Employment Resources

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education & Employment for Students & Youth with Disabilities

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services or OSERS revised A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities, a guide designed to assist students and youth with disabilities to achieve their post-school and career goals. This transition guide will help ensure that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st Century workforce.

This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:

  • Transition planning opportunities and programs;
  • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
  • Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

This guide also includes “real life” examples, a sample flow chart of the transition process, and a glossary of key terms used in the transition process.

As students and youth with disabilities prepare to transition to adult life, we must do everything we can to provide them with the information, services, and supports they need to ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their goals. We hope this transition guide will also help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how the SEA, the LEA, and the VR agency work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. If you have questions about this Transition Resource Guide, please send an email.

Download the revised A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition or NTACT developed the Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit as a resource for use by educational and vocational rehabilitation agencies to improve post school employment outcomes for students with disabilities. The toolkit was developed to facilitate the collaboration necessary to implement secondary transition services across agencies at the state, community and student levels and increase the use of evidence based practices.

The CIE Toolkit has been developed as a framework to assist State and local teams in collaboratively implementing transition services to improve post school employment outcomes for students with disabilities.  The Toolkit is dynamic in nature will continue to grow as further resources and tools are developed. Additionally, there are numerous live links to resources on NTACT’s website and other internet resources within the toolkit. The toolkit will function best when viewers create a login to access all of the available resources.

 

New Job Portal: OOD Works

Opportunities for Ohioans with DIsabilities or OOD launched a new job portal, OODWorks.com. The site allows potential consumers to learn about OOD’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and complete an online application. This provides a more streamlined process in their pursuit of employment. Individuals interested in VR services are encouraged to visit the portal where they can watch an orientation video about the employment process, take a brief self-assessment and apply online.

 

Success in the New Economy

Citrus College supported the production of “Success in the New Economy” to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities and how four-year college/university programs do not automatically equate to higher-paying employment or “better jobs.” The end result is a compelling case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and to consider technical skill acquisition, real-world application and academics (career technical programs) in tandem with a classic education. This balanced approach to life and learning results in a well-educated and employed workforce.

The Success in the New Economy video is available on YouTube.

 

School Days to Pay Days: An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities is a 48-page book that discusses the benefits of work for students and young adults with disabilities. It may prove to be a useful resource for a personal or professional reference when discussing the advantages work presents to students with disabilities. The discussions are centered around Massachusetts, but most have universal applications to all students, regardless of location or disability.

This book was developed by Work Without Limits, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CDFA No. 93.768), and Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.

Download An Employment Planning Guide for Families of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Q & A on Customized Employment for People with Physical Disabilities

Q & A on Customized Employment for People with Physical Disabilities fact sheets address the questions and answers to consider when evaluating employment possibilities and discussions with employers about customized employment for people with physical disabilities. This source was created by the Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC).


Updated July 7, 2017