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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

    • b. Request for Waiver of Statewideness

      When requesting a waiver of the statewideness requirement, the designated State unit must identify the types of services to be provided by the program on a non-statewide basis. The waiver request must also include written assurances that:

b. 2. The designated State unit will approve each proposed service before it is put into effect; and

Current Narrative:

The state unit may provide services in one or more political subdivisions of the state that increase services or expand the scope of services that are available statewide under this State Plan if the:

a. non-federal share of the cost of these services is met from funds provided by a local public agency, including funds contributed to a local public agency by a private agency, organization or individual;

b. services are likely to promote the vocational rehabilitation of substantially larger numbers of individuals with disabilities or of individuals with disabilities with particular types of impairments; and

c. state, for purposes other than the establishment of a community rehabilitation program or the construction of a particular facility for community rehabilitation program purposes, requests in attachment 4.7(b)(3) a waiver of the state wideness requirement in accordance with the following requirements:

  • identification of the types of services to be provided;
  • written assurance from the local public agency that it will make available to the state unit the nonfederal share of funds;
  • written assurance that state unit approval will be obtained for each proposed service before it is put into effect; and
  • written assurance that all other State Plan requirements, including a state’s order of selection, will apply to all services approved under the waiver.