U.S. Feds Enhance Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Published : 2014-08-01
Author : ACCSES - Contact: www.accses.org
🛈 Synopsis : ACCSES the voice of more than 1,200 disability service providers across the nation, joins its members, people with disabilities, and their allies to celebrate the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday July 22..
Main DigestWIOA seeks to address problems related to the high unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities by reauthorizing and reforming core workforce development programs and by transferring independent living program functions from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Among WIOA's provisions is Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act, which limits the use of commensurate wage by requiring that individuals under 24 meet the following criteria before being offered employment in a skill development center:
- The individual has received pre-employment transition services
- The individual has applied for vocational rehabilitation services with the result that and that that the individual has been working in a competitive setting with appropriate supports and services for a reasonable period of time without success.
WIOA and Section 511 are consistent with ACCSES's position that competitive integrated employment is the presumptive, priority outcome for individuals with disabilities, but that other outcomes are also appropriate based on an individual's person-centered plan. Employment in a skill development center is recognized as an option for individuals who both choose that setting and who are currently unable to successfully work in competitive employment even with appropriate supports and service.
"Jobs and choice must be recognized," says ACCSES CEO Terry Farmer, "and we are encouraged by the bipartisan support of WIOA. Decisions about where an individual can and should work should be made by the individual, his or her loved ones, and the professionals who know the individual best, not regulators and lawmakers in Washington. Person-centered planning is the core strategy used by disability service providers."
"Every person deserves opportunities to gain skills training and to fulfill their potential. WIOA will enable more community program participants and workers across our nation to train for and earn meaningful work" said Jim Gibbons, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries International.
"Members of Congress took a significant step forward in modernizing the workforce development system." said Bob Chamberlin, SourceAmerica President and CEO. "Proactive steps by Congress to enable training, education and employment services to people with disabilities is timely and critical given that more than 80% of people with disabilities are not in today's labor force."
For more information, visit www.accses.org
Related United States Documents
- 1: Employment Opportunities Funding for People with Disabilities : $8.4M in continued funding to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities announced by US Labor Department.
- 2: Department of Defense Model Employer of Disabled : The department has established a comprehensive disability program management course for all components at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.
- 3: COVID-19 Recession Hits Workers with Disability Harder : nTIDE Report featuring Disability Rights Louisiana's Financial Access Inclusion and Resources Program for formerly incarcerated individuals with disabilities.
- 4: 2019 Report on U.S. Disability Employment Rate by State : Annual U.S. disability employment statistics chart by state reveals Americans with disabilities saw a slowdown in job gains compared to the previous year.
- 5: Ending Commensurate Wage Policy Would be a Mistake : Will people who work today for a special minimum wage have the opportunity to be employed at all once competitive employment is their only option.
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Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: ACCSES. Electronic Publication Date: 2014-08-01. Title: U.S. Feds Enhance Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/employment/usa/enhanced.php>U.S. Feds Enhance Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities</a>. Retrieved 2021-04-12, from https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/employment/usa/enhanced.php - Reference: DW#57-10488.