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LEAD Center Provides Resources Following the Release of the WIOA Final Rules

September 30, 2016

On August 19, the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) collectively published their Joint Final Rule to implement jointly-administered activities authorized under Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Through this Joint WIOA Final Rule, these two federal agencies implement workforce education and employment system reforms, and strengthen the nation’s public workforce development system, to provide increased economic opportunity and make the United States more competitive in the 21st century evolving labor market.

This Joint WIOA Final Rule provides guidance for state and local workforce development systems that increase the skill and credential attainment, employment, retention, and earnings of participants, especially those with significant barriers to employment (which includes individuals with disabilities), thereby improving the quality of the workforce, reducing dependency on benefits, increasing economic opportunity, and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.

In an effort to help relevant stakeholders better understand how the Final Rule affects youth and adults with disabilities, the LEAD Center has developed materials in the form of two briefs detailing the Final Rule from a disability perspective: Summary Description from a Disability Perspective: FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Systems) and Summary Description of FINAL RULE Implementing Title I of the Rehabilitation Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation), as Amended by Title IV OF WIOA.

In July, the LEAD Center conducted a national webinar, Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know, which included comprehensive information directly from DOL and ED leaders, inviting stakeholders from across the country to learn more about how the Final Rule can help job seekers with disabilities gain meaningful employment.