FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Applauds House Passage of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Urges President Obama to Sign into Law

Baltimore, Maryland (July 10, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind today applauded the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by the United States House of Representatives and urged President Barack Obama to sign this important legislation.

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is the product of dialogue between advocates for Americans with disabilities and members of Congress. We applaud Congressional leaders for listening to the National Federation of the Blind and other organizations of people with disabilities and incorporating much of our input into the final bill. This legislation, which has now passed on bipartisan votes in both houses of Congress, will reduce the number of young people with disabilities being tracked into sheltered, subminimum wage jobs and preserve a strong rehabilitation system for the blind and other Americans with disabilities. We urge President Obama to sign this critically important act as soon as it comes to his desk.”