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Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Individualized Employment Services

Through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) counselors are available to help you with your job goals.

Whether you’re looking for a job or need help maintaining your employment, OVR can help you succeed. Connect with an OVR counselor to create your individualized plan for employment – a plan that can include the career guidance, education, training and resources you need to discover your potential and achieve your employment and independence goals.

Trained rehabilitation professionals support you throughout the entire job search process – from exploring careers and building your resume to applying and interviewing for jobs. On-the-job training and job coaching, as well as assistive technology evaluations, are just a few examples of how OVR can continue to support you in the workplace. Your needs are unique and through your OVR counselor, you’ll receive the resources and support you need to find a job that works for you.


Working & Receiving Benefits

Employment and Disability Benefit Support

Are you receiving Social Security disability benefits and thinking about returning to work or going to work for the first time? The Social Security Administration’s free Ticket to Work Program can help. Explore choices and connect with the opportunities and support needed to achieve financial independence and meet your employment goals.

Through the program you can still receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income while you work. You will also continue to receive cash benefits, Medicare or Medicaid support, and help with education or training to start a new job.


Waiver & Service Programs

Waiver Programs to Support Independence

There are several waiver programs to help individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and/ or a developmental disability live more independently in their community.

Through the Consolidated Waiver, Person/Family Directed Support Waiver and the Community Living Waiver programs, individuals with special needs can receive employment services and support to maintain their independence and remain an active citizen in their local community. Some of the resources available include Advanced Supported Employment, Assistive Technology, Small Group Employment, Supported Employment, and Occupational therapy.

For eligibility information, please contact your local county Mental Health/Intellectual Disability Office.

Learn more about waiver services and eligibility requirements online. You can also call 888-565-9435.

Autism Support and Services

The Adult Autism Waiver and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) help adults 21 or older with autism spectrum disorder receive services and supports tailored toward their specific needs.

Services provided and measures of success are based on your personal goals. Your goals can include living independently, finding a job, getting involved in your community, or looking for ways to be more independent.

Learn more about the Adult Autism Waiver and ACAP online. You can also call 866-539-7689 or email the Department of Human Services.

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