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Transition/Pre-ETS Services and Programs
BSBP will provide Pre-Employment Transition Services to students who meet the following criteria:
- Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Consumer that is in application, eligibility or IPE status or Potentially Eligible (prior to VR application)
- 14-26 years of age
- Student with a Disability
- Currently enrolled in secondary, post-secondary or other recognized education program
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are provided in collaboration with local educational agencies and community partners. Pre-ETS are designed to be an early start at job exploration and will assist students with identifying career interests to be further explored through additional VR services. Pre-ETS must be made available to all students in need of such services on a statewide basis regardless of whether or not a student has applied for VR services. Pre-ETS services may begin once a student requests or is recommended for one or more service and documentation of a disability is provided. These services can be provided in a group setting or on an individual basis.
FIVE PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICE CATEGORIES
JOB EXPLORATION COUNSELING: Intended to provide counseling and guidance to help students explore career options. Career counseling can be offered in a variety of settings including groups and individually, in person or by means of digital communication. Job exploration options are intended to foster motivation, consideration of opportunities and informed decision-making.
- Career Exploration (O*Net, etc.)
- Job clubs, career and trades fairs
- Job shadowing
- Informational Interviews
- Vocational Assessment
- Workshops and Presentations on topics such as:
- Careers versus jobs: what's the difference?
- What classes do I enjoy now, and how might those relate to careers?
- What are in-demand jobs?
- Competing in the future workplace
- Web-based job searches
- How to conduct informational interviews
- What jobs are in my community?
WORK-BASED LEARNING: May include in-school or after-school opportunities, or experiences outside the traditional school setting (including internships), provided in an integrated environment in the community to the maximum extent possible. Work-based learning is an educational approach that uses the workplace or real work to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them connect school experiences to real-life work activities and future career opportunities.
- School-based work experiences - job stations, etc.
- Summer Work Experiences
- Internships, paid or unpaid
- Community Service and/or Volunteering
- Career Mentorship
- Trial Work Experiences
- Work-site Tours
- After-school/weekend jobs (focused on developing basic work skills)
POST-SECONDARY EXPLORATION This activity area includes exploration of both post-high school transition programs at institutions of higher education, trade and vocational schools, as well as two and four-year colleges.
- Campus Visits
- Education Fairs
- Speakers from various educational programs
- Presentations by disability coordinators
- College Prep/Study Skills
- Accessing assistive technology
- Researching scholarships and/or completing the FAFSA
- Advising students and parents or representatives on academic curricula
- Providing information about college application and admissions processes;
- Exploring career and tech options
WORKPLACE READINESS TRAINING, INCLUDING SOCIAL SKILLS & INDEPENDENT LIVING: Workshops/job clubs on social skills, workplace behavior and interaction, multicultural awareness, problem-solving skills. Designed to develop independent living and social skills necessary for a student to be successful in employment.
- Travel Training
- Independent Living Assessments
- Skills of Blindness Training
- Job Seeking Skills/Job Clubs
- Workshops on on-the-job presentation: dress and grooming, etc.
- Understanding learning styles and how they affect social and independent living skills
- Soft-skills training
- On-the job evaluation
- Teamwork and decision-making skills
- Adaptive computer skills training
SELF-ADVOCACY INSTRUCTION: Opportunities to learn about rights, responsibilities and how to request accommodations, services or supports students may need to successfully complete the transition from secondary to post-secondary education and/or employment. These experiences may include mentoring by peers working in competitive integrated employment.
- Youth Leadership Programs
- Workshops in areas such as: developing goals, time management and organization, balanced life planning
- Disability Awareness classes and groups
- Self-advocacy, peer support, and mentoring groups
- Classes in advocating for yourself in IEP/IPE/person-centered planning
- Decision-making skills and learning how to make your own choices
- Accessing community resources such as health care, recreation, social opportunities, etc.
- Classes/workshops in self-determination and personal futures planning
- Learning how to create and participate in community activities and relationships
- Learning how to request accommodations
For more information, call 800-292-4200 toll-free (TTY 888-864-1212, toll-free), or contact a Bureau of Services for Blind Persons office near you.