leadership

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

We all fight accessibility issues regularly when decisions are made in our communities without input from the disability community. Rather than continuing this process, the Resources for Independence Central Valley in Fresno, CA has developed the Community Leadership Academy. The Academy is designed to teach people with disabilities to be effective members of boards of directors and government councils, and to help get them appointed to leadership positions. This webinar explains about the Academies and how to start your own.   Join us October 30, 2014, at 1o:00 pm Pacific, 11:00 Am Mountain, 12:00pm Central, and 1:00 pm Eastern , as Executive Director of Resources for Independence Central Valley in Fresno, CA, Robert Hand introduces the Community Leadership Academy.   Mr. Hand has been the for over eight years. He is the Chair of the California Foundation for Independent Living, the former Chair of the CA State Rehabilitation Council and the City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission. Robert has over forty years in the disability field, over thirty-five as an executive director and ten as a CARF surveyor. He has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from CSU Fresno.   Robert is a co-author and facilitator of “Leaders Without Limits”, and author of the board guide “Leading Community Benefit Corporations”. He has made “Leaders without Limits” presentations across California, in Kansas, South Carolina, South Korea, and at national conferences. He has taught leadership development for people with disabilities at Fresno State University, in nonprofits and conferences across the U.S., and in South Korea.   Overview of CLA Resources for Independence, Central Valley has developed the Community Leadership Academy (CLA) out of our consumers’ desires to increase leadership and civic engagement among people with disabilities. The CLA trains persons with disabilities to be board members of nonprofits, and members of government councils, commissions and boards. What:         Webinar Empowering People Through Leadership  When:         September 25, 2014                       10:00 am Pacific, 11:00 am Mountain, 12:00 pm Central, 1:00pm Eastern        ...

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Webinar: Wounded Warrior Project -July 25th At 1pm EST

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

Wounded warriors are returning with many different wounds and injuries and a high percentage are returning with “hidden” disabilities – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), as well as other psychological impairments and behavior health issues. The DoD and VA is the first and second system of delivering all health care to these wounded warriors. They receive the best care available through the DoD and VA but what about when they return home. The number and types of other disabilities are also varied and just as important. Many are returning with multiple wounds/injuries (polytrauma) and require medical care and other supportive services. Most experience a full recovery but others may need lifelong support. Learn the magnitude and nature of disability among veterans. Recognize the contribution that veterans with disabilities can make to the workforce. Understand what supports are needed for successful transition to the workforce. About Our Speaker Ron Drach, is the Consultant and Senior Advisor to the National Organization on Disability. Mr. Drach, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has devoted his entire career to working for and on behalf of veterans. Most recently, he served as director of Government and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), where he worked with Congressional staff, the Labor Department’s Office of the Solicitor, and other Labor offices on all legislative employment issues that affected the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs. After he was wounded in Vietnam in 1967, Mr. Drach began work with the VA’s Pittsburgh Regional office and then was recruited by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), where he worked until 1998. At DAV he contributed significantly to America ’s response to the needs of veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness, and other socioeconomic issues, and appeared before Congressional committees on numerous occasions to offer expertise and recommendations for legislative change. He was appointed In January 2011 to DoD’s Recovering Warrior Task Force. What:  Webinar: Wounded Warrior Project When: July 25th 1:oo pm EST Join the conversation at...

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