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Training and Consultation

Transition: Employment

The following websites provide information on how families and professionals can support youth with disabilities through the various stages and components of preparing for, obtaining, and succeeding in professional employment. It includes information on employment-related interests, skills, abilities, and aptitudes and provides resources for learning about workplace accommodations.

Career Link
Career Link functions as a self-directed Job Search System providing quality customer service to the people of Pennsylvania enabling all customers to make informed choices. It also provides a self service system in which interested individuals have access to employment, education and training resources.

+ ADA Technical Assistance
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is one of ten regional centers established to provide training, information, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, consumers, schools, and state and local governments.

+ Americas Job Bank
Americas Job Bank will help you locate alternative sites where you can search for jobs or prospective employees.

+ America’s Career InfoNet
America’s Career InfoNet contains a variety of interactive career tools for career, education, and business decision making.

+ Career TRACK
Tri County Career Track of Butler, Armstrong, and Indiana Counties can provide a process of assessment , career exploration , training , and is able to assist individuals who are searching for employment. Career T.R.A.C.K.'s success comes from the individualized attention each individual receives. No two people are alike, and no two situations are alike. That's why the Career T.R.A.C.K. team works to form a plan of action with the specific individual in mind.

+ Department of Public Welfare-Disability Services
This website features information to help families and individuals find the resources they need to live healthier, happier lives; as well as offering providers valuable information to help them in their day to day activities providing care and services for Pennsylvanians.

+ Job Accommodations Network
JAN, a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

+ Job Search and Career Advice
Search thousands of job listings and see who's hiring. Post a job or resume and get free career advice. Preferred job search for educated professionals

+ Keys2Work
Keys2Work is skills-based career development and job matching system that matches persons with solid foundational skills with jobs likely to require those skills. Keys2Work uses the Work Keys® assessment from ACT to measure how students' and job seekers' academic abilities match against the skill demands of the workplace.

+ The Red Book (Social Security)
The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.

+ Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label is committed to making the business case for employing people with disabilities. We are a partnership of health and human service and employment agencies with federal grants, coming together to build a uniform national infrastructure and approach that connects businesses to qualified candidates with disabilities. Our goal is simple: to raise awareness that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense.

+ Ticket to Work
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is the centerpiece of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.  This program provides Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities more choices for receiving employment services.

+ Works for Me
Works for me is designed for Pennsylvania residents who have a disability, receive Social Security and/or Medicaid benefits, and really want to join the workforce! Works for me is a FREE service that can help point you to programs and agencies that can assist you in getting a job. Works for me can help you find a job, obtain job training, keep health insurance, get assistive technology, find other support you may need, and discover how you may even be able to increase your income.

+ Workforce Investment Act Implementation Site
The Pennsylvania Workforce website is a work in progress designed to quickly distribute information on the state's implementation of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and to provide a forum for emerging questions and answers about the act.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

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 National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth)
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. The NCWD/Youth, created in 2001, is composed of partners with expertise in education, youth development, disability, employment, workforce development and family issues.

Dr. Beth Glew

Program Supervisor, TaC
724-458-6700 x1208

Richael Fertig
724-458-6700 x1756

Jon Weatherby

724-458-6700 x1558
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