Pennsylvania
This Executive Order establishes an Employment First policy for all state agencies, so that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability.
This bill designates the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) as the lead agency responsible for developing connections between local education agencies and employers to promote the successful transition of students from school to competitive, gainful employment. This includes ensuring that job readiness skills training is included in a student's IEP. The bill further requires OVR to arrange for, monitor and support the placement of high school students with disabilities in internships, on-the-job training and full- or part-time work at competitive wages in integrated settings with private and public sector employers.
This resolution declares August 2017 as #ABLEtoSave Month, to enhance awareness of Achieving a Better Living Experience (ABLE) accounts as a financial savings tool and to increase the number of ABLE accounts opened.
This bill appropriates money to Intellectual Disabilities State Centers for employment and training, as well as to Vocational Rehabilitation for supported employment. It further appropriates money for medical assistance for workers with disabilities.
This bill expands eligibility of certain medical assistance benefits to include workers with disabilities experiencing job success.
This bill establishes that the preferred outcome of work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities is competitive integrated employment. It further adds members to the Employment First Oversight Commission, including a representative from the Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program and from an organization that works to create competitive integrated employment opportunities.
This bill prohibits transportation network companies (TNCs) from imposing additional charges because of a person's disability and requires TNCs to: 1. Adopt a policy of nondiscrimination regarding individuals with disabilities; 2. Transport service animals accompanying individuals with disabilities at no additional charge; 3. Facilitate transportation for passengers who require a wheelchair-accessible vehicle; 4. Annually report the programs and best practices implemented to improve the accessibility of service to individuals with disabilities; and 5. Provide materials and train drivers around providing service to individuals with disabilities.
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
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Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Temple University, Institute on Disabilities, TechOwl
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This supported employment program for individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses takes place at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and provides vocational readiness assessments; vocational counseling and planning; assistance developing interview skills, finding jobs, and resume writing; internship placement; and coordination with the individual's medical team and community agencies, schools, and potential employers.
Operating Entity: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program evaluates and supports people in the following areas of assistive technology: positioning and mobility; computer access; augmentative communication; environmental controls; driver evaluation; vehicle modification; devices for activities of daily living; devices for visual and/or auditory impairment; and home and work modifications. The Learning Technology Program assesses student’s needs in the classroom and trains them in the use of assistive technology, as needed.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Hiram G. Andrews Center
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program matches people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to unpaid internships at Temple University Hospital and Temple's University Main Campus in Philadelphia with a goal of achieving long-term, part-time employment.
Operating Entity: Temple University, Institute on Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides training, information, individualized support, and resources to youth with disabilities and families of children with disabilities in both Spanish and English. It also includes the Hispanic Outreach Project (HoP), which provides culturally and linguistically appropriate workshops and information specifically for Hispanic families and youth.
Operating Entity: Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales (Philadelphia HUNE, Inc.)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This after-school and summer inclusion program focuses on increasing graduation rates and decreasing drop-out rates for youth with and without disabilities ages 14-21. It provides academic, transition, social, behavioral, and other supports. ​
Operating Entity: Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales (Philadelphia HUNE, Inc.)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to attend events that promote leadership, education, and self-advocacy knowledge and skills. Scholarships can be as much as $750 per person, and funding can be used for event-related expenses (such as registration, travel, food, and assistive equipment).
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
Entity Type: Other
This program builds the capacity of local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the academic and behavioral needs of middle school students with emotional disturbance to ensure that all Pennsylvania students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides extensive training, assistance, and job coaching to individuals with disabilities, beyond what employers are able to provide. It also reimburses employers for a percentage of an Office of Vocational Rehabilitation client's weekly wage for a specified period of time.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Treasury Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 eastern states plus DC and two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
PYLN helps young people with disabilities develop the self-determination, empowerment, and leadership skills to support successful post-school outcomes in the areas of education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights Pennsylvania
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides information, training and technical assistance, and support to youth and young adults with disabilities and their families, including transition services to help youth and their families navigate multiple programs and service systems; actively participate in the development of plans for independence; and collaborate with transition professionals. It is a collaborative effort between Parent Centers in nine northeastern states.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
STRIVE ON is designed to help students who are blind or visually impaired prepare for post-secondary and employment goals, by promoting access and utilization of assistive technology and helping students develop self-advocacy and employability skills.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
NE-PACT provides technical assistance to Parent Centers across 14 states, districts and territories (including Pennsylvania). Services include strategies for reaching underserved families, on-site training and support, an annual conference, program evaluation, and consulting around the nonprofit management process.
Operating Entity: Navigating Excellence-Parent Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides workplace readiness services to students with disabilities, including workplace readiness instruction, work-based learning experiences (such as job shadowing), career training supports, and independent living skills related to employment. The program is a collaboration between the Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) and Reading Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Work Partners.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This youth-lead program for grades 8 to 12 enables youth to explore their strengths, give back to the community through volunteering, develop their leadership capabilities, and set goals for high school and beyond. It is open to youth both with and without disabilities.
Operating Entity: Mission Empower
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
ACAP is a fully-integrated, comprehensive system of care for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them (among other things) help them achieve their employment goals. Support include physical health, behavioral health, social, recreational, transportation, employment, therapeutic, educational, crisis, in-home, and independent living services.
Operating Entity: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
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