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RSA - Transition Services and Employment Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities




General Website Information
  • Emerging Practices - RSA established the Emerging Practices as a mechanism for sharing state information to help promote communities of practice and increase awareness of a variety of approaches that provide a foundation for research and lead to the development of evidence-based practices.
  • Email Updates - RSA uses the Department of Education’s email subscription service to provide updated information about transition resources.  Click here to subscribe to RSA emails.
  • Monitoring Reports and Tables
    Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), requires the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Act to determine whether a state VR agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its state plan under Section 101 of the Act and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106. RSA also publishes Monitoring Reports and Tables used in monitoring.
  • OSERS Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities - The transition of youth with disabilities from school to productive adulthood has received high priority from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)' Office of the Assistant Secretary (OAS) and the three program offices within OSERS:
    • the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP),
    • the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and
    • the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
    During the 2012 National Transition Conference, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, announced that this year would be the Year of College and Career (YCC) for youth with disabilities.  In response to this announcement, the OSERS Transition Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from all three program offices, developed the YCC website to provide public information regarding transition activities, resources, policies, and events occurring within OSERS.
  • Transition Activities in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 2013. This updated publication is for informational purposes that includes OSERS organizational structure and OSERS transition activities identified by each program component within OSERS: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).
    MS Word (378KB) | PDF (580KB)

(June 24, 2014)



Additional Information
  • Research Briefs: A Partnership in Career Development for People with Disabilities: Collaboration Between Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Families - This brief summarizes research on the role of the family in the employment process, how families navigate the vocational rehabilitation system and how counselors can make families their allies to develop career paths for youths with disabilities.
    MS Word (117KB) | PDF (317KB)
  • Research Briefs: Centers for Youth with Disabilities, Parents, and Professionals Working in Transition and Employment Planning - This brief is a companion to the VR Research in Brief:  A Partnership in Career Development for People with Disabilities:  Collaboration Between Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Families.  It describes the RSA- and OSERS Office of Special Education Programs-supported parent training projects, the outcomes of their training and information activities and how VR counselors can use their services to enhance family involvement in the VR process.
    MS Word(318KB) | PDF(329KB)
  • Research Briefs: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities Blueprint for Governors - A 2013 report by the National Governors Association (NGA).
    PDF(4.31MB)
  • National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center - The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center ( NSTTAC ) is directed and staffed by the Special Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in partnership with the Special Education Program at Western Michigan University.  NSTTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders to:  (a) implement and scale up evidence-based practice leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implement policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieve 100 percent compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13 (I-13)

(June 24, 2014)



RSA Sub-Regulatory Guidance
  • TAC-14-03 - "Transition Planning and Services Provided through the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program"
    PDF(176KB)
  • IM-09-05 - "Research highlights from An Assessment of Transition Policies and Practices in State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies"
    MS Word (57K) | PDF (2.47M)
  • IM-07-08 - "Transition Programs & Services: High School/High Tech & Vocational Rehabilitation"
    MS Word (57K) | PDF (42K)

(June 24, 2014)



Webinar Resources
  • Systems Change Transition Projects Utilizing Direct and Indirect Service - Model Demonstration grantees provided information that was useful in assisting State VR agencies in providing effective transition services.  This webinar informed the audience of procedures that were used by the states of Ohio and Oregon.  This was the first of three webinars provided by the Model Demonstration grantees on behalf of the Transition TA Priority Development Group.
    Powerpoint Slides | Accessible Slide Content | Session Recording | Session Recording (MP4) | Session Transcripts | Satisfaction Survey
  • Systems Change Transition Projects Utilizing Direct and Indirect Service, Part II:  Youth Employment Services - This webinar informed the audience of procedures that were used by South Carolina and Maryland.  Model Demonstration grantees provided information that was useful in assisting state VR agencies in providing effective transition services.  This webinar informed the audience of procedures that were used by the state of South Carolina.  This was the second of three webinars provided by the Model Demonstration grantees on behalf of the Transition TA Priority Development Group.
    Powerpoint Slides | Accessible Slide Content | Session Recording | Session Recording (MP4) | Session Transcripts | Transition Service Matrix | Satisfaction Survey
  • PA Community on Transition Achieving Outcomes through Shared Agenda - Youth Employment Services Model Demonstration grantees provided information that was useful in assisting state VR agencies in providing effective transition services.  This webinar informed the audience of procedures that were used by the State of Pennsylvania.  This was the final of three webinars provided by the Model Demonstration grantees on behalf of the Transition TA Priority Development Group.
    Powerpoint Slides | Accessible Slide Content | Session Recording | Session Recording (MP4) | Session Transcripts | Satisfaction Survey


 

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