Tips for WIOA Section 188
- Follow guidance in the Department of Labor’s document, Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide
- Increase your understanding by reading the LEAD Center’s policy brief, Section 188 of WIOA: Summary Review of the DOL Final Rule, from a Disability Perspective
- Review your state’s WIOA State Plan. Under the provisions of WIOA, governors were required to submit a plan to the Department of Labor, outlining a four-year strategy for the state’s workforce development system. Learn about the investment, programs and initiatives underway in your state.
- Consult your AEM State Contact regarding technical assistance and training available in your state.
- Use AEM Center resources to develop or improve your agency’s policies around the provision of accessible materials and technologies:
- The PALM Initiative presents guidance and action steps that a range of workforce development stakeholders can take to ensure accessibility in procurement and acquisition procedures.
- If your agency contracts with postsecondary institutions, refer them to UDL on Campus for a collection of resources on accessibility policy and legal obligations, as well as accessible media and materials.
- CAST Figuration is a tool that web authors can use to build accessible, cross-device, interactive websites. Share Figuration with your agency’s web development team.
- Workforce Development and AEM presents accessible technology-related information and expertise in the employment sector.
- Best Practices for Educators & Instructors ensures that the materials that your staff create are accessible.
Section 188 of WIOA
Prohibits discrimination against people who apply, participate, work, or come into contract with programs and activities of the workforce development system.View in glossary
Content, activity, or technology that is usable by everyone with equivalent ease of use.View in glossary
Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.View in glossary
Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
Print- and technology-based educational materials designed to be usable across the widest range of individual variability.View in glossary
Access for all people, including people with disabilities, to web environments.View in glossary
Technology that can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. Incorporates the principles of universal design.View in glossary
Work performed for compensation, at location, and with opportunities for advancement similar to those who are not individuals with disabilities.View in glossary