The Center on Transition Innovations is housed within the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC). Many of the research and demonstration projects conducted as part of the RRTC are also relevant to the goals of the Center on Transition Innovations. We want to make you aware of these projects because their results will be incorporated into the information and resources we develop.
VCU’s ACE-IT in College is an on-campus, college experience for students with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, or autism who are 18-26 years of age and earn a special diploma. This unique program is a collaborative effort between the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and the Partnership for People with Disabilities to expand the diversity of students on campus by working with individuals who are not typically provided postsecondary opportunities. Accepted students commit to a 30 month on-campus experience that concludes with a School of Education certificate. Features of the program include a selection of VCU courses; education and job coaches; internships, service learning, and work experiences; and opportunities for social networking and soft skill development. The ultimate outcome of the supported education model is to assist these students to become life-long learners and to obtain integrated, competitive employment.
An Investigation of STEM as a Viable Career Option for GI Bill Recipients with Disabilities
The purpose of this National Science Foundation funded project is to conduct an in-depth analysis of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as a viable career option for GI Bill recipients with disabilities. Through our collaboration with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services State Approving Agency, administered an online survey to nearly 19,000 veterans and dependents using GI Bill benefits to attend public two- and four-year colleges and universities across the state. The project will contribute to the knowledge base by investigating the extent to which GI Bill recipients with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM, the impact of veteran and disability status on STEM learning, and the organizational factors that may lead to more equitable and inviting postsecondary STEM educational environments for GI Bill recipients with disabilities.
Collaborative Career Planning for College Students with ASD is a resource for Vocational Rehabilitation and postsecondary education professionals to obtain information to support the development of collaborative career planning processes for college students with ASD. Each module contains practical information and strategies for meeting the educational and career development needs of college students with ASD, tips for collaborating, and links to online resources. Through video clips and interview quotes, information is provided from college students with ASD, Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Support Services, and Career Center professionals who share their experiences and recommendations for collaboration.
The Going to College website provides information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for high school students and contains video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help college students with a disability get a head start in planning for college. The site has several videos of college students with disabilities from across Virginia, providing a way for students to hear firsthand from other students with disabilities who have been successful.
Project Achieve is a three year grant funded research project that provides specialized services to female students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Specialized services consist of using Cognitive Support Technology through iPads and individualized apps, a peer mentoring program, individualized case management and vocational rehabilitation, and assistance with job placement and maintenance.
Project College Success is a grant studying mental health and community college students in Virginia. This project will take place over two and one half years with a variety of stakeholders assisting in the creation of the statewide survey and dissemination of findings.
School Based Supported Employment Fidelity Scale
VCU’s Rehabilitation Research & Training Center developed a School-Based Supported Employment Fidelity Scale which consists of 14 critical components rated on a five point continuum to explore the transition process and the supported employment supports available to students with disabilities in secondary schools.
Established in 1983, the Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. Our team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities.