AbilityOne Jobs at Risk!
The Department of Education/Rehabilitation Services Administration (DoEd) has recently put forth regulations related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which has ended state VR referrals to AbilityOne jobs in at least 13 states, probably with more to come. This denies people with disabilities access to great jobs, great wages and great benefits. This type of regulation, which is contrary to Congress' desire to expand good employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, is a huge step backwards when 80% of people with disabilities remain outside of the workforce.
Support and Cosponsor H.R. 5658
H.R. 5658, the Workplace Choice and Flexibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act, was introduced on April 27, 2018. This bill stops the presumption in the definition of competitive integrated employment that is blocking many Vocational Rehabilitation offices from referring people with disabilities to good jobs under the AbilityOne and State Use programs. It also corrects the regulatory addition of evaluating whether a job complies at the work unit level and returns it to the definition intended by Congress. This bill is one step toward our collective goal of increasing job opportunities and choices for people with disabilities.
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