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Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA - Part 4 of a 4-part Series on WIOA

Thursday, September 24, 2015
3:30pm - 5:00pm ET

***The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office on Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled "WIOA From a Disability Perspective."***

As part of the LEAD Center’s webinar series on WIOA from a Disability Perspective, this webinar focuses on Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system. Specifically, Section 188 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation or beliefs. (Section 188 of WIOA contains provisions identical to those in Section 188 of WIA.) WIOA requires that American Job Centers be fully accessible and offer necessary accommodations to provide job seekers with disabilities effective and meaningful participation in the use of skills training and career pathways for 21st century jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor issued Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide on July 6, 2015. This 188 Guide provides updated information and technical assistance to help American Job Centers/One-Stops meet the nondiscrimination and accessibility requirements for individuals with disabilities in Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act and its implementing regulations. The 188 Guide, which will be discussed during the webinar, was developed to provide AJCs with promising practices that correlate with specific nondiscrimination requirements in Section 188 and includes examples of promising practices that can help promote equal access for individuals with disabilities to the American Job Center system and services.