This LEAD Center webinar has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 24, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, EST. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities. To support these partnerships, the LEAD Center recently released the Independence Through Employment Toolkit, a collection of resources for CILs and AJCs to deepen their understanding of each other’s services and structure to improve the lives of job seekers with disabilities through employment. The toolkit provide Centers for Independent Living with a basic understanding of WIOA and AJC services to encourage referrals to AJCs as a free community-based support for individuals with employment goals. The comprehensive services provided by CILs, to advocate for and support the independence of individuals with disabilities, is a perfect match with the focus of the public workforce system. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar was presented on October 22, 2015 and is archived on Workforce3One. It is targeted to public workforce system staff responsible for delivering services under the Workforce Investment Act/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIA/WIOA). It covers the Integrated Resource Team (IRT) approach and how it assisted WIA program staff in serving and achieving employment outcomes and performance measures for populations that experience multiple challenges to employment. Implications for this practice under WIOA will be discussed. Please click on View Page Now to access this webinar archive and related materials, or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001527131330271455/info
The Disability.gov website has issued a bulletin with numerous resource links and information in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in their bulletin is information on understanding the ADA, history of the ADA, the ADA National Network and what is provides, what employers need to know, and more. To view this Disability.Gov bulletin, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/10fd5bb
On July 23, 2015, the Department of Labor published the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations to implement Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Under Section 188(e) of WIOA, Congress required the Department to issue regulations implementing Section 188 no later than one year after enactment of WIOA. The Department's publication of this final rule complies with the statutory mandate. This final rule creates a new part in the CFR, which mirrors the regulations published in the CFR in 1999 to implement Section 188 of WIA. The Department has made no substantive changes in this final rule; the changes are technical in nature. This final rule adopts the Department's regulatory scheme for Section 188 of WIA verbatim, with technical revisions to conform to WIOA. Specifically, the Department has: -- Replaced references to the ``Workforce Investment Act of 1998'' or ``WIA'' with ``Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act'' or ``WIOA'' to reflect the proper statutory authority; and -- updated section numbers in the text of the regulation to reflect its new location. To access the Federal Register Notice on Section 188, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-23/pdf/2015-17637.pdf
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has issued this fact sheet provides helpful guidance for employers who want to learn more about hiring people with disabilities, including how to respond to possible pre-employment accommodation requests. To view the EARN Fact Sheet please click on View Page Now
The grant opportunity for Employment and Training Administration with FOA-ETA-15-08 has been modified. It now has the following: Opportunity Number: FOA-ETA-15-08 Opportunity Title: Disability Employment Initiative – Round VI CFDA Number: 17.283 CFDA Title: Workforce Innovation Fund Competition ID : FOA-ETA-15-08 Opening Date: 04/13/2015 Closing Date: 06/11/2015 The following are the comments entered by the Grantor Agency for the application package change: " There are no changes to the application package. " Some of the changes made for this package require that you re-download the new application package from the following: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/download-application-package.html?oppId=216166&fromEmail=true or by clicking on View Page Now.
The LEAD Center has drafted a summary of the Workforce Innnovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) from a disability perspective. This policy brief outlines key provisions pertaining to workforce development activities of particular applicability to individuals with disabilities and individuals with a barrier to employment (which by definition includes individuals with disabilities). The summary description is not intended to be comprehensive. Key disability-related policies are underlined. To access the full summary, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/system/files/resource/downloadable_version/wioa_title_I_disability_perspective.pdf
The LEAD Center has produced a Summary Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (i.e., State Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). This information brief expounds on the implementation of new guidelines as proposed for State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services programs and State Supported Employment Services programs under Title IV of WIOA. To access the summary, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/summary-description-title-iv-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-state-vocational-rehabilitation-program-notice
This Webinar is hosted by the LEAD Center and is Part 2 of 4 in a series on the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a Disability Perspective. It is scheduled for April 29, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Signed into law by President Obama last July, WIOA maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market and matching employers with skilled workers who may benefit from education, skills training, and career services. At a state and local level, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) must engage in a unified state planning process that will enhance their focus on cross system collaboration (Title I - Adult and Youth programs, Title II - Adult Literacy, Title III - Wagner-Peyser Employment Services, and Title IV - Rehabilitation Act). WIOA represents new opportunities for support for job seekers with disabilities that increases responsibility of WIBs and American Job Centers to be fully accessible and offer necessary accommodations to provide job seekers with disabilities effective and meaningful participation in the use of skills training and career pathways for 21st century jobs. To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/webinars/wioa-and-unified-state-planning-process-part-2-4-part-series-wioa
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has developed a document to provides basic information on American Job Centers (AJCs), also known as One-Stop Career Centers To access the Overvie, please click on View Page Now.
The LEAD Center is hosting a four part webinar series on WIOA From a Disability Perspective. The first Webinar will focus on an Overview and will be held on Wednesday, February 25, from 3:00 - 4:30PM ET Signed into law by President Obama last July, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market and matching employers with skilled workers who may benefit from education, skills training, and career services. At a state and local level, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) must engage in a unified state planning process that will enhance their focus on cross system collaboration (Title I Adult and Youth programs and services with Wagner-Peyser Employment Services and Title I of the Rehabilitation Act programs). To register for this first webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://leadcenter.webex.com/mw0401lsp12/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=leadcenter&service=6&rnd=0.2062944491232802&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fleadcenter.webex.com%2Fec0701lsp12%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D1751338914%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000025cfcbf7fb9014fb533549a291326712e9048b3bbe7d081aa8416ef7ce11268f6%26%26%26siteurl%3Dleadcenter
MyFreeTaxes Partnership’s online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped millions of families claim nearly $8 billion in tax credits and refunds since 2009. The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It’s easy, safe, secure and 100 percent free. Sponsored by the Walmart Foundation — in cooperation with Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way — the MyFreeTaxes Partnership’s online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped millions of families. Tax filing software is provided through MyFreeTaxes.com and powered by H&R Block. MyFreeTax preparation has been available through selected job centers and these testimonials provide information on how it worked for them and how you can get started. Please click on View Page Now to link to the MyFreeTaxes website that provides profiles of individuals who have used this service, or go to: http://www.myfreetaxes.com/testimonials/
As the overall economy continues to grow, more Americans with disabilities are earning a paycheck for the third consecutive month, reflecting a positive end to 2014, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, January 9, the labor force participation rate increased substantially from 29.1 percent in December 2013 to 31.7 percent in December 2014 (up 8.9 percent; 2.6 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. While for people without disabilities, the labor force participation rate only increased slightly from 70.9 percent in December 2013 to 71.8 percent in December 2014 (up 1.3 percent; 0.9 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. To access more information on this announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: ttp://www.researchondisability.org/news-features/2015/01/09/ntide-jobs-report-solid-economic-gains-include-job-growth-for-americans-with-disabilities
The Department of Education’s (DOE)Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has announced the availability of funding under the “Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program--Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling” program. The Department has identified $4,000,000 in funding with the anticipation of approximately 20 awards averaging between $190,000 and $200,000. Eligible applicants are States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including Indian tribes and IHEs. Applications are due March 9. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-07/pdf/2015-00024.pdf
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued this report, GAO-15-31, on Dec. 19, 2014, which focused on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and state agency efforts to support TANF beneficiaries enter or return to employment. Of the 10 programs GAO examined, 9 drew on the expertise of partner organizations— including community college systems, workforce agencies, and nonprofits. The programs also benefitted from decisions by state and local policymakers to dedicate funds—including TANF funds—for the selected programs. However, many program design and funding choices are left to the states, and GAO’s prior work has shown that state use of TANF funds for more costly welfare-to-work approaches can compete with other allowable uses of TANF funds. Second, TANF’s main performance measure does not necessarily encourage agencies to use certain approaches that incorporate longer-term education and training or treatment services. Third, little incentive exists for TANF agencies to evaluate their programs. HHS’s authority over many aspects of TANF is limited and it has not proposed legislative changes to address these areas. Without federal action, adoption and evaluation of promising approaches may continue to be limited to select states and localities, leaving TANF recipients in other locations without access to these promising approaches. To access the full GAO report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-31
This 90 minute webinar is scheduled for JWednesday, anuary 20, 2015, at 3:00 PM, EST. The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) has pursued asset development and financial capability activities to customers with disabilities accessing American Job Centers (AJC) through five rounds of grant awards to 26 states. An important and successful strategy to improve financial health to these and other low to moderate income AJC customers has been the delivery of free tax preparation on-line and on-site services established by the Internal Revenue Service such as FreeFile and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Another resource is the MyFreeTaxes Partnership has helped millions of taxpayers claim valuable tax credits and received refunds of more than $10 billion nationwide since 2009. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001434252296445893/info
In early December, 2014, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Fact Sheet on Raising the Minimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities Under Executive Order 13658. Executive Order 13658, “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors” was signed by President Obama on February 12, 2014. This Order establishes a minimum wage to be paid to workers performing on or in connection with a covered contract with the Federal Government. Workers covered by this Executive Order, including workers with disabilities whose wages are determined pursuant to certificates issued under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Every covered worker performing work on or in connection with a covered contract must be paid no less than $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, this amount may be increased to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor based on inflation. For an overview of the general provisions of the final rule implementing Executive Order 13658, including coverage requirements, see Fact Sheet: Final Rule to Implement Executive Order 13658, To access a PDF version of this Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/eo13658/EO-factsheet.htm
"As the overall job market improves, more Americans with disabilities are finding employment for the second month in a row, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Disability job training and employment initiatives continue to create and expand jobs for people with disabilities. In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, December 5, the employment-to-population ratio increased from 26.5 percent in November 2013 to 26.9 percent in November 2014 (up 1.4 percent; 0.4 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100). The labor force participation rate, however, decreased from 30.7 percent in November 2013 to 30.4 percent in November 2014 (down 0.8 percent; 0.3 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.researchondisability.org/news-features/2014/12/05/ntide-jobs-report-positive-jobs-picture-brightens-outlook-for-people-with-disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with four other federal agencies – the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Museum and Library Services – to launch the Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth - known as P3. This P3 initiative will fund up to 10 pilots, with start-up grants of up to $700,000, to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for targeted disconnected youth. What’s innovative about P3 is the flexibility it allows the pilot programs to blend together funds that they already receive from different federal sources, to increase program impact. The availability of grant funds was announced on Grants.gov on November 24, 2014 and the closing date for applications is March 4, 2015. To obtain more information about P3 and grant application requirements, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269790
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice (CoP) is focusing on the importance and relevance of the pubic workforce system and its engagement with the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work (TTW) program. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with SSA over a number of years to promote the use of One-Stop Centers, now American Job Centers, to serve Ticket Holders and being an Employment Network or involved with Partnership Plus and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. In November 2014 ETA hosted a webinar on this topic which is an excellent introduction to the effectiveness state or local workforce systems becoming Employment Networks (ENs) entitled "Disability Employment Initiative Workforce Employment Networks: Lessons Learned on Serving Ticketholders in the American Job Centers" This webinar will provided Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees and workforce development professionals with key lessons learned from the DEI Workforce Employment Networks that resulted in positive employment outcomes for job seekers receiving Social Security disability benefits. Participants attending the webinar learned about: -- Key developments and practices of DEI workforce Employments Networks for successful outcomes; -- The challenges of operating a Workforce Employment Network and pitfalls to avoid; -- Performance trends of workforce Employment Networks and how to experience success at the local AJC level; and -- About two real case stories of customers who accessed AJC services and their successful employment outcomes. To access this webinar, please click on View Page Now which will bring you to the Workforce 3 One video archive, or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001424737638913998/info