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Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on State Systems and Employment

From 1999 to 2004, the RRTC studied how states provide employment supports to people with disabilities, with the goal of improving employment outcomes by promoting responsive, effective, and efficient state service delivery systems.

This initiative was funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research. RRTC partners:

Research included both disability-specific agencies (e.g., Vocational Rehabilitation, developmental disabilities) and general agencies (e.g., employment and training, the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and welfare-to-work initiatives). The RRTC took particular note of entities affected by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which consolidated approximately 60 federal employment training and workforce development funding streams. Activities also paid attention to Social Security benefits and changes in that system.


The RRTC's research plan had four major strands:

Training and Technical Assistance

RRTC activities in this area included:

Project Director: John Butterworth

Project publications

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities