Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Whats in it for People with Disabilities and the AUCD Network


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Webinar Description:

Overview of disability related provisions in the new WIOA of 2014. This law reauthorizes, updates, and strengthens the Workforce Investment Act, including the creation of new supports and services for individuals with disabilities.



Michael Gamel-McCormick

Michael Gamel-McCormick is a disability and education policy advisor with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions under the chairmanship of Senator Tom Harkin. He is also a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Delaware with specialties in disabilities, early childhood education and early intervention, and family supports and policy. Prior to his current position, Dr. Gamel-McCormick was professor and Dean of the College of Education and Public Policy at the University of Delaware and the Direcor of the Deleware UCEDD.

Andy Imparato's perspective and passion is informed not only through his professional career but also through his own experience with bipolar disorder. Imparato comes to AUCD from the position of Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. In the last two and a half years, Imparato has been the lead staffer for Chairman Harkin's effort to reauthorize the Rehabilitation Act as part of the Workforce Investment Act; to expand the number of people with disabilities working in integrated, competitive employment; to improve accessibility of taxicabs, movie theaters, airplanes, and electronic and information technology; and to improve transition outcomes for the generation of young people with disabilities who have come of age since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lee Perselay

Lee Perselay is the Disability Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions under the chairmanship of Senator Tom Harkin. He is responsible for advising Chairman Harkin and other Congressional members and staff on disability policy issues. He is also principal Senate staff for passage of the ADA Amendments Act (2008), disability related provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the current reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act, and many other policy initiatives.


Moderator: Kim Musheno, Director of Public Policy, AUCD

Kim Musheno is the Director of Public Policy at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities where she works on federal policy and legislative issues that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. She also provides leadership as Vice-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Board of Directors, a coalition of more than 100 national disability organizations. Kim co-chairs the CCD Task Forces working on fiscal policy, developmental disabilities, and Autism, and serves on the Education and Employment Task Forces.






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