Finding Information on the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act

The 1998 reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act (Title IV of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998; PL 105-220) requires that the State Plan for each VR agency must include an interagency agreement covering 1) agency financial responsibility, 2) conditions, terms, & procedures of reimbursement, 3) procedures for resolving interagency disputes, and 4) coordination of service procedures among the various providers of services to VR clients. State Plans are due in to the Federal Government by April 1, 2000.

Postsecondary programs should make sure that they are a part of the planning process in their states. We are finding that many postsecondary program service providers are unaware of the provision in the section on the Rehabilitation Act Reauthorization for interagency agreements. What can you, as a postsecondary institution, do to prepare for these meetings and educate yourself about the Act and its potential impact on services to students who are VR clients?

The entire act is available free of charge from the Senate Document Room. Fax 202-228-2815 and request Conference Report 105-659.

Disability Access Information and Support has developed a virtual Teach In on the subject of Vocational Rehabilitation and Interagency Agreements. The purpose of the Teach In is to inform, discuss/share, publicize, and encourage action. The website for the Teach In is http://www.janejarrow.com/teach-in. Information can also be found there on how to sign on to the newly-established listserv that will be used to explore this topic.

Finally, PEPNet has posted a kit to their webpage to help postsecondary education programs prepare for negotiations with Vocational Rehabilitation. The website is http://www.pepnet.org. The PEPNet website explores the history of the Vocational Rehabilitation-Institution of Higher Education relationship, recent events that have had an impact on this relationship, and points that each state Institution of Higher Education should be sure to obtain clarification on, such as how funding of out-of-state students will be handled, and the role of private postsecondary institutions.


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