National Disability Employment Awareness Month Events

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is promoting it with a full schedule of events.  Whether it's a job fair, an employer symposium or a training session, OVR is working to connect Pennsylvanians with disabilities to employers who need qualified, reliable employees.
  • OVR is focusing on jobs for individuals with disabilities, through job fairs, job clubs and employer panels.
     
  • OVR is playing an active role in the community, by speaking at conferences, exhibiting at events and leading public meetings.
     
  • OVR is teaching, with "White Cane Days", disability awareness courses and video presentations.
     
  • OVR is creating opportunities for our customers to learn and grow through mentoring days, job exploration events and practice interviews.
     
  • OVR is connecting with our partners, by hosting open houses, employer symposiums and sisiting stakeholders.
     
  • OVR is focusing on transition through presentations in classrooms and a transition fair.
Here's a look at the events OVR is promoting for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To find out more, call -1800-442-6351 (866-830-7327 TTY).
 
What When Where Contact
OVR offers customers a 3-day Job Placement Workshop, followed by  Interview Practice  with Lowe's HR managers on Friday.
October 1, 2, 3 & 4
9AM-12PM all days
Harrisburg OVR
District Office
Ron Davis
717-346-2788
Harrisburg OVR
Hands-on Disability Awareness Training in local schools.
Multiple October dates.  Call for info.
Dubois
Ralph Serafini
814-371-7340
Dubois OVR
Multiple presentations on Disability Etiquette by Washington OVR Office
October 1 @ 9AM
October 1 @ 8:30AM
October 21 @ 9AM
October 23 @ 9AM
Fayette Co. CL
Mon Valley CL
Green Co. CL
Washington Co. CL
Jeff Seabury
Ed Polito
Ed Polito
Jim Kalaski
724-223-4430 (ALL)
Veteran's Networking Seminar offers support and resources for vets.
October 3
9AM-3:45PM
Butler, PA
Butler Co. Community College
Eric Wellman
724-223-4430
Washington OVR
OVR is at the CareerLink Job Fair
October 3
10AM-2PM
Belle Vernon, PA
Ed Polito
724-223-4430
Washington OVR
OVR exhibits at Tri-State SHRM Annual Conference
October 4
Morgantown, W.Va.
Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
Rob Hodapp
814-871-4401
David Carson, nationally known author speaks on "Survival for College-Bound Students with  Learning Disabilities"
October 7
9:30AM-11:30AM
Altoona OVR
District Office
Video Conference w/other OVR District Offices
Colleen Woodring
814-946-7240
Altoona OVR
Early Reach Kick Off trains transition coordinators, partners & stakeholders in new OVR initiative.
October 7-10
Harrisburg
OVR Central Office
North 6th St.,
Harrisburg
Michelle Bornman
717-787-6005
OVR Central Office
New Castle OVR hosts a viewing & discussion of "Lives Worth Living," a video history of the ADA.
October 8 @8:30AM
October 8 @1:30PM
October 8 @3PM
October 30 @8:30AM
Beaver Co. CareerLink
Slippery Rock Univers.
Butler CareerLink
Armstrong Co. CareerLink
Gail Steck
724-656-3070
New Castle OVR
OVR is participating in a Job Fair for SCI Somerset inmates and staff.
October 8
All Day
SCI Somerset
Colleen Woodring
814-946-7240
Altoona OVR
White Cane Day celebrates the achievements of people with vision loss.
October 15
 
October 15
3PM-5PM
Altoona
 
Wilkes-Barre
Suzy Friedenberger
814-949-7957
Altoona OVR
Karen Walsh-Emma
570-826-2361
Wilkes-Barre OVR
OVR's Rick Walters and Greg Bott from Lehigh Valley CIL appear on WFMZ's morning news show to talk about services they offer.
October 15
Allentown
WFMZ-TV
Rick Walters
610-821-6441
Allentown OVR
OVR Mentoring Day informs local high school students about transition activities.
October 16
9AM-1PM
Pittsburgh OVR
District Office
Marci Katona
412-392-4952
Pittsburgh OVR
Disability Employment Outreach Day
October 16
9:30AM-3:30PM
Fish & Boat Commission,
Harrisburg
717-787-6127
Practice Interviews with Sierra Group business partners
 
October 16
11AM-2PM
Philadelphia
The Pyramid Club
Kathy Fogel
215-560-1936
Philadelphia OVR
Practice Interviews with TD Bank
October 16
10AM-2PM
Mt. Laurel branch of TD Bank
Kathy Fogel
215-560-1936
Philadelphia OVR
The 10th Annual Career & Transition Fair is jointly hosted by the Hiram G. Andrews Center and Johnstown OVR.
October 16 & 17
9AM-3PM
October 18
9AM-1PM
Johnstown
HGAC Gymnasium
Chris Zakraysek
814-254-0442
Chris Roken
814-255-6771
HGAC
Dubois OVR hosts an Open House for customers, partners & the general public.
October 17
10AM-12PM
Dubois OVR
District Office
Ralph Serafini
814-371-7340
Dubois OVR
2nd Annual Erie OVR Job Fair & Hiring Event for job-ready OVR customers and 30 employers
October 18
9AM-12PM
Erie
Avalon Hotel
Rob Hodapp
814-451-5421
Erie OVR
Promoting OVR services, adaptive technology and careers in VR
October 21
12PM-1:30PM
Dubois
Penn State Campus
(Hiller Auditorium)
Ralph Serafini
814-371-7340
Dubois OVR
Norristown OVR's Employer Symposium helps 60 businesses understand benefits of hiring workers with disabilities.
October 22
9AM-12PM
Horsham Township Municipal Building
Catherine Getchell
484-250-4340
Norristown OVR
This Job Fair & Hiring Event connects job-ready OVR customers with potential employers.
 
October 22
1PM-3PM
Williamsport OVR
District Office
Susan Swartz
570-505-7234
Williamsport OVR
Disability Awareness Training Workshops promote understanding for students & teachers.
October 22
8:30AM-2:30PM
October 28
8:30AM-2:30PM
Beaver Co. Career & Technical Center
Butler Area Junior High School
Gail Steck
724-656-3070
New Castle OVR
OVR representatives attend Workforce Investment Board quarterly meeting
October 22
8AM-10AM
Hilton Garden Inn
Cannonsburg, PA
Lori Kaczmarek
724-223-4430
Washington OVR
OVR & KPMG host a Disability Mentoring Day to support customers preparing for accounting careers.
October 23
9:30PM-2PM
Philadelphia
KPMG Offices
Kathy Fogel
215-560-1936
Philadelphia OVR
OVR presents multiple workshops at the PADES Summit.
October 23 & 24
7:30AM-5PM
October 25
7:30AM-12PM
Radisson
Hotel Harrisburg,
Camp Hill, PA
Cindy Mundis
717-787-5518
Vondol Hammond
717-787-5098
Customer Achievement Day salutes the accomplishments of people with disabilities.
October 23
11:30AM-2PM
Reading
Crowne Plaza
Janell Shaffer-Yoder
610-621-5800
Reading OVR
Employer Box Lunch and Panel for businesses, HR reps and elected officials
October 24
12PM-1:30PM
Allentown
Banana Factory
Rick Walters
610-821-6441
Allentown OVR
Managers from Lowe's describe job opportunities to OVR customers.
October 24
Multiple Locations- Philadelphia
Kathy Fogel
215-560-1936
Philadelphia OVR
OVR is at the GACO Procurement Fair, helping businesses seeking federal contracts.
October 24
8:30AM-3:30PM
Four Points by Sheraton, Mars, PA
Jeff Seabury
724-223-4430
Washington OVR
The York OVR Job Fair brings together job-ready customers and business employers.
October 25
9AM-12PM
York
HACC Campus
Susan Richeson
717-771-4407
Reading OVR
Seminar on Transition for 30-40 students with a visual impairment & their parents
October 26
9AM-3:30PM
Allegheny County Human Services Bldg.
Rich Fischer
412-565-5520
Pittsburgh OVR
Pittsburgh OVR Awards Breakfast honors "Champions" who have helped people with find jobs.
October 28
8:30AM-12PM
Pittsburgh
Rivers Casino
Shannon Austin
412-392-5980
Pittsburgh OVR
Job Shadowing, Info & Mock Interviews with Benefits Data Trust
October 29
10AM-2PM
Center City Philadelphia,
BDT Office
Kathy Fogel
215-560-1936
Philadelphia
OVR updates on placement activities for Transitional Employment Consultants.
October 29
8AM-10:30AM
Cannonsburg,
Hilton Garden Inn
Lori Kaczmarek
724-223-4430
Washington OVR
OVR Customers meet peers and employers at a Job Club with Altoona Lowe's.
October 29
1:30PM-3:30PM
Altoona OVR
District Office
Ben Gehlman
814-946-6994
Altoona OVR
Potluck lunch & a viewing of "Lives Worth Living."
October 30
10AM-12PM
Altoona OVR District Office
Pam Montgomery
814-946-7240
Altoona OVR
Job Fair for OVR JPP participants.
 
October 30
12PM-2PM
Harrisburg OVR District Office
Ron Davis
717-346-2788
Harrisburg OVR
OVR promotes services, adaptive technology and careers in VR.
October 30
10AM-12PM
Bradford
Pitt Campus
(University Room)
Ralph Serafini
814-371-7340
Dubois OVR
Information and mock Interviews with Resources for Human Development
October 31
11AM-2PM
Philadelphia OVR District Office
Kathy Fogel
215-560-1936
Philadelphia OVR
Blindness Awareness Seminar deals with blindness issues for customers and public.
October 16
6:30 PM
Fayette County PAB
Rich Fischer
412-565-5520
Pittsburgh OVR
On Employer Outreach Day, OVR presents the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.
October 30
9AM-12PM
Wilkes-Barre OVR District Office
Karen Walsh-Emma
570-826-2361
Wilkes-Barre OVR
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