Competitive Employment for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability


State Policies & Initiatives: 
“The Department of Human Services (DHS)’ proposed FY 2015-2016 budget includes $500,000 to provide additional supports to promote competitive employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual disability. This initiative is a collaborative effort between DHS’ Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and various disability advocacy groups…
Pending the approved budget, this joint ODP-OVR initiative will enable OVR to build staff capacity with intellectual disability expertise, and allow existing vocational rehabilitation counselors to carry smaller, more specialized caseloads for this population. This initiative will also allow for the possibility of expanded training and job-readiness programs, paid work experience for high school students with an intellectual disability, person-centered and customized employment demonstration projects, and increased outreach to parents and families.”
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Department of Human Services
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