A coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that…promotes movement from school to post-school activities , including postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation
The primary goal of VR services is employment. It was the intent of Congress to align special education and VR services to remove the barriers to school/agency collaboration and facilitate a coordinated transition from school to postschool services. This includes the early involvement of rehabilitation counselors with high school students with disabilities.
WIA agencies are expected to provide employment and work programming along with youth development opportunities . These should include tutoring and study skills training; dropout prevention; leadership development opportunities; community service opportunities; adult mentoring; and comprehensive guidance and counseling.
The Guideposts for Success For All Youth and for Youth with Disabilities
School-Based Preparatory Experiences
Career Preparation and Work-Based Learning Experiences
In order to perform at optimal levels in all education settings, all youth need to participate in educational programs grounded in standards, clear performance expectations and graduation exit options based upon meaningful, accurate, and relevant indicators of student learning and skills.
Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning Experiences
Career preparation and work-based learning experiences are essential in order to form and develop aspirations and to make informed choices about careers. These experiences can be provided during the school day, through after-school programs and will require collaborations with other organizations .
Youth Development is a process that prepares young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences which help them gain skills and competencies . Youth leadership is part of that process.
Participation and involvement of parents, family members, and/or other caring adults promotes the social, emotional, physical, academic and occupational growth of youth, leading to better post-school outcomes.
The best decisions and choices made by transitioning youth are based on sound information including appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual.
Assistive technology (AT) is comprised of the “products” that are used to alleviate the effects of a disability (accommodations).
The Assistive Technology Act of 2004 defines AT as “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”
This includes hardware and software in the widest sense of the words and may be high tech, medium tech, or low tech.