Transition Steering Committee
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) administers programs that assist in educating children and youth with disabilities and provides funding for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS established the Transition Steering Committee to focus specifically on the services, needs, and outcomes of youth with disabilities who may benefit from the work conducted and services authorized by its program component offices. This committee, also known as "Transition Tigers," includes staff members from both OSERS program component offices:
Office of the Assistant Secretary (OAS)
Office of Policy and Planning (OPP)
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities, August, 2020
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. To aid in a seamless transition from school to post-school activities, this updated transition guide addresses the following topics:
- 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 the decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.
Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
On May 16, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor issued a technical assistance resource titled Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. This resource is intended to provide a high-level overview of these two programs and improve coordination of workforce preparation activities and employment services between these two core programs. The document offers strategies and resources to increase collaboration between the State and local agencies under these two programs, as well as program providers, so they may more effectively serve youth with disabilities.
2017 Transition Activities in OSERS
The Transition Activities in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 2017 describes present and upcoming OSERS transition activities, such as projects supporting students and youth with disabilities served by state agencies, written products offering technical assistance (TA), and presentations at conferences facilitating the exchange of information among transition partners:
Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) Fact Sheets
In February 2015, FPT published The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy (Plan). To address priorities and goals of this Plan, two transition related fact sheets were published to improve education and outreach to the public about policies and practices governing transition services and transition programs. OSERS, along with FPT members, are pleased to share:
OSERS provides funds to support transition services, transition programs, technical assistance projects, and research projects related to youth with disabilities. However, the committee found that program-specific data about OSERS transition work are not frequently summarized and not readily available to OSERS staff across its component offices and the general public, especially members of the transition community. To address this need, the committee developed the Transition Data Fact Sheet as a quick reference to inform OSERS staff and the transition community about critical data areas related to the transition of youth with disabilities from school activities to post-school activities. For the purposes of this document, "transition" is defined as the passage from secondary education to participating in postsecondary education, training or both, engaging in meaningful employment, living within one's community, exercising self-determination, and contributing to society as productive citizens.
The data in this fact sheet are presented for OSERS staff and others to use in their work and to draw their own conclusions from the data provided. The Transition Data Fact Sheet is intended to be a reference tool and should not be treated as a comprehensive document. It is organized into three areas of emphasis:
- transition services;
- post-school outcomes; and
- OSERS investments in transition–related research, special education and VR services.
It is important to note that most of the data and information presented are primarily specific to youth with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 24.
- Frequently-Asked Questions about Pre-Employment Transition Services
Requirements under the Vocational Rehabilitation Program per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)