Assistance Listing Number: 84.246
Funding Type: Discretionary Grant
The Rehabilitation Short-Term Training program is designed to provide short-term training and technical instruction in areas of special significance to the vocational, medical, social, and psychological rehabilitation programs, supported employment program, independent living services programs, and Client Assistance Program (CAP), including special seminars, institutes, workshops, and other short-term courses. Short-term training projects may be of regional or national scope. The CAP Training priority is designed to provide CAP professionals the necessary knowledge, competencies, and skills to inform, assist, and advocate for clients and client-applicants regarding expanded education, training, and competitive integrated employment opportunities and other services and benefits available under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA.
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
- Funding Amount: $ 1,540,000.00
- PR/Award Number: H246K210001
- Project Director: Dan Stewart
- Co-PI: Amy Scherer
- RSA Project Officer: Michael Broschi
- Website: https://www.ndrn.org
The purpose of this project is to use targeted training and technical assistance (T/TA) to:
- Increase the knowledge, skills, and competencies of CAP professionals in a wide range of core topics related to the Rehabilitation Act as amended by WIOA, as well as other discrete CAP skills;
- Enhance CAP professionals’ individual and systems advocacy competencies as well as their leadership, relationship-building and outreach skills; and
- Strengthen CAP organizational effectiveness in the states/territories through capacity building in strategic planning and resource management skills.
More specifically, NDRN’s project will deploy innovative T/TA using state-of-the art technology to:
- Increase CAP professionals’ knowledge by offering a multitude of training opportunities to support essential content areas and foundational principles of CAP advocacy and VR services;
- Improve their skills through both virtual and in-person training that uses best practices in adult learning theory and instructional design; and
- Expand their understanding and use of effective advocacy strategies to support CAP work with clients and VR agency staff through continuous, expert-informed TA as well as internet-based discussion forums, focus groups, virtual office hours and a variety of electronic resources and publications.