A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n Report on the Section 504 Self-Evaluation - May 1996

Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Overview

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) has responsibility for coordination of all literacy related programs and policy initiatives in the Department of Education. OVAE is divided into the Division of Vocational - Technical Education and the Division of Adult Education and Literacy. The Division of Adult Education administers the Adult Education Act, the Department's major program that promotes and supports services for educationally disadvantaged adults. The Division maintains cooperative and consultative relations with Federal, State and local agencies that provide basic skills services. It maintains a Clearinghouse that offers national information resources on issues and trends in adult education and literacy, publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, the A.L.L. Points Bulletin, publishes a quarterly newsletter, the Workplace Network News, and reports on promising practices in adult education. It also administers the Workplace Literacy Program.

OVAE administers the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (Perkins II) to ensure equal access to programs, services, and activities addressing the nation's education and workforce needs. The Division of Vocational Technical Education works to further meet the stated mission of the Department by encouraging lifelong learning and workplace competency skills.

OVAE is located in the Mary E. Switzer Building in Washington, D.C.

OVAE Evaluation: Program Accessibility

OVAE reports that there are no circumstances in which persons with disabilities would be restricted or excluded from participation in office programs. Office staff are aware that it may be necessary to modify program policies or practices to enable persons with disabilities to participate in and benefit from office programs. Information in Plans submitted by the States indicates how each State will accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities participating in OVAE programs.

Through its projects, State documents, and reports, the public is made aware that OVAE will make modifications in its programs. OVAE should ensure that the State Compliance Review instruments, used to monitor a State's compliance with OVAE programs, includes a section to address the use of auxiliary aids and services. All meeting and conference participants are polled to meet their specific needs. Materials are provided in alternative formats when requested. There are no separate programs provided for persons with disabilities since they are integrated into regular office meetings and conferences.

Existing Auxiliary Aids and Services

Specific OVAE Services

Verbal Description
Available within the Principal Office

TTY
Available within the Principal Office

CART
Available within the Principal Office

Caption Decoder
Available within the Principal Office

Commonly Available Services

All Principal Offices have available the following auxiliary aids and services: Large Print, Sign Language, Interpreters, Paper and Pen, and the Federal Information Relay System (FIRS). This Principal Office recognized its ability to provide the following:
Sign Language Interpreters
Available from the Department

Paper and Pen
Available within the Principal Office

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