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Campaign for What Works Urges Legislators to Back Jobs for Young People With Disabilities – SB200, HB400

Part-time, Summer Jobs Vital for Success after High School

Posted: February 18, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Campaign for What Works (C4WW) today urged members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to join 50 of their colleagues and support legislation designed to ensure young people with disabilities are better prepared to work after they finish high school.

Josie Badger of Pittsburgh, campaign manager for #IWantToWork state campaign, an initiative of C4WW, thanked Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne and Rep. Mauree Gingerich, R-Lebanon, for taking the lead as the prime sponsors of SB 200 and HB 400. Sen. Baker and Rep. Gingerich chair the Senate and House committees on Labor and Industry, respectively.

When signed into law the bills will ensure young people with disabilities get part-time and summer jobs, and receive job coaching and placement services beginning at age 15 from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. SB 200 is already cosponsored by a majority of the 50-member Senate, including the leadership of both caucuses.  Read More…

PA Dept. of Public Welfare Officially Changed to Dept. of Human Services

Posted: November 24, 2014

After a two year push, the effort led by the Campaign for What Works and an incredible coalition of advocates, consumers, and lawmakers across the state has crossed the finish line.  As of today, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Welfare is now officially the Department of Human Services, ending an unnecessary, decades-long misnomer that failed to illustrate what the Department actually does.

Our sincere thanks and congratulations go out to our allies, the public officials who helped make this happen, and especially to the Pennsylvanians in need of human services who now don’t have to live their lives under such a stigma.  This is a huge win and a great, great day.

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Persons With Disabilities Need Real Jobs

Posted: June 26, 2014

Sheltered workshops are not the answer for the vast majority of disabled persons who want and need to work. The Campaign for What Works’ #IWantToWork campaign is focused on preparing young people with disabilities to find and get jobs.

One big part of this effort is nudging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to take full advantage of federal matching funds that are available to the Bureau of Occupational Vocation (OVR). With an investment of $1.5 million in state funds, Pennsylvania could get another $6 million from the federal government to hire counselors and job placement personnel in the bureau.

This article shows how the national thinking is, fortunately, moving in this direction. We support efforts to ensure persons with disabilities are ready for jobs in the mainstream marketplace.  Read More

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