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Abstract Details for Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education (Departments) are committed to increase skills, productivity, and earnings for disadvantaged youth, including those with disabilities. Both Departments provide employment and training programs for youth depending upon an individual’s needs and whether they meet program eligibility criteria. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program (Section 129 of WIOA and 20 C.F.R. part 681). The U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, administers the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by Title IV of WIOA. These two programs serve youth ages 14 through 24.1 This is a joint technical assistance document for WIOA Youth program and VR program staff intended to provide a high-level overview of these two programs and to improve coordination of workforce preparation activities and employment services between these two programs. This document offers strategies and resources to increase collaboration between the State and local agencies under these two programs, as well as program providers, so they may more effectively serve youth with disabilities.