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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

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Valerie A. Brooke

Virginia Commonwealth University
Principal Investigator -- RRTC on Employment for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Valerie Brooke, M.Ed has been a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and working in the field of employment for individuals with disabilities for over thirty five years. Ms. Brooke is the Principal Investigator -- Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for the VCU Autism Center of Excellence and Directs a CARF accredited Employment Support Organization based at VCU.
On January, 2015 Ms. Brooke was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) by the United States Secretary of Labor, as a provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and served until August, 2016. In addition, Ms. Brooke has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation since 2000 and is interested in all issues and concerns which impacts the employment rate and advancement of people with disabilities. She is a frequent speaker, consultant, and author of numerous book chapters, journal articles, newsletters, and briefing papers. Her most recent publications include:
  • Wehman, P., Taylor, J., Brooke, V., Avellone, L., Whittenburg, H., Ham, W.,... Carr, S. (in press). Toward competitive employment for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities: What progress have we made and where do we need to go. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. 
  • Brooke, V., Brooke, A. M., Schall, C., Wehman, P., McDonough, J., Thompson, K., & Smith, J. (in press). Employees with autism spectrum disorder achieving long-term employment success: A retrospective review of employment retention and intervention. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities.