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A Preliminary Analysis of the Relationship Between the Workforce Investment Act and the Federal Disability Policy Framework


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To date, no conceptual framework exists for reviewing and determining the extent to which WIA, as interpreted by the DOL and implemented by the states and local communities, ensures the effective delivery of services for individuals with disabilities consistent with our Nation's goals regarding persons with disabilities as articulated in the ADA.

The purpose of this paper is to use the basic conceptual framework of Federal disability policy developed in a paper entitled The Federal Disability Policy Framework: Our Nation's Goals for People with Disabilities (Silverstein (1999)) as a lens or guidepost for identifying:

This paper is targeted at four audiences. First, this paper provides policymakers with a conceptual framework for designing and assessing the extent to which WIA addresses the needs of persons with disabilities. Second, this paper provides researchers with a policy framework for studying how WIA addresses the needs of persons with disabilities. Third, this paper provides individuals with disabilities, their families, and their representatives with tools that can be used to judge the adequacy of WIA policies and procedures developed at the Federal, State, and local levels from a disability policy perspective. Fourth, this paper may be used by service providers to design, implement, and evaluate the delivery of services to persons with disabilities.