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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


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