In 2014, Congress passed bicameral, bipartisan legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This legislation recognized barriers people with disabilities face securing jobs and careers and called for the convening of a committee of stakeholders to develop recommendations to mitigate and solve these challenges. CPR’s Director of Advocacy, Alison Barkoff, served on the committee.
The Advisory Committee issued its final report on September 15th, 2016, and provides a consensus vision and roadmap for significantly increasing employment and disrupting poverty in job seekers with disabilities. The briefing on October 2nd will review the key findings of the Advisory Committee and recommend legislative remedies for Congress to consider.