Yesterday, we met with a lot of the counselors from the northwest area of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Comission. We appreciate all the feedback that we received and all the time that we were given to share some great information.
Did you miss out on the Capabilities Technology Demo Day on October 30th, 2012? If so, don’t fret!
I took some notes and audio recordings on the Livescribe Echo Smartpen that I have been using. This is an awesome device by the way! It takes notes written notes and combines them with an audio recording that the pen does. It is great for people with learning disabilities, memory issues, or for dealing with fast talkers
Here is a picture of station where we recorded at.
Just wanted to let everyone know that Belinda Bockrath, our Southwest Area Manager, and I were recently interviewed for a few Clear Channel stations. We are going to be on the Education Report, with Gary Honnert. Here are the stations, times, and dates that you can listen to us:
Date: Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Station and Time:
The Ohio RSC has recently completed a needs assessment for their services. In the assessment, the following reccomendations were given:
Focus efforts to access available federal funding to provide services to individuals with disabilities.
Formalize efforts to understand processes and procedures used in counties that demonstrate effective methods for conducting outreach and addressing the employment needs of individuals with disabilities.
Direct efforts toward establishing better alignment of the distribution of resources across counties in Ohio.
Expand VR services to transition age youth through partnership agreements with Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and by encouraging VR counselors to work closely with local education agencies.
Explore the utilization of a resource investment system in which outcome achievement data is utilized to make decisions about the investment of resources.
Capabilities has recently completed a summer work experience for youth with disabilities. Through this experience, the students gained job skills, tried out different types of jobs, established work history, made connections with potential employers, and of course, made some money.
The Ohio RSC referred these students to Capabilities to complete the work experience. RSC funded this program so that the students can get ready for their transition into the workplace from school. All of the students involved were between 14 and 22 years old. All students were paid minimum wage for the hours they worked.
“This experience is mutually beneficial for both the students and workplaces, and we wish to continue providing this service every summer for students in transition to the workplace,” said Karen Blumhorst, CEO of Capabilities .
Here are the official press releases regarding the program:
If you are going to be in the Dayton area, it sounds like a great event! I am sure they could use some more volunteers (which is also great to put on a resume), so if you are interested, go to this page: http://dayton.convoyofhope.org/volunteer.
Capabilities is a CARF (Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited facility. With this, we live up to CARF“s moto of ASPIRE to Excellence. Here is a quick video on just what CARF means by ASPIRE (yes it is an acronym in this case) to Excellence:
Just in case you don’t want to watch the video, here is what ASPIRE stands for:
Assess the Environment
Persons Served and Other Stakeholders—Obtain Input