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Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is a state agency through the Department of Labor. Vocational Rehabilitation’s goal is assisting interested individuals who have disabilities to get and keep a job. It is intended to provide employment-related support services for a limited period of time, and within a mutually developed Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). Vocational Rehabilitation often contracts with community service providers who provide Situational Assessment, Job Development, and Job Coaching Services. Employment related services that are available may also include: career exploration, vocational assessments, job development, short term job coaching, support for the acquisition of job related assistive technology, and post-secondary education that is related to one’s vocational goal. Although direct services through V.R. typically will not start before a student leaves high school, it is important to include a V.R. Counselor as part of your youth’s team generally 2 years before they leave high school to better insure that there is a smooth transition for the vocational goals of your child. A vocational rehabilitation counselor can be an important resource for a student’s team as vocational goals and objectives are developed for an IEP.

If through an assessment, it is determined that your youth will need longer term vocational services than what V.R. provides (for example, ongoing job coaching), it is very important for communication and a linkage to occur among the school, V.R. and with the Dept. of Behavioral and Developmental Services (BDS) early in the development of your youth’s transition plan.

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Introduction | Federal Definition of Transition Services
Transition Planning | Critical Connections | Other Useful Information