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What is Transition?

VR STW Counselor and VR Technician Responsibilities

Outreach activities of the VR STW Counselor and VR Technician are primarily focused on providing information about VR to high school staff, students, parents, and others interested in transition services.  Outreach to these students should occur as early as possible during the transition planning process and must include, at a minimum, a description of the purpose of the Vocational Rehabilitation program, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and scope of services that may be provided to eligible individuals. Ways to provide outreach may include leaving VR brochures and business cards at the school, having regularly scheduled school visits, having transition fair(s) at the school(s), attending school IEP meetings when invited, and speaking about VR services at student/parent group meetings, school staff meetings, or interagency meetings. 

VR STW Counselors and VR Technicians work with high school staff to ensure timely referrals of students with disabilities to the VR program, promoting a seamless transition from high school to adult life.  Referral and application for VR services is recommended at age 16 for those students attending secondary schools who are or plan to be involved in community based work experiences (CBWE).  All other students are encouraged to apply for VR transition services a year prior to school exit.  This allows sufficient time for determining eligibility, VR service needs, and developing the approved IPE prior to the student’s exit from secondary school.

The VR process can be expedited by having the school referral source provide the VR STW Counselor or VR Technician with copies of the student’s important school documents at time of referral or application.  These documents include:

  • Current IEP
  • Any medical and/or psychological test results and records
  • Academic reports or transcripts
  • Attendance or behavioral reports, if applicable
  • Vocational training records and/or career assessments, if available
  • Involvement with any other agencies, if applicable



The VR STW Counselor and VR Technician may carry out the following responsibilities as VR agency representatives:

  • Outreach to educate individuals about the VR process and services
  • Processing referrals and applications
  • Conducting initial interviews
  • Securing preliminary eligibility documentation/ student records
  • Case note documentation
  • Attending Transition IEP meetings as the VR agency representative when invited by the secondary school
  • Providing guidance about informed choice, disability issues, and employment
  • Follow up
  • Networking activities that contribute to the successful employment outcome of Floridians with disabilities.

Responsibilities of the VR STW Counselor Only

The VR STW Counselor is solely responsible for VR eligibility determinations, IPE development, and sponsoring any necessary VR services from application to case closure.  The VR STW Counselor may use school records and information from the student, teachers, parents, and/or employers to help identify impediments to employment, need for VR services, and to assist with developing a desired post school employment plan.  

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