Many individuals contributed to the plan reflecting the work of the whole agency. This year’s review was approved by RSA as well as from our Governor.
For a state to participate in the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program, it must have an approved State Plan (Title I) and Supplement (Title VI, Part B).
The Plan and its Supplement describe a state’s activities related to various administrative and operational considerations. As such, the State Plan and its Supplement serve as key elements as federal partners monitor VR agencies.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) monitors all VR agencies. Every year, a state must submit a State Plan to RSA to ensure conformity with statutory provisions of theRehabilitation Act and RSA administrative requirements.
Additional requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) compels states to work with designated partners in state planning efforts. IVRS works with three core programs on a “Unified State Plan.” Core programs contributing to the development of Iowa’s Unified State Plan include: the Adult, Dislocated Worker and Youth programs; the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act program; the Employment Service program authorized under the Wagner-Peyser Act; and the IVRS program.
IVRS worked with our State Rehabilitation Council to address responsibilities under WIOA, some of which include the following:
Increased role for IVRS in transition – including Pre-employment Transition Services and Potentially Eligible, and services to Youth;
Limitations on the use of subminimum wage;
Eligibility for those in need of Job Retention;
Memoranda of Agreements established between IVRS and the Department of Education, and IVRS and Iowa’s Department of Human Services;
Changes defining Competitive Integrated Employment and Supported Employment Services;
Movement of federal programs, roles of IVRS in One-Stop systems and funding of One-Stop infrastructure;
Increased emphasis on the role of IVRS in the Workforce Development system and shared performance measures.
IVRS Unified State Plan covers the period July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2020, and “represents a fundamental transformation of the workforce system to deliver integrated, job-driven services to job seekers, workers, and employers.”
IVRS Job Candidate In the News!
"Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services has made a huge impact in my life and in my career. Without their help I would not have been able to hired as a 6th grade special education teacher at Fort Dodge Community Schools. I am now doing what I love while helping others who have disabilities just like I do. IVRS provided me with assistive devices that allow me to hear in the classroom, during IEP meetings, and while completing one-on-one assessments on my students. Without these devices I would not have been able to do my job. These devices have also helped me to partake in social gatherings again. I no longer feel isolated because I am able to be part of conversations in and out of the classroom. The help IVRS provided has been invaluable. I was able to obtain and maintain a my job as a result."
See the article in the Des Moines Register about our Job Candidate who overcame barriers to achieve her dream career!
Since the beginning of the spring semester, the group as worked with the individual — who works as a delivery driver and will remain anonymous to protect their privacy — to create a cart-like device to help with the day-to-day requirements of their job.”
IVRS holds National Disability Employment Awareness Months Event Across Iowa!
In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Waterloo Area Office held the first ever “Inclusion Drives
Innovation” event on October 26th to honor businesses who have hired candidates from the Waterloo Area Office. Awards were
Small Business of the Year, Den Herder;
Large Business of the Year, Masterbrand Cabinets
Manager of the Year, Julie from Wal-Mart
David Mitchell opened the event and Kyle Horn from America Honor Jobs provided the closing remarks. Testimonial was given by Dimitri Grundy, an employee of the Large Business of the Year winner, Masterbrand Cabinets.
Left: Small business of the year winners Tammy and Kirsten Den Herder at the Waterloo event.
Above: Staff from the Waterloo Area Office, workforce partners and award winners for NDEAM.
See the story about our IVRS Council Bluffs Area Office National Disability Employment Awareness Month in The Daily NonPareil!
Award present to Employer Brad Krause presented with an award by Melissa Stevens-Shudak and Shayla Stater.
Iowa City Area Office Hosts Future Ready Iowa Conference
The Iowa City Area Office hosted Governor Reynolds on Friday Oct 20th for the final stop of four stops in her Future Ready Iowa tour.
The event took place at City High School. IVRS Administrator David Mitchell served as the panel moderator, and James Smith & Melissa Copeland-Silver highlighted IVRS's role in connecting students with STEM careers.
Panel members included Kaily Hoard: Goodwill/ Making The Grade, Judi Warth, Center for Disabilities and Development and Tom Braverman, Iowa City Schools. Our students, Edward Esbeck, Jayden Brooks, and Daniel Meyer, were the spotlight of the afternoon. Susan Murphy with Staff Management/ Proctor & Gamble offered the employer perspective.
This was a unique opportunity to share the work that is occurring here in Iowa City through collaboration to connect young adults with training and employment opportunities.
Winners Announced for Iowa Job Honor Awards New initiative aims toemploy disadvantaged jobseekers by celebrating “A New Kind of Hero”
Iowa Job Honor Awards Honorees
The Iowa Job Honor Awards, an initiative aimed at recognizing Iowans who have overcome barriers to employment, has announced its top honorees for 2016.
In the employer category, Owner Revolution in Atlantic and The ReWall Company of Des Moines were honored for their commitment to hire disadvantaged candidates, including people with developmental disabilities, past criminal convictions and histories of addiction. Heather Link, human resources manager at Owner Revolution, believes that people who overcome barriers often make exceptional employees. “They value this opportunity so much. They’re doing something that matters, and they’re valued. And to me, that’s success.” Jan Rayman, CEO at ReWall, agrees: “We’ve struggled to find people who would do a good job and show up every day, so we quickly arrived at the conclusion that it’s not about their background, it’s about their present and future. We want to be the company offering second chances.”
Pictured are: Kyle Horn, Founder & Director of America’s Job Honor Awards; Heather Link and Lorene Grubbs of Owner Revolution in Atlantic; John Worth, V.P. and General Manager at Owner Revolution Inc. and Michelle Krefft, Business Consultant at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.