Employment Resources for Youth and Young Adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This page provides information and resources related to finding and maintaining employment for youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Click on the links to learn more.

Helen Keller National Center- This website provides information about the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind youth and adults. Information about technology and training which will lead to successful employment is available, along with general information about deaf-blindness. (See Also: EmploymentCommunity Living)
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, PA Department of Labor and Industry (website)- The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. Services are either provided through direct contact or through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individual basis. There are specific rehabilitation counselors who serve individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. (See Also: AgenciesEmploymentSchool)
Map It! What Comes Next (for students who are deaf or hard of hearing)- This is a free, online, interactive training designed for transition-aged students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training utilizes three questions: 1. Who Am I?, 2. What Do I Want?, 3. How Do I Get There? Video vignettes signed in ASL with spoken English and written transcription, self assessments, and a series of interactive questions guide students as they identify their goals and develop strategies to achieve them. (See Also: EmploymentPost Secondary EducationSelf Determination)