In response to indications that final WIOA Regulations will be published in June, our National Partners at ACCSES and SUPRA are again encouraging self-advocates, families, and providers to share their concerns pertaining to the Draft Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations with congressional representatives. Any message from you will make certain this issue gets and stays on Congress' radar. We need your help to carry the message to Members of Congress by April 15th.
Specifically, they are encouraging comment regarding the Department of Education’s (DOE) expansion of Congress’s definition of “competitive integrated employment” in WIOA by proposing to add unreasonable and complex definitions of integration and a sub-definition of “work unit” that would require unrealistic integration to occur both in the particular work unit and across the entire work site.INARF previously provided comment on these definitions during the public comment period last year.
They have provided a template letter that you can copy and paste into the contact section on your member of Congress’ webpage. Feel free to personalize it with your own words and anecdotes. The more details you give about how this rule affects you, the more compelling your message will be.
The links to each Indiana Member of Congress’ page are below. If you do not know who your Member of Congress is, click here.
Please let us know which Members of Congress you contact and forward any response you receive to Sarah Chestnut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to contact your Member of Congress pages:
United States Senator Dan Coats:
United States Senator Joe Donnelly:
Congressman Pete Visclosky, District 1:
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, District 2: http://walorski.house.gov/contact
Congressman Marlin Stutzman, District 3:
Congressman Todd Rokita, District 4:
Congresswoman Susan Brooks, District 5:
Congressman Luke Messer, District 6:
Congressman André Carson, District 7:
Congressman Bucschon, District 8:
Congressman Young, District 9:
If you have any questions or need additional information, please Katy Stafford-Cunningham email@example.com.