Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults (2014 – 2020)
The Center was coordinating and involved in five interrelated research studies building upon VR services’ current knowledge base for transitioning youth, resulting in useful and actionable strategies to improve VR policies, programs, and practices for youth with disabilities. These studies, and their respective findings, provided considerable guidance to in-the-field practitioners, policymakers, and future researchers. The Center conducted relevant VR research, translated and disseminated knowledge from its work, and provided evidence-based technical assistance and training to stakeholders and partners. The Center also provided trainings, including graduate, pre-service, and in-service trainings to educators, VR professionals, direct service professionals, and related service providers. Information was also available on the University of Maryland’s Graduate Professional Studies Certificate program in Career Planning & Placement for Youth in Transition. The Center was a partnership of TransCen, University of Maryland-College Park, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR). It was supported through a five year grant from NIDILRR.