Announcing State Plan Public Meetings

Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services

Policy Topics: Self-Employment and Home Modification/Adaptive Equipment

The New York State Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), with the State Rehabilitation Council is providing a 2-year update for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan, specifically focused on the ACCES-VR component.

To assist in this update, individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, employers and services providers are invited to attend the public meetings to provide comments. The public comment period extends from September 12, 2017 through November 1, 2017.

The current Combined State Plan is available here>>

Public Meetings will be held as listed below:

Region Location Date Time
Long Island Garden City ACCES-VR Office
711 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
September 15, 2017 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
New York City Harlem State Office Building
163 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
September 18, 2017 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Capital District  Albany Public Library
161 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
September 18, 2017 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Statewide Telephone Conference
Dial: 1-866-394-2346 
Conference ID: 1359204987
September 20, 2017 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Syracuse Syracuse State Office Building
333 East Washington Street 
Syracuse, NY 13202
September 29, 2017 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Photo identification is required for all meeting sites.

Individuals will be allocated five minutes to provide oral testimony. Comments and recommendations may be submitted in writing or electronically. Written comments can be sent to: NYS Education Department, ACCES-VR Resource Development Unit-EBA 5th Floor, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234. Electronic submission can be sent to VRpolicy@nysed.gov.

These meetings are being held at accessible sites. Copies of materials will be made available at each session. Upon request, materials will be made available in alternate format. Interpreters are provided only upon request. To request an interpreter or other accommodations, contact ACCES-VR by calling 1-800-222-5627 at least 10 days in advance of the meeting and reference "State Plan Meeting” or email VRpolicy@nysed.gov.

ACCES-VR works closely with the Department of Labor, Adult Education, the Commission for the Blind and other State and local agencies to build a workforce system that supports all individuals who are seeking work.

  • How can services for students and youth with disabilities be improved by ACCES-VR and by the American Job Centers in local areas?
  • What could ACCES-VR do to strengthen linkages with businesses to improve employment of workers with disabilities?
  • What recommendations do you have for how to improve service for individuals with most significant disabilities so they have opportunities to achieve competitive integrated employment?

Policies Under Revision and Open for Comment:

  • Home Modification and Adaptive Equipment
    The policy can be accessed here>>

    Due to changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, ACCES-VR can no longer support a homemaker goal. Modest home modifications and adaptive equipment can be provided to assist participants with competitive integrated employment goals only.

    • Do you have recommendations about how to revise the Home Modification and Adaptive Equipment policy?
       
  • Self-Employment
    The policy can be accessed here>>

     ACCES-VR can assist individuals to pursue self-employment. There are specific requirements, limitations, and obligations for both the participant and ACCES-VR.

    • Do you have comments or suggestions for ACCES-VR about the self-employment policy?