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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Blind)

    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan [13] 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:


    [13] Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA

    • o. State's Strategies

      Describe the required strategies and how the agency will use these strategies to achieve its goals and priorities, support innovation and expansion activities, and overcome any barriers to accessing the VR and the Supported Employment programs (See sections 101(a)(15)(D) and (18)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act and section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA)):

o. 8. B. Support innovation and expansion activities; and

Current Narrative:

The Commission’s strategies to support innovation and expansion activities have been outlined above in section (o)(1). A substantial support of ICBVI activities are:

  • the appointment of a business engagement specialist, and
  • a substantial increase of the Rehabilitation Teachers role in all aspects of VR service delivery.

All of these strategies are included and supported in ICBVI’s strategic and operational plans and are approved and supported by the Board of Commissioners.

Innovation and expansion funds will not be utilized to support the Board of Commissioners or the State Independent Living Council during PY 2020 or PY 20121.