APSE provides Public Testimony to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with disabilities

 

On Friday January 23rd APSE provided public testimony to the Advisory Committee that was created by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA):

"APSE would like to congratulate the members of the members of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities that was created by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We applaud the Committee's commitment to increasing the workforce participation of people with disabilities. Throughout WIOA, there is language that significantly strengthens the ability of people with disabilities to get the necessary supports and assistance that will allow them to fully participate in the nation's workforce and escape lives characterized by chronic poverty and isolation. APSE also praises efforts within WIOA to address issues related to sub-minimum wage and segregated employment. There have been chronic and ongoing issues in the oversight and administration of the 14c program....."

To read the full testimony please see the latest blog post here

David Mank, the co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities and an APSE member, shared with Allison Wohl, APSE's Executive Director, after the public testimony:

"WIOA was one of few pieces of legislation passed by the House and the Senate and signed by the President in 2014. At last we have 7 federal agencies represented at the same table with 17 appointed individual members and with specific work at hand. Perhaps this convergence of focus on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment can play a part in responding to the calls of self- advocates and many others, to do something about the labor participation rate of people with disabilities in this country."

 

 

 

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