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Abstract Details for The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Advisory Committee Report: Summary and implications for Vocational Rehabilitation Systems

The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, with its focus on expanding opportunities for competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities and its creation of an Advisory Committee to make recommendation on strategies for doing so, has been a catalyst for changes in federal and state policies and practices around employment of people with disabilities. This report summarizes the recommendations of the WIOA Advisory Committee for increasing the employment of people with significant disabilities. It also describes Committee recommendations that can be implemented by state Vocational Rehabilitation systems, Community Rehabilitation Providers, and the range of professionals that support people with disabilities to obtain and advance in competitive integrated employment. These recommendations include strategies for effective interagency collaboration, for engaging people with disabilities and their families around employment, and for training for professionals.