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1 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA

2 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA Vocational Rehabilitation Legislative History up to the Americans with Disabilities Act 97 PL = Smith-Hughes Act 98 PL = Soldiers Rehabilitation Act 920 PL = Smith-Fess Act 935 PL = Social Security Act = Established State/Federal VR Programs 936 PL = Randolph-Sheppard Act 938 PL = Wagner-O Day Act 943 PL 78-3 = Bardon-LaFollette Act 954 PL = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments 965 PL = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments 967 = Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) 968 PL = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments 973 PL 93-2 = Rehabilitation Act of PL = Rehab, Comprehensive Services, & Development Disabilities Amendments of PL = Rehabilitation Act Amendments 986 PL = Rehabilitation Act Amendments 988 PL = The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act 990 PL = Americans with Disabilities Act of 990

3 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA Mission To assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence. Vision Through our actions, we shall earn and maintain the highest degree of respect from our customers and be viewed by them as a world-class organization.

4 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA = BVRS = BBVS = Central Office = HGAC = ODHH Erie BVRS District Office Erie BBVS District Office

5 OVR: Agency Organization Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) = Executive Director = Mr. Stephen Suroviec Bureau of Central Operations (Central Office) = Training, Administration & Fiscal, Special Programs Bureau Director = Mr. Ryan Hyde Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) = 5 District Offices Bureau Director = Ms. Denise Verchimak Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS) = 2 6 District Offices Bureau Director = Mr. David DeNotaris Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) = 5 3 District Offices Director = Ms. Sharon Behon Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) = 4 Commonwealth Technical Institute Director = Ms. Carol Mackel 3 3

6 OVR/BVRS: Eligibility Presence of Impairment Impediment to Employment Benefit from Services to Achieve Employment Outcome (presumed) (at the time of application)

7 Order of Selection Rehabilitation Act Sec. 0(a)(5) In the event that vocational rehabilitation services cannot be provided to all eligible individuals with disabilities who apply for services, the State plan shall show the Order to be followed in selecting eligible individuals to be provided vocational rehabilitation services; provide the justification for the Order; assure that individuals with the most significant disabilities will be selected first; and provide information and referral services to individuals who do not meet the Order.

8 Order of Selection MSD = Most Significant Disabilities Impairment(s) seriously limit 3 or more employment barriers Expected to require 2 or more vocational rehabilitation services for at least 6 months from the date of the IPE (Individualized Plan for Employment) SD = Significant Disabilities Impairment(s) seriously limit -2 of the employment barriers Expected to require multiple vocational rehabilitation services NSD = Non-Significant Disabilities Does not meet the definitions for MSD or SD

9 Order of Selection 7 Employment Barriers = Mobility 2 = Self Care 3 = Work Tolerance 4 = Interpersonal Skills 5 = Work Skills 6 = Communication 7 = Self Direction

10 Services Overview Diagnostic Services & Assessment Guidance & Counseling Vocational Evaluations Restoration Services Transition Services Training Assistance College/University/Technical Schools Placement Services On-the-Job Training (OJT) Job Coaching Vehicle Modifications Home Modifications Small Business Development Assistive Technology

11 Team Effort! Make sure basic needs are met. OVR does not do but it is needed for employment to be successful. Identify vocational limitations, prioritize, and identify which team member(s) are best able to work with the person to address. Allow the person to grow, make decisions, and mistakes. Make realistic goals Support the person so they can find employment. OVR is not an employment agency or temp agency The person is the lead team member OVR is not an entitled service. The person has to do their part.

12 Employer Services Business Solutions Staffing: pre-screened candidates; consultation services; accommodation solutions Accessibility Analysis: Job analysis & Worksite modification consultation; Reasonable accommodations consultation; Assistive technology information Financial Incentives: On-the-Job Training reimbursement; Tax credits Disability Awareness: Sensitivity & Disability Etiquette training; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consultation Consultation Services Publication of How to Hire PwD Guide Recruitment Qualified Employees Learn about disability-related issues Short & Long Term Support Hiring Process; Employment; Promotions; Issues; Separation; Layoffs; Questions; Accommodation Guidance; and much more.

13 OVR Statewide Priorities Customer Service Individuals, vendors/partners, businesses have a positive experience. Transition (School to Work) Transition to adult life, higher education, or work. Stakeholder Relations Develop constructive relationship & input from external organizations. Workforce Development Collaboration Working with Local L&I s Workforce Development. Public Awareness Outreach People with Disabilities and businesses know about us.

14 OVR/BBVS Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS) 6 District Offices Bureau Director = Mr. David DeNotaris Erie District Administrator = Ms. Dawn Sokol Eligibility Vision 20/70 or worse in best eye with correction & Visual Field of 20 degrees or less Services Vocational Rehabilitation Program Rehabilitation Teaching Orientation and Mobility Instruction Independent Living for the Older Blind (ILOB) Program Specialized Children s Program Specialized Services for Adults

15 OVR: ODHH Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) 3 District Offices Director = Ms. Sharon Behon Erie Office = Mr. Gerald Penna Eligibility Anyone seeking information regarding Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Advocacy Information Referrals

16 Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) Commonwealth Technical Institute Director = Ms. Carol Mackel 2 acre barrier-free campus Eligibility OVR Customer Acceptance via application process Services Associate Degrees Certificate Programs Support Services Independent Life Skills OVR: HGAC

17 Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs)

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19 PFP = Staff to the WIB Venango County Fiscal FISCAL ARM OF WIB Chief Executive Office Manage Budget Compliance Manage Contracts JOB SEEKERS & EMPLOYERS PROGRAMATIC ARM OF WIB Venango Training & Development Center Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Commonwealth CWDS System CORE Services Intensive Services Adult & Dislocated Services Training Services Employer Services (under development) Youth Program

20 Core Services (free & available to everyone seeking employment) Enrollment on the CareerLink website Assistance with resume preparation Tips to help in searching & applying for jobs Referrals to job openings Orientation to CareerLink Job Search Workshops Information on financial aid Labor Market Information Referrals to other programs & services Eligibility determination for WIA Intensive Services Intensive Services (8 or older ; unable to secure employment through Core Services; WIA eligible) Development of an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP) Intensive Assessment Training Services (8 or older ; unable to secure employment through Intensive Services; WIA eligible) Contingent upon funding availability and appropriateness of employment plan. Not an entitlement program. Occupational Skills Training at an approved school Employer Based Training (On the Job or Customized)

21 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA If eligible OVR can help But not alone. With the person and their support team involved!

22 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA Thank you! Jack J. Hewitt, M.A. District Administrator PA Department of Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place Erie, PA (switchboard) (PA toll free - switchboard) (TTY) (PA toll free - TTY) (fax) = OVR webpage = OVR Publications https://www.cwds.state.pa.us = Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS)

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