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Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center

Overview

The WINTAC is led by the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University and consists of the following partners:

  • The National Disability Institute and their LEAD Center
  • The George Washington University’s Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education
  • The University of Arkansas CURRENTS
  • PolicyWorks
  • The Career Index
  • The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute

The WINTAC will provide training and technical assistance (TA) to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (SVRAs) and related agencies and rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Topic Areas and Outcomes

Provide training and universal, targeted and intensive TA to SVRAs and related agencies and rehabilitation professionals and service providers in five topic areas related to changes made by WIOA:

  1. Provision of pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities and supported employment services to youth with disabilities
    Outcome: Implementation of effective and efficient pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities, as set forth in section 113 of the Rehabilitation Act
  2. Implementation of the requirements in section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act that are under the purview of the Department of Education
    Outcome: Implementation by SVRAs, in coordination with local and State educational agencies and with the DOL, of the requirements in Section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act that are under the purview of the DOE
  3. Provision of resources and strategies to help individuals with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, including customized employment and supported
    Outcome: Increased access to supported employment and customized employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, receiving services under the State VR and Supported Employment programs
  4. Integration of the State VR program into the workforce development system
    Outcomes: An increased percentage of individuals with disabilities who receive services through the State VR agency and who achieve employment outcomes in competitive integrated employment and (2) Improved collaboration between State VR agencies and other core programs of the workforce development system;
  5. Transition to the new common performance accountability system under section 116 of WIOA, including the collection and reporting of common data elements.
    Outcome: Implementation of the new common performance accountability system under section 116 of WIOA.

Partners