In accordance with the ICR, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements, States must submit a WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan two-year update to the Departments by April 1, 2018.
The draft plan is posted on the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) webpage as of March 12, 2018 with all comments due by close of business on March March 27, 2018.
This draft of the Iowa Unified State Plan only includes the sections specific to IVRS modifications.
Before the final modifications are posted for federal review, public comment is encouraged. Individuals and organizations are more than welcome to ask questions, request clarifications, express concerns and suggest improvements. A response document will be posted by IVRS indicating if a change to the draft document was made and a link to a final version of the modifications submitted for Title IV will be posted on the webpage.
A contact name, email address and organization is optional, and will be used only in case of needed clarifications related to the posted question or comment, those details will not be posted to the response page. To ensure comments are incorporated into the changes of the plan, it is required to note the referenced section of the plan and the specific page number.
Thank you for your participation. Responses and any questions can be directed to:
Lee Ann Russo
IVRS Resource Manager
510 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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.