Working Toward Effective Collaboration: A Panel Discussion with Vocational Rehabilitation Organizations and Disability Services


Thursday, November 8


9 a.m. to 10 a.m.




Students with disabilities enter postsecondary education from a variety of backgrounds with diverse goals. Many however, whether they are transition age or returning to higher education after a hiatus, share long term goals that include employment. In order to facilitate these goals, disability services offices must collaborate effectively with community partners, including vocational rehabilitation agencies. This panel discussion will further collaboration between DS offices and vocational rehabilitation to provide a richer experience for our students and deepen cooperation between all stakeholders. Panelists will include staff from the Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB), Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), the Veterans’ Administration (VA), and representatives from community college and four-year universities. Each panelist will address the following:

  • An overview of policy and procedures with case studies;
  • Recent changes in services especially as they apply to specific areas including transition age students and field placements; and,
  • Ways in which DS offices and these vocational organizations can improve communication and collaboration to further the interests of shared students

Participants in the session will also have ample opportunity to ask questions and address issues specific to their institutions and student demographics. In addition, participants will receive a link to a handbook that outlines the policies and procedures of each organization including best practices for communication between entities as well as regional contact information for each office.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to understand the policies and procedures of vocational rehabilitation offices as they relate to DS offices.
  • Participants will be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with these community partners.
  • Participants will be able to identify the regional vocational rehabilitation offices and staff and begin networking with these entities to improve overall student support.

Presentation Materials

Presenter Bio(s)


The purpose of the Collaboration Of Rehabilitation and Education (CORE) group is to share information as professionals about each other’s program to enhance collaboration and resources available to individuals with disabilities. The CORE Group consists of University and Community College representatives from each region, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), and Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB).