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June 23, 2015

National Partner in Job Creation Responds to Latest Trends

Category: General — NYSID @ 9:13 am

The State Use Programs Association (SUPRA), the principal national membership organization of State Use (i.e., Preferred Source) contracting agencies, recently submitted comments on proposed rules relating to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

President Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014, to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers needed to compete in the global economy.

NYSID is a member of SUPRA along with 27 other states, representing more than 700 Community Rehabilitation Organizations (CROs) that provide employment and training opportunities to at least 40,000 people with disabilities.

SUPRA’s comments to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan address regulations pertaining to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program, the State Supported Employment Services Program, and Limitations on Use of Subminimum Wage.

“We salute the Department of Education’s initiative in developing these regulations, recognizing they attempt to strengthen the alignment between Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and other Workforce Programs throughout the nation,” the SUPRA letter states. “In addition, we believe that in general these new regulations will empower individuals with disabilities to maximize economic self-sufficiency and create new benchmarks for independence, inclusion and integration into society.”

Here’s more about what SUPRA says in response to WIOA and its potential ramifications.

 

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