LEAD Center Welcomes New KT Consortium Members
The LEAD Center is proud to announce the addition of four new national technical assistance centers to the Knowledge Translation Consortium. The KT Consortium is the first-of-its-kind partnership, which brings together virtually federally-funded employment-related training and technical assistance centers to collaborate on cross-cutting issues to advance employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
New members include:
· The Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JDVRTAC) at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The JDVRTAC will assist state vocational rehabilitation agencies in developing training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities that meet the needs of employers and the demands of the local economy.
· National Employer Technical Assistance Center run by the Viscardi Center. The Center will analyze employer research, policies and practices related to disability employment; research effective employer engagement strategies; and develop and provide outreach and technical assistance to targeted employers, such as federal agencies, federal contractors, small businesses and state governments, in an effort to diversify workforces.
· PROMISE Technical Assistance Center, run by the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD). The Center was developed to facilitate a positive impact on long-term employment and educational outcomes for youth with disabilities by reducing reliance on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), providing better outcomes for adults, and improved service delivery by states for youth and their families receiving SSI.
· Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Practices for Youth and Young Adults operated by TransCen. The Center is designed to answer questions about what leads to the most successful employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities eligible for VR services.
The addition of the new centers will improve the KT Consortium’s capacity to share information and identify opportunities to coordinate assistance to common target audiences: individuals with disabilities and their families, policy makers, employment service providers, workforce development and rehabilitation professionals, employers, public agency leaders across service delivery systems, disability-related community organizations, educators and job skills trainers.