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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

Current Narrative:

The agency maintains a very productive relationship with the Workforce Development System of Alabama. The ADRS Commissioner sits on the Statewide Workforce Development Board and the Governor’s office on education and workforce transformation board. Consequently, the agency has a voice at the table to advocate for the needs and issues of individuals with disabilities. The agency has counselors stationed on a permanent basis in One-Stop Career Centers in several of the larger cities in the state. These staff members receive referrals and provide advice and information to other staff in the One-Stop Career Centers on how to serve individuals with disabilities. The agency will have staff participate in the state Workforce Conference and serve on local workforce boards.  The agency sits on the planning council of the workforce conference so that various breakout sessions related to the needs of individuals with disabilities are included on the agenda. The agency is currently working in collaboration with the Career Centers and Workforce Development Partners on assessing all the Career Centers in the state for accessibility. Recommendations will be made by the agency and the Workforce Development Core Partners will work together to ensure that the Career Centers continue to be accessible for all individuals with disabilities. Also, as mentioned previously, the agency has established a Video Interpreting Network. Should a deaf individual come into the local One—Stop Career Center, a video interpreting situation can be set up for that individual to be served. ADRS continues to collaborate with workforce boards to provide services to students and youth with disabilities.  These collaborations bring together several Workforce Development partners such as Post-secondary Education, ADRS, Alabama Department of Labor and Alabama Department of Commerce.