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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) is a big title and for good reason! The Committee’s 18 representatives who were appointed by the Secretary of Labor and its 7 federal officials have had an important job to do in examining and recommending ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities. Maher & Maher has been with the Committee every step of the way, providing significant support in meeting planning and development, including arranging for necessary technological and physical accommodations for Committee members to ensure everyone is able to fully participate in the many meetings and efforts undertaken by the group.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) set in law the Committee’s charge: within one year of the committee's establishment, an interim report with recommendations is to be created and within two years, a final report with recommendations is to be completed and sent to the Secretary of Labor. The committee will also provide these reports to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce with the intention of influencing future national policy and law.

Group photoSince their first meeting back in January of 2015, the Committee has met a total of nine times and has made significant strides in drafting an Interim Report that was published last August. The draft included several important recommendations:

  • Increasing opportunities for early work experiences for all youth with disabilities;
  • Aligning across federal agencies the funding rules and payment methodologies to prioritize and incentivize CIE;
  • Creating a sustainable culture of inclusion and diversity through business to business communications, and;
  • Aligning and improving data systems on CIE outcomes.

Maher supports the Department of Labor in making the Committee’s work available and accessible to everyone via the Committee’s webpage on DOL.gov. Check it out to learn more about the Committee and its members!

Maher & Maher is a specialized change management and talent development consulting firm based in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The firm is U.S. Department of Labor’s national technical assistance provider supporting the Employment and Training Administration’s implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and a number of other priority initiatives of the administration that advance and promote the public workforce system. Maher is also currently involved in a number of sector strategy, regional planning, organizational strategic planning and training initiatives in multiple state and regional areas. For more information about our services, visit our website or call us at 1-888-90-Maher.

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