Wednesday, July 29, 2015 2:00 PM ~ 3:30 PM ET

The unemployment rates for youth with disabilities are significantly higher as compared to their peers without disabilities due to a range of factors from attitudinal barriers to inaccessible programs and services.


To ensure all youth, including those with disabilities, have access to career planning services, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) encourages seamless coordination between state and local agencies, workforce providers, and other providers to help youth with disabilities realize their career goals despite the individual challenges they may experience. 

During this webinar, the presenters will highlight program designs, service delivery strategies, and lessons learned on leveraging collaborative partnerships to develop comprehensive programs and to coordinate supportive services during program participation and after job placement.

This session is the 6th webinar of the Enough is Known for Action series, which is designed to provide states and communities with guidance and inspire strategic planning before and during WIOA implementation which began on July 1, 2015. 


  • Carmen Rodriguez, Federal Project Officer, USDOL ETA, Region 1
  • Cassandra Shoffler, US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
  • Mindy Larson, Senior Program Associate, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, Institute for Educational Leadership


Oz Mondejar, Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Fabricio E. Balcazar, Ph.D, Professor & Director Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Department of Disability & Human Development (M/C 626) University of Illinois at Chicago, The Chicagoland AUI Consortium

Jill Burgess, Project Director, Central Oklahoma Add Us In, The University of Oklahoma at the National Center for Disability Education and Training

Dennis Gober, Division Director, Office of Juvenile Affairs

Kim Runion, New Hampshire Department of Education

Kathie Dichard, Director, New Hampshire Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

Eric Woodard, WIA OSY Participant, New Hampshire