Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation To contact the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, please visit: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Disability-Services/ovr/Pages/OVR-Office-

To contact the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, please visit: dli.pa.gov/ovr.

Mission: The mission of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is to assist Pennsylvanians with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence.

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The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center - SARTAC has developed a #COVID19 OSHA Plain Language Guide f...
11/18/2020
COVID-19 Plain Language Guidance for Employees with Developmental Disabilities - Self Advocacy Info

The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center - SARTAC has developed a #COVID19 OSHA Plain Language Guide for employees with developmental disabilities that helps to describe many of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's rules that protect workers from COVID-19.

Access the guide via the link below!

OSHA means the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This government office makes rules to keep people safe and healthy at work. OSHA has rules that will protect workers from COVID-19. This booklet uses plain language to describe many of those rules. It includes information and tools to use...

After a suicide attempt, Hannah Lucas developed the notOK app that individuals can use when experiencing a mental health...
10/27/2020
After a suicide attempt, this teen created an app to help others struggling with mental health issues

After a suicide attempt, Hannah Lucas developed the notOK app that individuals can use when experiencing a mental health crisis to send up to five contacts their GPS location, directions and a message that they need help.

#OkToSay #EndTheStigma

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help.

☎️ Call 911: If there is an immediate risk of endangering oneself or others, contact 911. Inform the operator that you are calling about a mental health crisis.

📱Crisis Text Line: Get 24/7 help from the Crisis Text Line. Text PA to 741741 to start the conversation.

📞 Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you care about is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the Lifeline at 800-273-8255 [Español: 888-628-9454] or access their 24/7 Lifeline Chat ➡️ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

PA Crisis Hotlines: Find a crisis line in your county ➡️ https://bit.ly/3gpVeXJ.

Hannah Lucas created 'NotOK' app which allows users to quickly ask for help

ABLE accounts offer people with disabilities a safe way to save for a variety of expenses, including large purchases lik...
10/26/2020
Webinars | Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

ABLE accounts offer people with disabilities a safe way to save for a variety of expenses, including large purchases like a home, vehicle or vacation. Learn the ins and outs of how to make #PaAble work for you in the next Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF #MoneyTalks webinar on 11/18!

Set to launch soon, the award-winning Memory Haven app, developed by three teen girls, provides memory loss, recognition...
10/22/2020
Good News Story: Nigerian Irish Teen Girls Win Prize For Dementia App

Set to launch soon, the award-winning Memory Haven app, developed by three teen girls, provides memory loss, recognition and speech assistance to individuals with dementia.

They faced bias against women in science. They faced racism because their families come from Africa. And they triumphed in a competition to develop a problem-solving app!

#DidYouKnow that the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs developed a toolkit that provides insight into...
10/21/2020
www.ddap.pa.gov

#DidYouKnow that the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs developed a toolkit that provides insight into appropriate language and visuals to use when covering substance use disorder?

Visit the link below to access the toolkit today ⬇️!

10/21/2020
Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

We are excited to share with you #election resources our team developed!

Please note: The General Election is November 3, 2020. The last day to register to vote was October 19, and the last day to request a mail-in ballot is October 27. You can get information on voting at www.Votespa.com. ODHH is here to help if you need assistance understanding information on how to vote.

You can print our communication card to take with you to the voting poll at: https://bit.ly/3jp6m92.

The National Association of the Deaf - NAD’s ASL Voter Hotline can be reached at:
https://www.nad.org/asl-voter-hotline
301-818-VOTE
(301-818-8683)

Call us at 717-783-4912 (Voice) or 717-831-1928 (videophone) or email us at [email protected] for assistance.

Disability Mentoring Day is tomorrow! Learn how you can get involved by visiting the American Association of People with...
10/20/2020
Disability Mentoring Day - AAPD

Disability Mentoring Day is tomorrow! Learn how you can get involved by visiting the American Association of People with Disabilities' Disability Mentoring page via the link below. Be sure to check out their Mentoring Day toolkit and info regarding their virtual career fair on 10/28!

Disability Mentoring Day is a large-scale national effort to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities.

"If you’re struggling right now, I can’t tell you that this is going to be easy. But I can tell you that it does get bet...
10/19/2020
To Anybody Going Through It | By Kevin Love

"If you’re struggling right now, I can’t tell you that this is going to be easy. But I can tell you that it does get better. And I can tell you that you are definitely not alone." - an excerpt from Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Kevin Love's story in The Players' Tribune in which he shares his experiences with depression and anxiety

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out for help.

☎️ Call 911: If there is an immediate risk of endangering oneself or others, contact 911. Inform the operator that you are calling about a mental health crisis.

📱Crisis Text Line: Get 24/7 help from the Crisis Text Line. Text PA to 741741 to start the conversation.

📞 Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you care about is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the Lifeline at 800-273-8255 [Español: 888-628-9454] or access their 24/7 Lifeline Chat ➡️ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

PA Crisis Hotlines: Find a crisis line in your county ➡️ https://bit.ly/3gpVeXJ.

There are days when I don’t want to get out of bed. That’s just the truth. And that’s why I wrote this.

It is important to wear your mask correctly. Learn how in the Pennsylvania Department of Health's post below!For clear f...
10/16/2020

It is important to wear your mask correctly. Learn how in the Pennsylvania Department of Health's post below!

For clear face mask resources, please visit the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing's page ➡️ https://bit.ly/38Iv9B7.

For info on exceptions to the mask order, including exceptions for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities, please visit ➡️ https://bit.ly/3fcMch3.

#MaskUpPa

Photo description: the PA Dept. of Health's logo and a drawing of a mask with the text, "Wear your mask correctly".

#MaskUpPA! Be sure mask:
✅ covers your nose + mouth
✅ fits snugly against sides of your face

Do NOT wear a mask:
❌ around your neck
❌ on your forehead
❌ under your nose
❌ only on your nose
❌ on your chin
❌ dangling from one ear
❌ on your arm

ℹ️ https://bit.ly/2YKVHxJ

Today is #WhiteCaneAwarenessDay! The white cane is one of the essential tools used by individuals who are blind or visua...
10/15/2020

Today is #WhiteCaneAwarenessDay! The white cane is one of the essential tools used by individuals who are blind or visually impaired to lead a full and independent life. It provides them with the ability to navigate in their communities safely and confidently; to and from the workplace; and in the environment of educational establishments. Today we celebrate the accomplishments, resourcefulness and contributions of individuals who are blind or visually impaired in all spheres of society!

Identity theft affects more than your wallet. You can lose access to important benefits like waiver services, and then t...
10/08/2020

Identity theft affects more than your wallet. You can lose access to important benefits like waiver services, and then there’s the time and stress involved in recovering your ID.

Learn how to protect yourself in Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF's new #MoneyTalks webinar: “This is Not a Game”. Visit patf.us/MoneyTalks for more info.

Photo description: A speech bubble with a money symbol inside it and PATF's logo. Text on photo: This is not a game. Protecting your benefits and money by protecting your identity. Money Talks. October 14th. 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Penn State just announced a new, five-year, $4.6 million award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Li...
10/07/2020
New $4.6 million award to make sure that every voice is heard | Penn State University

Penn State just announced a new, five-year, $4.6 million award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) that will fund research, technology development, training and dissemination to assist individuals who cannot communicate through speech or writing. #EmpoweringSuccess

Learn more ⬇️.

A new five-year, $4.6 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research will fund the development, improvement, and dissemination of technology that assists people who cannot communicate through speech or writing.

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Penn State's Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach ...
10/06/2020
PA Launches "Life Unites Us" Campaign to Reduce Stigma of Substance Use Disorders - PennWatch

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Penn State's Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research, the Public Goods Projects and Shatterproof are collaborating to launch Life Unites Us, a campaign to reduce the stigma of substance use disorders.

Click on the link below to learn more about this campaign that will include sharing real-life stories of individuals and their family members battling substance use disorder; live and recorded webinars detailing tools and information necessary to effectively reduce stigma; and a web-based interactive data dashboard detailing the progress of the campaign.

Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith, in partnership with Penn State University’s Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research, public health nonprofit The Public Good Projects, and national nonprofit Shatterproof, announced the la...

How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM aims to...
10/05/2020
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020 | U.S. Department of Labor

How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Learn how you can support NDEAM ⬇️.

The .gov means it’s official. Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

#MaskUpPa!For clear face mask resources, please visit the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing's Facebook ...
10/02/2020
Governor Tom Wolf

#MaskUpPa!

For clear face mask resources, please visit the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing's page ➡️ https://bit.ly/38Iv9B7.

For info on exceptions to the mask order, including exceptions for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities, please visit ➡️ https://bit.ly/3fcMch3.

COVID-19 long-haulers are increasingly warning others: Take this virus seriously.

These patients are experiencing severe symptoms long after their first diagnosis. Please wear a mask in public, wash your hands, and continue to avoid large crowds.

Have you checked out Sesame Street's #autism resources lately? Click on the link below to access new videos designed to ...
10/01/2020
for Kids Archives | Sesame Street and Autism

Have you checked out Sesame Street's #autism resources lately? Click on the link below to access new videos designed to help children with autism learn how to wear a mask, social distance and more!

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not ac...
09/30/2020
VR100 - Celebrating the Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities as a result of serving in the military.

In recognition of this anniversary, the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration created a page to house anniversary content, including webinars and videos on topics such as partnerships, transition success stories, strategies for VR during COVID-19 and more!

One in fourteen Americans is in recovery from addiction. A group of them, ranging from a Google employee to a Vietnam-er...
09/29/2020
Recovery – Google Recover Together

One in fourteen Americans is in recovery from addiction. A group of them, ranging from a Google employee to a Vietnam-era veteran to a high schooler, shared with Google their stories of addiction and recovery to help break the #stigma and end the silence. #RecoveryMonth #EndTheStigma

Listen to their stories ⬇️.

If you live in PA, participate in the  #2020Census by Sept. 30. Help build a stronger future for our communities! 🌅 Lear...
09/28/2020
Census 2020 | PA.GOV

If you live in PA, participate in the #2020Census by Sept. 30. Help build a stronger future for our communities! 🌅

Learn more: pa.gov/census. #PAcounts

Hello, Neighbor! The 2020 Census is happening now. It’s not too late to participate. To make sure your household is counted, respond online, by phone, or mail by September 30, 2020. Be a good neighbor and help us count all Pennsylvanians in the 2020 Census. Explore this site to learn more about th...

Photo Description: Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) Director Stephanie Perry We are excited to announ...
09/21/2020

Photo Description: Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) Director Stephanie Perry

We are excited to announce our new BVRS Director: Stephanie Perry!

Stephanie started her career with OVR as a Phase One Early Reach Coordinator in 2013. She was promoted to Assistant District Administrator within the Norristown District Office (BVRS) in 2016. In March of 2018, she assumed the Acting District Administrator role and was officially promoted in May of 2018. In October of 2019, she assumed the interim position as the Acting Director of the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and in August of 2020 was appointed as the permanent director.

As a highly skilled social worker with eighteen years of professional experience and a passion for servant leadership, Stephanie applies to her work a multifaceted approach that includes a theoretical orientation derived from Humanistic, Person-Centered, Behavioral and Situational Leadership Approaches. These varied approaches promote a unique yet effective management style, while utilizing organizational development skills to achieve PA OVR's mission in serving Pennsylvanians with disabilities. With ten years of management experience, her primary focus has encompassed the operations of program policy, guidelines and processes to increase service delivery programs' efficacy. She is continuously motivated to improve ongoing professional development to maintain a high proficiency in project management, policy implementation and adaptable leadership styles.

Stephanie obtained her formal education from Drexel University (2005) and Bryn Mawr College (2008). Her studies focused on behavioral health, counseling, child welfare, case planning/management, complex systems and project management.

Stephanie currently resides in Blue Bell, PA, with her husband (Lonnie), two sons (Tristen-11 and Kevon-22) and Staffordshire Terrier (Sasha). In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

One of the mottos that Stephanie lives by is: “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes, which become the catalyst and the spark that will create extraordinary results”. – Anonymous

Photo Description: Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Director Melissa Hawkins' portraitPrior to her appointment as O...
09/21/2020

Photo Description: Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Director Melissa Hawkins' portrait

Prior to her appointment as ODHH Director in April of 2018, Melissa Hawkins served as the Executive Director of the Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) since 2013. DEC is a private, nonprofit, nonresidential organization and Center for Independent Living providing services and support to individuals in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. In 2014, Lancaster County Community Foundation selected Melissa as one of their Baldwin Fellows.

Melissa graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral sciences. Her graduate studies included course work at Gallaudet University, as well as George Washington University. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a dual Master's of Science in Human Resources and Adult Learning and has earned a Certificate in Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking from Temple University.

Melissa grew up in a military family and lived in several states. Her family settled in New Oxford, PA, and she graduated from Gettysburg Area High School.

Melissa is a licensed United States Equestrian Federation judge and her judging resume includes shows at the local, national and intercollegiate level. She is also an active equestrian who competes with her own horses.

Melissa is a possibility thinker who believes in the potential of people with disabilities. Currently, she lives in New Cumberland with her husband, three children and many fuzzy friends.

#MaskUpPa!For clear face mask resources, please visit the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing’s Facebook ...
09/18/2020

#MaskUpPa!

For clear face mask resources, please visit the Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing’s page ➡️ https://bit.ly/38Iv9B7.

For info on exceptions to the mask order, including exceptions for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities, please visit ➡️ https://bit.ly/3fcMch3.

Photo description: a mask and the PA Department of Health’s logo. Text on photo: #MaskUpPa

Make sure that your mask covers your mouth and nose at all times. Don't remove your mask to talk, cough or sneeze. #MaskUpPA

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