Today, the President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the outdated Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This new law represents a renewed commitment to workforce development with an eye to the future through innovation and support for individual and national economic growth.
It is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation. It looks to the prosperity of workers and employers and focuses on the economic growth of communities, regions, and states to enhance our global competitiveness as a country.
By Tawny Stottlemire, Executive Director
Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and his federal Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is conducting a study about disability and poverty.
Their goal is to explore why it is difficult to move out of poverty if one has a disability.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is on its way to the President’s desk!
As we previously reported, leaders from the House and Senate have introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Senate passed WIOA on June 25th by a vote of 95-3. Today the House Passed WIOA by a vote of 415-6.
It is time to celebrate, and to come together as advocates from across the nation to learn exactly what these changes will mean for IL at the Federal level.
I applaud the overwhelming majority of lawmakers from both parties who came together on behalf of America’s workers to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This bipartisan compromise will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future.
Today’s vote helps ensure that our workers can earn the skills employers are looking for right now and that American businesses have the talent pool it takes to compete and win in our global economy. I look forward to signing it into law and hope Congress will continue to come together to make progress for America’s working families.
It’s time for signs to keep up with the times.
That is the contention of two men who are working to make Merriam the first Midwest city to adopt a new, more active-looking symbol indicating a place is accessible to those who use wheelchairs.
Finn Bullers of Prairie Village is a former Kansas City Star reporter and now the Midwest regional coordinator for the Accessible Icon Project, which is working to change the 45-year-old upright stick figure to something more forward-leaning, lifelike and life-affirming.
By DON HYDE, St. George
I live independently and have my struggles each day, but I’m quick with a smile and a warm “hello.” I’ve been a hard worker all my life. In 2008, I was injured to the point where I could no longer work. I struggle financially but continue to fight to stay in my home with Home and Community Based Services. I want to encourage others in the same position to advocate with their legislators.
Brothers and Sisters, Advocates Nationwide: This is one of the most historic times for Independent Living.
By Shari Coatney, SKIL CEO
The volunteers we very appreciated. The cooks worked there back sides off and made sure everyone was fed and had their needs met.
The transportation was a nice touch this year. We could not of provided that if we didn't have willing people picking people up by 7:00. Then running people home after a long hot day in the sun!! Thanks for getting people to the event!