Research Study 1
A Systematic Review and Case Study Analysis of Employer Practices related to Recruiting, Hiring, Training, Integrating, Retaining, and Promoting People with DisabilitiesRead more
Research Study 2
Development and Validation of a Comprehensive Employment Outcome Measure
Research Study 3
An In-Depth Case Study of a Large Health Systems' Employer Practices to Promote Employment Outcomes: An Employer Led Intervention to Change BehaviorRead more
Research Study 4
An Analysis of Business Practices that Lead to Performance and Retention of People with Disabilities in the Workplace: A Demand Side StudyRead more
Partners in Employment: Building Strong Coalitions to Facilitate Systems Change for Youth and Young Adults - In 2014, the employment rate for young adults with cognitive disabilities was 20% for ages 16-11 and 41% for ages 22-30. These numbers are almost half the employment rate of young adults without disabilities.
This month the VCU RRTC is spotlighting two outstanding Employment Specialists, Kristen Hamilton and Austin Miller for their team work in developing an organizational partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe.
Business Connections at VCU is a supported employment service provider for individuals in the Metro Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Warsaw areas, assisting individuals with disabilities with finding employment and providing ongoing support to clients who obtain employment. 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.
Jalen completed his first internship at Project SEARCH with the Materials Management department. During his time with the department, Jalen quickly learned the job tasks and began asking his mentor for additional tasks. The management shared how impressed they were with Jalen's work performance and encouraged him to apply for a materials management tech position at the completion of his internship. Jalen's dream job was to work in a hospital and feels that he's been given the chance of a lifetime.