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On August 19, the Department of Labor published its final Rules for WIOA in the Federal Register. The Rules are all linked on this page. Keep an eye out for a webinar that provides more details about WIOA as we move forward.
We will bring four more webinars to the Oklahoma Works System Partners over the next several months. Below is the current schedule:
Note: Webinars will begin at 1:30 PM and run until 2:30.
NPR published a story on its website that examines the use of sub-minimum wage employment for people with disabilities. With the increased focus on "competitive and integrated" employment under WIOA, this question is timely.
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 expanded the coverage of the ADA after court decisions had narrowed it over the years. The final Rules that govern this expansion are published in the Federal Register. These Rules go into effect on October 11, 2016.
Public sector entities need to make sure that its programs are accessible under both Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and WIOA. WIOA treats Programmatic Accessibility a little bit differently than the ADA does, saying that Programmatic Accessibility includes:
"Policies, practices, and procedures providing effective and meaningful opportunity for persons with disabilities to participate in or benefit from aid, benefit, service and training."
This is different than the ADA, which says that programs offered, in their entirety, must be accessible to people with disabilities.
WIOA specifically includes a definition of Accessible Technology. WIOA says that Workforce System Partners must "provide individuals with disabilities access to, and use of, information, resources, programs, and activities that are fully accessible, or ensure that the opportunities and benefits provided by the electronic and information technologies are provided to individuals with disabilities in an equally effective and equally integrated manner".
Oklahoma ABLE Tech is a federally funded Assistive Technology Act Program serving Oklahoma. ABLE Tech provides training and technical assistance to Oklahoma state agencies, higher education, and CareerTech to help ensure that Oklahomans have full access to services, education, and employment opportunities. ABLE Tech’s role includes collaboration with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to assist with the oversight and implementation of Oklahoma’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility law and standards. Learn more about the Workforce System training and technical assistance on the Oklahoma ABLE Tech website.
The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home. DRS partners with numerous state groups, organizations and employers to provide Oklahomans with disabilities enhanced services. DRS is committed to Access for All in overcoming barriers to employment and services for consumers with disabilities statewide.
To connect to the DRS office in your area call 800.487.4042 or visit the Office Locator page.