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Experience the Employment Connection

Driven by the Governor’s Executive Order and the Employment First Act, the Experience the Employment Connection (EEC) initiative strives to increase competitive, integrated employment for Pennsylvanians with disabilities through a statewide, interagency staff training approach.

This joint-training initiative under the Departments of Labor & Industry (L&I), Human Services (DHS), and Education (PDE) targets interagency staff working for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP, including intellectual disability and autism services), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), and the Bureau of Special Education (BSE). As EEC continues to expand, additional partners are welcomed.

Regional sessions were held in 2016 and 2017, successfully impacting between 1,000 and 1,700 professionals each project year. In-person sessions of EEC are on a brief hiatus for 2018, aiming to return in 2019.

In the meantime, you can stay involved!

  1. Check out the Internet Scavenger Hunt Activity from EEC 2017 to become more familiar with the interagency partners and related content.
  2. Use the EEC 2017 Roadmap to explain available interagency supports to customer, families, and other professionals.
  3. Watch the archived webinar 'Using 2017 EEC Resources Locally'.
  4. Visit the EEC Training Resources Page to access presentation materials and supporting documents from EEC 2017. We strongly encourage you to replicate the Tabletop Learning Activities from 2017 in your local area!

As we continue to plan for the next round of Experience the Employment Connection (EEC), stop back for additional information, registration guidance, new resources and event details including locations and dates.

Stay tuned for more information…