The Barber National Institute is partnering with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students. This new program helps students with disabilities who want to start planning for future employment while they are still in school. The program offers two new opportunities:
Services are available to students with a disability who have an IEP or 504 plan and are between 14 - 21 years old. Classes are led by staff with training and experience in Employment Services. Topics include:
Job Shadowing – opportunities for students to try out jobs in their areas of interest. Students receive:
Transportation Assessments - an Individualized exploration of transportation options and plan development to help students with future decisions pertaining to realistic career opportunities.
The Employment Specialist will explore all possible transportation options specific to the students’ residence including LIFT or taxi service, bus routes,
These services are available for students approved for OVR services and can be requested by parents/guardians or the school. OVR’s Early Reach Coordinators can guide the referral process for interested students.
For more information on Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students, please contact
Maggie Dimitriadis, Director IDS Services at 814-874-5517 or Marycarmen Walker Operations Specialist for Supported Employment at 814-835-8075.