Disability Access Committee Video

Disability Access Committee Video


In the state of Iowa we are fortunate to
have an incredibly low unemployment rate. The largest pool of potential employees
in the state are those with disabilities so it’s vitally important to our
economic growth and to develop the skilled workforce that we need, that we
make the workplace accessible to all Iowans. Through the Workforce Innovation
Opportunities Act we’re responsible for looking at how we move employment
forward for all Iowans. This includes Iowans with disabilities. We really would
like the folks that we serve to be able to participate fully in those same
services and really save the taxpayers money and help our clients to
understand they are part of a community. WIOA has renewed focus on making our
field offices and programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. You know
we have an interesting challenge today and with limited financial resources we
have to find ways to partner and collaborate differently across all of
our core partner areas so this work that’s occurring at the regional level
allows state agencies and core partners to look at how we align service delivery,
how we leverage resources, to really maximize the work that’s occurring for
each individual Iowan. Under WIOA our Workforce Development Boards will
serve as hubs so the core partners can work with stakeholders and businesses to
meet workforce needs across the state. I am very grateful that folks are taking
the time and interest and putting forth the energy to serve on these disability
access committees to help us to make the one-stop centers available and
accessible to all Iowans. We think this will fit in very well with strategies
not only from the Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act,
but through Future Ready Iowa. In order for Iowa to meet the skilled workforce
needs is projected to have by 2025 the Future Ready Iowa initiative is
looking at areas to improve and increase the number of Iowans in our skilled
workforce. That’s why the work of the local disability access committees is so
important because they can help employers in their own region identify
individuals who have skills that will meet their employment needs. We look
forward to working with you to help make our one-stop centers and programs both
physically and programmatically accessible to all Iowans including those
with disabilities.

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