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Iowa’s Disability Employment Initiative. Iowa Employer’s Council 1/30/13. DOL’s Intent with DEI. To enhance the capability of the Workforce Center Systems to serve and include people with disabilities in the workforce of the communities in which they live .

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Iowa s disability employment initiative

Iowa’s Disability Employment Initiative

Iowa Employer’s Council

1/30/13


Dol s intent with dei
DOL’s Intent with DEI

  • To enhance the capability of the Workforce Center Systems to serve and include people with disabilities in the workforce of the communities in which they live.

  • It is the intent that the One-Stop System is fully accessible to people with disabilities and that the services are responsive to them.


Department of labor wia
Department of Labor - WIA

  • Participate in a seamless system of services - address the “disconnects”

  • Fully include people with disabilities in the work force

  • Facilitate the capacity of partner expertise to become resources to others in serving “common” customers, and sharing positive outcomes


Building on our foundation
Building on Our Foundation

  • Collaborative Planning and Demonstration Grants

  • Navigator Initiative

  • SSA Benefits Planning

  • Integration Model

  • Ticket to Work


Strategies for iowa rwibs
Strategies for Iowa RWIBs

  • Enhanced Partnerships

  • Integrated Resource Teams

  • Innovative Practices

  • Increased Financial Literacy

  • Greater Access to Services through Technology and Integrated Offices

  • Greater Inclusion in Mainstream Services such as NCRC and Skilled Iowa Initiative

  • Disability Subject Matter Expert


Key players
Key Players

  • State Partner Agencies

  • Regional Workforce Investment Boards

  • Local Leadership Teams

  • Disability Subject Matter Expert

  • Iowans with Disabilities


Implementation steps
Implementation Steps

  • Select 5 “Study” Regions – out of 11 Regions that expressed interest

  • Meet with RWIBs and Develop Local Leadership Teams

  • Focus Groups with Job Seekers with Disabilities

  • Coordination with Similar Disability Initiatives

  • Ongoing Oversight and Adjustments


Study regions
Study Regions

  • Disability Subject Matter Experts

  • Technical Assistance with National and State Consultants

  • Explore New Community Partnerships and use of Innovative Practices

  • Flexible Funding to Support use of Innovative Practices and address access with technological solutions


Expected outcomes
Expected Outcomes

  • More Iowans with Disabilities are Working

    • Demonstrated by Project Data

    • Demonstrated by WIA Data

    • Demonstrated by Integration Data

  • Documentation of Effective Use of Employment Practices with Iowans who have not used the One-Stop Before

  • Increased Collaborative Response by the Service System

  • Sustainable Change through:

    • Partnerships

    • Practice, and

    • Ticket to Work


Leadership and process
Leadership and Process

  • State Leadership Team

    • Technical Assistance and Training with Local Leadership

    • Problem Solving

    • On the watch for new opportunities

    • Total Quality Improvement

    • Replication and Sustainability

  • Local Process

    • Agreement with RWIBs

    • Establish Local Leadership Teams

    • Implement DEI Strategies


Added focus
Added Focus

  • Increased Access with Technology

  • Mobility Management

  • Increased Access for Deaf Iowans

  • Increased Business Partnerships


Mobility management
Mobility Management

  • Establish Agreement with Iowa Association of Regional Councils

  • Statewide Mobility Manager will facilitate Transportation planning for Pilot Region Workforce Investment Boards

  • Statewide Mobility Manager will engage the Mobility Managers in Sioux City and Des Moines areas to support planning

  • Mobility Managers will assist Job Seekers with Disabilities in problem solving around transportation

  • DEI State Leadership and ITCC requests assistance of Mobility Managers in clarifying and quantifying transportation barriers


Other concurrent initiatives
Other Concurrent Initiatives

  • Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project

  • Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment

  • Money Follows the Person


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