New Guidance on Youth Transition and Vocational Rehabilitation

The Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has issued a technical assistance circular (RSA-TAC-14-03) that addresses a variety of transition-related issues affecting state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies. As noted by RSA, the issues addressed in the TAC “pertain to: (1) the effective collaboration between VR agencies and State educational agencies (SEA) for the provision of transition services; (2) the VR process as it relates to referral and application for services, the determination of eligibility, and the development of the individualized plan for employment (IPE); and (3) the services that may be provided through the VR program. The guidance contained in this TAC will better enable VR agencies to implement policies and engage in innovative strategies designed to improve the transition of students with disabilities including those with the most significant disabilities, from school to the achievement of integrated employment outcomes and careers.”