PROJECT TITLE
VR Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC)

OVERVIEW

The Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability holds a contract with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) to provide project management and content expertise for the US Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) funded VR Youth Technical Assistance Center. 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.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

The 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. Specifically, the VR Y-TAC assists state agencies in serving all youth, including students with disabilities who are not receiving comprehensive special education services, such as students with 504 plans and other “potentially eligible” young people; youth connected to other systems, such as youth in or aging out of foster care and court-involved, homeless, and runaway youth; and other disconnected, hard-to-serve, and at-risk youth populations.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Wendy Quarles

Primary Email: Wq45@cornell.edu
Secondary Email: quarlesw@iel.org

FUNDING AGENCY

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) funds the Institute for Education Leadership (IEL)

COLLABORATING PARTNERS

IEL, NYEC, Boston University, and Applied Engineering Management