The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability--The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. View information on your rights in the workplace.
Allentown: 1601 Union Blvd., Allentown, PA 18109
Bethlehem: 2 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 (use New St. entrance)
Provides GED prep classes, career development (job training, job placement, job search techniques, work experience), financial aid information, Summer Youth Employment Program, Supported Employment Program for individual with disabilities, and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
Information on employment, education, housing, transportation, health, income support, technology, independent living, civil rights, etc.
Helping kids with learning disabilities focus on life after high school. Transition to Employment--view article with great tips on transiting for young adults with learning disabilities.
A residential education and job training program for at-risk youth (dropped out of high school), ages 16 through 24. There is no upper age limit for otherwise eligible individuals with disabilities. Pennsylvania has vocational programs in medical Assistant, Carpentry, Cement Mason, Hotel Clerk, etc. also offers GED programs, vocational training, intensive career counseling and related assistance.
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (formerly Lehigh County Vo-Tech)
Community Education Department
4500 Education Park Dr., Schnecksville, PA 18078
Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP) allows high school seniors to work at a job using the skills learned while attending LCTI. The Adult and Continuing Education Department offers adult learners a variety of skills training programs both on site and at various locations throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board
Work, training, career connections for young adults ages 16-21.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
Local office: 45 N. 4th St., Allentown, PA 18102
610-821-6441 or 1-800-922-9536
OVR serves people who have disabilities that present a substantial impediment to employment. Services are provided to individuals who can benefit from, and who need, services to prepare for, enter into, engage in, or retain employment. OVR provides services such as Diagnostic Services, Vocational Evaluations, Counseling, Training, Job Placement and Supportive Services.
Pennsylvania Labor and Industry
Links and information regarding employment, such as Pennsylvania Conservation Corps, Hiram G. Andrews Center, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blind and Visual Services, etc.
US Department of Labor (DOL)
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Disability Employment, Wage and Hour Division, etc.
336 W. Spruce St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
VIA, Inc. is a non-profit human service agency which offers community-based support for people with developmental and physical disabilities. Serves ages from birth through retirement. Employment, training and sheltered workshops, housing, leisure resources and early intervention.