The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) provides guidance and support to the state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies that are charged with providing job training and placement, as well as on-the-job supports to aid individuals with disabilities in finding and retaining employment. State VR agencies can be most successful when they understand labor force trends and can look ahead at the projected soft and hard skills employers need to train and prepare candidates for the jobs of the future.

The vast majority of the approximately 10,000 individuals returning to the community from prison each week lack the education and skills for even entry-level employment. Research from the Department of Justice indicates a link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime. Those re-entering the community after incarceration face a system of silos between corrections, education and the workforce system. This contract seeks to support reentry education models based on the best available evidence and theory and building on Department work in this area.

New Editions manages the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA) National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) - www.ncrtm.ed.gov - and technical assistance webinars. The NCRTM is RSA’s gateway to technical assistance and training providing up-to-date reliable training materials.

New Editions conceived and is implementing a new approach to employer outreach to improve employer collaboration with public vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. New Editions designs updated educational materials for employers about recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. We convene forums for employers and VR counselors to provide first hand information on employment needs in targeted high-growth industries including: banking/finance, service/hospitality, science/technology and healthcare.

New Editions operates the NTAC which serves to coordinate activities and communications among RSA’s Technical Assistance Network members, promotes collaborative activities, identifies experts and resources and provides analysis and evaluation of program data. RSA’s Technical Assistance Network provides training, technical assistance and continuing education to improve the performance of State Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

New Editions coordinates and prepares a series of complex, accessible reports appropriate for Congress that meet requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). Tasks under this five-year contract include analysis and presentation of state- and national-level data on the implementation of special education programs; technical report writing and editing; design, layout and production of large government reports; and production of accessible reports and web sites that exceed Section 508 accessibility standards. We team with Westat, Inc.