• Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

    The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) serves persons with impairments that present a substantial impediment to employment. Services are provided to individuals who can benefit from and who need services to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain employment.  Vocational Rehabilitation is a direct service program provided through fifteen district offices located throughout the Commonwealth.

    Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC)
    The Arc is the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families. The association also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of mental retardation in infants and young children.
    Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
    The Pennsylvania State Department of Education Website.
    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
    PaTTAN is an initiative of the Pennsylvania of Education working in partnership with families and local education agencies to support programs and services to improve student learning and achievement.
    Autism Resource Center for Central Pennsylvania (ASERT)
    ASERT is a call center serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for parents, teachers, doctors, and professionals.  A non-partisan resource center that is grant funded through the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism.  One of their top priorities is being able to connect the autism community to resources in their area.
    Autism Transition Handbook link - http://www.autismhandbook.org
    The goal of this Handbook is to establish a community of collaborators who will add relevant and timely content to this site to ensure that individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families have access to the most current and comprehensive information on transition services in Pennsylvania.
    What is Transition?
    “Transition is the process occurring during the four to six years (or longer) before the student leaves school. Parents, students and school personnel and other agencies must determine what the educational system will do to make the move as seamless as possible. This process involves developing transition goals and objectives as part of the Individualized Educational Program for students in Special Education."

    Additional Transition-Based Resouces


    Tenants Rights and Housing Assistance for the Disabled
    Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
    Transition to Adulthood: Home Remodeling for Young Adults with Special Needs
    Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
    Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs