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Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Public Hearing – WIOA Unified State Plan including State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services for 2017

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) and Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development invite the public to share comments regarding the Draft Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan, which includes the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified State Plan.

The following provides the locations, dates, and times for the public meetings:

North - Monday, 1/11/16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Logan Center
2505 East Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46615
American Sign Language Interpreter Available 

Central - Tuesday, 1/12/16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Indiana Government Center South Conference Center, Rooms 1 & 2
402 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
American Sign Language Interpreter Available

South - Tuesday, 1/12/16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)
WorkOne Southwest
1500 North Chestnut Street
Room 142,Vincennes, IN 47591
American Sign Language Interpreter Available

Conference Call - Monday, 1/11/16, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Call-in Toll Free at 1-877-422-1931 (enter Conference Code 5096611778). Also available online accessible through Video Remote Services and CapTel Relay for people who are deaf or hard of   hearing.

Currently, the draft copy of the WIOA Unified State Plan, including the VR Services Portion is available for review and public comment online at

VR specific comments can be emailed to, or sent to the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, 402 W. Washington Street, Room W453, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, or faxed to 317-232-6478. For other accommodations, contact for assistance.

All comments must be received by Tuesday, January 12, 2016.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Services

    Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) provides quality individualized services to enhance and support people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or retain employment. The individual will work closely with a VR Counselor throughout the process. Through active participation in their rehabilitation, people with disabilities achieve greater level of independence in their work place and living environments. VS is a program of the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) within the Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA). Click here to learn more about programs and services provided through VR.

    WorkOne Assistance for Hoosiers with Disabilities

    WorkOne welcomes all Hoosiers and provides reasonable accommodations to ensure that its buildings, programs, and services are accessible.

    Employment Assistance: WorkOne provides services in both individual and group settings. Some locations may require you to attend an orientation session to identify the services you are eligible for or fit your individual needs. Visit your local WorkOne to find out how to get started.

    Reasonable Accommodations: Materials in alternate formats and reasonable accommodations are provided to job seekers upon request. Depending on the specific request, advance notice may be required. Visit your local WorkOne office to inquire about reasonable accommodations and/or receive information on services offered. Examples of reasonable accommodations include:

    • Materials in alternate formats;
    • An individual meeting rather than group orientation; and
    • Assistance with filling out forms.

    Assistive Technology: WorkOne locations are equipped with a variety of accessible equipment. Please note that WorkOne locations differ in the types of equipment offered. Contact or visit your local WorkOne office to inquire about the availability of equipment. Examples of assistive technology include:

    • Screen reader and magnification software
    • Braille translator
    • Text to speech software
    • Adjustable desks
    • Text Telephone / Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TTY / TDD)
    • Alternate access/input devices (i.e. one-handed keyboards, trackball mice, on-screen keyboards)
    • Large monitors
    • Headsets

    Click here to view WorkOne locations.

    Disability Resources

    Indiana's Disability Employment Initiative

    In 2012, Indiana was one of seven states to receive grant funding to implement the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). The initiative is jointly funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy.

    DEI aims to improve education, training, and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities (ages 18-64) who are:

    • Unemployed
    • Underemployed
    • and/or Receiving Social Security disability benefits.

    DEI is administered in specific locations; click here for a list of counties. To learn more about DEI, viewers can access

    Ticket to Work
    Individuals participating in the Ticket to Work (TtW) Program can connect with Certified Benefits Counselors to discuss how returning to work impacts Social Security benefits. Not sure if you are part of Ticket to Work? Click here for more information.

    Request for Application
    The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) to solicit state contracted Community Mental Health Centers who provide case management and supportive services to individuals with moderate to severe mental illnesses. Applicants shall focus their work on innovative approaches to improve access to services, education and training, and employment for members of this population group.