• Start On Success


    Internship experience For more information, please contact:
    Ashley McFall, M.S. CRC
    Start On SuccessTransition Counselor
    2323 Brighton Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Pittsburgh's Start On Success (SOS) Program began in 1995 through the OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Project M.O.V.E. (Mentoring Opportunities for Vocational Exploration) grant.

    SOS students at AGH In 1998, the National Organization On Disability (NOD) contacted the Pittsburgh Public Schools to start a national employment preparation/internship program called Start On Success.  These two, once separate, initiatives were combined  and now represent the 3 year systematic transition program, titled Pittsburgh Public Schools Start On Success Program.

    The primary goal of this project, through instruction in the classroom and in the community, is to increase the career potential of students with learning disabilities, and prepare them for competitive employment after high school.


    Guiding Principles 

    • Provide skills and exposure to the workplace before placed on internship
    • School and work are connected
    • Students need daily support and instruction while on internshipsUniversity of Pittsburgh Print Shop
    • Successful transition requires a set of skills which can be taught
    • Students enjoy learning about themselves
    • Student driven and student ownership
    • Eligibility vs. Entitlement
    • Real work for real pay
    • Self-Determination
    • Job maintenance skills are crucial to future success
    • Link work based curriculum, instruction and assessment
    • Curriculum infuses responsibility, communication skills, flexibility, self-monitoring, problems solving skills, time management skills, team work skills and career development

    Benefits to Students

    • Real pay for real work Independent travel
    • Peer mentoring
    • Strong relationships with role models
    • Service to community
    • Leadership opportunities
    • Business community mentor
    • Job readiness and Job maintenance skills
  • The Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs, activities or employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at 341 Bellfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412.529.HELP (4357).