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 School District
Central Family Center: 829 Turner St., Allentown, PA 18102
Jefferson Family Center: 750 St. John St., Allentown, PA 18103
Educational and employment-related services.
Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School
3300 Chester Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18020
Provides vocation-technical programs: construction related, mechanical, technical, creative, service, health, and medical. Separate classes for high school students and adults in continuing education.
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.
Community Action Committee's Supportive Work Engagement Program
1337 E. 5th St., Bethlehem, PA 18015
Serves anyone who receives cash or food stamp benefits in Lehigh or Northampton Counties. You must be referred by the Department of Welfare. This program offers special help to get and keep a job: identifying your needs, job coaching to placement plus child care, transportation, car repair or purchase, driving lessons, other help. Contact your caseworker at Public Assistance. Bilingual services.
Information on employment, education, housing, transportation, health, income support, technology, independent living, civil rights, etc.
Educational Opportunities Centers, Inc.
Academic counseling/occupational interest testing, career resource library/career guidance. Free of charge for individuals not enrolled in high school.
Employment, Life skills & Referral Services
Employment services program.
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.
Job Accommodation Network
Consultants provide information, practical solutions, options, and accommodations that can be used in hiring, training, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities, within the job training environment or classroom. Practical solutions or options for individuals with mental health disabilities such as Maintaining Stamina During the Workday, Maintaining Concentration, Difficulty Staying Organized and Meeting Deadlines, Memory Deficits, Working Effectively with Supervisors, Interacting with Coworkers, Difficulty Handling Stress and Emotions, Attendance Issues, and Issues of Change. Other areas addressed are physical limitations, blind and/or hearing impairments, learning disabilities, cardiac conditions, etc.
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.
Lehigh Valley Toolkit
The Morning Call's new one-stop shopping resource helps you navigate the often-confusing world of unemployment, find local training programs and get a new job. It also offers advice on how to write a resume, prepare for interviews, find local job fairs and how to search for high-growth careers.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Information on disabilities with focus on transition, vocational assessments, options after high school, transition services, state resources, fact sheets, etc.
National Organization on Disability--this site offers advice about job training, resume writing, the Adults with Disabilities Act, resources, and employment success stories.
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020
Offers GED prep classes, English as Second Language (ESL) classes, New Choices/New Options Career Development Services (free career and personal counseling for those who qualify) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes (non-credit courses focusing on personal enrichment, personal skills building and other areas of interest). Tuition may be charged for some classes.
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.
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
Information and links to topics affecting families of young adults with disabilities such as Transition to Work, Employment Strategies for Young Adults with Disabilities, Health, etc.
The Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program
This program provides in-home medical case management services, advocates for an individual's legal and human rights, provides information regarding resources and services available, assesses needs and helps access equipment, advocates for appropriate educational services, assists with finding activities, offers instruction regarding home care, provides emotional support, helps with vocational goals, assists with residential options, provides referrals to appropriate agencies in the community and interprets clinical findings and acts as a liaison between health care professionals.
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.
United Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
A vocational rehabilitation agency that provides information, referral, advocacy, and training about assistive technology devices, services, funding, and resources.
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.
Work Support--a clearinghouse for information, resources, research and training related to the employment of people with disabilities.