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PA Community on Transition: Achieving outcomes through a shared agenda  

The purpose of the project is to expand competitive employment outcomes of youth and with disabilities served by OVR. Two nationally recognized, evidence-based models will be replicated by local transition teams, under the advisement of the PA Transition State Leadership Team (SLT). The first employment preparation model to be replicated is Project SEARCH, Children's Hospital of Cincinnati. An employer-driven model provides an educational program for youth in their last year of high school. Youth are served in a business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process through continuous feedback and application of new skill. Individualized job development and placement begins after the rotations are completed. Youth are given support through on-the-job coaching and work site accommodations and are placed in employment. The second post-secondary education and training preparation model offered for replication is the Post-ITT (Postsecondary Innovative Transition Technology). Local teams would adopt and share implementation of curriculum that provides guidance activities for preparation for post-secondary education and training. An experiential component, founded on a ten-year model entitled Promoting Academic Success, provides youth with exposure to college between their junior and senior years. Youth earn college credit while attending classes on campus to get a realistic view of college. Assessments occur to define assistive technology and accommodation needs. The targeted population to be served during this project is OVR-eligible youth between the ages of 16 and 22 with diverse disabilities. Special outreach will be placed on serving youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $281,250.00
Current Award Period 2007-2012
Project Number H235U070025
Principal Investigator Hodges, Dana
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 6: What Does the Future Hold, Particularly for Adults? (Lifespan)
Subcategory N/A
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 6LA. Develop at least two individualized community-based interventions that improve quality of life or health outcomes for the spectrum of adults with ASD by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $12,900,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Department of Labor & Industry
State/Country Pennsylvania
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