The ACRES Project is an approved service provider to individuals aged 14-21 through Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
These state-sponsored, outcome-based programs are designed to give individuals with disabilities the skills they need to transition into independent living and meaningful employment. OVR clients may access these programs at ACRES at no cost by talking to their OVR counselor.
High school students with a documented disability may be referred to OVR by a family member or school personnel. Individuals may also refer themselves by registering at PA CareerLink's Job Gateway website.
What We Offer
Workplace Readiness Training
Group instruction that gives individuals with disabilities skills and behaviors needed to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment.
- Learn about appropriate communication (e.g. verbal and nonverbal communication, email etiquette, voicemail) in the job setting.
- Gain strategies to support independence at work such as time management, self-monitoring performance, working with others, and accepting constructive feedback.
- Understand appropriate work behaviors, including but not limited to timeliness, performance, and hygiene.
- Learn how to apply for jobs, create a resume, and prepare for a job interview.
This program prepares participants to travel in their community safely and independently.
- Learn how to identify, select, and use different methods of transportation (bus, van, Uber, etc.)
- Learn what to do during an emergency.
- Understand traffic signs and signals.
- Become aware of their surroundings when traveling.
- Understand how to travel to and from a workplace and other locations.
Group instruction that teaches individuals with disabilities to make their own decisions, advocate for their needs, and understand themselves and their disability.
- Become better prepared to make decisions and plan their futures.
- Understand how to make friends, manage stress, and stay mentally and physically healthy.
- Learn how to explain their strengths and needs to others.
- Understand their disability and how to advocate for themselves.
- Learn how to ask for assistance if needed at school or work.