Youth And Subminimum Wage Employment

The foundation of the Vocational Rehabilitation program is the principle that individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, are capable of achieving high quality Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) when provided the necessary services and supports. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) ensures all individuals with disabilities are provided the necessary services and supports to achieve CIE. This is especially true for youth 24 years of age or younger, as the WIOA emphasizes that youth with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to receive the services they need to achieve employment outcomes in CIE.

The WIOA further reinforces the congressional intent that CIE is the preferred employment outcome by placing limitations on the use of subminimum wage (SMW), especially for youth. The limitations include prescriptive timelines for the transmission of documentation from the school to the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The DOR requires that any youth seeking SMW employment is provided mandatory services and documentation prior to working at SMW. Mandatory services include multiple opportunities to discuss and explore CIE in the community.

 


Fact Sheet

Flowchart for Youth Seeking Subminimum Wage on or after July 22, 2016

 


DOR Forms

  • DR 397C (PDF) - Transition Services under IDEA: Documentation of Completion for Youth Known to be Seeking Subminimum Wage Employment

  • DR 397D (PDF) - Pre Employment Transition Services: Documentation of Completion for Youth Known to be Seeking Subminimum Wage Employment

  • DR 397E (PDF) - Transition Services Under IDEA: Documentation of Refusal for Youth Known to be Seeking Subminimum Wage Employment

  • DR 397F (PDF) - Pre Employment Transition Services: Documentation of Refusal for Youth Known to be Seeking Subminimum Wage Employment