Innovative Rehabilitation Training

Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration
CFDA Number: 84.263, 84.263E, 84.263F
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

Program Description

This program is designed to develop new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel and to demonstrate the effectiveness of these new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel in providing rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities; develop new and improved methods of training rehabilitation personnel so that there may be a more effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities by designated State rehabilitation agencies and designated State rehabilitation units or other public or non-profit rehabilitation service agencies or organizations; and develop new innovative training programs for vocational rehabilitation professionals and paraprofessionals to have a 21st century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities so they can more effectively provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities. (34 CFR part 387).

The Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program for assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities pursing self-employment, business ownership, and telecommuting (84.263E), funded at $450,000, is to develop a new or substantially improved and, to the extent possible, evidence-based training program. The program includes stand-alone modules and instructional materials to be incorporated into an existing academic degree programs for educating VR counselors or other VR professionals and paraprofessionals or into short-term training for VR professionals, or both. The funds for this program allow VR professionals and paraprofessionals to achieve increased skills, knowledge, and competence in the area of assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities pursing self-employment, business ownership, and telecommuting. This program will be housed at The Center for Social Capital, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Innovative Rehabilitation Training Program for field-initiated projects in an area related to VR (84.263F), funded at $450,000, is to provide training where existing training is not adequately meeting the needs of VR professionals, paraprofessionals, and individuals studying to become VR professionals and paraprofessionals. The program will create an evidence-based training program, including stand alone modules and instructional materials to be incorporated into existing academic degree programs for educating VR counselors or other VR professionals and VR paraprofessionals. The program will be housed at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and the focus will be on the development of an innovative Vocational Evaluation Forensic Certification Program, which has the capacity to provide a contemporary evidence-based approach for improving employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities.