What is DVR’s role in secondary transition services?

Vocational rehabilitation transition services help students and youth with disabilities prepare for and obtain competitive integrated employment. These may include vocational counseling and guidance, pre-employment transition services, independent living and self-advocacy instruction, benefits planning related to employment, assistive technology, post-secondary education or training, job placement, and other services leading to competitive employment.

To help students and youth with disabilities gain an early start at job exploration, DVR services ideally begin before a student or youth leaves school, and continue until competitive employment is obtained. DVR makes a special effort to coordinate services for students in secondary school with the student’s IEP team, family, and other people important to helping develop the best Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) possible. Every service a DVR-eligible student or youth receives is individually based on the needs, strengths, and preferences of the individual person and their planning team.