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Join Our Partner, the LEAD Center, for a Webinar on WIOA from a Disability Perspective: An Overview – Part 1 of 4

The LEAD Center, funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Policy, is hosting a four-part webinar series titled “WIOA from a Disability Perspective.”

LEAD Center Logo - www.leadcenter.orgSigned into law by President Obama last July, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market and matching employers with skilled workers who may benefit from education, skills training, and career services. At a state and local level, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) must engage in a unified state planning process that will enhance their focus on cross system collaboration (Title I Adult and Youth programs and services with Wagner-Peyser Employment Services and Title I of the Rehabilitation Act programs).

WIOA represents new opportunities for support for job seekers with disabilities that increases responsibility of WIBs and American Job Centers to be fully accessible and offer necessary accommodations to provide job seekers with disabilities effective and meaningful participation in the use of skills training and career pathways for 21st century jobs.

As the regulations for implementing WIOA are now not expected until the Spring, join the LEAD Center for this webinar series to help you understand the possibilities of WIOA from a disability perspective. 


  • Michael Morris, LEAD Center – Co-Chair of the Public Policy Team and Executive Director, National Disability Institute
  • David Mank, Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University – Newly-elected Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (Section 609 of Title IV of WIOA)
  • Bridget Brown, Executive Director – National Association of Workforce Development Professionals
  • Don Wehbey, Labor Market Information Director – National Association of State Workforce Agencies

This is the first of a four-part webinar series. After registering for this webinar, be sure to register for the remaining webinars in the series – space is limited:

Please note: This webinar will be captioned and a link to download the presentation will be sent to registrants prior to the webinar. To request any other reasonable accommodations, please contact Brittany Taylor at within 48 hours of the webinar.

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