American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center
Operating on tribal lands in 25 states, the purpose of the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Programs is to help tribal members with disabilities prepare for and obtain gainful employment. To assist AIVRS Programs in achieving that goal, in October 2015 the Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development was awarded a five-year grant and entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Its purpose was to develop the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC) in order to provide education, guidance, and technical assistance (TA) to AIVRS Programs. Now in its sixth year, this grant has enabled AIVRTTAC to develop and provide three types of training and TA to 86 AIVRS Programs across the nation.
Intensive, sustained training and technical assistance means Accordion Closed
- TA services often provided on-site and requiring a stable, ongoing relationship between the AIVRTTAC staff and the AIVRS training and TA recipient.
- “Technical assistance services” are defined as negotiated series of activities designed to reach a valued outcome.
- This category of training and TA should result in changes to policy, program, practice, or operations that support increased recipient capacity of improved outcomes at one or more systems levels.
Targeted, specialized training and technical assistance means Accordion Closed
- TA based on needs common to multiple recipients and not extensively individualized. A relationship is established between the AIVRS training and TA recipient and one or more AIVRTTAC staff.
- This category of training and TA includes one-time, labor-intensive events, such as facilitating strategic planning or hosting regional or national conferences. It can also include episodic, less labor-intensive events that extend over a period of time, such as facilitating a series of conference calls on single or multiple topics that are designed around the needs of the AIVRS recipients.
- Facilitating communities of practice can also be considered targeted, specialized training and TA.
Universal, general training and technical assistance means Accordion Closed
- Training and TA and information provided to independent users through their own initiative, resulting in minimal interaction with AIVRTTAC staff and including one-time, invited or offered conference presentations by AIVRTTAC staff.
- This category of training and TA also includes information or products, such as newsletters, guidebooks, or research syntheses, downloaded from the AIVRTTAC’s Web site by independent users.
- Brief communications by AIVRTTAC staff with AIVRS recipients, either by telephone or email, are also considered universal, general training and TA.
The AIVRTTAC will also provide for the AIVRS programs webinars, self-paced training, and regional training and develop quarterly evidence-based practice guides, on-line newsletters, videos, and FAQ documents.
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Disclaimer. The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the Department of Education (PR/Award #H250Z150002). However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1221e-3 and 3474). AIVRTTAC will make updates and corrections to the material in order to ensure legal sufficiency, accuracy of information, and accessibility.
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