Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium
The Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium brings together federally funded Training and Technical Assistance Centers, each with their own unique mission addressing different aspects of employment, career readiness and development, transition and accessibility for youth and adults with disabilities. Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium members come together to 1) meet and interact, 2) share information on each Center's focus, funding and use of KT tools, and 3) develop a framework for sharing resources and training opportunities to collectively improve employment and economic advancement outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
If you are a Federally funded Training and Technical Assistance Center focused on Employment for people with disabilities and would like to join the Knowledge Translation Consortium, please contact Al Milioto, LEAD Center Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”
Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the network consists of 10 Regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center (ADAKTC).
Each Regional ADA Center focuses on its region’s unique needs. This regional focus is critical to ensuring that ADA National Network services meet the needs of a diversity of populations and stakeholders throughout the country.
The Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) program is an interagency collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Social Security Administration. The AUCD PROMISE Technical Assistance Center is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to support the six PROMISE model demonstration projects and to provide them with the resources, information, and communication strategies to allow them to promote the best possible outcomes for youth eligible for Supplemental Security Income and their families. Our technical assistance takes the form of planned programming as well as on-the-spot needed support.
Operated by the American Institutes for Research, www.AIR.org
The purpose of the KTER Center is to: (1) determine what needs for research-based information are most pressing for stakeholders engaged in the vocational rehabilitation system, such as individuals with disabilities and their families, vocational rehabilitation practitioners, and business community; (2) identify research related to improving employment outcomes a) among adults with autism, b) transition-aged youth with disabilities, and c) employees with disabilities at businesses that work with business consultants on-staff in vocational rehabilitation agencies; and (3) work with partners at the Council on State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) and other leading researchers in the field, to test a knowledge translation strategy focused promoting the uptake of research by VR supervisors, the staff they supervise, and VR business consultants. The project also promotes collaboration among the disability employment researchers NIDILRR funds, and provides technical assistance to support their knowledge translation activities.
Operated by the American Institutes for Research
The College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center serves the federally funded regional comprehensive centers (RCC) in building the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement initiatives for college and career readiness and success.
Operated by The Viscardi Center
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. EARN supports employers through toll-free technical assistance, individualized consultation, customized trainings, webinars, events and easy to find online answers.
Operated by West Virginia University
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential technical assistance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment options for people with disabilities. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN is funded by a contract from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (#1605DC-17-C-0038).
Operated by Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston
The Job–Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC) strives to identify, adapt, embed, and sustain job-driven practices that lead to improved employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The Center creates VR-specific sustainable models of job-driven practices and supports businesses to find and retain productive workers. JDVRTAC is working on different project activities, such as building state VR agencies’ capacity to improve and expand job-driven employment practices for consumers.
Related Technical Assistance Centers include:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Demand-Side Strategies (Demand-Side-RRTC)
- Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Technical Assistance Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Management (RTAC)
- The Substantial Gainful Activity Project (SGA)
- Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Vocational Rehabilitation (VR-RRTC)
Operated by the American Institutes for Research, www.AIR.org
The Center on KTDRR serves as a primary knowledge translation (KT) resource for NIDILRR-funded researchers, developers, and other KT centers. KTDRR provides an array of training, dissemination, utilization, and technical assistance activities, including supports for the production of high quality systematic reviews and research syntheses; training and assistance to help NIDILRR grantees meet the challenges of evidence standards; training and assistance addressing KT planning; establishment of a Consumer Review Panel to provide guidance in ensuring that knowledge products and KT strategies are relevant and accessible to knowledge users; and facilitation of collaboration among NIDILRR grantees, through communities of practice, webcast series and an annual online-only KT conference.
National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center)
Operated by National Disability Institute
The LEAD Center – known formally as the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities – is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations dedicated to a single mission: advancing sustainable individual and systems-level change to improve competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for all people across the spectrum of disability.
The LEAD Center focuses on policy development and analysis with an emphasis on cross-system collaboration with American Job Centers and public and private sector relationships.
Operated by Institute for Educational Leadership
NCWD/Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. NCWD/Youth's mission is to ensure that transition-age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.
Operated by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
Operated by the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University
The National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) implements training and technical assistance projects focused on agencies serving older individuals who are blind (OIB). This project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), which focuses on enhancing employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education and dissemination.
Operated by Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative to foster collaboration and action around accessible technology in the workplace. Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so. PEAT is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Employment for Individuals with Blindness or Other Visual Impairment
This RRTC will conduct research that generates new knowledge about the efficacy of rehabilitation services and technology used to support employment outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired (B/VI), utilizing multiple stages of research. The overall purpose of the project is to improve competitive employment outcomes for individuals who are B/VI, including subpopulations such as youth, persons who are deaf-blind (DB), and persons with combined traumatic brain injury (TBI) and B/VI.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Operated by the University of Massachusetts - Boston
The main goal of the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability is to identify strategic approaches to different liaisons to understand the importance of Employment First. This training center conducts research, training, and outreach activities that promote employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities There are four activities that RRTC supports:(1) Choosing Work: Effective Knowledge Translation and Support for Individuals and Families; (2) Increasing the Effectiveness of Employment Consultants; (3) Building Capacity and Supporting Organizational Transformation for Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs); and (4) Policies and Practices of High-Performing State Employment Systems.
Operated by the University of New Hampshire
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) provides support to the disability and policy communities to tackle important policy issues. The center provides insightful knowledge about disability employment policy and an understanding of the labor market experiences of people with disabilities. The center partners with the Association of University Centers of Disabilities, Mathematica Policy Research, and the Kessler Foundation on a scope of work that includes 11 research projects and 12 knowledge translation projects with a wide variety of technical assistance, dissemination of resources, and training.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
Operated by the Trustees of Boston University
This project captures promising practices to improve employment outcomes of people with psychiatric disabilities. The target of this project is to implement evidence-base supported employment; increase the utilization of research findings; and conduct training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities. The project’s main focus is on the development, implementation and validation of interventions, technology and policies to improve employment outcomes.
Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQATAC)
Operated by University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI)
The Technical Assistance Center for Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQA) assists State VR agencies in building capacity through professional education and training of VR evaluators.
Operated by Portland State University
The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Their work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.
Research and Training Center (VCU-RRTC) on Employer Practices Leading to Successful Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities
Operated by Virginia Commonwealth University
The Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC provides resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. RRTC research is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities. The major focus for RRTC is (1) Employment of People with Physical Disabilities, (2) Employer Practices for Individuals with Disabilities, (3) Autism, (4) Customized Employment, (5) Transition from School to Work, (6) Post-Secondary Education, (7) Traumatic Brain Injury, and (8) Social Security Policy.
VCU WIPA National Training and Data Center - The VCU NTC provides training and assistance to Certified Work Incentives Coordinators and Community Partner Work Incentives Counselors who provide services to individuals on the SSA disability rolls seeking employment. They also provide training and TA to the Ticket to Work Help Line.
Operated University of New Hampshire
Research on Disability is a collective of various Centers focused on Disability statistics, demographics and policy measurement.
- Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) - StatsRRTC aims to improve knowledge about and access to existing data and generates the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection and dissemination. The StatsRRTC aims to foster evidence-based decision making by people with disabilities and their families, advocates, policymakers, program administrators, service providers and researchers.
- Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC) - The EPM-RRTC researches federal and state policies and programs on employment, paying particular attention to the effects of program interactions between the Social Security Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Education; examines new ways of measuring employment outcomes; and provides guidance through the translation of research findings to program and policy decision-makers.
Operated by TransCen, Inc.
The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth works to address the gaps between knowledge and practice to improve VR practices and employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. The Center conducts research which investigates problems, crafts solutions, and designs actionable strategies for translating research into useable, feasible, and effective strategies for transition stakeholders – VR agencies, policymakers, researchers, transitioning youth and their families, educators, practitioners, and employers. The RRTC on VR Practices and Youth is a partnership of TransCen, Inc., University of Maryland-College Park, Mathematica Policy Research, the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation.
The National Resources for Advocacy, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center
The National RAISE Center provides technical assistance (TA) and support to the seven Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)-funded Parent Training & Information Centers (PTIs) that work with transition-aged youth with disabilities and their families to access transition services, vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs, and career development opportunities. RAISE helps the RSA-PTIs interpret and implement the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act, and focuses on reaching and serving individuals from culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The seven RSA-PTIs are The LINK Center (Federation of Children with Special Needs), New York State Transition Partners (Starbridge, Parent Network of Western New York, INCLUDEnyc), Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Project LAUNCH (PACER), REACH for Transition (SPAN Parent Advocacy Network), Shift Transition Project (PEAK Parent Center), and STELLAR (Missouri Parents Act).
Operated by MAXIMUS
The Ticket To Work Program Managers (TPM) provides technical assistance for agencies under contract with the Social Security Administration to function as Employment Networks for the Ticket to Work Program. TPM educates, trains and supports contracted agencies/organizations on the provision of employment support services for SSDI/SSI disability beneficiaries seeking financial independence. This program gives individuals with disability the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically self-supporting over time.
Operated by Institute for Educational Leadership
The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Youth with Disabilities (VR Y-TAC) provides state vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs and related rehabilitation professionals with technical assistance and training to help more effectively serve youth with disabilities. The VR Y-TAC’s three main goals are to: 1) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies; 2) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies who pursue and obtain postsecondary education or training resulting in a postsecondary degree, credential, or nationally recognized occupational skills certificate; and 3) increase the number of youth with disabilities served by state VR agencies who obtain competitive integrated employment.
Operated by Department of Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies
The Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center – Targeted Communities (VRTAC–TC) is designed to improve vocational rehabilitation (VR) outcomes of persons with disabilities from traditionally marginalized communities. The center provides intensive and focused technical assistance to all 80 State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and 20 targeted communities across the U.S. and its territories.
Operated by Interwork Institute at San Diego State University
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) is a national center that provides training and technical assistance (TA) to state Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
The YES! Center is a national Training and Technical Assistance Center that serves as a central source of information, expertise and comprehensive support for the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) state projects. The YES! Center works closely with PIE states to develop customized plans for each state to ensure improved employment outcomes, working toward the goal to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The YES! Center is run by TASH, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and leader in disability advocacy.