October 19, 2015
Welcome to the 2015-1016 school year! The purpose of this communication is to review our vocational rehabilitation and transition services and the role of the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) Transition Counselors. Please note the underlined hyperlinks included for easy access to information that can be found on our agency Web site.
The services provided through DRS are voluntary and based on an eligibility process. You may have heard that due to limited resources, all eligible vocational rehabilitation (VR) consumers cannot be served at this time. Federal law requires that DRS provide services to persons in priority categories called an Order of Selection (OOS). Individuals who are determined eligible for services are placed into priority categories based on severity of disability and served as resources become available. We encourage you to refer students even when eligible applicants are being placed on a waiting list. We take the most severely disabled consumers off the waiting list in approximately three months of determination of eligibility, so please encourage staff to make referrals!
The DRS has offices across the Commonwealth to provide employment services to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for VR services and who want to work. Our Transition Counselors cover each high school and work with Transition Coordinators, Special Education Directors, and Special Education teachers to begin a dialogue with students regarding VR services about three years prior to their exit from school. Information about DRS services is found on our Transition Services Page (http://www.vadars.org/transitionservices.htm). You may want to share our Transition Flier with students and their families. In addition, you will find local cooperative agreements which outline shared activities between local school divisions and DRS.
Our newly named Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (formerly Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center) is a valuable resource for students with disabilities. The Postsecondary Education Rehabilitation Transition (PERT) Program offers vocational evaluation and planning services for transitioning students. WWRC serves every disability category and is a wonderful option for students with disabilities who need a comprehensive evaluation or want vocational training after graduation.
If you would like additional information related to VR Transition Services, please contact Jean Steveson at Jean.Steveson@dars.virginia.gov or by phone at (757) 531-5298. Thank you for your continued partnership and everything you do to help students in the Commonwealth succeed!
Director of Transition Services
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
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