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January 24–26, 2022

A virtual conference focused on sharing your creative and innovative practices with your colleagues.

Are you interested in presenting? 

When you work in vocational rehabilitation, you often have to think outside the box to help consumers overcome obstacles to employment. But how far outside the box? Sky high? Into outer space? Those are two places that innovative state VR programs have taken their consumers. Charleston VR partnered with Boeing to let consumers try designing and modeling a Dreamliner jet airliner. NASA and GM paired with Michigan VR for a weeklong STEM camp.  

Back on Earth, one VR agency collaborated with a technical college to adjust their machining program so blind consumers could get certified to work on portions of the process that don’t require eyesight. Another built a program that helps transition-age youth prepare for the world of work with job tours, coaching, job shadowing, and internships. 

These are just a few of the many programs that state agencies have initiated for their consumers – and agencies are coming up with new practices all the time. This conference has been created so that practitioners can share and discuss these innovative ideas that you may be able to adapt to your program. 

How about you? Has your agency come up with any unique strategies or inventive programs? Perhaps a new way to introduce consumers to their career choices in an original way. Or have streamlined internal procedures to create more face-time with consumers. Whatever it is, we’d like to provide for you an opportunity to share with – and learn from – your VR colleagues. 

We want a broad range of presenters and topics for this first Expo.  Please email us or call us with questions or if you need assistance translating your innovation into a Request for Proposal (RFP)

If you have questions about this RFP or would like assistance preparing a proposal, please send an email to