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WIA is Now WIOA: What the New Bill Means For People with Disabilities

With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Congress has reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), including the Rehabilitation Act, through 2020. Commenting on the bill’s passage, President Obama stated that the bill "will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job- driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future."

Disability and Occupation

Data Note 13, 2007

It is well-documented that people with disabilities have a significantly lower rate of employment than people without disabilities (36% versus 74% according to the 2006 American Community Survey (ACS). Less is known about the types of work they do. Using the occupational classification system within the ACS, researchers explored the prevalence of people with disabilities within occupational groupings and discuss its relationship to occupational growth1. Future analysis will address variation across disability groups.

Massachusetts Leaders Take on Education Reform with Input from New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce (2/28/07)

Institute for Community Inclusion and College of Management Announce Workforce Training Initiative

Education and workforce leaders gathered today at UMass Boston to discuss Tough Choices or Tough Times, a clarion call for change in the education and workforce systems. In response to this challenge, the new ICI/COM effort addresses the core concerns of the progressive workforce system.

Innovations in Employment Supports: Colorado's State Division of Developmental Services

Research to Practice 39

Between the years of 1985 and 1996 Colorado experienced significant growth in integrated employment for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Several factors were consistently highlighted as contributing to Colorado's employment outcomes during this period.

WIA Employment Outcomes and Trends

Data Note No. 19, 2008

WIA Employment Outcomes and Trends

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities