Vocational Services

Mary Kay Dugan
Director of Vocational Services
724.283.3300 ext. 107

Sheltered Workshop

The Sheltered Workshop employs over 100 individuals with disabilities for the completion of meaningful paid work. The 20,000 square foot facility is centrally located and fully equipped to handle most light assembly, packaging, bulk mailing, and other needs. A history of quality, competitive prices, and on-time delivery gives area businesses a viable alternative when faced with difficult deadlines, space, or manpower shortages.

The sheltered workshop offers a variety of services for people with disabilities including:

• A variety of paid jobs

• Training in work skills

• Assessment of work skills

• Personal and work adjustment training for targeted areas and skills leading to successful community employment

• Individualized assistance in achieving one's maximum vocational potential.

Career Opportunities for the Disabled (COD)

Mary Kay Dugan
Program Manager
Phone:  724.431.4060
Fax: 724.431.4067

112 Hollywood Drive
Suite 203
Butler, PA 16001

The Arc of Butler County is proud provider to offer our supportive employment program, Career Opportunities for the Disabled (COD). 
By focusing on pairing individuals with employers, COD is able to assist individuals with various disabilities by:

  • Obtaining and maintaining competitive employment
  • Creating community awareness concerning employment of individuals with disabilities
  • Building successful alliances between employers and employees

COD services are individualized according to the needs of the individuals and the employer.

Examples of services available are:

  • Resume/Cover Letter Writing
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Community Based Work Assessments
  • Job Development
  • Job Coaching (training on the job)
  • Mobility Training
  • Coordination of Employment Related Services

Employer Services:

  • Job Matching Potential Employees to Job Positions
  • Free On The Job Training by Job Coaches
  • Possible Eligibility for Federal Targeted Tax Credits
  • Follow-Up Services (as needed or requested by the employer)
  • Assistance with Employee Evaluations
  • Assistance with Accommodations

COD is a great business resource and we offer area employers a large diverse workforce.

Pre-Employment Activities

  • Acquiring proper identification
  • Registering with local CareerLink
  • Cover Letter/Resume development
  • Rehearsing interview skills
  • Mobility Training
  • Community-based Work Assessments
  • Coordination of employment-related services
  • Exploring vocational options

Vocational Services

  • Job Coaching
  • Social support on the job
  • Self-management devices
  • Liaison support between employee and employer
  • Fading at appropriate intervals
  • Follow-up services when needed

Individuals interested in obtaining employment are referred from the following agencies:

Center for Community Resources
Phone:     724.431.0095
Fax:         724.431.0242

Blind and Visual Services
Phone:  1.800.412.4072
TDD:    1.877.255.5082
Fax:         412.565.2296

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Phone:  1.800.442.6379
TDD:       724.656.3252
Fax:         724.656.3265

School Districts
Students can be referred by their individual school districts or Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV.

For Employers:

COD can assist employers that are interested in hiring eager, qualified workers who are loyal and part of the local community.  Our Job Coaches can assist employers with this goal by:

Job Matching – We recognize that the first step in a successful work experience is making sure the job and work environment are compatible with the employee.

Job Coaching – Our job coaches provide quality instruction to our COD consumers – your new trainee.

Fading – To develop independent work habits and identify training needs, job coaches will fade supports gradually until your new employee is performing to your work standards.

Follow-up – Changes in work duties, promotions, and remodeling of work areas are a few reasons job coaches might return to assist with additional training.  Service is available at the request of the employer or employee.

Interested employers can contact the Career Opportunities for the Disabled office directly at 724.431.4060.