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New Resources Highlight the First Anniversary of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

July 13, 2015
Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Department of Labor Releases Section 188 Disability Reference Guide

The Department of Labor has issued “Promising Practices In Achieving Universal Access And Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide,” which helps ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity to persons with disabilities participating in programs and activities operated by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant recipients that are part of the public workforce system, including American Job Centers. Developed collaboratively by the Department of Labor Civil Rights Center, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Disability Employment Policy, and Solicitors Office, the Reference Guide describes effective strategies for improving access to programs and services provided for both youth and adults with disabilities. It does not create any new legal requirements or change current legal requirements. Rather, it provides DOLs Civil Rights Center a uniform procedure for measuring compliance with those provisions of Section 188 and the implementing regulations that pertain to persons with disabilities.

ADA25: How WIOA is Expanding Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

July is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the American with Disabilities Act, and it is also the first anniversary of the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a major bipartisan accomplishment and the first substantial reform to our nations federally-funded workforce system in over 15 years. In a July 3 DOL blog post, Jennifer Sheehy, acting assistant secretary for the office of disability employment policy, and Gerri Fiala, acting assistant secretary of labor for employment and training, enumerate the important WIOA programs and services that help improve the lives of people with disabilities.

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