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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

    • 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. 7. Strategies for assisting other components of the statewide workforce development system in assisting individuals with disabilities

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Strategies for the Statewide Workforce Investment System to Assist Individuals with Disabilities

WIOA presents requirements and opportunities for VR to strengthen its partnership with entities of the Statewide Workforce Development System. In addition to requirements outlined in WIOA, the following strategies will increase partnerships with the statewide workforce development system to further help job seekers with disabilities.

  • Continue implementation of WIOA with other core programs, including design of the one-stop career center system and integrated performance accountability system.
  • Collaborate with and offer training to CareerSource Florida and Employment Networks to provide services.
  • Continue area directors’ and representatives’ participation on the local Workforce Boards.
  • Continue to promote VR’s presence in CareerSource Florida through co-location of VR units in One-Stop Career centers, employees being out-stationed and/or through regular visits by VR employees to One-Stop Career Centers.
  • Develop a network of qualified benefits planners to augment the SSA contracts for Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program services. SSA contracted networks are insufficient in quantity and they have reprioritized their service population so that ticketholders, youth, and SSI/ SSDI beneficiaries who are not yet working or ready to work are in last place. VR believes benefits planning must be provided early to families and youth and will purchase these services when not available through SSA capacity.