TWC: Meetings for the Merger of All VR Services into One Program

Stakeholder Meetings for the Merger of All Vocational Rehabilitation Services into One Program

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is sharing information on public hearings regarding the merger of programs within the vocational rehabilitation system. If you have questions, please contact the Texas Workforce Commission at 512-463-8942 • http://www.texasworkforce.org.

On December 13, 2016, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced public stakeholder meetings for January 2017. These meetings will address combining the two designated state units (DSUs) into a single Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program.

TWC will seek public input on combining the two DSUs, including the proposed organizational structure, the combined VR goals and related policy changes. Presently VR is delivered through a Division for Blind Services and Division for Rehabilitation Services with distinct program and policy differences. The schedule, time and locations of the public meetings are listed below.

Monday, January 9, 2017 – Austin, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Texas Workforce Commission
101 E. 15th Street, 244
Austin, TX 78701

Thursday, January 12, 2017 – Harlingen, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Texas State Technical College Cultural Arts Center
1825 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550

Friday, January 13, 2017 – Houston, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
United Way Houston Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Lubbock, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Workforce Solutions South Plains Workforce Development Board
1301 Broadway, Basement Level Conference Room
Lubbock, TX 79401

Friday, January 20, 2017 – Dallas, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Dallas County El Centro College – Bill J. Priest Campus, Room 1530
1402 N. Corinth St.
Dallas, TX 75215

TWC will have Communication Access Real-time Captioning (CART) services and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at each meeting. People who have additional communication or other accommodation needs who are planning to attend the public meetings should contact TWC Conference Planning at 512-463-6389 or by email at [email protected] Requests for accommodations should be made five business days prior to the public meeting date.

The Commission will accept written comments until January 27, 2017. Please send your comments by Friday, January 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CST to TWC Policy Comments:

Email to [email protected]

Mail to TWC Policy Comments, Workforce Policy and Service Delivery, Attn.: Workforce Editing, 101 East 15th St., Rm. 440T, Austin, Texas 78778
Fax to 512-475-3577

Texas Workforce Commission
512-463-8942
http://www.texasworkforce.org
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