Office of Vocational Rehabilitation – the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis. The OVR counselor, during face-to-face interviews, assists customers in selecting their choice of vocational goals, services and service providers.
Pennsylvania Career Link – This is Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Work Development System website. Students will want to go to the “Individuals” section. Clicking on “Find A Job” will take them to the Pennsylvania Career Link section. Students can both search and apply for jobs on the site and access other job seeking services.
Career One Stop is a resource for career exploration and job search.
The sections of the web site include: Explore Careers , Education & Training , Resumes & Interviews , Salary & Benefits , Job Search and People & Places to Help.
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD –Y) has put together comprehensive materials to help youth and families make informed decisions about when, how and if to disclose one’s disability in postsecondary and employment situations.
The Road to Work Speak Up Manual is a by youth-for-youth workbook filled with activities related to seeking and keeping employment
Start-up USA provides resources and information about self-employment for persons with disabilities.
KEEPING A JOB
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability – Youth (NCWD-Youth) has put together several podcasts and a parent information brief about how adults can help you develop the “soft skills” that employers expect. These work habits, customer services and social skills are the skills that help people keep their jobs. Students need to practice these skills while they are still in school.
Print guide – www.ncwd-youth.info/information-brief-28
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides comprehensive information about workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).