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KT Consortium Meets to Discuss Effective WIOA Implementation

December 15, 2015

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents an opportunity for federally-funded employment-related training and technical assistance (TA) centers to educate, promote, and connect stakeholders to employment resources for jobseekers with disabilities. On September 30th, the LEAD Center held a virtual Knowledge Translation (KT) Consortium, comprised of more than 20 federally-funded TA Centers and their funding agencies, to discuss effective knowledge translation approaches that support people with disabilities in WIOA implementation.

Special guest David Mank, Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, and Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID), discussed the work of the Advisory Committee and its approach and process to developing the findings, conclusions and recommendations in the recently released interim report. In response to the recommendations, representatives from the TA Centers and their funding agencies discussed how they were already sharing information about WIOA to their respective stakeholders, how national Training and TA Centers could elevate the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, and how to leverage each other’s work and collaborate on training and technical assistance that support implementation of the recommendations made by the ACICIEID moving forward. The continued collaboration of federally-funded Training and TA Centers during and after WIOA implementation is a critical step towards improving employment and economic advancement outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

The KT Consortium is the first-of-its-kind partnership to bring together federally-funded employment-related training and technical assistance centers with separate but complementary missions to identify and execute cross-center training and collaboration. If you are a federally-funded Training and Technical Assistance Center focused on employment for people with disabilities and would like to join the Knowledge Translation Consortium, please contact Brittany Taylor, LEAD Center Project Coordinator, at btaylor@ndi-inc.org.