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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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My ODP Training & Resource Center

Supporting Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities and their families to achieve greater independence, choice, and opportunity in their lives.

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Neurodiversity: Voices and Views in 2022

This resource is a collection of recordings from panel discussions held throughout Autism Acceptance Month in 2022. Panel discussions by self-advocates, family members, and educators discuss a range of topics related to neurodiversity.

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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 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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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 Family Network

The PA Family Network was created to support families and the major elements of the Community of Practice goals.

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PA Gathering: Health, Wellness, and Well-Being

This resource contains information from the first PA Gathering including a recording of the presentations and discussions, copies of the presentations and additional resources to supplement the topic.

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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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Roadmap and Guide Back Into the Community

This guide, developed by ASERT and SAU-1 for the AID in PA initiative, provides self-advocates with information and questions to help guide discussions about their readiness to go back into the community during COVID-19.

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