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decorative imageA virtual 3-day conference focused on sharing your creative and innovative practices with your colleagues.


Early Bird Price: $160.00 - price increase to $190.00 Dec. 1

Date: January 24-26, 2023

Location: Online through our Learning Management System (CANVAS) 

Credits: Information forthcoming 

Accommodations: Please email by January 1, 2023, with any accommodation requests. 

This is a virtual 3-day conference with access to the content from January 24 - February 6, 2023.

Purpose: Provide a virtual forum for sharing innovative and creative solutions in vocational rehabilitation (VR) that are field initiated (frontline), improve the consumer VR experience, and result in high-quality employment outcomes.

Philosophy: Some of the most innovative and creative solutions come from professionals who work directly with consumers and recognize needs, opportunities, and new possibilities. This expo is designed to give frontline VR professionals a forum to share new ideas, innovative solutions, and creative projects with others in the field. It is also an opportunity to be inspired by peers to think differently, reconnect with creative abilities, and revitalize professional commitment by seeing the field from an exciting new perspective. The expo will be offered virtually on an annual basis to ensure the ability of all frontline staff to attend, participate, and be inspired.

Theme: Bright Ideas, Bright Future


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Day One - Tuesday, January 24th 

Day Two – Wednesday, January 25th 

Day Three - Thursday, January 26th 

  • 8:45 am - General Announcements
  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am - Recorded Presentation – Overcoming Negative Attitudes: Effective Strategies to use with Employers - followed by LIVE discussion with presenter – Dr. James F. McNeil (Vocational Consulting Services)
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am – BREAK
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Recorded Presentation – A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management and Emotional Regulation – followed by LIVE discussion with presenter – Christine Paul (State of MN VR Services)
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – BREAK
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Keynote Presentation – Innovative Projects Within HKNC –  followed by LIVE discussion with presenters Chris Woodfill and Ryan Odland (Helen Keller National Center)
  • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm - Recorded Presentation – Project STEMM-UP – followed by LIVE discussion with presenters from: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Day three Wrap-up and Prize Drawings



Keynote Presentations

The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Reinventing Public Vocational Rehabilitation Through Transformational Innovation

California Department of Rehabilitation's Innovation Initiatives

Innovative Projects Within HKNC

Presentations With Live Q&A

The Role of the Case Management System: Resorting Counselor/Client Relationships

Wisconsin's VR Career Advancement Initiative

Tracking PE Students

Advancing Service Delivery in the VR Field for Deaf, Deafblind, & Late Deafened Consumers 

Virtual Career Exploration - The Next Evolution 

Overcoming Negative Attitudes: Effective Strategies to Use with Employers

A Mind-Body Approach to Stress Management and Emotional Regulation 

Project STEMM-Up

On-Demand Presentations

A Unique You - Sculpting Your Calling Into a Career

Breaking Down Invisible Walls

Business Services: Best Practices

Delivering Inclusive, Accessible Student Services

Enhancing Mobility for Power Chair Users

Examining the Impact of Endemic Labor Market Trends

From One to Many - Opportunities Are Opening with Project Access!

IPS at it's Best

iStrive: Cognitive Behavioral Skill Building

Job Placement Most in Need

Mentoring as the Ingredients: Collaborating with Community and Faith Based Agencies

OT Services in VR

OTs in VR: An Innovative, Interdisciplinary Approach

Quality Employment Strategies: State Perspectives

Roadmap to Employment: Destination Success

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Innovation Summary 

Vocational Resource Facilities in SCI

Working with a Traumatic Brain Injury: Accommodations and Strategies 

Our Sponsors

Top-Level Sponsors

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Platinum-Level Sponsor

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Bronze-Level Sponsor

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Sponsorship Opportunity

Benefits of Sponsoring the Innovation Inspiration Expo

Investment: Invest in your brand equity by supporting the community of rehabilitation professionals.

Talent: Connect with line staff, supervisors, and agency directors who are at the forefront of the rehabilitation and assistive technology field.

Leadership: Demonstrate your organization’s leadership and innovative practices in front of the brightest minds in the field.

The Innovation Inspiration Expo is a grassroots effort to connect all vocational rehabilitation professionals to educate, discuss, and share different and inspiring practices that are working in the field

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