Youth Transitioning from School to Employment

Young adults with disabilities who are getting ready to move on from school to employment may be eligible for several vocational rehabilitation (VR) services.

VR counselors work with you, your parents and/or the school district to develop a coordinated transition plan. This includes your school history, interests, employment goals and your future needs for training.

Pre-employment transition services provide opportunities for students with disabilities to learn through work and education. These services are coordinated by a VR counselor. For more information, see the Pre-Employment Transition Services page at Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Additional resources for youth with disabilities who are in transition

  • Guideposts for Success - Five key activities that make a positive difference in the lives of youth
  • “Moving On” Idaho Transition Binder is a planning tool for students and families to help with transition from school to adult life. It includes information and resources related to self-advocacy, employment, preparing for college, adult services, independent living and more.
  • A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities is a guide to prepare students and youth with disabilities with information about services and supports needed to ensure they have the opportunity to achieve their goals. The guide also helps youth and their families better understand how state and local education agencies work together to improve education and employment outcomes.
  • The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) for college students with disabilities is a program that connects employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates, who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.
  • Yes! Youth Employment Solutions Center website for youth / young adult job seekers with disabilities and their families, provides information and resources on everything from youth learning how to be their own best advocate to understanding the impact of Social Security benefits on employment.
  • Get My Future website helps young adults, ages 16 to 24, overcome barriers and plan for and achieve their career.
  • Making the Transition website. Transition guides for both parents and young adults, in both English and Spanish.

The Idaho Department of Labor also has a program to help youth who are not attending school become employed. Check it out here.


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