A Focus On Transition
Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) have long delivered services that support the transition of students with disabilities from high school to competitive integrated employment. These services have been provided in a variety of settings (i.e., schools, community, and businesses) and supported by funding from a variety of sources (i.e., school districts, Vocational Rehabilitation, Medicaid), typically as students were close to graduating or aging out of high school.
WIOA Support for Transition Services
The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in July 2014 increased support for transition services through the inclusion of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), with a focus on serving students earlier in their high school years.
Engaging Students with Vocational Rehabilitation
The focus on earlier engagement of students with vocational rehabilitation (VR) while in high school means caseloads of VR Counselors will continue to rise and require VR to seek out increased support of CRPs to serve transition aged students. If CRPs are going to provide Pre-ETS to student with disabilities, it will require CRP staff to become versed in Pre-ETS, understand how to work and deliver services to younger students, and develop effective processes to collaborate with multiple partners.
About the Guide
This guide was developed in response to these needs. Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) have been incorporated into the information in this guide along with examples across each section. Sections include:
- Section 1: Pre-Employment Transition Services
- Section 2: Developing Services Based on Staff Resources and Logistics
- Section 3: Collaborating to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
- Section 4: Programming and Reporting Expectations for Pre-ETS
- Section 5: Tools and Resources
- Section 6: Appendices