5From 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
6Transition ServicesACCES-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.where will they live – any non work services – prevocational, basic academic skill building, social, recreational, residential or living skillsVESID adult VR is often a a big part of or even the sum total of the plan when in reality it should be a small part of the students transition – the focus needs to be on tends to be on where the student is going, not on just getting him or her out of school.Looking at our mission statement (go to next slide)
7Mission StatementThe 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.
8When to refer studentsInterested 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.Our goal is to have students referred to VESID in the fall of their junior year, and have VESID be an integral part of planning for post secondary outcomes.We want to get students into counseling and guidance plans with an identified employment goal early. This goal can and should be changed as part of the transition process.The students and their funding are still the responsibility of the school district until they either graduate or turn 21.The exceptions noted are, for example, for SE services which begin in the summer between junior and senior year as a summer employment assessment to continue in the fall outside school hours for continuity of service with an agency and continued work skills development. We need to justify in most cases that the service cannot be provided by the school, and document what has been tried.
9Who can be referred to ACCES-VR? Any student with a permanentdisability can be referred for eligibilitydetermination.
10Who should be referred to ACCES-VR? Students who are motivated to work and who will be capable of working independently in the community
11Types of Disabilities Often hidden Often obvious: Learning disability Medical – heart, diabetes, kidney diseaseAlcohol or drug abusePsychological & emotional conditionsOften obvious:Visual impairmentDeaf or hard of hearingMobility impairmentDevelopmental disabilityAmputation
12Referral ProcessApplication packet with documentation of disability is submitted to the ACCES-VR office (forms can be obtained electronically by contactingCase is registered and then assigned to the vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC) working with the student’s home schoolThe VRC will work with the school transition liaison to arrange to meet with the student/parents/other interested parties for an intake interview
13Referral Process Complete application packet arrives at ACCES-VR Eligibility determination is made within 60 daysMeeting with VRC coordinated with school at any point once complete packet is receivedWork goal is identified and IPE developed togetherServices begin as agreed, dependent on type of service
14Referral Package Referral Cover Sheet Assets & Challenges Checklist Current IEP/504Psychological (if applicable)Transcript (if post secondary education is planned)ACCES-VR application VR-04ACCES-VR Information Release AuthorizationsVR-21 & VR-22Student QuestionnaireACCES-VR Financial SurveyOther medical reports when applicable
15ApplicationsDocumentation 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.
16EligibilityMust have a permanent and/or progressive, documented disabilityDisability must be an impediment to reaching a vocational goalMust be able to benefit from services in terms of employment outcomeACCES-VR services must be required to reach employment goal
17The Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) All ACCES-VR consumers develop an IPE with a specific employment goal statedThe goal must be feasible and approved by ACCES-VRThere must be a reasonable expectation that a successful employment outcome will be reached
18Overview of Possible ACCES-VR SERVICES Vocational CounselingVocational AssessmentsDiagnostic Vocational EvaluationsFunctional EvaluationsTechnological EvaluationsVocational TrainingCollege Services and SupportsSupported EmploymentDirect Job PlacementWork try outOn the job trainingDriver training
19Economic NeedSome services do depend on economic need: tuition and fees, books, tools/equipment, rehabilitation technology, some training programsSome services do not depend on economic need: evaluations, tutors, note takers, some training programs, placement, job coaches, OJT, driver training
20ACCES-VR SERVICES and economic need $ Vocational CounselingVocational AssessmentsDiagnostic Vocational EvaluationsFunctional EvaluationsTechnological EvaluationsDriver trainingVocational Training $College Tuition, fees and books $Rehabilitation Technology Services $Academic support servicesSupported EmploymentDirect Job PlacementWork try outOn the job training
21Types of Vocational Training BOCES training programsPrivate vocational school programsCertificate programs at Community Colleges
22College Training Services May include financial contribution toward:Tuition, fees, books, room and boardOne-on-one tutorsNote takersTravel costs to and from school if not living on campusOther disability specific supports such as interpreters and aides for physical needs
23Supported EmploymentJob placement services through agencies on ACCES-VR contract for specific area & disability groupIntensive servicesSituational assessmentJob developmentJob coachingExtended ServicesOn-going follow along services are funded through OPWDD, OMH, or ACCES-VR
24Job Placement Services Assistance with choosing a job goal, resume development, interviewing skills and job searchOn the Job TrainingWork Try-OutsOccupational tools & clothing (based on economic need and job requirement)
25What 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.
26Under the ACCES-VR program an individual has the right to: Participate in the decision making process about his or her vocational programReceive services in a timely mannerReceive services designed to assist in preparing for & finding employmentConfidential servicesAppeal a decision made by ACCES-VR
27Under the ACCES-VR program an individual has the responsibility to: Participate in the decision making process about his or her vocational programMaintain contact with ACCES-VR counselorProvide required information in a timely mannerContact the ACCES-VR counselor about changes in job goal or financial statusContact the ACCES-VR counselor upon getting a job
28Follow through with the steps in your plan, assess your progress, and keep your counselor informed of how you are doing.
29When you get a job…. Contact ACCES-VR! You will continue to work with your ACCES-VR counselorTo identify supports that you need to keep a job.To plan how you will get these supportsTo maintain contact with ACCES-VR for at least three months after you start your job.Sometime post employment services can be providedYou can always apply for VESID again in the future if your situation changes and you are again in need of services
30Transition TipsACCES-VR is a voluntary, adult service; you decide if you want it.You have rights and responsibilitiesRemember to apply to ACCES-VR before your last year of school – the process takes time!
36Melissa 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)
37Salvatore 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