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ACCES-VR TRANSITION SERVICES Transition to Career 80 Wolf Road – Suite 200 Albany, New York 12205-2644 www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/ Telephone: (518) 473-8097.

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2 ACCES-VR TRANSITION SERVICES Transition to Career 80 Wolf Road – Suite 200 Albany, New York Telephone: (518) Toll Free #: Fax: (518)

3 9 counties Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington 75 school districts 8 alternative schools/placements

4 What is ACCES-VR? Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation

5 EMPLOYMENT ACCES-VR Is All About Work!

6 From Special Education to Adult Vocational Rehabilitation When students leave high school, there are no more education entitlement programs. Adult services are based on eligibility requirements and availability of funds and services

7 Transition Services ACCES-VR helps individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. Transition services specifically refers to services provided to students with disabilities in order to assist them to transition from school into the world of work.

8 Mission Statement The Mission of Transition to Career Services of the Capital District Office of ACCES-VR is to provide consumer focused, high-quality vocational counseling, consultation, and collaboration with secondary school students, parents, and staff to facilitate an understanding of and effect a seamless and timely transition through ACCES-VR services, with a goal of successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

9 When to refer students Interested students with disabilities should be referred within the last 2 years of high school for eligibility determination and planning purposes. ACCES-VR funding for services is usually not initiated until the last semester of high school, but there can be individual exceptions.

10 Who can be referred to ACCES-VR? Any student with a permanent disability can be referred for eligibility determination.

11 Who should be referred to ACCES-VR? Students who are motivated to work and who will be capable of working independently in the community

12 Types of Disabilities Often obvious: – Visual impairment – Deaf or hard of hearing – Mobility impairment – Developmental disability – Amputation Often hidden – Learning disability – Medical – heart, diabetes, kidney disease – Alcohol or drug abuse – Psychological & emotional conditions

13 Referral Process Application packet with documentation of disability is submitted to the ACCES-VR office (forms can be obtained electronically by contacting Case is registered and then assigned to the vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC) working with the student’s home school The VRC will work with the school transition liaison to arrange to meet with the student/parents/other interested parties for an intake interview

14 Referral Process Complete application packet arrives at ACCES-VR Eligibility determination is made within 60 days Meeting with VRC coordinated with school at any point once complete packet is received Work goal is identified and IPE developed together Services begin as agreed, dependent on type of service

15 Referral Package Referral Cover Sheet Assets & Challenges Checklist Current IEP/504 Psychological (if applicable) Transcript (if post secondary education is planned) ACCES-VR application VR-04 ACCES-VR Information Release Authorizations VR-21 & VR-22 Student Questionnaire ACCES-VR Financial Survey Other medical reports when applicable

16 Applications Documentation of the disability from the physician, therapist, counselor, etc. should be submitted with the application along with any school testing/records/ plans. All Applications/releases for students need to be signed by the student. Applications/releases for students under the age of 18 need to be signed by the student and co-signed by a parent or guardian.

17 Eligibility Must have a permanent and/or progressive, documented disability Disability must be an impediment to reaching a vocational goal Must be able to benefit from services in terms of employment outcome ACCES-VR services must be required to reach employment goal

18 The Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) All ACCES-VR consumers develop an IPE with a specific employment goal stated The goal must be feasible and approved by ACCES-VR There must be a reasonable expectation that a successful employment outcome will be reached

19 Overview of Possible ACCES-VR SERVICES Vocational Counseling Vocational Assessments Diagnostic Vocational Evaluations Functional Evaluations Technological Evaluations Vocational Training College Services and Supports Supported Employment Direct Job Placement Work try out On the job training Driver training

20 Economic Need Some services do depend on economic need: tuition and fees, books, tools/equipment, rehabilitation technology, some training programs Some services do not depend on economic need: evaluations, tutors, note takers, some training programs, placement, job coaches, OJT, driver training

21 ACCES-VR SERVICES and economic need $ Vocational Counseling Vocational Assessments Diagnostic Vocational Evaluations Functional Evaluations Technological Evaluations Driver training Vocational Training $ College Tuition, fees and books $ Rehabilitation Technology Services $ Academic support services Supported Employment Direct Job Placement Work try out On the job training

22 Types of Vocational Training BOCES training programs Private vocational school programs Certificate programs at Community Colleges

23 College Training Services May include financial contribution toward: – Tuition, fees, books, room and board – One-on-one tutors – Note takers – Travel costs to and from school if not living on campus – Other disability specific supports such as interpreters and aides for physical needs

24 Supported Employment Job placement services through agencies on ACCES-VR contract for specific area & disability group Intensive services – Situational assessment – Job development – Job coaching Extended Services – On-going follow along services are funded through OPWDD, OMH, or ACCES-VR

25 Job Placement Services Assistance with choosing a job goal, resume development, interviewing skills and job search On the Job Training Work Try-Outs Occupational tools & clothing (based on economic need and job requirement)

26 What services will be provided? Only the services necessary to reach the job goal identified in the IPE are provided. These services are listed as part of the IPE.

27 Under the ACCES-VR program an individual has the right to: Participate in the decision making process about his or her vocational program Receive services in a timely manner Receive services designed to assist in preparing for & finding employment Confidential services Appeal a decision made by ACCES-VR

28 Under the ACCES-VR program an individual has the responsibility to: Participate in the decision making process about his or her vocational program Maintain contact with ACCES-VR counselor Provide required information in a timely manner Contact the ACCES-VR counselor about changes in job goal or financial status Contact the ACCES-VR counselor upon getting a job

29 Follow through with the steps in your plan, assess your progress, and keep your counselor informed of how you are doing.

30 When you get a job…. Contact ACCES-VR! You will continue to work with your ACCES-VR counselor To identify supports that you need to keep a job. To plan how you will get these supports To maintain contact with ACCES-VR for at least three months after you start your job.

31 Transition Tips  ACCES-VR is a voluntary, adult service; you decide if you want it.  You have rights and responsibilities  Remember to apply to ACCES-VR before your last year of school – the process takes time!

32 EMPLOYMENT Remember… ACCES-VR Is All About Work!

33 ACCES-VR Transition Staff Amy J Leifer Senior VRC (518) Veronica Nostramo VRC Assistant (518) Lynn Ricciardi VRC Assistant (518) Lisa Williams Keyboard Specialist (518)

34 Abby Hout VRC – Cobleskill, Gilboa-Conesville, Jefferson, Middleburgh, Schoharie, Scotia- Glenville, Sharon Springs (518) Alexis Merrill VRC – Guilderland, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Shaker, Shenendehowa (518) Bernard Mack VRC – Berkshire, Chatham, Columbia, New Lebanon, Taconic Hills, Troy (shared) (518)

35 Deborah Gabrione VRC – Albany (shared), Averill Park, Berne-Knox, Cohoes, Lansingburgh, Ravena, Voorheesville (518) Ed Lessard VRC – Albany (shared), Charlton, LaSalle, Parsons (Neil Hellman School), Schalmont, Schenectady, School at Northeast, St Anne’s, Vanderheyden (518) Joseph Tedesco VRC – Berlin, Rensselaer HS (518)

36 Kathleen McCartan VRC - Galway, Hoosic Valley, Saratoga Springs, Stillwater, Tamarac, Troy (shared),Waterford-Halfmoon (518) Kyle Ferris VRC - Germantown, Hudson, Ichabod Crane (518) Lindsay Pirozzi VRC – Cairo Durham, Catskill, Coxsackie- Athens, Greenville, Hunter-Tannersville, Windham- Ashland-Jewett (518) Mark Rubenstein VRC - Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake (518)

37 Melissa Strauss VRC - Fort Edward, Hudson Falls (518) Pam Brehm-Bisaillon VRC – Argyle, Cambridge, Corinth, Fort Ann, Granville, Greenwich, Hartford, Hoosick Falls, Mechanicville, Salem, Schuylerville, South Glens Falls (518) Rich Myette VRC – Bolton, Glens Falls, Hadley- Luzerne, Johnsburg, Lake George, North Warren, Queensbury, Warrensburg, Whitehall (518)

38 Salvatore Cerniglia VRC – Maple Hill (Schodack) (518) Sonam Ben Willow VRC – Bethlehem, Colonie Central, Duanesburg, Green Island, Scotia-Glenville, Watervliet (518) Vicki Starr VRC – Ballston Spa HS (518) End of show – press forward arrow to play again


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