President Obama Signs Legislation Updating Critical Workforce Programs

The Arc is pleased that President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law last week. This bipartisan and bicameral law reauthorizes and updates existing federal workforce development programs including the Rehabilitation Act, which provides for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for people with disabilities. WIOA focuses VR outcomes on competitive, integrated employment as well as promotes greater emphasis on transition services for youth with disabilities by emphasizing coordination between VR and other agencies, extending the initial time period for VR supported employment services from 18 to 24 months, and modifying eligibility determination to promote access to VR by people with the most significant disabilities.

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