• Do your AJCs conduct thorough resource mapping to ensure outreach to diverse populations, including people with disabilities?
  • Are there state/local cross-title/partner workgroups or committees with a focus on disability and/or accessibility?
  • Do AJCs convene Integrated Resource Teams (IRTs) and/or have a process for co-enrolling customers with disabilities who benefit from services from multiple systems, including VR, to reach employment outcomes?
  • Do AJCs actively partner with diverse service systems (e.g., Veterans Affairs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Community Colleges, Deaf communities, services for people who have blind/visually impaired) to effectively serve customers with
  • Do state/local Equal Opportunity Officers (EOOs) collaborate with VR, other disability organizations and others WIOA partners to implement EO and non-discrimination policies and practices?

Actions (to take individually or as a team)

  • Learn about diverse partners that convene regional workgroups, including WIOA titles and community partners. If there are no regional workgroups, explore examples of this nationally that can be replicated.
  • Find out if the following roles are represented on cross-partner committees: EOOs, policy administrators, program managers, disability employment staff, veterans, and partners across spectrum of disabilities (deaf, blind, DD, mental health, physical, etc.
  • Learn about the focus and agenda of existing WIOA workgroups, as well as their mission and/or goals. If accessibility is not a focus, work with the group to integrate it as part of their framework.
  • Consider joining or forming a workgroup to engage in continuous information sharing, decision-making, partnership strengthening, and action planning between systems
  • Learn if/how AJCs proactively address the common myth that everyone is the “funder of last resort.”
  • Research how AJCs practice active resource and funding coordination and if a process is used to ensure customers get the services they need.
  • Identify if/how active resource coordination is handled in your workforce region, including whether there is a formalized process, agreed upon by leadership, in which staff and customers are able to fluidly work with multiple partners without stopping the
  • Learn about the key elements of an Integrated Resource Teams (IRT) as a critical strategy for serving people with disabilities, who benefit from active resource coordination with multiple service systems and/or partners.
  • Learn if AJC leadership and partners support co-enrollment of individuals with multiple resource needs and if there are processes in place for co-enrollment.
  • Conduct resource mapping in your state/local workforce region to identify potential partners.