Pre-Employment Transition Services
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) sets aside federal funds for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to “students with disabilities.” This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or post-secondary training.
5 Core Services Provided by Pre-ETS
Job Exploration counseling
Discussion of students’ vocational interests
Review of local labor market and in-demand industries and occupations
Non-traditional employment options
Identification of career pathways of interest to the students
Work-Based learning Experience
Apprenticeships and shadowing
Paid and non-paid internships and/or work experiences
Counseling on POST SECONDARY OPPORTUNities
Gaining awareness of career pathways
Promoting participation in post secondary education
Attending college fairs and tours
Accessing services and supports from agencies that assist people with disabilities
Instruction On self-Advocacy
Training on self-awareness, disclosure of disability, and knowing individual rights and responsibilities.
WorkPlace readiness training
Receive training on communication, problem solving, and other specific social and interpersonal skills as well as independent living.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PRE-ETS SERVICES?
An individual with a disability in a secondary, post secondary, or other recognized education program who:
is between ages of 14 and 22 years old
is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IEP, 504 Plan)