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

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 8   |   December 2018


2019 KTER State of the Science
Conference on Employment Research

Planning is underway for the KTER Center’s State of the Science (SoS) Conference on Employment Research, to take place in the fall of 2019. Invited experts will present keynotes on knowledge brokering, employment research, and knowledge translation strategies relevant to the uptake of new knowledge. KTER Center staff will discuss the latest findings from our studies of knowledge brokering in vocational rehabilitation (VR) contexts, with a focus on promoting the use of research that can catalyze the employment outcomes of adults with autism and transition-aged youth with disabilities.

NIDILRR grantees interested in presenting their research on disability employment or in helping plan the KTER Center’s SoS Conference, please let us know: Contact Tracy Bauman. More information coming soon!

Save the Date for NARRTC 2019

Planning is underway for the 41st Annual Conference of NARRTC (formerly known as the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers). NARRTC is the professional association for National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) grantees. The NARRTC Annual Conference will take place April 23–24, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City (Arlington, Virginia). Follow www.narrtc.org for details and updates.

Join KTER staff at a special panel of NIDILRR employment outcome grantees and at their own presentation on KTER research findings.

Call for papers: Submissions are due Friday, January 18, 2019.

In-Person Workshop on Outreach to Policymakers

What strategies are best for sharing research information with state and national policymakers? Our sister Center on KTDRR will sponsor a free post-NARRTC conference workshop for NIDILRR grantees on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton. Bobby Silverstein from Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC will present research-based strategies for networking and sharing research results with representatives on Capitol Hill and in grantees’ home states. Restrictions on lobbying will also be addressed.

  • Date and time: April 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET (Registration and refreshments 8:00–8:30 a.m. ET)
  • Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington, VA 22202

Register here for the workshop

New KTER Center Technical Brief #9

KTER Improving Outcomes for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Collaboration With Businesses: Survey and Focus Group Findings From VR Business Consultants and Business Leaders

As part of its research on knowledge brokering in VR contexts, the KTER Center will train VR business consultants who comprise the National Employment Team (the NET) headed by Kathy West-Evans of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), the KTER Center's partner. To guide content development for the upcoming training, KTER Center staff (a) conducted a survey of the NET members and (b) held focus groups with NET members and business leaders with whom they work. The latest technical brief details findings from the survey and focus groups, and outlines the likely topics of the upcoming training. Big thanks to the members of the technical working group for business outreach, John O’Neill, Kathe Matrone, and John Connelly, as well as Kathy West-Evans, for their contributions to developing the survey and reviewing these findings.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Frentzel, KTER’s research director, or American Institutes for Research industrial/organizational researcher Sara Treviño, who attended the November CSAVR members’ meeting in Long Beach, California, to network with NET members.

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. Listed below are upcoming and recent conferences that may be of interest to our KTER Today readers.

LEAD Center 2018 Knowledge Translation Consortium, “Data Sources and Resources: Finding and Using Data”
Date: November 6, 2018
Location: http://www.leadcenter.org/about-us/knowledge-translation-kt-consortium
Kathleen Murphy, KTER’s project director, gave an overview of the KTER Center’s data collection activity at the LEAD Center’s 2018 Knowledge Translation Consortium meeting, which was conducted online. Other presenters included William Erickson of the Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University; John Butterworth and Jean Winsor, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Richard David, Workforce Systems Policy Team, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

EPM-RRTC State of the Science and 2018 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Event
Dates: February 12–13, 2019
Location: Washington, DC (and virtual options)
Registration: https://researchondisability.org/2018reg?mc_cid=0d6370c627&mc_eid=85429ceec6

State of the Science Conference on Employment for Individuals With Blindness and Other Visual Impairments
Dates: February 28–March 1, 2019
Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia
Registration: https://www.blind.msstate.edu/training/state-of-the-science

32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health
Date: March 3–6, 2019
Location: Tampa, Florida
Registration: Early bird registration deadline is February 15, 2019.

CSAVR Spring 2019
Dates: April 6–10, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Bethesda, Maryland
Registration: https://www.csavr.org/events

2019 National ADA Symposium
Dates: June 16–19, 2019
Location: Dallas-Grapevine, Texas
Registration: http://www.adasymposium.org

2019 Disability:IN Annual Conference and Expo
Dates: July 15–18, 2019
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Registration: Early bird registration deadline is February 19, 2019. https://conference.disabilityin.org/2019/registration/

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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.