What projects does CERT plan on doing?

The Center on Effective Rehabilitation Technology (CERT) multidisciplinary research team will evaluate selected model vocational rehabilitation (VR) and non-VR programs to identify policies, procedures, and practices that result in the effective delivery of rehabilitation and assistive technology (RT/AT) to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve employment.

Project 1:

CERT will conduct in-depth case studies of state VR agencies, non-VR based service delivery programs such as State AT Act programs and Centers for Independent Living (CILs), and employer-based programs. Crucial to this process is the identification and development of quality indicators of service delivery, including systemic supports, policies and procedures, information management, and quality assurance mechanisms.

Project 2:

Further, CERT will develop a new validated instrument and system of measurement to improve RT/AT service delivery and reduce RT/AT non-use and poor employment outcomes. The tool will be accompanied by an interactive training program for VR counselors and an improved assessment process for VR agencies and other programs to improve RT/AT service delivery.

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CERT is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), for the “Center on Effective Delivery of Rehabilitation Technology by Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies,” Grant No. H133A090004.