Office of Vocational Rehabilitation


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This Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) is entered into by and between the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (“DLI”), through its Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (“OVR”), and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (“PDE”), through the Bureau of Special Education (“BSE”)

OVR/BSE Partnership Letter - English

OVR/BSE Partnership Letter - Spanish


team putting puzzle togetherUnderstanding the Memorandum:  OVR and BSE Working Together as One

This series will overview the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) pertaining to the provision of transition services for students with disabilities. Throughout the series, participants will be introduced to tools for collaboration between OVR, BSE, Local Education Agencies (LEAs), youth and families.

Understanding the MOU Flyer
Understanding the MOU Flyer - Spanish


April 8, 2021 (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Unpacking the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)


This session will provide information regarding the legal requirements and tenants of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Bureau of Special Education (BSE). In addition, a detailed plan for implementation will be introduced.


1. April 8 webinar -Participant PPT
2. PA 2020 - MOU BSE-PDE
3. PA MOU OVR-BSE Professional Overview
4. PA MOU OVR-BSE - Youth-Famly Overview
5. OVR 2021 Pre-ETS Flyer
6. NTACT-Interagency Collaboration for CIE
7. NTACT- CIE Toolkit - Section 3

April 21, 2021 (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Engaging Stakeholders


During this session, presenters will share strategies for engaging stakeholders in the transition planning process. Information regarding strategies for IEP participation, including family engagement, student-led IEPs, and agency involvement will be presented. Resources for including OVR in the IEP planning process and planning for transition services will be discussed.


1. April 21 webinar -PowerPoint
2. Why Students Should Work w-OVR
3. Special Education Timelines
4. Desk-Ref-Sp. Ed. Overview
5. Inviting OVR to IEP Mtgs
6. Process for Coord Betw OVR-LEA
7. Entitlement-vs-eligibility
8. Understanding-self-advocacy
9. Student Participation in IEP rubric

May 13, 2021 (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Strategies for Aligning Efforts

During this session, participants will learn strategies to align efforts utilizing the PA Career Education and Work Standards and Pre-Employment Transition Services (PreETS) with IDEA transition requirements.


1.  May 13, 2020 Presentation
2.  Pre-ETS Mapping Worksheet
3.  OVR Pre-ETS Continuum
4.  PA - MOU - IDEA-WIOA Sec Trans Crosswalks

2020-2021 Project SEARCH Guidance for Providers during COVID-19

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)


2019-2020 Webinar Series Flyer

Part 1 - IEPs and Auxiliary Aids (October 17, 2019)


Part 2 - Self-Advocacy (October 24, 2019)


Part 3 - Job Exploration Counseling (October 31, 2019)


Part 4 - Workplace Readiness (November 7, 2019)


Part 5 - Counseling on Post-Secondary Options (November 14, 2019)


Part 6 - Work-Based Learning Experiences (December 5, 2019)


OVR – An Update on Pre-Employment Transition Services Webinar

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will provide an overview of Pre-Employment Transition Services that can be offered to students with disabilities and review updates that have been made to these services.