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1 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA |

2 1917 PL = Smith-Hughes Act 1918 PL = Soldiers Rehabilitation Act 1920 PL = Smith-Fess Act 1935 PL = Social Security Act = Established State/Federal VR Programs 1936 PL = Randolph-Sheppard Act 1938 PL = Wagner-ODay Act 1943 PL = Bardon-LaFollette Act 1954 PL = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments 1965 PL = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments 1967 = Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) 1968 PL = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments 1973 PL = Rehabilitation Act of PL = Rehab, Comprehensive Services, & Development Disabilities Amendments of PL = Rehabilitation Act Amendments 1986 PL = Rehabilitation Act Amendments 1988 PL = The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act 1990 PL = Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA | Vocational Rehabilitation Legislative History up to the Americans with Disabilities Act

3 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. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation 3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA |

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 = Ms. Nesta Livingston Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) = 15 District Offices Bureau Director = Ms. Denise Verchimak Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS) = 6 District Offices Bureau Director = Mr. David DeNotaris Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) = 3 District Offices Director = Ms. Sharon Behon Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) = Commonwealth Technical Institute Director = Ms. Carol Mackel

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. 101(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 1-2 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 7 Employment Barriers 1 = Mobility 2 = Self Care 3 = Work Tolerance 4 = Interpersonal Skills 5 = Work Skills 6 = Communication 7 = Self Direction Order of Selection

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 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/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 Childrens Program Specialized Services for Adults

14 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

15 OVR: HGAC Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) Commonwealth Technical Institute Director = Ms. Carol Mackel 12 acre barrier-free campus Eligibility OVR Customer Acceptance via application process Services Associate Degrees Certificate Programs Support Services Independent Life Skills

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17 FISCAL ARM OF WIB Chief Executive Office Manage Budget Compliance Long-term Strategy/Vision Manage Contracts 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 JOB SEEKERS & EMPLOYERS

18 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 (18 or older ; unable to secure employment through Core Services; WIA eligible) Development of an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP) Intensive Assessment Training Services (18 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)

19 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!

20 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 https://www.cwds.state.pa.us = Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS)


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