Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Webinar: Getting to Work After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Getting to Work After a Traumatic Brain Injury, a webcast October 23rd at 2pm EST put on by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Supported Employment for Nathan Zasler, MD, and Patricia Goodall will discuss research and strategies for returning to work following a traumatic brain injury. They will also be available to answer questions in a web board following the presentation. Registration is free of charge for individuals or agencies.

Call for Presenters for the 2012 National Employment Conference

The George Washington University National Technical Assistance Partnership (NTAP) and The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) and The National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) proudly announce the 2012 National Employment Conference.

The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent

DECEMBER 5-7, 2012

Marriott Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel Arlington, Virginia


The 2012 National Employment Conference, "The New Economy: Rethink, Realign, Reinvent" is now accepting proposals for presentations due no later than Friday, September 28, 2012. The conference includes the following five themes: 1) Collaborating with Business; 2) High Growth Fields; 3) Bridging Research and Practice; 4) Opportunities in "Middle Skills Jobs"; and 5) Employment for Specific Populations.

Please note that the Conference Committee has a strong interest in the following two themes:

• High Growth Fields: We invite presentations about industries or sectors currently experiencing or predicted to experience trends of high growth (e.g. healthcare; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); food and hospitality; and retail).

• Opportunities in “Middle Skills Jobs”: We would like to see presentations on jobs that require some postsecondary education or training but not necessarily a bachelor’s degree (e.g. electricians, accounting clerks, laboratory technicians, plumbers, and law enforcement personnel).

For a detailed description of the Call for Presenters and the online presentation submission form, please go to the following link:

For additional information or questions, please contact Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, Ed.D., CRC, at 202-973-1550

Monday, September 10, 2012

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

On August 31st, President Obama signed an Executive Order titled, "Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families". The Order will help the federal government better meet the current and future demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment services for our troops and veterans, as well as their families. The Order was published in the Federal Register last Wednesday, September 5th. As it relates to TBI Model Systems, NIDRR's who funds the models systems have long-standing investment in traumatic brain injury research and the Department of Education is directed to participate in two initiatives:

- Creation of a National Research Action Plan for PTSD and TBI; and - Participation on an Interagency Task Force on Military and Veterans Mental Health

Learn more about today's Executive Order and other steps the Obama Administration has taken to protect and strengthen the health of our military, veterans and their families here in the United States.