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LEAD Center Focuses on Youth in its "WIOA from a Disability Perspective" Webinar Series

June 30, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) places expanded emphasis on funding activities for youth, including in-school youth, out-of-school youth and youth with disabilities. WIOA also amends the Rehabilitation Act requiring vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies have formal agreements with a variety of state agency partners, including a requirement regarding collaboration with local education agencies to improve coordination of pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities.

To better understand the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and subsequent regulations, the LEAD Center created a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA from a Disability Perspective." The third webinar in the series, Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services, took place on Wednesday, June 24th. The webinar discussed cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development, and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities. This webinar is archived and available at the LEAD Center website.

The final webinar in the series, Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of 4, will be held on Thursday, September 24th from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will review the Equal Opportunity (EO) provisions of WIOA and provide examples of how AJCs are complying with these requirements, and how state EO officers are supporting compliance at the local level.

Please register for this webinar to learn more about the responsibility of these programs to be accessible to job seekers with disabilities and how you can hold them accountable. Space is limited.

To access the archives of the previous webinars in this series, please use the following links:

·         Part One: WIOA from a Disability Perspective: An Overview

·         Part Two: WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process

·         Part Three: Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services