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

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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.

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Target Populations: Disabilities, persons with

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Posted: 3/3/2015 1:33 PM
Posted By: Alexandra Kielty
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