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FEATURED AGENCY Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

March 31, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) establishes several new and exciting mandates aimed at increasing the participation of individuals with disabilities in the American workforce. Among those mandates is the establishment of the “Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.” 

As stated by the United States Department of Labor Office for Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the purpose of the Committee is to prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on:

  • Strategies to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and/or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment;
  • The use of certificate programs carried out under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the employment of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and other individuals with significant disabilities; and
  •  Approaches to improve oversight of the use of such certificates.

The Committee consists of 24 members, 17 of whom are public members, selected by the Secretary of Labor. Public members include self-advocates, providers, representatives from national disability advocacy groups, academics/researchers, employers and other individuals from the private sector with expertise on increasing opportunities for competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. Federal members include The Employment and Training Administration, the Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Disability Employment Policy from the Department of Labor; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the Department of Health and Human Services; the Social Security Administration; and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.  The Advisory Committee held its first meeting on January 22-23, 2015.  The second meeting will be held on March 22-23, 2015 at Gallaudet University.

We encourage you to visit the Committee’s webpage often for the latest information and updates regarding their ongoing work, including agendas and how you can submit information to the Advisory Committee.