Secondary Transition Planning and Services for State/Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

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Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling



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LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Counselors will (1) learn the background, law and rationale explaining why vocational LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Counselors will (1) learn the background, law, and rationale explaining why vocational rehabilitation counselors must be involved with transition-age youth as they plan to enter adult life; (2) review the essential competency domains of secondary transition from a vocational rehabilitation purview; and (3) learn how to approach various activities as they work with secondary transition teams. LESSON ABSTRACT: Moving from high school to adult life can create anxiety among youth and their families. This transition can be even more challenging for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities lag behind their peers without disabilities in several post-school outcome areas (e.g., employment, postsecondary education, and community participation). A comprehensive team is required to execute a myriad of transition activities to facilitate a seamless transition out of high school. One key professional on this team is a vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor. VR involvement in secondary transition has received increased attention in recent years. This lesson introduces a VR transition framework that general and transition-focused counselors can use to understand various roles and responsibilities for supporting student transition.

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