Voc Rehab Doubling Down On Transition-Age Youths

Nov 13, 2018 by

by Michelle Diament –

Vocational rehabilitation agencies across the country say they’re serving more students with disabilities thanks to a new federal mandate, but they’re still falling short of fully meeting their obligations.

The vast majority of state vocational rehabilitation agencies like Rehab Atlanta indicate that they’ve seen an uptick in the number of students they have provided with workplace readiness training, work-based learning experiences, self-advocacy training and counseling related to job exploration or postsecondary education over the last four years.

That’s according to a new report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office looking at what are known as pre-employment transition services.

Under a 2014 law, states were required to provide the employment preparation services to all students with disabilities, whether or not they specifically requested them. Moreover, the so-called Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act mandated that vocational rehabilitation agencies spend at least 15 percent of their program funds to help students with disabilities make the transition to work.

The provisions were among many in the law that sought to keep students with disabilities from being funneled from school to sheltered workshops and other environments paying less than minimum wage.

continue: Voc Rehab Doubling Down On Transition-Age Youths – Disability Scoop

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