DRS Transition Services
A Roadmap to Successful Employment for Virginia’s Youth
Message from DARS Commissioner Jim Rothrock:
The Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is committed to improving the independence and employment of persons with significant disabilities, including youth in transition.
Contact us at Beth.Somers@dars.virginia.gov so that we can work together to find a solution.
The DRS Transition Services staff welcomes input and feedback on any resources developed and disseminated by DRS for Transition Services.
School to Work Transition Services
In partnership with people with disabilities and their families, the Division of Rehabilitative Services collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower youth with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society.
WHAT ARE TRANSITION SERVICES?
Transition services support students in the movement from school to the world of work and adult life. DRS works together with students, families, schools and community agencies to provide services to support a successful transition from school to work.
HOW CAN YOUR DRS COUNSELOR ASSIST YOU?
Your DRS Counselor can work with you to reach your future employment goal. Your DRS Counselor works together with you, your family, and your teachers as you develop your employment plan. It will help you identify what steps you need to take to reach your goals for meaningful employment, responsible adult life and maximum independence after completing high school.
YOUR EMPLOYMENT GOAL(S) WILL INCLUDE YOUR ABILITIES, SKILLS, NEEDS, INTERESTS AND PREFERENCES.
Defining these goals will help you address these questions:
- What kind of career will I have?
- What do I need to learn?
- How will I reach my goals?
WHICH NO COST SERVICES MAY BE PROVIDED TO YOU?
- Diagnostics, Evaluation, Assessment
- Disability awareness counseling
- Vocational and career path counseling
- Job seeking and job retention counseling
- Access to Employment Resource Centers - job searching and finding employment leads
- Job Placement
- Driver Evaluation
- On-the-job Training
- Follow along services after placement
WHAT DRS SERVICES MAY REQUIRE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION ON YOUR PART?
- Durable Medical Equipment or Other Goods
- Assistive Technology
- Related Services
WHAT OTHER PROGRAMS AND DRS SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOU?
DRS may provide specialized programs and services that cater to individual needs, skills and abilities by experienced professionals.
- Assistive Technology (consultation and evaluation)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
- Brain Injury Services
- Long Term Mental Illness Services
- Supported Employment
- Long Term Employment Support Funding
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Substance Abuse Services
WHICH DRS PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE WILSON WORKFORCE AND REHABILITATION CENTER (WWRC)?
The Center provides integrated medical and vocational rehabilitation services addressing the comprehensive needs of clients to improve independence and employability. The campus houses a vocational school and medical rehabilitation units. Both offer state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, a professional, committed staff, and highly effective programs including:
- Vocational Evaluation
- Vocational Training and Student Internships
- Medical Rehabilitation Services
- Driver Evaluation and Training
WHAT IS PERT?
The Post-Secondary Education Rehabilitation Transition Program provides high school students a comprehensive evaluation in the areas of vocational skills, independent living skills, and leisure and social skills. These evaluations may lead to additional vocational programs and services that may assist you with a smooth transition from secondary to postsecondary education, training and employment.
DRS SUPPORTS ARE A VOLUNTARY SERVICE. IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, DRS IS HERE TO HELP YOU REMOVE BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT.
You should begin talking with your DRS Transition Counselor about 3 years before you plan to leave high school. However, if you have unique circumstances or requests for services, you may call your DRS Counselor at any point.
For more information please contact an office in your locality,