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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Holding a job is a key step toward adulthood and independence. These resources can help people with autism succeed at their work.

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How to Get a Reasonable Accommodation on the Job

The ADA requires employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.

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Job Skills

Learning and practicing job skills while youth are still in schools helps youth with disabilities to be more successful at finding and maintaining employment. Parents and family members can also work with and encourage youth to develop skills to be successful in the workplace. Depending on the needs and strengths of the youth there are many different ways these skills can be taught. A transition plan that focuses on both assessment and planning is essential to prepare youth for life after high school.

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Key Transition Resources

This list is an overview of some of the transition resources that ASERT references most frequently.

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LEAD Center Webinars

This website provides an archive of free webinars from the LEAD Center on employment related topics for individuals with autism and other disabilities.

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National Autism Indicators Reports

The National Autism Indicators Report series presents the research findings from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's Life Course Outcomes Program. Reports include statistics on high school students with autism, developmental disability services and outcomes in adulthood, vocational rehabilitation, and transition into young adulthood.

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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

Working to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment, and independent living.

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National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Assisting agencies in implementing practices that help to ensure success in post-secondary education and employment.

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National Training and Data Center: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

The VCU National Training and Data Center is a partnership between VCU and five collaborating organizations.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook

The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

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ODP Comprehensive Employment Report

This webpage on MyODP.org focuses on information and resources for the Everyday Lives action step around employment. Resources include the Comprehensive Employment Report, Executive Orders around employment, information sheets on WIOA and more.

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Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

ODEP's mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Publications

This website contains a descriptive list of publications that are currently available from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and are designed to assist individuals in better understanding the OVR program and the process of vocational rehabilitation.

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Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Referral Process for Employment-Related Services

This bulletin from the Office of Developmental Programs provides information regarding the OVR Referral Process for Employment-Related Services.

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Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Handbook

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis. This guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry explains the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the services it provides.

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Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: Jobs for All Initiative

The Jobs for All On-the-Job Training, or OJT, initiative provides opportunities for qualified OVR youth customers, age 25 and under, to enter into employment. OVR recognizes there are costs associated with training an employee to learn a new job. The Jobs for All OJT provides reimbursement of a percentage of an OVR customer’s wages to absorb some of these training costs. The Jobs for All OJT allows a reimbursement of employee wages for internships and other non-permanent employment, either full-time or part-time. This may include summer youth employment, seasonal and temporary positions. Permanent employment positions are also eligible for Jobs for All OJT reimbursements for OVR youth customers.

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