Transitions (Students Ages 14-26)
LB – Age 14 Transition Services – With the passing of LB 527 which will be codified at Neb. Rev. Stat. § 83-1225, Nebraska statute will require transition planning to be documented in Individual Education Programs (IEPs) as required by both federal and state law and must occur in the first IEP meeting held after the student reaches theage of 14.
Transition into the 21st Century Toolkit 2015 – Transition into 21st Century
Nebraska Department of Education, transition website – https://transition.ne.gov/
Ready, Set, Go, is a website that provides information about the services offered through the Nebraska Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Specifically, it is geared to help young adults who are preparing to transition from high school to adult developmental disabilities services. For more information go to the above nde transition site – https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Ready-Set-Go.aspx
College IS an option for people with disabilities.- http://www.thinkcollege.net/index.php
Explore different models in supporting youth in transition – http://www.ncwd-youth.info/solutions/transition-models/
Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center – https://instrc.indiana.edu/
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment – Independent Living and Community Living (includes information on Person Centered Planning and Self-Determination) – https://www.pacer.org/transition/learning-center/independent-community-living/
Ten Tips That May Help Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood – https://www.pacer.org/parent/php/PHP-c107.pdf
Transition – Charting a Course for the Future – https://www.pacer.org/transition/resource-library/publications/NPC-7.pdf
Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning – https://www.ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-20/family-information-guide-assistive-technology-and-transition-planning
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, A Transition Guide – To Post-Secondary Education and Employment for Student and Youth with Disabilities – https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/transition/products/postsecondary-transition-guide-may-2017.pdf
Education Quest Foundation. Under Publications, you will find: “College Planning for Students with Disabilities: A Supplement to the College Prep Handbook” https://www.educationquest.org/
Career Readiness Toolkit – https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/career-readiness-toolkit/
Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Information on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues – https://askjan.org/
What is Vocational Rehabilitation?
Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) is an employment program for people with disabilities. Voc Rehab helps these individuals make career plans, learn job skills, and get and keep a job. The goal is to prepare people for jobs where they can make a living wage and have access to medical insurance.
What is the role of Vocational Rehabilitation in transition planning?
Voc Rehab works with schools to assist students with disabilities in planning for the future. Transition services are provided by Voc Rehab at no cost to students and include:
* Orientation provides information to students in grades 9-12, the student’s family, and their teachers to introduce them to Voc Rehab transition services.
* Career Exploration includes tours of community businesses, career days, job fairs, or visits from employers. These experiences provide students an opportunity to learn about the world of work.
* Community Resources involves Voc Rehab staff assisting in locating resources to provide needed services and supports.
* Classroom Interaction consists of Voc Rehab staff working with groups of students in the classroom to explore issues related to employment. Services after graduation are often required to address employment needs. Services may include job placement, job training, and possible help with post-secondary training.
Who is eligible?
Students with a disability who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan may be eligible to participate in Voc Rehab services while still in school. Voc Rehab also serves adults and students who leave school before graduation. Voc Rehab staff will need to determine eligibility for these programs.
How do I get more information?
Contact Vocational Rehabilitation in Lincoln at (402) 471-3644 or toll-free at 1-877-637-3422. Additional information is available at – http://www.vr.nebraska.gov/index.html