The Collaboration to Promote Self Determination Invites You to a Congressional Briefing in Celebration of
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014
Advisory Committee Recommendations and Legislative Opportunities


Date: Monday, October 2, 2017

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Russell Senate Office Building, SR 325


Sponsors: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA); House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Chairs Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI); and other members of Congress (to be announced)

In 2014, Congress passed bicameral, bipartisan legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This legislation recognized barriers people with disabilities face securing jobs and careers and called for the convening of a committee of stakeholders to develop recommendations to mitigate and solve these challenges. The Advisory Committee issued its final report on September 15th, 2016, and provides a consensus vision and roadmap for significantly increasing employment and disrupting poverty in job seekers with disabilities. This briefing will review the key findings of the Advisory Committee and recommend legislative remedies for Congress to consider.

Dr. David Mank, Chairman of the WIOA Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
Patti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports, Bureau of TennCare

Speaker Bios
David Michael Mank, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Indiana’s University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, and Full Professor in the School of Education. As a writer and researcher, Dr. Mank has an extensive background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities. He has authored or coauthored dozens of articles and book chapters, is a member of the editorial boards of scholarly journals, and has held leadership positions and received multiple recognitions in the field.

Patti Killingsworth is an Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of TennCare, and since February 2007, the Chief of Long Term Services & Supports. She has worked in Medicaid programs in Missouri and Tennessee for nearly two decades, leading system redesign initiatives in both states. She has a long history of ensuring that that the perspectives of people who need long term services and supports, their family members, and other key stakeholders are considered in policy and program decision- making processes.

CPSD was founded in 2007 to push for major systemic reform of the nation’s disability laws and programs so that people with significant disabilities can become employed, earn competitive wages, live independently in inclusive communities, and rise out of poverty. CPSD is the only disability collaboration led by organizations representing people with disabilities and their families, and is committed to educating Congress and federal agencies about what people with disabilities need to rise out of poverty and live more independently.  

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