(2014, August) | Useful to Parent Centers working with youth who have disabilities.

With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Congress reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), including the Rehabilitation Act, through 2020. Commenting on the bill’s passage, President Obama stated that the bill “will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, jobdriven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future.”

What does this 300-page legislation mean for people with disabilities? Especially youth in transition from secondary school to adult life? This brief from the Institute for Community Inclusion discusses the major highlights, including:

  • the increased role of vocational rehabilitation (VR) in transition;
  • limitations on sub-minimum wage;
  • the defining of the term competitive integrated employment;
  • changes in the definition of supported employment; and
  • the role of VR in the one-stop system.

Access the 4-page brief at:
http://www.transitioncoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Workforce-Innovation-and-Opportunity-Act-Brief-Tips-for-Transition.pdf