Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

About OVR

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is housed within the Department of Labor and Industry. OVR  provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. An OVR counselor is available to conduct face-to-face interviews, assist customers in developing vocational goals, and organize a variety of services. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed which establishes vocational objectives, services, providers, and responsibilities. Services offered include, but are not limited to: counseling and guidance, diagnostic services, assessments, information and referral, job development and placement, and personal services such as readers or sign language interpreters which come at no cost to the individual.
OVR by the Numbers (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)
  • 54,549 individuals engaged with OVR
  • 12,060 new applicants
  • 22,327 students received Pre-Employment Transition Services
  • 6,953 individuals placed into employment
  • $14.11 average hourly wage of individuals employed
Amanda Smith's Story
Through GetGo’s Inclusion Project, funding and support from our Johnstown Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) office and her own determination, talent and ability, Amanda Smith is transitioning to competitive, integrated employment!

Data Collection

In addition to data provided on the Employment First data dashboard main page, data for the following informational graphics is collected through The Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS).  CWDS is an internet-based system of services for use by customers and potential customers of the PA CareerLink® offices, and by Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for OVR Customers. CWDS provides online access to job openings; information about employers; services and training opportunities for job seekers.

Individuals Engaged with OVR During the Program Year

OVR assists tens of thousands of customers each year.  Typically, more than 20,000 new cases are initiated each year.  Cases often are open for multiple years in order to bring about the best possible outcomes for customers.  In any given year, OVR actively manages at least 50,000 to more than 70,000 open cases.  Approximately half of all open cases are closed each year.

Job Referrals by State Fiscal Year (SFY) for All Counties

Job Referrals Made to Employers on Behalf of Students with Disabilities while Still in High School. 

Job Referrals by State Fiscal Year (SFY) by County

Top 20 Counties. All counties available in the Source data.

Occupations of Individuals in Competitive Employment

The chart below shows the percent of individuals in CIE by various employment sectors. Data is shown by Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) and Program Year (PY).

Estimated Government Savings with Average per Person Costs

Vocational Rehabilitation programs have a net positive effect on government budgets.  Employment through OVR saves taxpayer funds at the same time that OVR seeks to be as efficient as possible in managing the costs of its services.  Government savings in the table below is estimated and includes consideration of factors such as the reduction of future governmental supports for OVR customers placed in employment.

What if I have questions:
OVR provides a wide range of services to eligible applicants. Some services can help you overcome or lessen your disability; others can directly help you prepare for a career. The services you receive will be arranged to meet your individual needs. Not everyone will need every service. OVR services include:
Diagnostic Services - Medical, psychological, and audiological examinations and testing;
Vocational Evaluation - Aptitude, interest, general ability, academic exams, work tolerance, and "hands-on" job experiences;
Vocational Counseling
Training - Basic academic, vocational/technical, college, on-the-job training, independent living skills, and personal and work adjustment training;
Restoration Services - Medical services and equipment
Placement Assistance
Assistive Technology
OVR also operates and maintains our own Center for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (CART) at the Hiram G. Andrews Center.
Support Services
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Additional Information: 
The OVR Office Directory will help you find an OVR district office near you.
You may also refer yourself to OVR at the CWDS website.
OVR will facilitate your rehabilitation program. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything. You are entitled to the best service that OVR can give you. Your comments, suggestions, and criticisms are important.
 If you are an applicant or a customer of OVR and are dissatisfied with a determination or service OVR is providing, you may file an appeal. A written request for a hearing must be made within thirty (30) days. An impartial hearing officer will be assigned to hear and decide your case. You will be given the opportunity for an informal administrative review prior to the impartial hearing. At any time during your program you may contact the Client Assistance Program for help. For more information, , visit What if I have Questions or Complaints
WIOA Annual Reports
WIOA requires that State VR programs submit an annual statewide performance report, including information on levels of performance achieved with respect to the primary indicators of performance outlined in section 116.
The Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) data sets which allows comparisons of performance from year to year and from state to state can be found here: Federal RSA Datasets

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