Did You Know???
What's new in Texas Deaf Education
What does this look like?
The Napping House - With ASL Story Teller
Have you created an awesome lesson or unit???
Contact Twyla Loftin for more information at email@example.com
STEM numbers are low... How can we get our students involved?
MIDDLE SCHOOL students will be able to participate in STEM (coming soon)
Pre-Transition changes coming to Texas W.I.O.A. students ages 14 and up
Beginning September 1, 2016 several programs currently managed by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) will become services administered by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). These include:
- The Vocational Rehabilitation program for individuals with visual impairments, including the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center
- The Vocational Rehabilitation program for individuals with other disabilities
- The Independent Living Services program for older individuals who are blind
- The Business Enterprises of Texas program
Placing these programs under the workforce service area was authorized through legislation passed during the 84th Texas Legislative session and places all of the state’s programs funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) together under one agency. Transition teams made up of individuals from DARS, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and TWC are working together to identify and implement steps that will ensure a smooth transition with no disruption to service delivery. The teams are strategizing in the areas of Communications, Contracting, Data Performance, Data Sharing, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal and Program & Policy, and are reporting regularly to a Transition Steering Committee made up of executive level staff from all three agencies.