Collaboration is a predictor of positive postschool outcomes for students with disabilities when it occurs across education, vocational rehabilitation, families, and numerous other partners who provide instruction, pre-employment transition services, and other transition services stakeholders. Well-developed partnerships for planning and service delivery give the greatest benefit to youth and their families.
Vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to enter into formal interagency agreements with State Educational Agencies (SEA) that describe how they will collaboratively plan and coordinate transition services for students with disabilities who need those services, per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by Title IV of WIOA. This formal interagency agreement is a foundational document and is essential to ensuring that students with disabilities experience a smooth transition from school to post-school activities.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) specifies that schools are to ensure that transition planning and services are coordinated with outside entities, agencies, and services providers as part of students’ annual Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Interagency collaboration goes beyond vocational rehabilitation and schools. At the local and state levels, collaboration within and across multiple agencies, services providers, and community organizations can provide students and families the sought-after seamless transition from youth to adult living.
Systems Level Inter-Agency Collaboration: How One State Made it Work – Webinar9/16/2021
OSERS Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with DisabilitiesJune 25, 2021
Getting Started Resources
- Side-by-Side View: Transition Services
- Community Rehabilitation Providers Pre-ETS Guidebook
- A Teachers Guide to Collaborating with Vocational Rehabilitation
- Resource Mapping Toolkit
- CIRCLES Building Collaborative Partnerships
- Integrated Resource Teams
- Way2Work Maryland Model - Evidence of Impact
- Youth Transition Program