Arranging Transition Services with Vocational Rehabilitation by olliegoblue32



Arranging Transition
Services with
Vocational Rehabilitation
     A Guide for Educators

                             Vo c a t i o n a l R e h a b i l i t a t i o n
                                    Quality Employment Solutions ®
Table of Contents

Introduction ................................................................1
Purpose of this Guide ................................................1
Vocational Rehabilitation Operations
    Team Approach ....................................................2
    Transition Program ..............................................2
    Employment Program ..........................................2
    Employment Warranty Program ..........................3
Coordinating Transition Roles
    Nebraska Career Education (NCE) ....................4
    Special Education ................................................5
    Vocational Rehabilitation ....................................5
    Coordination of Shared Learning Activities ......8
School and Student Contacts
    Referral Process ..................................................10
    Student Contacts ................................................11
Sharing Information
    Information Exchange ......................................11
    Feedback to Educators ......................................11
    Outreach to Students and Parents ....................12
Student Planning
    Personal Learning Plan (PLP) ..........................13
    Individual Education Plan (IEP) ......................13
    504 Accommodation Plan (504 Plan) ..............13
    Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) ............13
Partnership Planning
    Developing the Agreement ................................14
    Annual Evaluation ..............................................14
    Transition Partnership Planning Form ........15-16

Many educators are familiar with           planning of transition services for
Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc
Rehab) and the services available for
                                           students with disabilities regarding
                                           employment, post secondary training
                                                                                       T  he Federal Rehabilitation
adults with disabilities. However, Voc     and independent living. At the
                                                                                       Act requires state
Rehab also has a role to play in the       federal and state level in Nebraska,
provision of transition services for       Voc Rehab is an agency under the
                                                                                       Vocational Rehabilitation
students with disabilities. It is our      Department of Education and has
hope that Voc Rehab and schools            a vested interest in assisting students     agencies to coordinate with
can work together to develop a             as they move to adult life. A
comprehensive transition planning          coordinated approach between our            schools in the planning of
process that will help students move       mutual responsibilities under IDEA
from school to work and adult living.      and the Rehab Act will leverage             transition services for
                                           planning time during the high
You may wonder why Voc Rehab               school years to help ensure a               students with disabilities.
would be involved in the                   continuity of planning and services
transition process? There are              for students in transition.
many reasons for that involvement.
First, the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) requires
schools to provide transition services
                                           Purpose of this Guide
for students with disabilities
beginning at age 16, or younger            The purpose of this Guide is to           This planning effort will help:
when appropriate. The schools must         provide information to educators            1. Promote a coordinated effort
also connect these students to             about the Vocational Rehabilitation            between the school district,
appropriate adult service providers,       program and help educators and                 ESU, local Vocational
and Voc Rehab is the primary               Voc Rehab staff bridge the transition          Rehabilitation Office,
service provider for students and          requirements of IDEA and the                   community agencies,
adults with disabilities.                  Rehab Act. The Guide will facilitate           students and parents;
                                           discussion between local educators          2. Implement strategies that will
In addition, the Federal                   and Voc Rehab staff and serve as a             facilitate effective transition
Rehabilitation Act requires state          catalyst to develop a written working          services and eliminate
Vocational Rehabilitation agencies         agreement. The Transition                      duplication of services; and
to coordinate with schools in the          Partnership Planning Form, at               3. Ensure the development of an
                                           the end of this Guide, is used to              effective partnership on behalf
                                           document this written agreement.               of students with disabilities.
Vocational Rehabilitation Operations

TEAM APPROACH                           Although Voc Rehab cannot spend         EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Vocational Rehabilitation staff work    funds for individual students through   Some students will require intensive
in teams to provide a broad base of     this program, Voc Rehab will:           vocational services, often with costs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Transition Illustrated:
knowledge and experience to assist         1. Provide outreach and transition   during their last year of high school
students with disabilities. Both a            information to students and                                                                                                                                        A Student Story
specialized knowledge of disabilities         parents;
and the implications for employment
are available through our specialists
                                           2. Collaborate with schools to
                                              provide opportunities for
                                                                                  E   ligible students                   Persons are eligible for services
                                                                                                                         through our Employment Program
                                                                                                                                                                  Depending on individual needs,
                                                                                                                                                                  the student may be in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          There was a period of time in his early high

                                                                                                                                                                                                          school years when Jeff was struggling. He
in vocational assessment, assistive           students to learn from                                                                                                                                      had a severe hearing loss in both ears,
                                                                                  typically enter the                    if all of the following conditions       Employment Program for months
technology, independent living,               employers;
                                                                                                                         are met:                                 or years, as would be the case with     requiring him to wear hearing aids. Jeff was
vocational counseling and                  3. Help guide students toward
                                                                                  Employment Program                     • They have a physical or mental         a student who is attending
job placement.                                appropriate employment goals;                                                                                                                               having difficulty keeping up with his classes.
                                                                                                                            impairment.                           post-secondary education.
                                           4. Consult with educators on
                                                                                  during their senior year               • The impairment constitutes or
Vocational Rehabilitation teams               individual students; and
                                                                                                                            results in a substantial impediment   EMPLOYMENT                              A team approach was the answer for
operate within three programs.             5. Develop plans for students in       and continue through                      to employment.                        WARRANTY® PROGRAM
Each program has a distinctive role           need of post-school services to                                                                                                                             turning things around for Jeff. Classroom
                                                                                                                         • They can benefit in terms of           The Employment Warranty Program
in our partnership with schools.              become employed.                    90 days of successful                     an employment outcome from            (EW) is available to students who are   teachers and an ESU Transition Specialist
The following is a brief overview
                                                                                                                            the provision of vocational           successfully employed following the     arranged for the necessary accommodations
of these three programs.                In order for Voc Rehab staff to work      employment after they                     rehabilitation services.              Transition Program or the
                                        with students in the Transition                                                                                                                                   to assist Jeff in the classroom. Strong
                                                                                                                         • They require vocational                Employment Program, and would
TRANSITION PROGRAM                      Program, Vocational Rehabilitation        finish school.                            rehabilitation services to prepare    benefit from assistance to help them    support from his parents got him through
The role of Vocational Rehabilitation   requires parents to sign the
                                                                                                                            for, enter, engage in, or retain      maintain or advance in employment.      the tough times.
in the Transition Program is            Transition Services Consent and
                                                                                                                            gainful employment.                   The Employment Warranty
primarily one of planning and           Information Release form. In
                                                                                                                                                                  Program provides supports that
helping to identify appropriate         signing this form, the parents give     and beyond. These students will need                                                                                      Working with a Voc Rehab Specialist,
                                                                                                                         Eligible students typically enter the    promote vocational growth and
post-school goals and needed            Vocational Rehabilitation permission    to be served in our Employment
                                                                                                                         Employment Program during their          advancement from high school            Jeff completed a vocational evaluation
supports. Our participation begins      to work with their student, receive     Program. Voc Rehab staff will
                                                                                                                         senior year and continue through 90      through early adulthood.
as early as age 14.                     school records necessary for            determine each student’s eligibility                                                                                      and interest assessments. Non-paid work
                                                                                                                         days of successful employment after
                                        transition planning, and provide        for the Employment Program and                                                                                            experiences, including job shadowing,
                                                                                                                         they finish school. These jobs are
                                        follow-up information to the school     work with the students, parents, and
                                                                                                                         intended to be long term and not                                                 helped to prepare him for life after
                                        after the student has left school.      educators to develop an Individualized
                                                                                                                         simply work experience positions.
                                                                                Plan for Employment (IPE).                                                                                                high school.

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Coordinating Transition Roles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Transition Illustrated:
What role does Voc Rehab play               that on-going educational activities                                           Extended Learning provides an              VOCATIONAL
in the transition process?
Voc Rehab believes effective
                                            that support career development
                                            be clearly understood.
                                                                                      V   oc Rehab believes
                                                                                                                           opportunity to bring relevance and
                                                                                                                           real-world context to the school
                                                                                                                                                                      It is critical that Voc Rehab brings to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A Student Story
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   While attending high school, Emily and her
transition planning begins with an                                                                                         curriculum. It may include career          this process their area of strength –
                                                                                      effective transition                                                                                                         aunt (Emily’s guardian) recognized the need
understanding of the strengths each         NEBRASKA CAREER                                                                camps, job shadowing, mentoring            those activities referred to as
partner brings to the process. The          EDUCATION (NCE)                                                                programs, apprenticeships,                 “extended learning” or community –           to develop goals for her future. Emily has a
                                                                                      planning begins with
student and the family have a great         The Nebraska Department of                                                     internships, cooperative education         based activities. Voc Rehab brings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   developmental disability and would require
deal of information about the               Education has initiated a                 an understanding of                  and part-time employment.                  to the planning process their
student’s interests, preferences,           comprehensive education model                                                                                             connection to the community and,             services from Nebraska’s Developmental
strengths and needs. The school             to develop “Skills for Lifelong           the strengths each                   SPECIAL EDUCATION                          most importantly, connections to the         Disabilities (DD) System. Long-range
system has worked with the student          Learning, Earning, and Living” for                                             In addition to the above initiatives of    employment community. It is such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   planning was necessary to have services in
for many years and brings another           all of Nebraska’s students, including     partner brings to                    NCE, the school’s special education        real-life activity, combined with
perspective to this planning process.       students with disabilities. This                                               program will have assessed the             available assessment data, that helps        place when Emily turned 21.
The school has observed the student         model is outlined in the “Career          the process.                         student’s transition needs and may         students set goals, make job choices
in the classroom, assessed the              Development Guide,” which                                                      have initiated many activities to help     and understand their strengths and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Emily’s IEP team included Emily, her aunt,
student’s strengths and identified          promotes a partnership between                                                 the student focus on post-school           needs. Voc Rehab can supplement
necessary supports to help the              School Counseling and                                                          goals. The special education               the extended learning activities the         Special Education staff, her DD Service
student become successful. When             Career Education.                       The career development component       department will likely have                school may have in place, and help           Coordinator, Voc Rehab and staff from the
considering the role of Voc Rehab                                                   is grounded in the NCE Career          completed interest and aptitude            bring all the information and data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   local DD provider agency. Her IEP included
in the transition process, it is critical   This model includes the development     Fields/Clusters Model. It includes     assessments. The student’s school          together in a meaningful way for the
                                            of a “Personal Learning Plan” for       the component of Foundation            record will also have assessment data      student and their family. This can           goals for work experience opportunities in
                                            all students. This Plan guides          Knowledge and Skills and identifies    used to verify the student’s disability.   result in a realistic student plan that      the school cafeteria and the school office.
                                            attainment of skills and goal setting   six career fields. This is supported   This data may also be used when            takes into consideration the student’s
                                            for learning, earning, and living.      by the “Nebraska Career                exploring post-secondary education         interests, abilities, and job availability
                                            It incorporates academic                Connection”, a web based career        and career options. The student may        in the community.                            The planning was a success for Emily. After
                                            development, career development         information system that supports and   also have participated in various                                                       graduating, she started work at a local motel.
                                            and personal/social development.        follows the NCE Model. This model      community-based job exploration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   With short-term help from a job coach,
                                                                                    includes a component referred to       activities – such as those considered
                                                                                    as “Extended Learning”.                as “extended learning”.                                                                 Emily comfortably and capably learned the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   job tasks. Employment Warranty services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from Voc Rehab were put in place to ensure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a smooth road ahead for Emily.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Transition Illustrated:
                                                                                                                                                                                                       A Student Story
                                                                                                                4. Opportunities to Learn from          6. Coordination with Students
                                                                                                                Employers: Voc Rehab provides           and Parents: Voc Rehab provides         Completing high school seemed like an
                                                                                                                opportunities for students, grades      individual or group consultation with   unrealistic goal to Mike. Dealing with the
                                                                                                                9-12, to learn from employers. Voc      parents and students, grades 9-12.
                                                                                                                                                                                                effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), he
                           To promote the coordination of             2. Orientation for Educators:             Rehab staff have developed              When it is appropriate, Voc Rehab
                                                                                                                                                                                                was ready to drop out. Issues like mood

     V  oc Rehab brings
                           services with the school and facilitate
                           the availability of effective transition
                           practices, Voc Rehab believes the
                                                                      Teachers and school staff need an
                                                                      awareness of Voc Rehab programs in
                                                                      order to refer appropriate students.
                                                                                                                partnerships with employers and
                                                                                                                fostered close relationships with the
                                                                                                                overall employment community.
                                                                                                                                                        staff may need to meet with students
                                                                                                                                                        and/or parents individually or in a
                                                                                                                                                        group setting to discuss specific
                                                                                                                                                                                                swings and difficulties with short-term

                                                                                                                                                                                                memory made life challenging for him.
 to the planning process   following transition opportunities         By working together, effective services   Students benefit greatly from           transition planning issues.
                           should be made available to the            can be provided for students.             employers when given the
 their connection to the   schools and their students:                                                          opportunity to meet with them and       7. Schedule of Events and               Understanding the effects of TBI and having
                                                                      3. Coordinated Transition                 gain a better understanding of the      Contacts: Voc Rehab develops
                                                                                                                                                                                                a plan of action was the key. His IEP
  community and, most      1. Orientation for Students:               Planning with Local Schools:              relevance of their education.           a schedule of events and planned
                           As in adult services, the purpose of       Voc Rehab uses the Transition                                                     contacts with schools for each          meeting brought together Mike and his
importantly, connections   Voc Rehab’s transition orientation         Partnership Planning Form to              5. Opportunities to Learn about         semester or year. To assist with        family, teachers, school nurse, and a
                           is to emphasize that we are available      coordinate services with local schools    Transition Resources: Voc Rehab         building relationships with schools,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Learning Specialist from his rehab hospital.
     to the employment     to help students with disabilities         who have 20 or more students ages         provides opportunities for students,    students, and parents, Voc Rehab
                           prepare for work. The orientation          14-21 under an IEP. Voc Rehab will        grades 9-12, and their families to      develops a schedule of school visits,   Also in attendance was a Specialist from
            community.     explains what services Voc Rehab           work with smaller schools, but the        learn about transition resources in     community activities, and transition    Voc Rehab. Short-term plans included the
                           provides to accomplish this.               form is not required. The Transition      the community. Students with            related events.
                                                                                                                                                                                                identification of accommodations to
                                                                      Planning Form may be utilized to          disabilities often need more services
                                                                      identify the role of Voc Rehab and        and resources than the school and                                               facilitate an effective learning environment.
                                                                      the school in providing transition        Voc Rehab can give them. Since                                                  Long-term plans included determining the
                                                                      services. This Planning Form              Voc Rehab is connected to
                                                                                                                                                                                                timing of Mike’s graduation and identifying
                                                                      provides a means to coordinate            community resources to serve its
                                                                      transition activities and ensure a        adult clients, we have the ability to                                           the testing accommodations and
                                                                      common understanding of activities        connect students and their families                                             modifications necessary for attending
                                                                      and expectations.                         to these resources.
                                                                                                                                                                                                community college.

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8. Coordinated Career                     COORDINATION OF SHARED                      to participate in extended learning
Development: Voc Rehab will               LEARNING ACTIVITIES                         activities in the community helps to
ensure that their activities are          The chart below illustrates the need        bring relevance to their coursework,
consistent with and in coordination       for a coordinated, multi-year process       and promotes an understanding of
with school-based career                  to help students achieve their              the world of work and life beyond
development as outlined in the            post-school work and career goals.          the classroom. School staff and Voc
Nebraska Career Education model.                                                      Rehab staff can work in coordination
All students, prior to graduation,        The process begins no later than            to ensure these opportunities are
should complete Voc Rehab or              the freshman year of high school,           available to students with disabilities.
NCE transition activities in the          and continues through post-school
following key component areas:            and post-employment Vocational
Career Awareness, Exploration,            Rehabilitation services.
Preparation, Application, and
Working in a Career.                      Voc Rehab believes it is to the
                                          advantage of all partners in this
9. Interaction with Students:             process to ensure planning starts                     Schools and Voc Rehab — working together to provide opportunities for: Extended Learning, Skill Development, and Employment
Voc Rehab provides opportunities for      early. It is critical that students build
students to interact with Voc Rehab       a good foundation to enable them to
staff in a group setting in the high      develop skills for earning later in life.                                                                                       Preparation and                     Employment and
school. Working with students in the      Providing opportunities for students                  Awareness                           Exploration                             Application                         Advancement
classroom on employment issues is
an effective way to build relationships                                                         • Career Days                       • Campus Visits                       • Vocational Training               • Job Search and Placement
with students, and an efficient way
                                                                                                • Field Trips                       • Career/College Fairs                • College Training                  • Employment
for Voc Rehab staff to provide
                                                                                                • Career Camps                      • Job Shadowing                       • On-the-Job Training               • Job Success
transition services to schools.
                                                                                                • Business Guest Speakers           • Business Tours                      • Apprenticeships                   • Career Advancement
                                                                                                • Participation in Student          • Internships                         • Internships
                                                                                                  Organizations                     • Part-time Employment

                                                                                                Schools and Vocational Rehabilitation                                     Vocational Rehabilitation’s
                                                                                                Working Together                                                          Post-School Supports and Services

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School and Student Contacts                                                                                                                                        Sharing Information

REFERRAL PROCESS                                                                 These requirements are generally        Is there an application process?          INFORMATION EXCHANGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Transition Illustrated:
Who should refer students?
Special educators, guidance coun-
selors, school nurses, administrators,
                                           T  he Voc Rehab
                                                                                 appropriate for students in their
                                                                                 senior year, but are premature for
                                                                                 younger students.
                                                                                                                         There is not a formal application for
                                                                                                                         students referred to the Transition
                                                                                                                         Program, although parents will need
                                                                                                                                                                   How will student records be
                                                                                                                                                                   made available? The Voc Rehab
                                                                                                                                                                   Specialist will need copies of student
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A Student Story
and regular educators may refer            Specialist will need                                                          to sign the Consent For Transition        records for planning during the          Sarah has cerebral palsy and requires the
students to the Voc Rehab Specialist.                                            Do i need to refer students             Services form. Students who are           Transition Program, to determine         use of a wheelchair, as well as other assistive
                                           copies of the MDT or                  to the Employment Program?              placed in the Employment Program          eligibility and to develop the IPE
                                                                                                                                                                                                            devices for daily living. From the beginning
Who should be referred?                                                          Voc Rehab staff will place students     will be asked to have their parents       during the Employment Program.
Refer students:                            IEP with diagnosis,                    in our Employment Program when         sign a release of information form, as    Voc Rehab and the school will need       of high school, Sarah and her parents
  1. Verified for special education;                                             they are ready to plan for a job goal   well as an application form. Signing      appropriate release forms signed         worked with her teachers and Voc Rehab
  2. Under a 504 Accommodation             educational psychologist              leading to post-secondary education     the application form verifies that the    by the parents.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            to develop a post graduation career plan.
     Plan; or                                                                    or employment after leaving high        parents are requesting Voc Rehab
  3. With physical disabilities that       report, and any available             school. However, a student can be       services—which may include                The Voc Rehab Specialist will need
     may not necessarily impact the                                              referred directly to the Employment     expenditures for rehabilitation           copies of the MDT or IEP with            Part of the planning involved assistance
     student’s educational program.        vocational records for                Program without having been in          services in the community.                diagnosis, educational psychologist
                                                                                                                                                                                                            from Nebraska Assistive Technology
                                                                                 the Transition Program. This might                                                report, and any available vocational
When should you refer? At age
                                           career planning.                      occur with a transfer student.          STUDENT CONTACTS                          records for career planning.             Partnership (ATP). ATP is a statewide
14, students can be referred for the                                             Typically, students are placed in the   When will the Voc Rehab                                                            service that provides technical assistance,
Transition Program. In this program,                                             Employment Program during their         Specialist come to your school?           FEEDBACK TO EDUCATORS
                                                                                                                                                                                                            training, resources, and funding
students and their families will                                                 senior year.                            The Voc Rehab Specialist will be          A report will be developed by Voc
                                         Why refer students to the
receive outreach materials regarding                                                                                     available to students and staff at your   Rehab and sent to the school three       coordination for the use of assistive
                                         Transition Program? The
the transition process and Voc Rehab                                                                                     school, and have found it is most         times per year (August, December,        technology devices.
                                         advantage of referring students to
services. Services will be primarily                                                                                     helpful if there is a set schedule for    and April) to identify students
                                         the Transition Program is that Voc
group services for work exploration                                                                                      the semester or year. Planning should     referred for Voc Rehab programs.
                                         Rehab staff can get involved in early
purposes and the development of                                                                                          include discussion of schedule            This will include not only students in   ATP was able to coordinate funding
                                         planning with the students, school,
employment readiness skills.                                                                                             changes, work area availability for       the Transition and Employment            resources to assist Sarah in purchasing a
                                         and parents without having to
Educators should also refer students                                                                                     Voc Rehab staff and reporting             Programs, but also those in the
                                         commit to the requirements of                                                                                                                                      vehicle and to obtain home and vehicle
with disabilities who have dropped                                                                                       procedures to be followed. In             Employment Warranty Program.
                                         the Employment Program, such
out or may drop out of school.                                                                                           addition, it should be determined         The report will indicate where each      modifications. With transportation barriers
                                         as eligibility determination and
                                                                                                                         when and where Voc Rehab staff            student is in his or her Voc Rehab       addressed, Sarah was prepared to attend
                                         IPE development.
                                                                                                                         will meet with students and how           program. As a part of the planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                            college after high school graduation.
                                                                                                                         class release time for students will      process with Voc Rehab, schools will
                                                                                                                         be handled.                               designate the educator to whom the
                                                                                                                                                                   report should be sent and will notify
                                                                                                                                                                   the Voc Rehab Specialist if this
                                                                                                                                                                   contact person changes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          T  ransition goals
                                                                                                                                Student Planning                                                                          identify post-school

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          goals related to training,
                                               The report will                                                                  The process of helping students plan        The PLP is flexible and should be
     Transition Illustrated:                   help assure that no                                                              for work and life after high school is a    updated yearly. The PLP includes              employment, and
          A Student Story                      student is forgotten                   elsewhere in the community.               shared responsibility. This involves        setting goals for learning, earning
                                               or needed services delayed.            In addition, Voc Rehab will mail to       regular and special educators, the          and living.                                   independent living.
 Bill has a learning disability that results   The report will give the school        each student and their family a copy      student and their family, Voc Rehab
                                               additional post-school follow-up       of the “Transition Services Planner –     and other adult agency staff. This          Individual Education Plan
   in limitations in listening and written
                                               data now required by the Individuals   A Guide for Students and Their            process may involve the development         (IEP) — A student’s eligibility for
     expression skills. He and his family      with Disabilities Education Act                                                  of two, and sometimes three, “plans”        special education requires the              The Plan identifies and provides for
                                                                                      Families”. This publication will
 worked with his teachers to develop a         (IDEA) and the Improving Learning      help guide students and parents           for an individual student. These plans      development of an IEP. The IEP              accommodations to enable the
                                               for Children with Disabilities         through the multi-year transition         all have differing requirements and         requires the inclusion of transition        student to benefit from their school
 plan to meet Bill’s academic needs, as
                                               (ILCD) process.                        planning process.                         purposes, but have a common goal of         components for students age 16              program. It does not require
     well as allow him to explore future                                                                                        helping students plan for work and          and above (and younger when                 transition or career planning.
                   employment interests.       Additional information can be          Voc Rehab’s transition newsletter will    life after high school. It is critical to   appropriate). Transition goals
                                               provided on select students based on   also be mailed to students and their      ensure that these plans are coordinat-      identify post-school goals related          Individual Plan for
                                               an agreement with your Voc Rehab       families. “Making It Work – Students      ed to promote a continuity of services      to training, employment, and                Employment (IPE) — Voc Rehab
 Bill participated in several work-based       Specialist. For example, it may be                                               and supports to help students reach         independent living (learning,               may develop an IPE for students in
                                                                                      Planning for Success” is intended to
  learning programs offered by his high        helpful to have more detailed          create positive expectations for          their post-school goals. The following      earning, and living). The transition        need of post-school supports and
                                               information on older students or       students and their parents regarding      is a summary of the various plans that      component of the IEP also requires          services. This is a comprehensive
school and Voc Rehab. He went on site
                                               those approaching graduation.          successful employment after leaving       may be developed for a student:             linking the student to adult agencies       plan to secure employment through
      visits of local workplaces and was                                                                                                                                    for school-based and post-school            training, employment activities, and
                                                                                      school. The publication is available to
      involved in job shadowing. These         OUTREACH TO                            educators and others through e-mail,      Personal Learning Plan (PLP) —              supports and services.                      independent living (learning,
                                               STUDENTS AND PARENTS                   the Vocational Rehabilitation web         The Nebraska Career Education                                                           earning, and living). It is a long-term
               experiences resulted in an
                                               Vocational Rehabilitation staff        site, or hard copy by mail. The Voc       model provides for the development          504 Accommodation Plan                      plan that may span the last year of
   apprenticeship with a local business        welcome the opportunity to meet                                                  of a Personal Learning Plan (PLP).          (504 Plan) — A requirement of               high school, post-school training
                                                                                      Rehab Specialist will provide
         through a work-study program.         with parents and provide information   information to local educators to         The PLP is a plan for all students          the school’s regular education              and/or work supports, and post-
                                               about rehabilitation services and      make this publication available to        in grades 7-12. It provides an              program provides for the                    employment services to ensure work
                                               employment opportunities for           students, parents, and others as          opportunity to lay out realistic            development of a 504 Plan for               stability and availability of future
         The long-range planning efforts       their student. As time permits,                                                  plans for the student’s future              students with disabilities who are          employment opportunities.
                                                                                      requested. This publication is also
  have paid off for Bill post graduation,      the Voc Rehab Specialist can be        available by subscription through the     with the student and their parents.         not eligible for special education.
                                               available for parent/teacher           Vocational Rehabilitation website at      The PLP is developed around career
              as he recently received his
                                               conferences, and meetings with          fields/clusters and promotes good
        Journeyman’s plumbing license.                                                                                                                                                          COORDINATION OF STUDENT PLANS
                                               parent groups at school or             subscribe.html.                           education and career planning.

                                                                                                                                                                                   PLP                    IEP              504 Plan                 IPE
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Partnership Planning                                                                                        Transition Partnership Planning Form
                                                                                                                      For Local Schools, ESUs, and Voc Rehab Offices
DEVELOPING                               It should also include goals and
THE AGREEMENT                            priorities that need to be pursued,                                The purpose of this Transition Partnership Planning Form is to promote a coordinated effort between the local
The Transition Partnership Planning      and a method to evaluate progress                                  school, ESU and the local Vocational Rehabilitation Office in providing an effective transition from school to
form is a two page planning              in the partnership. Small school                                   work for students with disabilities. Prior to agreeing on the operating procedures below, educators may want to
                                                                                                            review “Arranging Transition Services with Vocational Rehabilitation—A Guide for Educators.” This publication
document that lists important issues     districts may not need to complete                                 is available in hard copy from the Voc Rehab Specialist.
that need to be discussed by the local   the Transition Partnership Planning

school representative, the Vocational    form with Vocational Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation representative, and       because of the small number of          he planning form           School Contact—What is the building reporting procedure? What work space will be available to the Voc
where appropriate, the local ESU         students with disabilities in their                                Rehab Specialist?
representative. The planning form        school. A copy of the Transition      gives those involved an
gives those involved an opportunity      Partnership Planning Form is in
to discuss and decide how                the back of this Guide.               opportunity to discuss
operational matters will be handled
and what services will be provided.      ANNUAL EVALUATION                     and decide how
                                         OF EFFORT                                                          Orientation—What opportunities will be made available to provide a Voc Rehab orientation to educators
                                         At least once a year, Voc Rehab       operational matters will     and to new students grades 9-12?
                                         will meet with a local school
                                         representative to evaluate the        be handled and what
                                         effectiveness of the Transition
                                         Partnership between the school        services will be provided.
                                         and Vocational Rehabilitation.
                                         The questions to be addressed                                      Referral Process—How will students be referred to Voc Rehab and how will information be exchanged?
                                                                                                            How will student release time be handled?
                                         include identification of what
                                         worked well and what did not. The
                                         intent of this Annual Evaluation is
                                         to set the direction for the next
                                         year’s planning and promote
                                         continuous improvement in the                                      Group Activities—What opportunities will be made available for students to interact with Voc Rehab staff
                                         Transition Partnership.                                            in a group setting in the school?

                                                                                                            Employer Connections—What opportunities will be made available for students to learn from employers?

Community Resource Connections—What opportunities will be made available for students and their families
to learn about resources in the community?

Consultation Services—How and when will Voc Rehab staff be available for individual or group consultations with
students grades 9-12 and/or their parents?

Schedule—What is the planned schedule of events and activities for Voc Rehab staff at the school?

Outcomes Expected—Describe the expected student outcomes to be achieved as a result of the partnership.

Annual Evaluation—Describe the process to evaluate the effectiveness of the transition partnership and
responsible parties.

Voc Rehab Report to School—Name of school representative to receive report:

Local School Representative            ESU Representative                      Voc Rehab Representative

Name of School                         ESU #                                   Name of Local Voc Rehab Office Director

School District Number
Vocational Rehabilitation Office Locations

Staff from each of the Voc Rehab office locations serves the schools in the counties listed below:

Columbus:                                    Lincoln:                                     Scottsbluff:
Butler, Colfax, Nance, Platte and Polk       Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster,         Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes,
3020 18th Street, Suite 2                    Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline,    Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff,
Columbus, NE 68601                           Saunders, Seward                             Sheridan, Sioux
(402) 562-8065 V/TT, (877) 505-0866 V/TT     5143 South 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516    1517 Broadway, Suite 131                        (402) 471-3231 V, (402) 471-6341 TT,         Scottsbluff, NE 69361
                                             (800) 472-3382 V/TT                          (308) 632-1321 V/TT, (800) 292-3382 V/TT
2951 North Clarkson Street                   Norfolk:                                     South Sioux City:
Fremont, NE 68025                            Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt,          Dakota, Thurston
(402) 727-2900 V, (888) 585-5439 V           Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha,       901 West 21st Street, Suite 1                         Knox, Madison, Pierce, Rock, Stanton,        South Sioux City, NE 68776
                                             Wayne, Wheeler                               (402) 494-2265 V/TT, (877) 659-7899 V/TT
Grand Island:                                1212 Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701
Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Greeley, Hall,        (402) 370-3200 V/TT, (800) 442-3382 V/TT
Hamilton, Howard, Merrick, Nuckolls,
Thayer, Webster, York
3335 West Capital Avenue                     North Platte:
Grand Island, NE 68803                       Arthur, Chase, Cherry, Dawson, Dundy,
(308) 385-6200 V/TT, (800) 862-3382 V/TT     Frontier, Gosper, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock,                     Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson,
                                             Perkins, Red Willow, Thomas
Kearney:                                     200 South Silber, Bldg. #2
Blaine, Buffalo, Custer, Franklin, Furnas,   North Platte, NE 69101
Garfield, Harlan, Kearney, Loup, Phelps,     (308) 535-8100 V/TT, (800) 272-3382 V/TT
Sherman, Valley                    
2916 West 24th Street, Kearney, NE 68845
(308) 865-5343 V/TT, (800) 262-3382 V/TT     Omaha:                         Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington.
                                             1313 Farnam on the Mall, Omaha, NE 68102
                                             (402) 595-2100 V, (402) 595-2107 TT,
                                             (800) 554-3382
 Vocational Rehabilitation
    Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South • P.O. Box 94987
      Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4987


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