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ODEP News Brief

April 24, 2015


Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet May 11-12, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its third meeting on May 11-12, 2015 via webinar. The meeting will be open to the public and will take place each day from 1:00-5:00 PM EDT. During the meeting, the Committee will hear expert testimony, and the Committee's four subcommittees will report on their efforts to date and discuss next steps in their work. There will be a public comment period on May 11, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice. Members of the public wishing to participate in the webinar must register by May 4.

Read the Federal Register Notice regarding the public meeting
Register for both days of the webinar

JAN Archives Webcast on Drugs and Alcohol under the ADA

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently archived its April 14 webcast on "Drugs and Alcohol under the ADA." In the webcast, Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., JAN Principal Consultant, addressed the intricacies of how the ADA applies to drug and alcohol issues in the workplace, focusing on questions that employers often ask when they contact JAN. Batiste presented real life situations and solutions to illustrate her answers. In addition to the webcast, the PowerPoint presentation and transcript are available on the JAN Webcast Rewind page, where archived versions of all of JAN's webcasts can be found.

View all of JAN's archived webcasts

LEAD Webinar — WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process — Part 2 of 4-Part Series on WIOA — April 29, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The "WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process" webinar, to be held April 29, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT, is the second part of the LEAD Center's four-part series on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The first in the series, "WIOA from a Disability Perspective: An Overview," has been archived on the LEAD website. The third webinar "WIOA Youth Services" will take place on June 24, while the fourth, "Section 188, the Nondiscrimination Provisions of WIOA," will be presented on September 24.

Register for the WIOA Part 2 webinar
View the archived WIOA Part 1 webinar

LEAD Center Publishes Two Policy Briefs on WIOA Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

The LEAD Center has published two new Policy Briefs outlining and summarizing the April 16 Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding Title I and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The brief "Summary Description from a Disability Perspective — Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Workforce Development Activities) Notices of Proposed Rulemaking" outlines those provisions in Title I of WIOA pertaining to workforce development activities of particular applicability to individuals with disabilities and individuals with a barrier to employment.  The brief "Summary Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (State Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" discusses the implementation of new guidelines as proposed for State Vocational Rehabilitation Services programs and State Supported Employment Services programs under Title IV of WIOA.

Read the Policy Brief on WIOA Title I
Read the Policy Brief on WIOA Title IV

Department of Education to Hold Public Meetings on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services within the Department of Education has announced plans to hold two public meetings to seek comments about the proposed regulatory changes contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was published in the Federal Register on April 16, 2015, which would implement statutory changes to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the State Supported Employment Services programs, as well as provisions governing Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage that fall under the Secretary of Education's purview. The meetings will take place on April 30, 2015, in Washington, DC, and May 20, 2015, in Sacramento, CA. The meetings will provide the public with the opportunity to present public comments on only the separate NPRM amending 34 CFR parts 361, 363, and 397, which is the NPRM associated with Docket ID ED-2015-OSERS-0001. It is likely that each participant will be limited to five minutes. Speakers may also submit written comments at the public meetings. In addition, the Department will accept written comments through www.regulations.gov, as explained in the separate NPRM.

Read the Federal Register Notice regarding the public meetings
Read the Federal Register Notice regarding the NPRM