Worksupport.com at Virginia Commonwealth University

Worksupport.com at Virginia Commonwealth University is a web portal that provides information, resources, and research on many topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities. Projects include the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities, Autism Center for Excellence, School to Work, and many others.
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Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Virginia Commonwealth University
Published: 
2013
Abstract: 

The resources on this site consist of research-based materials and information that facilitate employment and job retention for individuals with disabilities, including new knowledge gained from the Center's research activities. Research is reported in book chapters, books, briefing papers, case studies, fact sheets and briefs, monographs/manuals, and reports. Each resource supports psychological, social, and/or business/organizational theories to help employers apply best practices in the process of hiring disabled adults, as well as to help disabled individuals gain knowledge about themselves as workers. The list of theories advocated on the site provides its own research base. The site development is based on different theories related to best practices to employ and retain workers with disabilities. 

What the Experts Say: 

This site contributes significant knowledge, information, research, and resources to help Adult Ed practitioners address the many needs of their disabled learners who are preparing to enter and/or sustain employment as they transition out of programs. It also provides extensive help to employers who wish to hire and sustain disabled employees. The site is well organized so that users can access specific content to help disabled learners become more self-aware and able to succeed in challenging workplace or higher educational environments.

VCU Worksupport.com is a great website of information, resources and research about work and disability issues for people with physical and learning disabilities and for those who teach and support them in other ways. This resource is directly applicable to adult education by providing:

  • assistance with transition to employment for adult education;
  • work-related information on best practices to support future disabled workers and those who employ them;
  • training opportunities designed to increase knowledge and awareness of issues relating to the employment of disabled workers; and
  • articles and reports that can be used in instruction among ABE/ASE students to create awareness among all students and to develop good practices among disabled students in sustaining employment.
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