Vocational Rehabilitation Grants
USGG Grant Writing Workshops include training on how to apply for vocational rehabilitation grants. A 381 page workbook, funding resources, sample grant proposals, and grant writing tips are provided to all participants.
Federal vocational rehabilitation grants are provided to states on a formula basis for the administration and operation of a vocational rehabilitation program to assist individuals with disabilities in preparing for and engaging in gainful employment. Vocational rehabilitation grants provide a wide range of services and job training to people with disabilities who want to work. At present, the state vocational rehabilitation grants system is serving more than one million eligible individuals, and over 80 percent have significant disabilities. Priority is given to people with the most significant disabilities.
To be eligible for services from vocational rehabilitation grants from a state vocational rehabilitation agency, a person must have a physical or mental impairment that is a substantial impediment to employment, be able to benefit from services provided by vocational rehabilitation grants in terms of employment, and require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain employment. State vocational rehabilitation agencies assist persons with disabilities to locate employment by developing and maintaining close relationships with local businesses. Furthermore, they assist persons served to become tax-paying citizens and to reduce their reliance on entitlement programs and vocational rehabilitation grants.
To help the population of unemployed persons with disabilities join the workforce, state vocational rehabilitation grants provide funding for comprehensive rehabilitation services that go beyond those found in routine job training programs. This frequently includes work evaluation services; assessment for and provision of assistive technology, such as customized computer interfaces for persons with physical or sensory disabilities, job counseling services, and medical and therapeutic services.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.
WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.