The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014: An Overview of the Law and Implications for College Students with Intellectual Disability
This Think College Fast Fact focuses on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 which is the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. WIOA funds and supports state vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs. It has enhanced supports for young people with intellectual disabilities (ID) who wish to access postsecondary education, find a job, and develop a career. Perhaps the most important aspect of WIOA is the emphasis on competitive integrated employment, which is work that takes place in inclusive, typical work settings and for which employees, with and without disabilities, receive a competitive wage.
Gamel-McCormick, M. (2016). The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014: An overview of the law and implications for college students with intellectual disability. Think College Fast Facts, Issue No. 7. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.