Disclosure under WIOA: What Can I Ask?
Submitted by Michael Cruse on October 8, 2018 - 3:37pm
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Hello, LINCS Community Members-
A member sent me the following comment and question. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (ADEAM), I'd like to hear how your program addresses the issue of disability identification with your learners.
I recently completed the legal Issues module for Learning to Achieve. Within the module it states that it is illegal to ask if a student has a learning disability. In my state, we used to ask this question, then changed it to a statement letting students know that, if they needed modifications they had the right to ask under ADA. (This is not verbatim, but gives you the idea.) .
Now, with the WIOA legislation, we have to check all that apply under barriers to employment, and disabled is one of the check off boxes. Is this still asking, or it is a means of self-disclosing? I could not find the answer in the ADA legislation, previous or new. Any insight would be realty appreciated!
In what ways are you providing learners the opportunity to disclose? What language are you using to assess 'barriers to employment'?
Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes Moderator