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Provisions in the Workforce Investment Act Describing the Interplay between Workforce Investment Systems and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Institute for Community Inclusion Policy Brief



On August 7, 1998 President Clinton signed into law the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220). Title I of the Act provides assistance to states interested in establishing statewide and local workforce investment systems. Title IV of the Workforce Investment Act sets out a complete rewrite of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, including title I which authorizes the vocational rehabilitation program.

The purpose of this policy brief is to identify and describe the sections in title I of the Workforce Investment Act (statewide and local workforce investment systems) that specifically reference the vocational rehabilitation program, individuals with disabilities, and organizations representing individuals with disabilities. The policy brief also identifies and describes specific references to statewide and local workforce investment systems in title I of the Rehabilitation Act (the vocational rehabilitation program).

It is our hope that this brief will provide policy makers, researchers, individuals with disabilities, organizations representing individuals with disabilities, state agencies serving adults with disabilities (e.g., Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Health, Welfare), community rehabilitation programs, and other stakeholders a focus on some of the key areas of policy in the Workforce Investment Act, in order to ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided "effective and meaningful participation in workforce investment activities" (Section 100(a)(1)(G) of the Rehabilitation Act)

Subsequent issue briefs will identify additional provisions in the Workforce Investment Act that do not include specific references to "disability" or "vocational rehabilitation" but are nonetheless critical to achieving the Act's objective of ensuring effective and meaningful participation for individuals with disabilities.

Statewide and Local Workforce Investment Systems
(Title I of the Workforce Investment Act)

  1. State Workforce Investment Board
  2. State Plan
  3. Local Workforce Investment Boards.
  4. Local Plan.
  5. Establishment of One-Stop Delivery System (Section 121).
  6. Use of Funds for Youth Activities (Section 129(c )(5)).
  7. Use of Funds for Employment and Training Activities.
  8. Performance Accountability System (Section 136(d)(2)(F)).
  9. Nondiscrimination (Section 188).
  10. State Plans for Adult Education and Literacy (Section 224).
  11. State Unified Plan (Section 501).

Rehabilitation Act, as amended
(Amendments to the Rehabilitation are contained in Title IV of the Workforce Investment Act)

  1. Statement of Findings.
  2. Statement of Purpose.
  3. Information Clearinghouse (Section 15(a)(1)).
  4. State Plan
  5. Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators
    (Section 106(a)).

This is a publication of the Center on State Systems and Employment (RRTC) at the Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP (#H133B30067), and the Center on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy (RRTC) at Community Options, Inc. (#H133B980042) funded, in part, by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the US Department of Education. The opinions contained in this publication are those of the grantees and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Department of Education.

Policy Brief, Vol. 1, No. 1

This policy brief was written by Robert Silverstein of The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy at the George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services.

For more information on this study, please contact Robert Silverstein at (202) 496-8452.

For a publications brochure or general information, contact the Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Avenue, Boston, MA 02125. (617) 287-4300 voice; (617) 287-4350 TTY;

This publication will be made available in alternate formats upon request.

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Robert Silverstein

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