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Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA 16503
814.871.4551 | 800.541.0721
www.dli.state.pa.us
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA 16503
814.871.4551 | 800.541.0721 www.dli.state.pa.us
Vocational Rehabilitation Legislative History up to the Americans with Disabilities
Act
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1917 PL 64-347 = Smith-Hughes Act
1918 PL 65-178 = Soldiers’ Rehabilitation Act
1920 PL 66-236 = Smith-Fess Act
1935 PL 74-271 = Social Security Act = Established State/Federal VR Programs
1936 PL 74-732 = Randolph-Sheppard Act
1938 PL 75-739 = Wagner-O’Day Act
1943 PL 78-113 = Bardon-LaFollette Act
1954 PL 83-565 = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments
1965 PL 89-333 = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments
1967 = Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
1968 PL 90-391 = Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments
1973 PL 93-112 = Rehabilitation Act of 1973
1978 PL 95-606 = Rehab, Comprehensive Services, & Development Disabilities Amendments of 1978
1984 PL 98-221 = Rehabilitation Act Amendments
1986 PL 99-506 = Rehabilitation Act Amendments
1988 PL 100-407 = The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act
1990 PL 101-336 = Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA 16503
814.871.4551 | 800.541.0721 www.dli.state.pa.us
 Mission
To assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities to
secure and maintain employment and
independence.
 Vision
Through our actions, we shall earn and maintain
the highest degree of respect from our customers
and be viewed by them as a world-class
organization.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA 16503
814.871.4551 | 800.541.0721 www.dli.state.pa.us
Erie BVRS District Office
1 = BVRS 2 = BBVS 3 = Central Office 4 = HGAC
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OVR: Agency Organization
 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) = 3
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Executive Director = Mr. Stephen Suroviec
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Bureau of Central Operations (Central Office) =
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 Training, Administration & Fiscal, Special Programs
 Bureau Director = Ms. Nesta Livingston
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Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) = 1
 15 District Offices
 Bureau Director = Ms. Denise Verchimak
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Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS) = 2
 6 District Offices
 Bureau Director = Mr. David DeNotaris
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Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) = 5
 3 District Offices
 Director = Ms. Sharon Behon
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Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) = 4
 Commonwealth Technical Institute
 Director = Ms. Carol Mackel
OVR/BVRS: Eligibility
 Presence of Impairment
 Impediment to Employment
 Benefit from Services to Achieve
Employment Outcome (presumed)
(at the time of application)
Order of Selection
 Rehabilitation Act Sec. 101(a)(5)
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In the event that vocational rehabilitation services cannot
be provided to all eligible individuals with disabilities
who apply for services, the State plan shall show the
Order to be followed in selecting eligible individuals to
be provided vocational rehabilitation services; provide
the justification for the Order; assure that individuals
with the most significant disabilities will be selected first;
and provide information and referral services to
individuals who do not meet the Order.
Order of Selection
 MSD = Most Significant Disabilities
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Impairment(s) seriously limit 3 or more employment barriers
Expected to require 2 or more vocational rehabilitation services for
at least 6 months from the date of the IPE (Individualized Plan for
Employment)
 SD = Significant Disabilities
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Impairment(s) seriously limit 1-2 of the employment barriers
Expected to require multiple vocational rehabilitation services
 NSD = Non-Significant Disabilities
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Does not meet the definitions for MSD or SD
Order of Selection
 7 Employment Barriers
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1 = Mobility
2 = Self Care
3 = Work Tolerance
4 = Interpersonal Skills
5 = Work Skills
6 = Communication
7 = Self Direction
Services Overview
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Diagnostic Services & Assessment
Guidance & Counseling
Vocational Evaluations
Restoration Services
Transition Services
Training Assistance
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College/University/Technical Schools
Placement Services
On-the-Job Training (OJT)
Job Coaching
Vehicle Modifications
Home Modifications
Small Business Development
Assistive Technology
Team Effort!
 Make sure basic needs are met.
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OVR does not do but it is needed for employment to be successful.
 Identify vocational limitations, prioritize, and identify which
team member(s) are best able to work with the person to
address.
 Allow the person to grow, make decisions, and mistakes.
 Make realistic goals
 Support the person so they can find employment.
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OVR is not an employment agency or temp agency
The person is the lead team member
OVR is not an entitled service. The person has to do their part.
Employer Services
 Business Solutions
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Staffing: pre-screened candidates; consultation services; accommodation solutions
Accessibility Analysis: Job analysis & Worksite modification consultation;
Reasonable accommodations consultation; Assistive technology information
Financial Incentives: On-the-Job Training reimbursement; Tax credits
Disability Awareness: Sensitivity & Disability Etiquette training; Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) consultation
Consultation Services
Recruitment
Qualified Employees
Learn about disability-related issues
Short & Long Term Support
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Hiring Process; Employment; Promotions; Issues; Separation; Layoffs; Questions;
Accommodation Guidance; and much more.
OVR/BBVS
 Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS)
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6 District Offices
Bureau Director = Mr. David DeNotaris
Erie District Administrator = Ms. Dawn Sokol
Eligibility
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Vision 20/70 or worse in best eye with correction & Visual Field of 20 degrees or less
Services
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Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Rehabilitation Teaching
Orientation and Mobility Instruction
Independent Living for the Older Blind (ILOB) Program
Specialized Children’s Program
Specialized Services for Adults
OVR: ODHH
 Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH)
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3 District Offices
Director = Ms. Sharon Behon
Erie Office = Mr. Gerald Penna
Eligibility
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Anyone seeking information regarding Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Services
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Advocacy
Information
Referrals
OVR: HGAC
 Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC)
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Commonwealth Technical Institute
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Eligibility
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Director = Ms. Carol Mackel
12 acre barrier-free campus
OVR Customer
Acceptance via application process
Services
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Associate Degrees
Certificate Programs
Support Services
Independent Life Skills
• FISCAL ARM OF WIB
•Chief Executive Office
•Manage Budget
•Compliance
•Long-term Strategy/Vision
•Manage Contracts
• PROGRAMATIC ARM OF WIB
• Venango Training & Development Center
• Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership
• Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
•Commonwealth CWDS System
•CORE Services
•Intensive Services
•Adult & Dislocated Services
•Training Services
•Employer Services (under development)
•Youth Program
JOB SEEKERS & EMPLOYERS
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Core Services (free & available to everyone seeking employment)
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Intensive Services (18 or older ; unable to secure employment through Core Services; WIA eligible)
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Enrollment on the CareerLink® website
Assistance with resume preparation
Tips to help in searching & applying for jobs
Referrals to job openings
Orientation to CareerLink®
Job Search Workshops
Information on financial aid
Labor Market Information
Referrals to other programs & services
Eligibility determination for WIA Intensive Services
Development of an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP)
Intensive Assessment
Training Services (18 or older ; unable to secure employment through Intensive Services; WIA eligible)
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Contingent upon funding availability and appropriateness of employment plan. Not an entitlement program.
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Occupational Skills Training at an approved school
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Employer Based Training (On the Job or Customized)
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA 16503
814.871.4551 | 800.541.0721 www.dli.state.pa.us
If eligible OVR can help………But not alone.
With the person and their support team involved!
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA 16503
814.871.4551 | 800.541.0721 www.dli.state.pa.us
Thank you!
Jack J. Hewitt, M.A. | District Administrator
PA Department of Labor & Industry | Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
3200 Lovell Place | Erie, PA 16503
814-651-9607
814-871-4551 (switchboard) | 1-800-541-0721 (PA toll free - switchboard)
814-871-4535 (TTY) | 1-888-217-1710 (PA toll free - TTY)
814-871-4631 (fax)
[email protected]
www.dli.state.pa.us
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/disability_services/10355 = OVR webpage
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=606842&mode=2 = OVR Publications
https://www.cwds.state.pa.us = Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS)

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