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An e-bulletin from the Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11   |   September 2019


Get Ready for National Disability Employment
Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The 2019 theme is "The Right Talent, Right Now." Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Learn more: https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/

Training for Managers and Supervisors in Vocational Rehabilitation State Agencies

Are you a manager or supervisor of at least four vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors?

Do you work for a state agency in one of the following states: Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, or Wyoming?

These states are those the KTER Center has assigned to the training group in its study of knowledge brokering in VR agencies, and those who enroll in the study have the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in two key topic areas: pre-employment transition services and ways to support adults with autism in their efforts to enjoy successful employment outcomes. The training is designed to enhance supervisors’ and managers’ abilities to translate research findings directly into practice. Delivery is online and on demand for individual users’ convenience.

The no-cost training is worth five Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification credit hours. Only a few slots remain, so act fast if you’re interested!

Signup for the training

Innovative KT Strategies That Work!

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) is hosting the 2019 Online KT Conference, Innovative KT Strategies That Work! Learn more about innovative strategies for maximizing knowledge translation (KT) research and development activities. Register today!

Dates: October 28, October 30, and November 1, 2019

Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m. Eastern Time each day

Global experts will present on key topics, including the following:

  • Setting the stage for KT
  • Research synthesis and planning for impact
  • Innovative dissemination strategies and tools

Registration is free and is open through October 25, 2019. For more information, please see the conference website, and join the conversation using the #KTDRR19 hashtag.

Register for the conference

New to the KT field? Or need a KT brush-up? View the Center on KTDRR’s archived webcast “KT101: An Introduction to Knowledge Translation (or How to Become Impactastic)” to hear from Dr. David Phipps on an overview of basic information about KT. The archived webcast is available on the Center on KTDRR website.

View the archive

KT Toolbox Now Available

Check out KTER’s Knowledge Translation (KT) Toolbox. The KTER Center developed the KT Toolbox to support NIDILRR employment grantees to increase the understanding and use of KT processes and practices for successful KT. To this end, the KT Toolbox includes thoughtfully sourced tools and articles from a variety of disciplines for NIDILRR employment grantees to

  • develop KT plans,
  • inform stakeholder engagement,
  • implement effective KT strategies,
  • support systematic evidence production, and
  • measure KT activities.

Where possible, these articles and tools are specific to researchers focused on disability employment. If you’re a NIDILRR employment grantee and would like to add resources to the KT Toolbox or discuss how these tools can be tailored to your project, contact us today at kter@air.org

Recap: KTER Center’s State of the Science Conference

The Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) Center recently held its State of the Science (SoS) Conference on Employment Research. The SoS was a special track of presentations organized by the KTER Center that focused on the knowledge translation of disability employment research. The KTER SoS track was embedded in the 12th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence, sponsored by the Summit Group and Navigators.

Dr. Maureen Dobbins of McMaster University presented a livestreamed keynote luncheon address on knowledge brokering.

Participants heard about the latest findings from the KTER Center’s own studies from staff members Kathleen Murphy (KTER Center principal investigator) and Melissa Scardaville (KTER Center researcher), with KTER 2019 summer intern Amber Brown (doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University). Presentations focused on not only promoting the use of research in VR contexts to improve the employment outcomes of adults with autism and transition-age youth with disabilities, but also supporting VR outreach to businesses.

Other NIDILRR grantees shared their cutting-edge research on KT and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The KTER Center extends special thanks to grantee presenters Teresa Grossi (Indiana University); Rick Sizemore, Bob Schmidt, Joe Ashley, Kirsten Rowe, and Rob Froehlich (Vocational Rehabilitation Return on Investment Project); Sarah Boege (University of New Hampshire); Wendy Strobel-Gower (Cornell University); and Ann Williams Outlaw (Center on KTDRR). SoS sessions were recorded, and the archives and accompanying materials should be available in the next few months.

For more information, contact Joann Starks.

KTER Webcast Archives Now Available

Missed the KTER SoS? Sneak a peek at one of the SoS presentations by the Vocational Rehabilitation Return on Investment Project. On May 21, we hosted a webcast featuring this project. Rick Sizemore interviewed Joe Ashley, Robert Schmidt, Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, and Kirsten Rowe on the importance of gaining commitments from researchers and VR agency staff to create an economic model that reflects the VR program, providing multiple avenues for stakeholder engagement with feedback opportunities and focusing on knowledge translation from the beginning of the project. It exemplifies one example of a project NIDILRR has highlighted as achieving notable outcomes.

View the archive

KTER Conference Connections

As part of its Conference Connections activity, the KTER Center seeks to promote networking among NIDILRR's employment portfolio grantees at the conferences they attend. Following are upcoming and recent conferences that may be of interest to our KTER Today readers.

2019 Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Dates: October 26–30, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida
Registration: https://uacurrents.org/RegistrationSystem/Register?m=1wz

2019 The National Council on Rehabilitation Education
Dates: October 31–November 2, 2019
Location: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, Virginia
Registration: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=2567996

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2019 Conference
Dates: November 17–20, 2019
Location: Renaissance Washington Downtown DC Hotel, Washington, DC
Registration: https://www.aucd.org/conference/index.cfm/registration2019

2020 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Release
Date: February 11, 2020
Location: Holiday Inn Washington – Capitol, Washington, DC
Registration: https://disabilitycompendium.org/event (watch for updates)

2020 pre-NARRTC Workshop on Engaging Policymakers (save the date!) Want to learn about which strategies are best for sharing research information with state and national policymakers? The Center on KTDRR is sponsoring a free pre-NARRTC conference workshop for researchers funded by NIDILRR on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at a location to be announced that will be near the conference site. (We may invite non-NIDILRR-affiliated researchers as space allows.) Mark Bayer of Bayer Strategic Consulting will lead an all-new, interactive, in-person workshop presenting proven research-based strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and in grantees’ home states. Restrictions on lobbying also will be addressed. A few weeks before the workshop, registrants will be invited to a preworkshop webcast to orient participants to the event and to address questions about meeting with policymakers. Webcast details will be sent to workshop registrants.
Date and time: April 1, 2020, 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Registration: Watch for information at ktdrr.org

2020 NARRTC’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Conference
Dates: April 2–3, 2020
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Virginia
Registration: https://narrtc.org/ (to be posted soon)

2020 The National Council on Rehabilitation Education
Dates: April 6–April 8, 2020
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, California
Registration: https://ncre.org/spring-2020-conference/ (opens in November 2019)

2020 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo
Dates: July 13–16, 2020
Location: Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott Grande Lakes , Orlando, Florida
Registration: https://conference.disabilityin.org/2019/ (watch for details)

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The contents of this newsletter were developed under grant number 90DP0077 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.