Statewide Cross-System Training on WIOA Section 188: Broadening Access for People with Disabilities & other Barriers to Employment
3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
During COVID-19, many American Job Centers and core workforce system partners have shifted to virtual services. COVID-19 has highlighted new accommodation needs for people with disabilities and the workforce staff who support them. State responses to these needs have varied. In order to offer support and provide examples of promising practices for workforce professionals in WIOA systems, the LEAD Center, a policy development center of the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), is hosting a two-part webinar series that will provide information, strategies and resources around Section 188’s equal opportunity and non-discrimination practices.
On Thursday, May 14, the LEAD Center will be joined by the Missouri State Equal Opportunity Officer and Senior Manager of Policy and Partnerships, who will use current COVID-19-related and general frontline scenarios to share effective accommodation practices and examples of equal opportunity policy/procedure implementation.
On Thursday, May 21, the LEAD Center will be joined by representatives from Virginia’s Equal Opportunity Office, WIOA Adult & Dislocated Worker Programs and Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, who will share approaches in how to effectively engage workforce staff and partners across all four WIOA Titles (Title I, II, III, IV) to implement equal opportunity practices. They also include the Department of Social Services (TANF/SNAP) and other workforce partners. All partners attend and participate in equal opportunity training, and use the training to strengthen cross-agency partnerships to serve diverse job seekers, including job seekers with disabilities, collaboratively (e.g., co-enrollments and shared employment outcomes).