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Vocational Futures Planning and Support Overview
Get a general introduction to Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) - a process that offers strategies for individuals with disabilities to explore their options for employment.
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Employment Stories: Meet Jim and Lee Roy
Part of our video stories library. Meet Lee Roy and Jim...two very different people who share their experiences about finding employment and having a disability.
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The Behavioral Activation Training Toolkit
The Behavioral Activation Training Toolkit (BA-TT) is a web-based, modular, and interactive training program designed to teach employment counselors techniques to help them help their consumers overcome depression-related obstacles to seeking, obtaining, and maintaining employment.
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Chrysalis
Chrysalis provides individualized vocational and work-related services to persons in Dane county who have mental illnesses.
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Ideas for Writing an Accommodation Request Letter
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides information on requesting an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and provides a sample accommodation request letter.
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Finding a Workplace Personal Assistant (A Fact Sheet by Ed Turner)
A Fact Sheet from Virginia Commonwealth University's Rehabilitation Research Training Center, which provides information on the use of Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in the workplace as a reasonable job accommodation.
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Job Accomodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
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AllBusiness.com's Bookkeeping Basics
AllBusiness.com is the world's largest online resource for small businesses, providing essential tools and resources to start, grow, and manage your business.
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Self-Employment Handbook: Options for People with Disabilities
The North Dakota Center for Person's with Disabilities created this handbook in order to support people with disabilities in securing and sustaining competitive employment.
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Wisconsin CAP Services Virtual Business Incubator
A website designed to help grow the future of small businesses.
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Alaska Works Initiative Microenterprise Resource Guide
The Alaska Works Initiative Microenterprise Resource Guide website will assist individuals and agencies interested in starting a Micro Business.
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Wisconsin's WORKnet Business Tools
Wisconsin's WORKnet Business Tools provides information on how to start, expand, relocate, or close a business in Wisconsin.
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U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. SBA is an independent agency of the federal government, created to counsel, aid, assist, and protect the interests of small businesses.
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2008 Virginia Commonwealth University Webcast Series on Employment
Led by professionals in the field, a series of six webcasts explore various challenges to, and approaches for the successful employment of individuals with disabilities.
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Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC: Self-Employment Services and Resources
Griffin-Hammis Associates offers a significant array of Self-Employment training topics, as well as individualized technical consultation.
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Research and Training Center (RTC) on Disability in Rural Communities
RTC Rural explores solutions to assist people with disabilities and rural rehabilitation service providers to achieve and maintain employment.
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Business Owner's Toolkit
A website that provides total know-how for prospective and current small business owners.
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Finding the Passion: Person-Centered Approaches in Small Business for Individuals with Significant Disabilities (An Article by Cary Griffin & Dave Hammis)
This article discusses the use of the Person-Centered approach, as well as, knowledge of the current financial market to create small business opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
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Training and Technical Assistance For Providers (T-TAP) Fact Sheet: Self-Employment as a Customized Employment Outcome
A question and answer fact sheet that covers issues related to supporting individuals with significant disabilities through the process of starting their own business.
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Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, & Training (START-UP / USA)
Self-Employment Technical Assistance, Resources, & Training (START-UP / USA) provides technical assistance and disseminates resources nationally to individuals interested in pursuing self-employment.
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Wisconsin's Self-Employment Network
Wisconsin’s Network on Business Ownership for People with Disabilities
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Self-Employment Business Startup Toolkit
Assisting DVR Consumers to Pursue their Goal of Starting a Business
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Wisconsin Work Incentives Benefits Specialists
A Work Incentives Benefits Specialist provides information needed for making informed decisions about work.
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Self-Employment: FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Get answers for some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about self-employment for people with disabilities.
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Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Flow Chart
Download a flow chart explaining the phases of the VFPS process
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Service Providers
Find a Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) service provider. VFPS is a comprehensive, team-based, participant-directed employment strategy for individuals with physical disabilities.
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Supported Self-Employment Development Workbook 2: Business Planning
This workbook is the second installment of two self-employment planning workbooks designed for people with significant disabilities and their planning teams.
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Supported Self-Employment Development Workbook 1: Facilitated Exploration
This workbook is the first of two self-employment planning workbooks designed for people with significant disabilities and their planning teams.
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Seamless Collaboration With and For Students with Disabilities Transitioning to Employment and Adult Life
This guide suggests best practices to assist key stakeholders (students, parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, case managers, etc.) in how to work together in a student’s transition from school to employment and adult life.
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Opening Doors to Employment, Planning For Life After High School
This guide is designed to help students with disabilities take another step in preparing for “life after high school” - employment.
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On The Job: Stories From Youth with Disabilities
These six stories feature six amazing youth/adults with significant disabilities who began working in competitive-wage, community-based jobs between the ages of 16 and 18.
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Vocational Futures Planning & Support: Making Employment Happen for People with Disabilities
Hear stories of people with disabilities who explored employment options and achieved results by using the Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) process.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support Stories: Where Are They Now?
Read about stories of individuals who have participated in the Vocational Futures Planning and Support or VFPS process.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Participant Guide
Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) Participant Guide - a resource for individuals participanting in the VFPS process.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Myths and Misconceptions
Vocational Futures Planning and Support or VFPS offers a framework for planning employment developed for people with significant physical disabilities. Find out some common myths and misconceptions about the VFPS process and working with a disability.
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Steve's Story: Job Development Services
Meet Steve, a 37 year old single man who worked for many years in construction before experiencing a traumatic brain injury. Learn more about Steve's experience in working with a job developer to reconsider his career options and pursue meaningful employment.
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Job Development FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Job development is identifying, recruiting and maintaining relationships with businesses and other organizations that results in integrated employment for people with disabilities. It is a balancing act that must satisfy the wants and needs of both the employer and job seeker.
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Steve's Story: Job Search Challenges and Success
Find out about Steve's experience in finding a job while facing challenges with mental illness.
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Individual Placement and Support FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a supported employment model (developed by Robert Drake and Deborah Becker from Dartmouth College) that gives people with mental illness the help needed to work successfully at competitive jobs. IPS has been extensively researched and is a federally recognized Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) for Persons with Mental Illness. Here are some the frequently asked questions about this employment model.
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Supported Employment Frequently Asked Questions
This resource answers frequently asked questions about supported employment.
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Vocational Futures Planning and Support: Frequently Asked Questions
A related resource addressing frequently asked questions about Vocational Futures Planning.
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Customized Employment Frequenty Asked Questions
This resource addresses frequently asked questions about Customized Employment.
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