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OVR Director's Speech

WIOA Core Partners Panel

The CNMI Disability Network Partners Conference

Developmental Disabilities and Employment Awareness Month

March 7, 2016 - Saipan World Resort

 

Introduction of WIOA

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or WIOA was signed into law by President Obama in July of 2014. It replaced the outdated Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which made significant changes to the Rehabilitation Act, a federal statute that authorizes funding for the public vocational rehabilitation program, otherwise known as voc rehab or VR. WIOA aims to strengthen workforce development and provide greater opportunities for those who experience barriers to employment, including people with disabilities, to obtain competitive integrated employment. To achieve this, WIOA core partners – and for the CNMI that would be the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Basic Education, and Workforce Investment Agency – must communicate more, collaborate more, and coordinate more to ensure better and greater employment outcomes for each of our respective target populations. WIOA aims to do away with programs working in silos. WIOA aims to achieve employment outcomes by aligning the core programs and coordinating as well as sharing data. Success has never been more dependent on collaboration than it is now…with WIOA.

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**The March DDEAM Conference A Big Success**

The CNMI’s Disability Network Partners (DNP) celebrated Developmental Disabilities and Employment Awareness Month in March of 2016.  Valued CNMI Employers, Consumers, Students, Stakeholders and Partners all took part in the very first Development Disabilities and Employment Awareness Month (DDEAM) Conference. Training sessions/presentations during the statewide conference afforded the participants the opportunity to learn about the current issues affecting disability and employment in our island community.  Exhibits from various agencies also allowed for networking with disability-related partners who were in attendance to showcase their respective programs and services.

The Honorable Governor Ralph DLG Torres entertained conference participants with a proclamation signing declaring March 2016 as Developmental Disabilities and Employment Awareness Month.

The DNP is comprised of various community organizations that have banded together for the purpose of breaking down barriers that prevent the integration and full inclusion of people with developmental and other disabilities in all aspects of our community including our workplaces. The 2016 DDEAM Conference was made possible in part by:

CNMI Assistive Technology Program

Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency

CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities

Department of Labor

CHCC - Maternal & Child Health Bureau

NMC-University Ctr. for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

DC&CA - Division of Youth Services

Northern Marianas Protection and  Advocacy Systems Inc.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Statewide Independent Living Council

State Rehabilitation Council

The DNP would like to thank the following for exhibiting their programs at the 2016 DDEAM Conference:

Ayuda Network Inc. - Commonwealth Respite Program

Center for Living Independently

Commonwealth Office on Transit Authority

CNMI Assistive Technology Program

DCCA - Division of Youth Services

Disability Network Partners

Early Intervention Services

PSS - Americorps.  &  Cooperative Education Program

PSS - Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

Statewide Independent Living Council

 

Below are the available power point presentations from the Conference: 

Disabilities Awareness Etiquette: NMPASI

ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG): NMPASI

Employer’ Tax Credit: DOF – Division of Revenue & Tax

IEP vs. 504 Plan: VOICES of Tinian and OVR

IPE and Appeals: OVR

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition: OVR

Reasonable Accommodations & AT in the Workplace:  CDD-Assistive Technologies Program

Engaging Employer’s in Lifespan Respite: Commonwealth Respite Program

Recognizing Abuse & Neglect: DCCA-Division of Youth Services

Workforce Ready: NMC - UCEDD

 

 

 

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