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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Combined or General)

    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan [13] must include the following descriptions and estimates, as required by section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA:


    [13] Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA

    • g. Coordination with Employers

      Describe how the designated State unit will work with employers to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities in order to facilitate the provision of:

g. 2. Transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for students and youth with disabilities.

Current Narrative:

When engaging with businesses, the Business and Community Engagement Team regularly educates businesses about Pre-Employment Transition Services and opportunities for work based learning such as internships and on-site visits. The team will engage with the State Office of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship and other regional initiatives and meet regularly to discuss opportunities for VR participants. If businesses express interest, this is shared with the Youth Services Team to collectively determine next steps.  The VR Business and Community Engagement team worked with VR’s Youth Services team to identify businesses around the state to host students through ‘mentoring days.’ These events, which took place in 2017 and 2018 and included tours of the businesses, and sessions that provided information about the local labor market, self-advocacy skills, and other pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities.