ICI Brief: WIA is Now WIOA - What the New Bill Means for People with Disabilities
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. 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.
The ICI Brief can be accessed on the Related Content link.