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A Description of the Workforce Investment Act from a Disability Policy Perspective

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PURPOSE OF THE PAPER

On August 7, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220). Title I of WIA provides assistance to states interested in establishing statewide and local workforce investment systems for all job seekers, including persons with disabilities.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the major sections in title I of WIA and the implementing regulations and guidance issued by the Department of Labor and to highlight (using bold-face letters) key references in the statute, regulations, and guidance of particular relevance to persons with disabilities.

This paper is intended for policy makers, researchers, individuals with disabilities and their families, organizations representing individuals with disabilities, state agencies serving adults with disabilities (e.g., vocational rehabilitation, Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Health, Welfare), community rehabilitation providers, and other stakeholders who want to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided effective and meaningful opportunity to participate in the comprehensive workforce development system envisioned by WIA...

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