Transition Youth FAQs
What is the VR Transition Youth Program?
VR Transition Youth Services help students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Under this program, every youth will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community. These services are delivered while youth are still in high school and establish the foundation for a seamless transition to individualized training, education, and employment.
What does the VR Transition Youth Program offer?
- Assessments and counseling about careers
- Work-readiness skills training to help prepare you for employment and life after school
- Work-based learning experiences
- Counseling and guidance about training and education options after high school
Who should be referred to VR?
- All students, ages 15-21, with disabilities should be encouraged to apply for VR services
- Your disability must be documented by an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), a 504 Plan, or some other means
- Students or young people who don't need academic or physical accommodations in high school, but may need them later
- Students thinking about dropping out of high school
Who qualifies for Transition Youth services?
Students, ages 15-21, with disabilities who are still in high school or attending post secondary school (trade, college, or university) qualify for Transition Youth services.
When should you apply?
You should apply as soon as you are 15-21 and are ready to plan and participate in VR Transition Youth services.
What happens after you qualify for transition services?
You meet with a VR counselor to start the application process and determine eligibility. Once eligibility is established, you will be placed in the appropriate Order of Selection category. When your case is ready to be processed from the waiting list, your counselor will work with you to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Your IPE addresses the services you need for a successful transition to the agreed upon employment outcome.
How do you apply?
Call your nearest VR office or fill out a customer application and bring it to the VR office nearest you. You can find a list of VR offices at the VR Office Directory.
Customer Application (Word)
Aplicación Cliente (Word)
What laws help students with disabilities in school?
There are several laws that can help students with disabilities be successful in school and their career. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees that students with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education. A student may receive Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services under IDEA if the disability adversely affects the studentís educational performance. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits the discrimination of youth with disabilities and ensures they have equal access to education. The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) ensures that VR makes Transition Youth Services available to all high school students with disabilities. VRís Transition Youth Services are based on all of these laws.
What is the STAR program?
Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Pre-Employment Transition Services must be offered to students with disabilities without requiring that they apply for, or be determined eligible for, these services. The students are not traditional VR customers, but have been referred to VR by school districts for limited (pre-employment) services. VR is the primary agency for preparing youth with disabilities for employment while the youth are still in high school or attending post secondary school (trade, college, or university). VR will deliver specific Pre-Employment Transition Services including:
- Career Exploration Counseling
- Work Readiness Training
- Community-Based Work Experiences
To learn more about these laws, visit the following websites.