An expectation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is for the state and local programs which provide services to individuals with disabilities to engage in a cohesive strategic planning process with a focus on collaboration and support for competitive integrated employment.

This podcast features three practitioners who discuss strategies to engage in a collaborative planning process focused on support for integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.  They identify resources to connect with employers such as the U.S. Business Leadership Networks Disability Equality Index and also discuss Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act which identifies a national utilization goal of 7% for federal contractors relative to the employment of persons with disabilities.

Speakers include Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, Respect Ability, Rockville, MD; Philip Pauli, Policy & Practices Director, Respect Ability, Rockville, MD; and Joe Ashley, Rehabilitation Counselor, VA Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Charlottesville, VA.

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"It’s amazing, if you do exactly what the business asks you and you get somebody that skill set everybody thinks you’re a genius when really all you really did was listen and help people figure out how to achieve it."

-Jennifer Mizrahi

"Focus on the people who are really willing to partner with you and when you have successes with partnerships others will eventually get on board "

-Philip Pauli

"One of the beauties of this new legislation is indeed how blending and braiding of funding and ideas and resources can really come together towards joint thinking toward solutions of people who have barriers to work "

-Joe Ashley