Resources - Employment
AHEDD is a private non-profit organization with a mission to serve the community as a catalyst in the employment and development of persons with a disability. AHEDD is also the Benefits, Planning, Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) agency that serves Allegheny County and most of Western Pennsylvania. These are agencies that receive grants from the Social Security Administration to provide services to SSI/SSDI beneficiaries who are considering a return to work and have questions about possible changes in his/her benefits. A BPAO Work Incentives Coordinator will provide information the beneficiary may use to make an informed decision about returning to work.
Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
412-565-5240, TTY: 412-565-5509
BBVS provides specialized, rehabilitative and prevention of blindness services for Pennsylvania residents who are blind or visually impaired.
Downtown Pittsburgh: 412-552-7100, Allegheny East: 412-436-2225, Allegheny West: 412-809-3500
One-stop shop for employment training, job search, unemployment services, connection to PA Job Centers.
Community College of Allegheny County, Institute of Advanced Technology
Recognizing the issues involved for a person with a disability to find gainful employment, the IAT provides a comprehensive program which includes: Assistive and Adaptive Technology, Formal training in Career Development, and the Career Support Network.
Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh
Offers a variety of programs and services that provide employment-related education, training, counseling and job opportunities for people with disabilities, economic disadvantages and other barriers to employment.
Greater Pittsburgh Supported Employment Association
412-362-6400 Ext. 217
Information to interested persons on the individuals and organizations in Allegheny and surrounding counties that provide vocational, employment, and career development services.
Life's Work of Western PA
Assists persons with disabilities or other barriers to employment to achieve independence and dignity through productive employment opportunities.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
412-392-4950, TTY: 412-392-5921
Their purpose is to expand and strengthen employment outcomes, independence, and specialized services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program
Toll-Free: 1-866-968-7842, Toll-Free TDD: 1-866-TDD2WORK
The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues a ticket to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal. The EN, if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment. It is a voluntary program.
The Social Security Administration's "Worksite"
Toll-free: 800-772-1213, Toll-free TTY: 800-325-0778
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Toll-free: 1-800-669-4000, Toll-free TTY: 1-800-669-6820
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.