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  • 8/3/2017

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    Andrea Merrick, MSW, LSW

    Lavinia Garcia-Ritter, M.S., M.Ed.

    Traci Kowalick, MSW, LSW

    Patricia Lapotsky, M.S., CRC

    Engaging Employers and

    Educating Students: Outreach

    and Events to Encourage

    Working Relationships

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    Audience

    Who is Here?

    Teachers/School Personnel

    Employment Agency Staff

    Parents

    Youth/Students

    OVR Staff

    Other Organizations 2

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    The Goal

    Our Challenge:

    How do we prepare Youth

    with Disabilities for Employment?

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    The Research

    Research Shows:

    “…Work Experiences for youth with disabilities during high school help them acquire jobs at higher wages after they graduate.” (Colley & Jameson, 1998)

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    “ One study found students who participated in work- based learning were more likely to attend college or go to work compared to their peers.” (Jobs For the Future, 2007)

    “ Research studies suggest that work based learning may increase school attendance, decrease drop out rates, reduce school suspensions, and increase school engagement.” (Medrich, Calderon, & Hoachlander, 2002)

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    Success Story - Laura

    5Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

    Success Stories

    5Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation >

    Laura’s Work Based Learning Experience

    Birdsboro Community Memorial Center

    Success Story Video Clip

    6 Laura’s Success Story - Video

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    Agenda Items

    7Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

    1. Introduction

    2. Who from OVR Can Help Me?

    3. Employer Engagement

    4. Outreach Events

    5. Success Stories

    6. Discussion Points/ Wrap Up

    7Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation >

    Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

    OVR operates under the authority of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 2014 as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

    OVR is regulated at the Federal Level by the Rehabilitation Services

    Administration.

    OVR’s funding is derived through approximately 80% federal dollars and a 20% state match.

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    Link t OVR’s Website

    • OVR provides a wide range of services to

    eligible individuals.

    • OVR also provides additional services for

    students with a disability aged 14-21, who

    are currently enrolled in high school, and

    who receive services under an IEP or a

    Section 504 plan.

    OVR’s Mission

    • The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

    (OVR) assists Pennsylvanians with

    disabilities in securing and maintaining

    employment and independence.

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    WIOA

    • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) • Key Areas of Emphasis:

    1. Students with Disabilities

    2. Employer Engagement

    3. Cross-Agency Collaboration

    4. Assistive Technology

    5. Competitive Integrated Employment

    (includes limitations on sub-minimum wage)

    • OVR, in collaboration with the LEA, shall provide or arrange to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services to high school students with disabilities.

    Signed into law

    on July 22, 2014

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    Pre-Employment Transition Services

    Pre- Employment Transition Services for Students

    5 Required PETS Activities Include: • Job Exploration Counseling • Facilitate Work Based Learning Experiences • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in

    comprehensive transition or post secondary educations programs

    • Workplace Readiness Training • Instruction in Self Advocacy, which may include peer

    mentoring

    11Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

    OVR Staff Roles

    12Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

    What is my role?

    How do I help?

    12Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation >

    Early Reach Coordinators

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

    Business Service Representatives

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    Early Reach Coordinators (1/3)

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    IEP Students

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    Student’s Age

    Approximately 104,000

    total students with an

    IEP in Pennsylvania

    between ages 14-21

    Approximately 430 OVR

    Counselors in

    Pennsylvania

    Early Reach Coordinators (2/3)

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    In 2013, the position of Early Reach

    Coordinator was added to OVR-BVRS.

    Early Reach Coordinators:

    • Outreach

    • Community Outreach (Parent Groups,

    Disability Support Groups)

    • School Outreach (IEP Meetings, Transition

    Council Meetings, Classroom Presentations)

    • Consultation to schools/community partners

    • CILs, Reading Public Library Teen Program

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    Early Reach Coordinators (3/3)

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    • Special Projects • Summer Academies

    • Summer Work Programs

    • Special Events –

    • Mentoring Day

    • Youth Job Fair

    • Mock Interviews

    • To provide Pre-Employment Transition

    Services to groups of students with

    disabilities (potentially eligible students).

    • Groups/Workshops 15

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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    Outreach/Liaison Community Outreach, School Outreach,

    Employer Outreach

    Vocational Counseling and Guidance Counsel individuals to maximize the employability

    of individuals coping with a disability.

    Individual Services Assess client needs and design and implement a

    plan for employment that includes Pre-

    Employment Transition Services and other

    Individually focused Rehabilitative Services

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    New OVR Services for Students:

    Services for Students

    Group Trainings/Workshops

     Independent Living, Self Advocacy, Workplace Readiness

     Individual Services

     Job Shadowing – up to 25 hours

    Work Based Learning Experiences – up to 90 hours

    A paid part-time work experience

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    Must Apply to OVR!!

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    OVR Services Include:

    OVR Services

     Testing Medical, psychological, neuropsychological, audiological, physiatric Vocational evaluations

     Vocational Counseling and Guidance  Job Coaching

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    OVR Services Include:

    OVR Services

     Restoration Equipment/Assistive Technology – hearing aides, wheelchairs, home and van modifications, physical and occupational therapies

     Training

     This can include: Tuition, Books, On the Job Training, Driver Evaluations/Driver Training

     Work tools, equipment, and uniforms

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    OVR Services Include:

    OVR Services

    Hiram G. Andrews Center

    Business, Trade and Technical school that provides many types of vocational evaluations and training

     Job Placement Assistance

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    Business Services

    Business Specialists

    Single Point of Contact

    Dual Customer Focus

    Collaborations:

    • PA CareerLink Staff and Business Service

    Teams

    • Local Society for Human Resource

    Management (SHRM)

    • Manufacturing Associations

    • Chamber of Commerce

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    Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

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    Reading OVR is pleased to partner

    with many major bus

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