Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium
The Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium brings together federally funded Training and Technical Assistance Centers, each with their own unique mission addressing different aspects of employment, career readiness and development, transition and accessibility for youth and adults with disabilities. Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium members come together to 1) meet and interact, 2) share information on each Center's focus, funding and use of KT tools, and 3) develop a framework for sharing resources and training opportunities to collectively improve employment and economic advancement outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
If you are a Federally funded Training and Technical Assistance Center focused on Employment for people with disabilities and would like to join the Knowledge Translation Consortium, please contact Brittany Taylor, LEAD Center Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operated by University of Washington
The ADA National Network consists of 10 regional centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center. The regional centers are distributed throughout the United States to provide local assistance and foster implementation of the ADA. Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
The Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) program is an interagency collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Social Security Administration. The AUCD PROMISE Technical Assistance Center is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to support the six PROMISE model demonstration projects and to provide them with the resources, information, and communication strategies to allow them to promote the best possible outcomes for youth eligible for Supplemental Security Income and their families. Our technical assistance takes the form of planned programming as well as on-the-spot needed support.
Operated by SEDL
The Center's scope of work has a dual purpose: 1) assessing, describing and informing relevant stakeholders about the current research base related to improving employment outcomes among individuals with disabilities, and 2) exploring and testing knowledge translation strategies that can increase the appropriate use of that research among four key audiences of individuals with disabilities, employers, policymakers and vocational rehabilitation practitioners.
Operated by the American Institutes for Research
The College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center serves the federally funded regional comprehensive centers (RCC) in building the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement initiatives for college and career readiness and success.
Operated by The Viscardi Center
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. EARN supports employers through toll-free technical assistance, individualized consultation, customized trainings, webinars, events and easy to find online answers.
Operated by West Virginia University
AN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential technical assistance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment options for people with disabilities. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
Operated by Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston
The Job–Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC) strives to identify, adapt, embed, and sustain job-driven practices that lead to improved employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The Center creates VR-specific sustainable models of job-driven practices and supports businesses to find and retain productive workers. JDVRTAC is working on different project activities, such as building state VR agencies’ capacity to improve and expand job-driven employment practices for consumers, and by visiting this link there are four additional technical assistance centers working to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities and much more.
Related Technical Assistance Centers include:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side-RRTC)
- Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Technical Assistance Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Management (RTAC)
- The Substantial Gainful Activity Project (SGA)
- Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR-RRTC)
Operated by SEDL
KTDRR Center makes it easier to find, understand and use the results of research that can make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities.
The Center is one of a number of projects within SEDL's Disability to Research to Practice (DRP) Program, which seeks to improve the relevance, reporting, accessibility, interpretation, and application of research results in many areas, including employment.
In collaboration with several national and international partners, KTDRR carries out integrated training, dissemination, utilization and technical assistance activities to a) increase use of valid and relevant evidence-based research findings that inform decision-making and b) increase the understanding and application of knowledge translation principles.
National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center)
Operated by National Disability Institute
The LEAD Center – known formally as the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities – is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations dedicated to a single mission: advancing sustainable individual and systems-level change to improve competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for all people across the spectrum of disability.
The LEAD Center focuses on policy development and analysis with an emphasis on cross-system collaboration with the AJCs and public and private sector relationships.
Operated by Institute for Educational Leadership
NCWD/Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. NCWD/Youth's mission is to ensure that transition-age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.
Operated by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
Operated by the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University
The National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) implements training and technical assistance projects focused on agencies serving older individuals who are blind (OIB). This project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), which focuses on enhancing employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education and dissemination.
Operated by Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America
PEAT is a multi-faceted initiative working to advance the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption and promotion of accessible technology.
Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment
This RRTC will conduct research that generates new knowledge about the efficacy of rehabilitation services and technology used to support employment outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired (B/VI), utilizing multiple stages of research. The overall purpose of the project is to improve competitive employment outcomes for individuals who are B/VI, including subpopulations such as youth, persons who are deaf-blind (DB), and persons with combined traumatic brain injury (TBI) and B/VI.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Operated by the University of Massachusetts - Boston
The main goal of the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability is to identify strategic approaches to different liaisons to understand the importance of Employment First. This training center conducts research, training, and outreach activities that promote employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities There are four activities that RRTC supports:(1) Choosing Work: Effective Knowledge Translation and Support for Individuals and Families; (2) Increasing the Effectiveness of Employment Consultants; (3) Building Capacity and Supporting Organizational Transformation for Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs); and (4) Policies and Practices of High-Performing State Employment Systems.
Operated by the University of New Hampshire
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) provides support to the disability and policy communities to tackle important policy issues. The center provides insightful knowledge about disability employment policy and an understanding of the labor market experiences of people with disabilities. The Center’s scope of work includes 11 research projects and 12 knowledge translation projects with a wide variety of technical assistance, dissemination of resources, and training.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
Operated by the Trustees of Boston University
This project captures promising practices to improve employment outcomes of people with psychiatric disabilities. The target of this project is to implement evidence-base supported employment; increase the utilization of research findings; and conduct training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities. The project’s main focus is on the development, implementation and validation of interventions, technology and policies to improve employment outcomes.
Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQATAC)
Operated by University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI)
The Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQA) assists State VR agencies in building capacity through professional education and training of VR evaluators.
Operated by Portland State University
The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Their work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.
Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC) on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities
Operated by Virginia Commonwealth University
The Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. RRTC research is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities. The major focus for RRTC is (1) Employment of People with Physical Disabilities, (2) Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities, (3) Autism, (4) Customized Employment, (5) Transition from School to Work, (6) Post-Secondary Education, (7) Traumatic Brain Injury, and (8) Social Security Policy.
VCU WIPA National Training and Data Center - The VCU NTC provides training and assistance to Certified Work Incentives Coordinators and Community Partner Work Incentives Counselors who provide services to individuals on the SSA disability rolls seeking employment. They also provide training and TA to the Ticket to Work Help Line.
Operated by Cornell University
Research on Disability is a collective of various Centers focused on Disability statistics, demographics and policy measurement.
- Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) - StatsRRTC aims to improve knowledge about and access to existing data and generates the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection and dissemination. The StatsRRTC aims to foster evidence-based decision making by people with disabilities and their families, advocates, policymakers, program administrators, service providers and researchers.
- Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) - The EPM-RRTC researches federal and state policies and programs on employment, paying particular attention to the effects of program interactions between the Social Security Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Education; examines new ways of measuring employment outcomes; and provides guidance through the translation of research findings to program and policy decision-makers.
- Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Individual-Level Characteristics Related to Employment Among Individuals with Disabilities (IC-RRTC)- The IC-RRTC generates new knowledge about the role of individual characteristics on employment outcomes and works toward improving strategies and interventions designed to foster better employment outcomes for the various subpopulations of people with disabilities.
Operated by TransCen, Inc.
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center the (Center) on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults provides different methodologies and models of VR service for youth and young adults with disabilities. The Center’s focus is to provide training and technical assistance, analyze VR services and their impact on individuals with disability, disseminate information from the Center’s research findings. The Center’s goal is to analyze the association between individual and agency level factors and outcomes of transition-age youth seeking VR services; design, implement, and test a data analytic system to support VR agency learning and continuous improvement of service delivery to transitioning youth; and much more.
The Rehabilitation Research & Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR)
Operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Stout
The Rehabilitation Research & Training Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Vocational Rehabilitation (RRTC-EBP VR) is designed to generate knowledge and evidenced based vocational rehabilitation practices that improve employment rates, and quality of employment for persons with disabilities.
The National Resources for Advocacy, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center
The National RAISE Center provides technical assistance (TA) and support to the seven Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)-funded Parent Training & Information Centers (PTIs) that work with transition-aged youth with disabilities and their families to access transition services, vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs, and career development opportunities. RAISE helps the RSA-PTIs interpret and implement the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act, and focuses on reaching and serving individuals from culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The seven RSA-PTIs are The LINK Center (Federation of Children with Special Needs), New York State Transition Partners (Starbridge, Parent Network of Western New York, INCLUDEnyc), Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Project LAUNCH (PACER), REACH for Transition (SPAN Parent Advocacy Network), Shift Transition Project (PEAK Parent Center), and STELLAR (Missouri Parents Act).
Operated by MAXIMUS
The Ticket To Work Program Managers (TPM) provides technical assistance for agencies under contract with the Social Security Administration to function as Employment Networks for the Ticket to Work Program. TPM educates, trains and supports contracted agencies/organizations on the provision of employment support services for SSDI/SSI disability beneficiaries seeking financial independence. This program gives individuals with disability the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically self-supporting over time.
Operated by Institute for Educational Leadership
The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities (VR Y-TAC) provides state vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs and related rehabilitation professionals with technical assistance and training to help more effectively serve youth with disabilities. The VR Y-TAC’s three main goals are to: 1) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies; 2) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies who pursue and obtain postsecondary education or training resulting in a postsecondary degree, credential, or nationally recognized occupational skills certificate; and 3) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies who obtain competitive integrated employment.
Operated by Department of Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies
The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center – Targeted Communities (VRTAC–TC) is designed to improve vocational rehabilitation (VR) outcome of persons with disabilities from traditionally marginalized communities. The center provides intensive and focused technical assistance to all 80 State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and 20 targeted communities across the U.S. and its territories.
Operated by Interwork Institute at San Diego State University
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) is national center provides training and technical assistance (TA) to state Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).