LEAD Center Launches Four-Part Webinar Series on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law by President Obama last July, maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market, and matches employers with skilled workers who may benefit from education, skills training and career services. The LEAD Center is hosting a four-part webinar series on WIOA about key aspects of the law that represent new opportunities for the public workforce system to support job seekers with disabilities. Highlights of WIOA explored throughout the series include:
- Emphasis on career pathways and sector partnerships to promote employment in in-demand industries and occupations;
- Sequence of services elimination before enrollment in training;
- Establishing a single Unified State Strategic Plan;
- Making individuals with disabilities part of state and local strategic plans;
- Identifying and reporting performance outcomes (including assessing physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology and materials and appropriate staff training and support).
The first webinar in the series, “WIOA from a Disability Perspective” was held on February 25, in collaboration with ODEP. The highly engaged audience of nearly 600 people included workforce development professionals, disability advocates and organizations, policy makers, individuals with disabilities and other related stakeholders. Webinar speakers included Michael Morris, Co-Chair of the Public Policy Team, NDI LEAD Center; Kim Vitelli, Chief, Division of National Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; David Mank, Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University and newly-elected Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (Section 609 of Title IV of WIOA); and Bridget Brown, Executive Director, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
Webinar participants noted that this series was “timely,” “valuable,” “clarifying” and a “good combination of vision and practical suggestions.”
Register today for the three remaining webinars in the WIOA series: