ICI Brief: WIA is Now WIOA: What the New Bill Means For People with Disabilities

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On August 26, 2014 (EST)

With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) in late July, The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has produced a four page brief which takes a look at the law from a disability perspective. You can find this publication on the ICI website. ICI identifies the major highlights impacting people with disabilities associated related to WIOA include:

- A much larger role for public vocational rehabilitation (VR) as people with disabilities make the transition from school to adult life.
- Efforts intended to limit the use of sub-minimum wage.
- Required agreements between state VR systems and state Medicaid systems, and state intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) agencies. x A definition of “customized employment” in federal statute, and an updated definition of “supported employment” that includes customized employment.
- A definition for “competitive integrated employment” as an optimal outcome.
- Enhanced roles and requirements for the general workforce system and One-Stop Career Centers in meeting the needs of people with disabilities. x A number of disability agencies moving from the Department of Education (DOE) to the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Independent Living Program.
- Changes in performance measures, with potentially major implications for VR.

To access the ICI Brief on WIOA please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=382

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