TAC-15-02

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents the first major reform of the publicly-funded workforce development system in more than 15 years. Title IV of WIOA amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) by significantly revising requirements for, among others, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) program, particularly with regard to its role as a core partner in the workforce development system. WIOA fosters new opportunities for innovation and collaboration across Federal, State, and local agencies, private organizations, and employers. The law authorizes increased access to employment, education, training, and support services to assist individuals with disabilities, including youth and students with disabilities, to succeed in the competitive labor market. To that end, the VR program is a critical component in the workforce development system. Through this technical assistance circular (TAC), the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) sets forth the vision for the VR program as a partner in the workforce development system by describing a framework to support implementation activities that will help workers with disabilities to acquire the skills and credentials they need to pursue in-demand jobs and obtain competitive integrated employment.

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