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Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work

Volume 12, Number 4
April 2015

Welcome to Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work, the electronic newsletter of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). The newsletter and the NCWD/Youth website offer information to improve programs and services for all youth and especially youth with disabilities.

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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet May 11-12, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its third meeting on May 11-12, 2015 via webinar. The meeting will be open to the public and will take place each day from 1:00-5:00 PM EDT. During the meeting, the Committee will hear expert testimony, and the Committee's four subcommittees will report on their efforts to date and discuss next steps in their work. There will be a public comment period on May 11, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice. Members of the public wishing to participate in the webinar must register by May 4, 2015.

LEAD Center Publishes Two Policy Briefs on WIOA Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

The LEAD Center has published two new Policy Briefs outlining and summarizing the April 16 Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding Title I and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The brief, Summary Description from a Disability Perspective — Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Activities) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking, outlines those provisions in Title I of WIOA pertaining to workforce development activities of particular applicability to individuals with disabilities and individuals with a barrier to employment. The brief, Summary Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, discusses the implementation of new guidelines as proposed for State Vocational Rehabilitation Services programs and State Supported Employment Services programs under Title IV of WIOA, including guidance on limiting the use of subminimum wages for individuals with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education to Hold Public Meetings on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services within the Department of Education has announced plans to hold two public meetings to seek comments about the proposed regulatory changes contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2015, which would implement statutory changes to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Supported Employment Services programs, as well as provisions governing Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wages that fall under the Secretary of Education's purview. The statutory changes made by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), form the basis for this NPRM. The meetings will take place on April 30, 2015 in Washington, DC, and May 20, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. The meetings will provide the public with the opportunity to present public comments on only the separate NPRM amending 34 CFR parts 361, 363, and 397, which is the NPRM associated with Docket ID ED-2015-OSERS-0001. Speakers may also submit written comments at the public meetings. In addition, the Department will accept written comments through www.regulations.gov, as explained in the separate NPRM.

Join the Institute for Educational Leadership in Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)!

The Institute for Educational Leadership has a long and proud history of supporting youth as they transition into adulthood. For youth with disabilities, a core competency in the youth development process is gaining an understanding of disability history, culture, and disability public policy issues as well as their rights and responsibilities. In recognition of the work you do to support the ADA Generation (people with disabilities who have come of age since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act), we invite you to celebrate a significant milestone in disability history, the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

How to celebrate:

  1. Help a young person you work with to share his/her story! IEL is collecting stories from youth of the ADA Generation and their allies about what the ADA means to them. These stories will be published on the IEL website and shared through social media. Stories can be in written, graphic, or video form. Submissions are due by June 1, 2015.
  2. Join us and invite youth you work with to participate in our free webinars (save the date)
    • The ADA & Your Disability Identity: May 29, 2015 4:00pm EST
    • Job Success with the ADA:June 19, 2015 4:00pm EST
  3. Connect your program to the ADA Legacy Tour, a traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness around the 25th anniversary! Check out the list of tour dates and locations to see when it's coming to your town!

NCWD/Youth to present at 2015 Capacity Building Institute

NCWD/Youth has several upcoming presentations at the 2015 Capacity Building Institute co-sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, the National Post-School Outcomes Center, the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, and the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition. NCWD/Youth has presentations on the following topics:

Save the Date: NCWD/Youth and CAST to Present on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education

On May 19, 2015, 1:30-3:00pm EST, NCWD/Youth and CAST will hold a webinar on using Universal Design for Learning to create accessible instructional materials for students in postsecondary education. The webinar will be valuable to postsecondary staff and faculty. This webinar is the second in a series of webinars for postsecondary education faculty and staff being hosted by NCWD/Youth. The first, Improving Postsecondary Outcomes through UDL is archived and available online.

$15M Available in Disability Employment Initiative Grants to Better Serve the Needs of Youth and Adults with Disabilities Seeking Employment

On April 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $15 million in grants through the Disability Employment Initiative to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs. The department anticipates awarding eight grants — ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million — to be spent in a 42-month period. Funding will be provided to at least one project for each of the following three target populations: adults with disabilities (ages 18 and older); youth with disabilities (ages 14-24); and individuals with significant disabilities (ages 14 and older). Workforce agencies interested in applying for this funding should visit http://www.grants.gov. The deadline to apply is June 11, 2015.

CNCS Seeks Grantees with Priority Consideration to Those with Disability Inclusion Plans

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has available funding for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The funding will mobilize more Americans to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a day of service in communities, to encourage those who serve on this holiday to make a long-term commitment to community service, and to bring people together to focus on service to others. This Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Notice prioritizes grant-making in programs addressing one or more of the six CNCS Focus Areas: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families.  CNCS will give priority consideration to organizations that have disability inclusion plans to ensure people with disabilities are among those serving at their Martin Luther King Day of Service event. Applications for funding are due on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. 

Workforce3One Hosts WIOA Quick Start Action Planners and Youth Programs Podcast

New resources available through Workforce3One can help public workforce agencies prepare their operations for success under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The WIOA Quick Start Action Planners are a series of interactive, self-paced assessment tools designed to help leaders at all levels of the public workforce system prepare for the implementation of WIOA by guiding them through some of their successes and opportunities for improvement under the new law. These modules focus on topics like Youth Services Strategies, State Leadership and Governance, and more. In addition, Workforce3One has also released a podcast on Youth Operating Guidance delivered through WIOA Training and Employment Guidance Letter 23-14. This podcast provides information on the operating guidance for the WIOA Youth program to assist states and local areas in transitioning their formula-funded youth program from WIA to WIOA.

ACF Releases Three Issue Briefs on Programs for Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care

Youth transitioning out of foster care and into adulthood need many supports to navigate the challenges they face. In 1999, the Foster Care Independence Act amended Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to create the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (the Chafee Program). This amendment doubled the maximum amount of funds potentially available to states for independent living services and gave states greater discretion over how they use those funds. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) contracted with the Urban Institute and its partner Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to plan for the next generation of evaluation activities funded by the Chafee Program. This planning resulted in the publication of three new Issue Briefs, focused on Education Programs, Financial Literacy and Asset Building Programs, and Employment Programs.

ICI Publishes Interactive Report on Graduation Policies for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) at the University of Minnesota, a partner in NCWD/Youth, recently published Graduation Policies for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Who Participate in States' AA-AAS. Graduation rates and requirements for earning a regular diploma are topics of increasing interest as states focus on ensuring that their students are college- and career-ready when they leave school with a diploma. Little was known about states' graduation policies for their students with significant cognitive disabilities who participate in the alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS), so ICI's National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) conducted an analysis of state policies. The publication presents the results of that study.

Senate Holds Hearing on Oversight and Accountability of Juvenile Justice Programs

On April 22, 2015, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led a hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the oversight and accountability of juvenile justice programs authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The Act, first passed forty years ago and last reauthorized in 2002, provides guidance and funding to states around building effective juvenile and criminal justice systems that protect kids and promote public safety. At the hearing, Senators Grassley and Whitehouse both reaffirmed their commitment to reintroducing and passing a strengthened Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The Senators co-sponsored S. 2999 to reauthorize JJDPA in December, 2014. The bill strengthened the core protections and accountability since the last reauthorization more than 13 years ago.

NCWD/Youth Blog Posts

NCWD/Youth's blog features current and relevant information related to the Guideposts for SuccessYouth Development and LeadershipInnovative StrategiesProfessional Development, and more!

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This document was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, funded by a grant/contract/cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (Number #OD-23804-12-75-4-11). The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Labor. Nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply the endorsement by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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