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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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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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Organization for Autism Research: Understanding Autism: An Employer’s Guide

This guide is designed to help first-line supervisors understand, welcome, train, and support young adults with autism in the workplace.

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OVR Early Reach Program

Early Reach is an outreach initiative intended to promote successful outcomes for youth with disabilities by increasing awareness of OVR services and the benefits of early career planning. The Early Reach Coordinator will reach out to youth with disabilities, their parents, local schools and community agencies that serve youth.

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PA CareerZone

The PA Career Zone is a career exploration and coaching platform which can be accessed from anywhere to continuously connect learning with earning.

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PA OVR Top Ten Tips for Job Shadowing

A video, featuring the Executive Director of OVR, that provides some insight on how to implement job shadowing at the local district office.

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PA Secondary Transition Guide

Resources from Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network to facilitate and aid a young person's progress toward the attainment of goals related to education, employment, and community living.

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Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

PEAT promotes employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. PEAT is the the only entity to bring together employers, technology providers, thought leaders, and technology users surrounding the topics of technology and employment.

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Philadelphia Job Corps Center

Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute teaches eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

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Plan To Achieve Self-Support (PASS)

PASS is an SSI provision to help individuals with disabilities return to work.

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Preparing Transition Age Youth with Autism for Employment

A presentation developed by Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) that discusses resources that are available, strives to strengthen understanding about Pre-Employment Transition Services, and prepares individuals for employment.

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Providing Job Coaching Supports

This resources provides information about supporting individuals with autism to be successful in the workplace by providing effective and appropriate job coaching services. This service can be provided by a professional who specializes in job coaching but can also be provided informally through the employer and coworkers.

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Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities

This resource guide identifies relevant federal and federally funded resources for employers looking to recruit, hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities.

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Resources for a Newly Diagnosed Individual

This collection of resources is designed to help families who have a family member who was recently diagnosed with autism.

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SELN Employment Webinars

This special series is to teach support professionals to help individuals be “in and of their community,” including when they are not working.

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State Employment Leadership Network

State Employment Leadership Network website provides updates on the Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs 2017 Online webinars.

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