If you are a resident of East Oak Lane, West Oak Lane, or Germantown, a new project may be able to help with common legal issues that make it hard for people to stay in their homes.
According to our analysis of reports from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania still has work to do to prepare students with disabilities for employment.
Preparing Students with Disabilities for Life after School provides limited legal representation, legal advice and know-your-rights education to families/caregivers of students ages 14-21 who receive special education about the student’s right to have transition planning and services included in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to help prepare the student for life after high school.
The Disability Employment Discrimination Project’s mission is to enforce disability rights and to help individuals with disabilities access and remain in the work force. The project provides limited legal representation, legal advice and know-your-rights education to low-income people with disabilities, as well as education and outreach to employers.
In Pennsylvania, minorities, particularly men, are frequently turned away from jobs due to disproportionate criminal history rates and employers’ increased screening of those histories in the application and hiring processes. The widespread use of criminal background checks creates a nearly insurmountable barrier for large numbers of minority men in obtaining the employment they need to lead stable and sustainable lives and contribute to their families and communities.