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Business Engagement policy

Primary Tasks

    Secondary Tasks

      approved 12/3/19

      Federal regulations mandate that state vocational rehabilitation agencies engage with the business community to enable the development of work-based learning for students and youth with disabilities and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities. In accordance with 34 CFR 361.32 Section 109 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and 29 U.S.C. 794g, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), IDB has established a Business Relations and Services Initiative

      IDB is committed to engaging with business as a secondary customer. Toward this end, IDB will provide business partners with services that include but are not limited to:

      • training that communicates the capabilities of individuals who are blind or have low vision
      • accessibility and accommodation related technical assistance
      • assistive technology consultation,
      • quality candidates to meet business hiring needs.

      As all IDB work units participate in business engagement, the implementation of this initiative is inclusive of all IDB work units. All IDB staff will be expected to use established procedures for documenting business services provided and work with the single point of contact to coordinate delivery of service provision. The single point of contact will communicate and coordinate business engagement activities across the agency and create a positive and simplified experience for our business partners. The single point of contact for the IDB will be designated by the Vocational Rehabilitation Program Administrator.