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WIOA Advisory Committee Second Meeting Scheduled for March 23-24

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) was mandated by section 609 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by section 461 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The purpose of the Committee is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for Congress and the Secretary of Labor on (1) ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment; (2) the use of the certificate program carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 214(c)); and (3) ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates. The next meeting of the Committee will take place on Monday, March 23, 2015 and Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The meeting will be open to the public on Monday, March 23 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. On Tuesday, March 24, the meeting will be open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The meeting with take place at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE., Washington, DC 20002-3695. Tentative dates for future Committee meetings are May 11-12, 2015 and July 13-14, 2015.

LEAD Center Hosts Webinar on Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and its Implications for Employment – March 25, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations in January 2014 governing home and community-based services (HCBS) provided through state Medicaid programs. To assist states in complying with the requirements of the HCBS final rule as it relates to non-residential settings, CMS recently released a toolkit with a number of factsheets and resources. The LEAD Center will be hosting a webinar, Redefining Home & Community Based Services: CMS Guidance on Non-Residential Services and its Implications for Employment, on March 25, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. The webinar will include presenters from CMS and national subject matter experts who will discuss the HCBS rule and its applications in supporting individuals with disabilities to seek and attain competitive integrated employment. The webinar will be captioned and a link to download the presentation will be sent to registrants in advance. To request any other reasonable accommodations, please contact Brittany Taylor at within 48 hours of the webinar.

Employer TA Center Presents Webinar on Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education — April 23, 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

The Office of Disability Employment Policy-funded Employer TA Center, located at The Viscardi Center, in coordination with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, will be presenting a webinar titled Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education on April 23, 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. In this webinar, participants will learn why, how and when to accommodate employees with mental health disabilities in the higher education employment setting. In addition to addressing the legal framework for the provision of such accommodations, speakers will provide practical guidance and strategies higher education HR professionals can use to respond confidently to reasonable accommodation requests from employees across all sectors of their institution and develop a well-planned process that will lead to sound decisions. Several real-life accommodation situations and solutions from colleges and universities across the country will also be presented.

Archived LEAD Center Webinar on WIOA from a Disability Perspective Now Available

A recorded archive of the LEAD Center webinar WIOA from a Disability Perspective: An Overview – Part 1 of 4 is now available. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents new opportunities for support for job seekers with disabilities that increases responsibility of Workforce Investment Boards and American Job Centers to be fully accessible and offer necessary accommodations to provide job seekers with disabilities effective and meaningful participation in the use of skills training and career pathways for 21st century jobs. This webinar series will help participants understand the possibilities of WIOA from a disability perspective.