Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), core partner programs are required to report on common measures. Data collection for this new requirement begins July 1, 2017. This will be a new endeavor for vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, that are accustomed to reporting on Federal Standards and Indicators.
VR Horizons is thrilled to have Ralph dedicated to writing weekly blog posts to help aid VR agencies and professionals, as they navigate the changes outlined in WIOA. Ralph has over 22 years of experience in managing VR programs and has served the national VR program, through the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation as co-chairman of the Employment Committee and the Region 6 Representative.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) recently published a report entitled “Report on Business Needs and Recommendations to Improve the Employment Rate of Americans with Disabilities.” Led by then Commissioner Janet LaBreck, this initiative was prompted by high unemployment rate for people with disabilities and assisting businesses with finding candidates with the necessary skills to meet their employment needs. The focus of this effort was on engaging business representatives from different industries to participate in a series of round table discussions.
One of the new provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) includes providing services to businesses. Reinforcing this, there will now be a common measure related to serving businesses.