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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Blind)

    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan [13] must include the following descriptions and estimates, as required by section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA:


    [13] Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA

    • i. Comprehensive System of Personnel Development; Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

      Describe the designated State agency's procedures and activities to establish and maintain a comprehensive system of personnel development designed to ensure an adequate supply of qualified State rehabilitation professional and paraprofessional personnel for the designated State unit, including the following:

      • 4. Staff Development

        Describe the State agency's policies, procedures, and activities to ensure that, consistent with section101(a)(7)(C) of the Rehabilitation Act, all personnel employed by the designated State unit receive appropriate and adequate training in terms of:

i. 4. B. Procedures for the acquisition and dissemination of significant knowledge from research and other sources to designated State unit professionals and paraprofessionals.

Current Narrative:

Succession planning and leadership development are discussed and emphasized to assist staff to enhance current skills or to build their skills for future opportunities for advancement within the agency. ICBVI has a policy to promote from within, which gives opportunities for current employees to advance and remain with the agency.

ICBVI continues to look for opportunities to collaborate on training and staff development with the Department of Education and the schools. ICBVl coordinates its CSPD activities with those provided under IDEA. ICBVI currently participates in:

  • The Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition;
  • The Transition Institute;  
  • Tools for Life Conference;
  • Independent Living Conference;
  • Training and conferences provided by the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER);and
  •  Collaborative training with the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind.

ICBVI will continue to work closely with the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind addressing the needs of the transition population of the blind or visually impaired.

Throughout the year, training requests are approved for individual and group training in areas of interest or need. A variety of platforms are utilized for dissemination, including face-to-face training, conferences, and online webinars.