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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Combined or General)

    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

    • i. Comprehensive System of Personnel Development; Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

      Describe the designated State agency's procedures and activities to establish and maintain a comprehensive system of personnel development designed to ensure an adequate supply of qualified State rehabilitation professional and paraprofessional personnel for the designated State unit, including the following:

      • 3. Personnel Standards

        Describe the State agency's policies and procedures for the establishment and maintenance of personnel standards consistent with section 101(a)(7)(B) to ensure that designated State unit professional and paraprofessional personnel are adequately trained and prepared, including:

i. 3. B. The establishment and maintenance of education and experience requirements, in accordance with section 101(a)(7)(B)(ii) of the Rehabilitation Act, to ensure that the personnel have a 21st century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Current Narrative:

IDVR is committed to providing all employees with professional development opportunities which will enhance employee job performance; support the Agency’s mission, values and goals; and lead to successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

IDVR has established education and experience requirements for each position in the Agency with a focus on alignment of requirements contained in section 101(a)(7)(B)(ii) which meet or exceed the standards required in 101(a)(7)(B)(ii)(I)-(II) including a requirement for a master’s or doctoral degree in vocational rehabilitation or a related field to be recognized as a qualified rehabilitation professional at IDVR.  When unable to hire VRCs, the Division supports a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist position with fewer requirements (explained under 3(a) in the preceding section, but requirements which are specifically outlined to meet the conditions of the 21st century workforce understanding.

IDVR hires with a preference for people who have experience working with people with disabilities, particularly around advocacy and providing direct support.

With the increased WIOA emphasis on workforce development the Division will also concentrate on providing training to strengthen business relationships and increase knowledge of labor market relevance and employer needs.  IDVR will establish ongoing requirements to participate in continuing education around a 21st century understanding of the workforce including periodic updates on LMI and career pathways and evolving regional labor trends and expectations.

Through an increased emphasis on data-driven decisions, IDVR will increase utilization of the most recently available labor market information to best inform customer vocational decisions.