On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and maintains a focus on supporting the nation’s workforce development, job training and employment services system while expanding the role of state and local workforce boards to better match job-seekers with employment needs, in addition to boosting programs aimed at those with disabilities.
A step forward in the right direction as agreed by those on both sides of the political spectrum. “Now that we have recovered from the Great Recession, we must expand opportunity to the people who need it most: the working men and women who represent the backbone of the world’s most dynamic and thriving economy,” Vice President Biden wrote in a press release regarding the signing of WIOA.
Want to learn more about key provisions of WIOA for individuals with disabilities? Read CEC’s article highlighting four key provisions featured in last week’s Policy Insider digest.