Request for written comments on the Workforce Investment Act of 1998


The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has requested written comments on the implementation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.  The Rehabilitation Act was reauthorized as title IV of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.


This is your opportunity to tell the federal government about how well your State workforce investment programs are accommodating people with disabilities.


The specific purposes of the Act are to:


            Empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society, through –statewide workforce investment systems that include, as integral components, comprehensive and coordinated state-of-the-art programs of vocational rehabilitation; independent living centers and services; research; training; demonstration projects; and the guarantee of equal opportunity; and

            Ensure that the Federal Government plays a leadership role in promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities, and in assisting States and providers of services in fulfilling the aspirations of those individuals with disabilities for meaningful and gainful employment and independent living.


The Act includes seven Titles:


            Title I establishes the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; the Client Assistance Program and the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.


            Title II establishes the National Institute of Disability Research and Rehabilitation (NIDRR) to do research and related activities.


            Title III authorizes projects for migrant and seasonal farm workers, recreational activities for individuals with disabilities, parent training, client choice and special demonstration programs.


            Title IV establishes the National Council on Disability.


            Title V authorizes the Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights Program.


            Title VI authorizes the Projects with Industry and Supported Employment State Grants programs.


            Title VII authorizes funding for comprehensive services for Independent Living and Independent Living centers.

Written comments are due by June 30, 2002.


You may submit your comments to:


            Joanne Wilson


            Rehabilitation Services Administration


In one of 3 ways:




            Mail:  U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW., room 3028, Mary E. Switzer Building, Washington, D.C.  20202-2531


            Fax:  (202) 205-9252