- Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Blind)
The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan  must include the following descriptions and estimates, as required by section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA:
 Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA
p. 1. A. Identify the strategies that contributed to the achievement of the goals
The following strategies contributed to the vocational rehabilitation program’s success in program year 2018.
Goal 1: Highest Client Achievement
Strategy 1.1: Secure opportunities for students and youth with disabilities to practice and improve workplace skills.
Strategy 1.2: Ensure clients participating in training and education programs are benefiting.
Strategy 1.3: Increase utilization of online job systems/portals to expose employers to job ready FDBS consumers.
Strategy 1.4: Encourage and track industry certifications, apprenticeships, post-secondary outcomes/impacts, and explore expanded employment opportunities.
Strategy 1.5: Develop and implement an Employment Skills Training Program at the Residential Rehabilitation Center.
Goal 2: Seamless Articulation & Maximum Access
Strategy 2.1: Increase the provision of accessibility tools, awareness, and regular follow-up with consumers to ensure equality in educational experiences and vocational opportunities.
Strategy 2.2: Implement a comprehensive communication and outreach plan.
Strategy 2.3: Increase the number of individuals with significant and most significant disabilities receiving services.
Strategy 2.4: Increase outreach services to underserved and unserved population.
Strategy 2.5: Ensure client IEP goals are consistent with transportation resources.
Goal 3: Skilled Workforce & Economic Development
Strategy 3.1: Develop and strengthen DBS employer relationships through employer outreach, support, education and resources.
Strategy 3.2: Increase successful employment outcomes including self-employment outcomes for transition age youth, adults, and seniors.
Strategy 3.3: Create successful job outcomes in the Business Enterprise Program (BEP).
Strategy 3.4: Support FDBS clients in becoming self-supporting.
Strategy 3.5: Strengthen statewide collaborative partnerships with core partners.
Strategy 3.6: Develop mechanisms to maximize job placement effectiveness among Employment Placement Specialists (EPS) and contracted service providers.
Strategy 3.7: Support and track successful employment outcomes for blind Floridians with significant and most significant disabilities.
Strategy 3.8 Adopt and Modify the Vermont Progress Employment Model.
Strategy 3.9 Identify an approach to expedite eligibility and service delivery to individuals who are at risk of losing employment
Goal 4: Quality Efficient Services
Strategy 4.1: Increase staff development and continuing education. Figure 10.11 illustrates the dates and types of training provided in 2019.
Strategy 4.2: Align DBS policies and procedures to new WIOA requirements.
Strategy 4.3: Increase opportunities for data sharing and improve data validity and integrity.
Strategy 4.4: Decrease federal and state audit findings.
Strategy 4.5: Develop strong fiscal policies and procedures to promote responsible stewardship of available resources and address WIOA requirements.
Strategy 4.6: Strengthen contract language to ensure increased contractor accountability, improve resource allocations, address WIOA regulations and encourage maximum achievement of consumer independence.
Strategy 4.7: Strengthen contract monitoring activities and procedures/protocol to reflect new requirements.
Strategy 4.9: Improve employee work-place environment.