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WorkAbility I Array of Services Definitions

Provides consistency in program implementation and documentation.

Implementation Date: July 01, 2006

WorkAbility I (WAI) is a model transition program for youth with disabilities. The following activities are critical elements of an effective delivery system for transition services as mandated by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and stated in the California Education Code (EC) Sections 56470 - 56471.

The following definitions of terms and activities are intended to provide consistency in program implementation and documentation of the Array of Services. The references used to compile the definitions are the National School to Work Glossary of Terms, Work-Based Learning Guide, Fair Labor Standards Act, and National Standards and Quality Indicators for Transition.

The WorkAbility funding model is based on the number of students “served”. To qualify as served, a student must be provided career/vocational assessment, career counseling and guidance in the School Based Component, and one or more services in the Connecting Activities and Work Based Learning Component. Of these services, at least one must be directly provided by the WAI Program, or documentation must exist of WAI’s role in the indirect provision of the service.

Each site is required to place 25 percent of the students they serve in paid employment/training experiences. These placements may be either subsidized by WorkAbility or other sources, or employer paid.

School-Based Component

The integration of school-based and work-based learning is identified as a best practice for transition (National Transition Standards, Office of Disability Employment Policy, High School Reform, and the newly reauthorized Carl Perkins Career and Technology Act). This incorporates academic and occupational learning and links elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and postsecondary education. The elements are as follows:

Connecting Activities

Connecting Activities are programs and services that help link school and work based learning opportunities.

Work Based Learning Component

Work Based Learning Component includes activities that involve actual work site learning experiences or connect classroom learning to work. All community-based placements (paid and unpaid) are in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Key elements of this component include:

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