Brief Information About Post-Secondary Transition
Many of you have already heard about the major change in Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services for students with disabilities due to the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The new federal law includes a substantial mandate to serve high school students, ages 14 – 22, who have a disability and are on an IEP or 504 plan. The student must be eligible for VR services and there are 5 required activities that VR must focus on: job exploration counseling; work-based learning experiences; counseling on opportunities for training and post-secondary; workplace readiness training; instruction in self advocacy.
What this means from an individual high school point of view is that VR Transition Counselors, who have already been working with these students once they became seniors and have built relationships with school staff, will now be able to support transition planning for students earlier in their high school career. In the next few weeks, VR Transition Counselors will be connecting with special educators and others at their assigned schools to begin preliminary discussions about what this change could look like. They are NOT prepared to discuss any specific details as those are still being worked out.
We hope that all school staff will welcome this additional collaboration and will support the VR Transition Counselors as they increase the time they can spend in schools to offer opportunities for younger students with disabilities.
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VocRehab Vermont has counselors who work with youth in school or recently out of school. The counselors work in a team with the youth parents and guardians, special educators and other community supporting members.
The VocRehab youth transition counselor can help you think about possible careers and further training after high school or help you find a job. There is a youth transition counselor in each VocRehab office (link) so that you can meet with someone in your own community, at school or in their office. Contact someone today!
Jump on Board for Success (JOBS) Program
If you are a youth 16 – 21 (or know a youth) who has dropped out of high school, has emotional or behavioral issues that are getting you in trouble, and are having a hard time living at home/making things happen in your life, and you want to work, the JOBS program might be for you. There are eligibility guidelines that you have to meet and this program is not for everybody, but if it is for you, it can really help. Contact a youth transition counselor for more information.