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WIOA Passes Congress; Awaits President’s Signature
July 14, 2014

The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed the US House and US Senate and is on its way to the President for signature. Some highlights of the bill are below.

  • WIOA defines supported employment as “competitive integrated employment, including customized employment, or employment in an integrated work setting in which individuals are working on a short-term basis toward competitive integrated employment that is individualized and customized consistent with the strengths, abilities, interests, and informed choice of the individuals involved, for individuals with the most significant disabilities.”
  • The length of time for supported employment has also been expanded from 18 – 24 months.
  • The bill was strengthened to include Section 511, which ensures that young people with disabilities try competitive integrated employment first before other employment options are on the table.

ACCSES worked to assure that a full array of options and opportunities remained available for individuals with significant disabilities such as Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor standards Act, consistentcy with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Olmstead decision. The careful crafting of the language will ensure that people still have choices under the Rehabilitation Act. A detailed summary of major policies included in the WIOA has been provided by ACCSES.

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