House Bill 400: Work Experience for High School Student disability act


State Policies & Initiatives: 

The HB400 emphasizes on competitive integrated employment. It requires the office of vocational rehabilitation to facilitate the process of job and career development for the purpose of successful transition of high-school students with disability into workforce. In collaboration with local education agencies and other relevant public agencies, OVR shall: • Provide information for the development of individual education plans for high school students with disabilities and ensure that job skill training is included in such plans when appropriate. • When possible, attend individual education plan meetings in person or by alternative means (i.e. video conference, conference calls) when invited by local education agencies. • An OVR representative must attend at least one meeting in each of the last two years prior to the anticipated graduation of a disabled high school student. • Arrange for, monitor, and support the placement of high school students with disabilities in lawful internships, on-the-job training, and full-time or part-time work at competitive wages in integrated settings with public/private sector employers. Provide professional guidance relative to job coaching services. • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs. • Publish the following information within 45 days after each calendar quarter: o The number of individualized education meetings attended by OVR staff. o The number of individual education plans that include new or significantly modified goals and specific steps toward the attainment of competitive integrated employment. o The number of job referrals made to employers on behalf of students with disabilities while still in high school. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time and summer jobs as a result of referrals made by OVR staff. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time or summer jobs who are receiving job coaching services. o The number of high school students with disabilities who enter competitive integrated employment within 3 months of their graduation

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Department of human service Pennsylvania
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