Vocational Rehabilitation Affinity Group

Welcome to the Think College Affinity Group on Vocational Rehabilitation. The purpose of the Affinity Group is to:

  • Create an online community for review and discussion of issues, strategies and results related to the partnership between Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and colleges & universities,
  • Share promising practices and consider new ideas for programs,
  • Exchange tips, develop intra-/inter-state partnerships, and
  • Form support connections


This Affinity Group is designed for people associated with VR, higher education programs for students with intellectual disability, and allied organizations that would like to become more involved. The activities of the group will be relevant for those working directly to building or enhancing the partnership between VR and higher education programs. A particular focus will be on considering current promising practices and identifying methods of innovation/expansion in the partnerships that advance the results for mutual clients/students of these programs.

Future Meetings

Save the date(s)! Join all meetings using this link

August 4, 2021  2:00-3:30pm Eastern

November 3, 2021  2:00-3:30pm Eastern

Notes from past meetings

The Vocational Rehabilitation Affinity Group met on May 5. A presentation titled "Postsecondary Education Pays OFF" was provided by Meg Grigal and Clare Papay. Following the presentation, the group discussed the data and how it could be used in establishing or advancing the partnership between Vocational Rehabilitation and inclusive postsecondary programs. The recording of the meeting can be found here.

The last meeting for the VR Affinity group was February 3; the recording from that meeting can be found here, and the notes are here. The meeting before that was held on November 5.

The last joint meeting of the Think College Vocational Rehabilitation, Public Policy, and Student Credentials Affinity Groups was August 12, 2020. At this session we welcomed three guest speakers, Mary Hauff, advocate and parent from Minnesota, and Lauren Bruno and Jennifer Cremers, University of Iowa REACH program, will share an overview of the program’s use of WorkKeys as a tool to increase access to evidence-based credentials earned by students with ID. The recording can be found here

A crossover Affinity Group meeting with the Public Policy and Student Credentials groups was held on April 1, 2020. All resources can be found here, including the recording, transcript, a special PowerPoint, and a summary handout.

November 6 was the date of the last Vocational Rehabiliation affinity group meeting. It was held in conjunction with the Student Credentials and the Public Policy affinity groups. The recording of the meeting can be found here

The last meeting of this group was held August 7, 2019 in conjunction with the Public Policy and Student Credentials Affinity groups as a special crossover event. The recording and transcript from that meeting can be found here

The Vocational Rehabilitation Affinity Group holds meetings quarterly and typically includes a short presentation, legislative and policy updates, as well as informal sharing at each meeting. Click on the links below to access recordings, meeting agendas, and other resources from past meetings. 

May 1, 2019

February 6, 2019 

November 7, 2018

August 1, 2018

May 2, 2018 (no recording, agenda only)

February 7, 2018. (no recording, agenda only)

November 1, 2017  Meeting recoding


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