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Core Curriculum


Using Work Incentives Toward Self-Sufficiency

If you provide employment services for people who receive various disability benefits, you recognize that concerns about the relationship between earnings and benefits is one of the primary barriers to employment.The truth is, many people can effectively use work rules and incentives to become self-sufficient. While the incentives are complex, you don’t need to be an expert to help.This course is an introduction to work incentives. It will help you understand important terminology, fundamental rules and concepts, and crucial strategies in helping beneficiaries maximize work incentive use and economic self-sufficiency.

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Getting funding for employment services can be challenging, but there are many sources available. In this course, you’ll learn about primary funding sources, such as vocational rehabilitation and developmental disabilities agencies.You’ll become familiar with alternative funding sources, and with strategies for blending and braiding funding. We’ll also cover Medicaid waivers, resource ownership, and Social Security work incentives.

Lesson 1: Where Funding Comes From
Lesson 2: Social Security and Additional Funding Sources

1: Why Work? An Overview of Work Incentives
2: Proactive Planning: Staying on Track with Work Incentives
3: Key Incentives for People Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance 4: Key Incentives for People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 5:There’s More to Benefits than Cash: Medical Benefits and Other Subsidies 6:The PASS: Helping People with Disability Benefits Create Careers

Ticket to Work

You’ve probably been hearing about the Social Security Ticket to Work program for years. But what is it, and how can it help the job seekers you support? Get an overview of this useful work incentive in this special feature.

Benefits of the College of Employment Services

Everyone deserves the chance to find rewarding employment.That’s the goal – and the promise – of the College of Employment Services. Our curriculum helps employment professionals learn to guide individuals through the job search, job matching, and job retention process.The benefits stretch far beyond immediate purchasers and end-users.

For state and local agencies.

With tight budgets and strict performance requirements, the demands on your agency are greater than ever. So it’s crucial for you to recruit and retain quality employment-services professionals.The College of Employment Services delivers online training that is far more affordable than traditional classroom instruction. Our curriculum meets national competencies and standards, and it’s built by the experts at the Institute for Community Inclusion. So it’s a powerful tool to help you meet or exceed new state and federal mandates while balancing your budget.

For employment providers.

Your goal is to assist the individuals you serve in finding fulfilling work – and the College of Employment Services is the most effective, affordable way to make that happen. Our online curriculum enables your employees to meet the needs of your diverse customer base, while also fulfilling employers’ hiring goals.The training is built on nationally accepted standards of competency and ethics. So it can validate the work you do in the community, and enable you to have a real impact on the lives of job seekers with disabilities or other barriers to employment. And unlike other systems, your employees will have access to the entire curriculum throughout your subscription period.

For employment-services professionals.

The work you do is important – and you deserve the chance to build a rich, rewarding career helping people with disabilities and other challenges find fulfilling work.The College of Employment Services lets you complete training on your own schedule, right from your own computer. We offer a full spectrum of on-demand courses that give you research-supported skills and practical knowledge. Our curriculum is designed to help you build your career path and prepare for certification.

For individuals with disabilities.

The job market can be an overwhelming place for anyone – but it can be especially challenging for people who have disabilities or other barriers.The College of Employment Services provides training to employment-services professionals who can help you navigate job hunting, interview preparation, accommodations, and more. Professionals trained by our program can help you get on the path to a fulfilling career.You may also be interested in these courses for yourself, to learn more about the process of finding a job in the community.



National Advisory Board

The success of the College of Employment Services curriculum depends on the guidance we receive from our national advisory board. The board is made up of representatives from major national organizations:

John Connelly

Former Executive Director
Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission

Laurie Ford

Project Director
Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation University of Oregon

Paula Goldberg

Executive Director PACER

Suzy Hutcheson

Executive Director Helping People Succeed

Kathy Krepcio

Executive Director
John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Richard G. Luecking, Ph.D.

Consultant Transcen

Michael Wehmeyer, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist and Associate Director Beach Center on Disability
University of Kansas

Amy Armstrong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair Department of Rehabilitation Counseling Virginia Commonwealth University

Cori DiBiase

Aperio Consulting Group

Patti Goodall

Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Services Unit
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services

Howard Green

Deputy Director for Corporate Programs National Organization on Disability

Paula Johnson

Employer Engagement and Project Search Consultant
Paula Johnson, LLC

Sue Killam

Employment Initiatives Coordinator LSU Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Professions

SueAnn Morrow, Ph.D.

Employment Services Specialist
Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development

Wendy Parent, Ph.D.

University of South Dakota Center for Developmental Disabilities

Melissa Roberts, PhD, CPRP

Professor and Director of the Integrated Employment Institute
Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Susan Rocker

Faculty, Career Development Doane College

Roger Shelley

Center for Human Development University of Alaska

Lisa Stern

Workforce Development Consultant Concepts

Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Professor of Physical Medicine
Director, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center
Virginia Commonwealth University

Darla Wilkerson

The CSI Network