Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Rehabilitation Administration and Services


Bordieri, James


This research paper is a review of the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s (OVR) College and Other Post Secondary Training Policies and Guidelines. Specifically, does OVR’s policy adequately support the needs of persons with disabilities in obtaining college and other post secondary education?

The purpose of this paper is to review a sufficient body of literature and study to determine if OVR’s training policy is supported by available research. According to OVR’s 2012 Annual Report, total training services accounted for 46% of case service expenditures.

A lengthy analysis of a large volume of relevant scholarship determined OVR’s training policy is supported by available research and that this OVR Policy does support persons with disabilities in post-secondary education. Further examination of the OVR Policy into areas of program funding maximums and the full time attendance requirement may be warranted.