Supported Employment

FREE EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Find useful employment-focused resources on MyODP under the “Employment” link in the Resource tab.  Information is organized by role (individual, families, providers, supports coordinators, etc.)  Get free information including Charting the Life Course booklets, information from the Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, the ODP Comprehensive Employment Report, and webinars with partner organizations.

Paautism.org also provides an Employment Resource Collection on the ASERT website, offering help with everything from how to prepare a resume to tips for a job interview to how to request an accommodation. 



PA is an Employment First State

On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, “Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability.”  Click on the link to find out more information on the accomplishments that have occurred, or are in the process of occurring, as a result of the goals and priorities set forth in the executive order.

Employment First Executive Order Summary


Expect. Employ. Empower.

These simple words remind us that everyone has a right to an inclusive workforce and to work without fear of discrimination. Despite the efforts being made to lower the unemployment rate among people with disabilities, there is still a disproportionate number of Americans with disabilities who are unemployed.

Disability Employment Service agencies can provide:

  • Ongoing support in a job, if required.
  • Help to prepare for work, including training in specific job skills.
  • Purchase of vocational training and other employment-related assistance.
  • Access to help with workplace modifications, support services, and interpreting in the workplace.
  • Support when initially placed into a job, including on the job training and coworker and employer support.
  • Job search support, such as resume development, training in interview skills, and help in looking for suitable jobs.

Contact you local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or Career Link for employment services.

FAQ’s

Where can I get financial assistance for training related to my disability?  If you’ve been recently disabled and can no longer do the type of work you did previously, try visiting a One-Stop Career Center. These centers are located across the US and may be able to provide financial assistance for training or retraining if you’re preparing to reenter the workforce.

What can I do if I feel my employer is discriminating against me becasue of my disability?  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to ensure that people with disabilities are not unfaily treated in the workplace. To learn how to file a complaint against an employer who in non-compliant with this act or for additional information visit the Equal Opportinity Employment Commisssion (EEOC) wesite at https://www.eeoc.gov .


Click Here for the full Comprehensive Employment Report online.