- ACHIEVA: Community Employment And Employment-Related Services
ACHIEVA supports and empowers individuals with disabilities and their families. They have a Pathways to Employment program and also community employment programs. These programs focus on employment in a community setting or employment-related programs which may combine vocational evaluation, vocational training and employment in a non-specialized setting such as a business or industry or other work sites within the community.
AHEDD is a private non-profit organization with a mission to serve the community as a catalyst in the employment and development of persons with a disability. AHEDD is also the Benefits, Planning, Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) agency that serves Allegheny County and most of Western Pennsylvania. These are agencies that receive grants from the Social Security Administration to provide services to SSI/SSDI beneficiaries who are considering a return to work and have questions about possible changes in his/her benefits. A BPAO Work Incentives Coordinator will provide information the beneficiary may use to make an informed decision about returning to work.
- Bidwell Training Center
“We change lives” is more than just a saying, it’s a vocation for our students and staff. Our majors give you the tools you need to build a better future; they are designed to fill employer needs through strong partnerships with leading regional corporations, agencies and organizations.
- Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
For more than 100 years, Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh has empowered people who are blind, deaf blind or vision impaired to become independent. Our mission is to change the lives of persons with vision loss and other disabilities by fostering independence and individual choice.
- Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
412-565-5240, TTY: 412-565-5509
BBVS provides specialized, rehabilitative and prevention of blindness services for Pennsylvania residents who are blind or visually impaired.
Downtown Pittsburgh: 412-552-7100, Allegheny East: 412-436-2225, Allegheny West: 412-809-3500
One-stop shop for employment training, job search, unemployment services, connection to PA Job Centers.
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
The Carnegie Library Oakland offers both Resume and Interview Preparation and Career Guidance assistance.
- Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Community Training and Development Program
The Community College of Allegheny County is deeply committed to educating all members of society, regardless of intellect, mental health, physical disability, lifestyle or socio-economic status. The CCAC Community Training and Development programs are the hub of that education. The programs provides job training and teaches life skills to those who can benefit from this support in order to better socialize, care for themselves and contribute to society. We provide skills training for those who take care of this special population and we make sure that the elderly have the proper programs to enjoy and take care of their affairs.
- Community Empowerment Association
CEA offers workforce development training, connections to careers.
- Easter Seal Society Of Western Pennsylvania: Vocational Development
Provides people with disabilities the training, support and opportunity they need for successful employment outcomes. The Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania Vocational Development Department is a premier provider of services specifically designed to provide a safe and encouraging environment for its participants.
- Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC)
The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) helps low- to moderate-income residents get on the path to prosperity. Conveniently located at 5321 Penn Avenue in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Garfield, the ENEC helps the East End community grow by providing its residents with all of the help they need to compete in today’s job market. In addition to hosting on-site employer interviews and job fairs, the ENEC offers workforce skills and job readiness training, career counseling, and even job placement!
The ENEC offers free assistance with: Computer and internet applications, Resume writing, Job counseling, Copy and fax services
- Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh
Offers a variety of programs and services that provide employment-related education, training, counseling and job opportunities for people with disabilities, economic disadvantages and other barriers to employment.
- Greater Pittsburgh Supported Employment Association
http://www.gpsea.org/412-362-6400 Ext. 217
Information to interested persons on the individuals and organizations in Allegheny and surrounding counties that provide vocational, employment, and career development services.
- Health Profession Opportunity Grants
Contact CCAC at HPOG@ccac.edu or call 714.325.6881 for specific program requirements, eligibility questions and for more information.
For those who qualify, students have the opportunity to prepare for a career that will pay well and is in high demand throughout the region. Programs include: EMT, nurse aide, nursing, advanced EM, paramedic, medical assistant, medical coding and billing specialist, and health information technology.
- Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh
Jewish Family & Children’s Service operates the Career Development Center (CDC) , a full service career counseling organization with more than 25 years of experience helping thousands of individuals obtain meaningful employment opportunities and helping companies attract, retain and transition employees.
- Life’s Work of Western PA
Assists persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment to achieve independence and dignity through productive employment opportunities.
- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/412-392-4950, TTY: 412-392-5921
Their purpose is to expand and strengthen employment outcomes, independence, and specialized services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
- Partner 4 Work
Partner4Work is the workforce development organization that connects funding, expertise and opportunities for employers, job seekers, agencies, and policy makers to develop a thriving workforce in the Pittsburgh area.In partnership with Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh, they offer a youth summer employment program “Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment.” You can learn more and apply online at: https://www.partner4work.org/learnandearn. All applicants must meet age, income, U.S. citizenship, and residency requirements, and provide verification of various application items. The website lists resources and tutorials on how to complete the application.
- Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Assists Pennsylvanians with disabilities in gaining the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. OVR services include: diagnostic services, vocational evaluation, vocational counseling, job training, medical services and assistive technology equipment to help clients pursue and achieve employment, and job placement assistance. Contact: Ms. Marci Katona (412-392-4950).
- Pitt’s Industrial Engineering Department.
The University of Pittsburgh offers several training options for individuals interested in a rewarding career in manufacturing.
- Pitt’s Homewood Community Engagement Center (CEC)
The University of Pittsburgh Homewood Community Engagement Center (CEC) offers several programs that help prepare and connect candidates to job opportunities in the area.
- Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program
Toll-Free: 1-866-968-7842, Toll-Free TDD: 1-866-TDD2WORK
The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues a ticket to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal. The EN, if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment. It is a voluntary program.
- The Social Security Administration’s “Work Site”
Toll-free: 800-772-1213, Toll-free TTY: 800-325-0778
- THE PROGRAM for Offenders, Inc.
THE PROGRAM for Offenders, Inc. strives everyday to provide a structured and caring environment for offenders and their families. Our goal is to offer them a second chance at life and in turn give their children a first chance.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Toll-free: 1-800-669-4000, Toll-free TTY: 1-800-669-6820
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
- U.S Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
ODEP’s mission is to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. ODEP’s vision is a world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities.
- U.S. Department of Labor Publications
Includes information about finding employment, hiring individuals with disabilities, communicating with individuals with disabilities and many more useful publications.