U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guide on Disability Non-Discrimination in Jobs Programs
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to assist American Job Centers (AJCs) in serving people with disabilities. The AJCs, which are funded through DOL, are a network of one-stop centers to assist individuals in finding employment. The new guide is aimed at ensuring compliance with Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which prohibits disability-related discrimination in any programs or activities receiving federal DOL funding. The new guide will also serve as a more general resource on disability and workforce development by describing promising practices in accordance with WIOA Section 188 on nondiscrimination and related regulations.
The guide encourages integrating employment services and healthcare delivery systems, in addition to developing data linkages between employment- and healthcare-related state and local agencies. Additionally, the guide provides recommendations for helping people with disabilities navigate health benefits eligibility implications as part of employmentrelated services, ensuring network adequacy, and implementing a person-centered services delivery model. The guide also discusses the provision of reasonable accommodations and designation of qualified equal employment opportunity officers to ensure equal opportunity.