At PA CareerLink® we understand the importance of making all people feel welcome. We provide reasonable accommodations upon request and offer sign language interpreters, publications in alternate formats and assistive technology at each center. As one of our partners, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is available to meet with customers at our Downtown Pittsburgh and Forest Hills offices.
Our accessibility/accommodation features include:
- Accessible workstations — Equipped with adjustable height tables and ergonomic chairs, speech output and screen magnification software such as JAWS and ZoomText, alternate mini keyboards and track ball mice with wrist rests, large screen computer monitors with low glare screens and adjustable arms to improve viewing position.
- Closed Circuit TV — Used to enlarge the text of printed materials.
- Assistive listening devices — For sound amplification in one-to-one or group communication.
- TTY — A teletext device that allows persons with hearing disabilities to communicate via text over a standard telephone line.
External Resources for People with Disabilities
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. The OVR counselor, during face-to-face interviews, assists customers in selecting their choice of vocational goals, services and service providers. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed, outlining a vocational objective, services, providers and responsibilities. Certain services are subject to a Financial Needs Test (FNT) and may require financial participation by the customer. Counseling and guidance, diagnostic services, assessments, information and referral, job development and placement, and personal services such as readers or sign language interpreters are provided at no cost to the individual. Also, by law OVR customers receiving Social Security benefits for their disability (SSI, SSDI) are exempt from OVR’s Financial Needs Test.
Additional resources can be found on the Department of Labor's Employment & Training Administration's Disabilities Program home page