CURRENTS has a successful history of managing and contributing to a number of grant-funded projects directly related to creating an inclusive world and empowering individuals to make their unique and valuable contributions.
The Job-Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JDVRTAC) was a collaborative national project coordinated by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts and was by the Rehabilitation Services Administration. JDVRTAC was established to support State VR agencies in Business Engagement, Employer Supports, Labor Market Information and Customized Training. The team at UA CURRENTS was involved in developing resources and webinars in each of the four topic areas, providing intensive TA in several states and participating in a national Learning Collaborative.
The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) continues to provide training and technical assistance to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). For three years, CURRENTS served a partner in the TAC, which is coordinated by San Diego State University and funded by the U.S. Department of Education/Rehabilitation Services Administration. CURRENTS focus area was on the provision of resources and strategies to help individuals with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, including customized & supported employment, and the integration of the State VR program into the workforce development system.
Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE), was a joint initiative of the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and the Social Security Administration. PROMISE was created to foster improved health, education, and post-secondary outcomes for children ages 14-17 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as their families. CURRENTS managed curriculum and instruction for youth and their families and professional development for staff, and served as the primary coordinator of the summer camp.
Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI)
The IRI has been a national forum for discussing the important challenges facing vocational rehabilitation. RSA sponsors the IRI in collaboration with representatives from the State VR agencies, consumer groups, technical assistance centers and other stakeholders. The IRI facilitates a link between research findings and VR practitioners. Lessons learned from each study group are published and distributed nationwide. All IRI documents from the 25th IRI to the 36th are available online at The National Clearinghouse and can be downloaded at no charge. Click Library and enter "Institute on Rehabilitation Issues" in the search box. Be sure to check "Include NCRTM Archived Materials In This Search."