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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Young Adults Transitioning from School to Competitive Employment

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Students, Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Work Experience Coordinators, Superintendents, Vocational Counselors

Date: March 18, 2013

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a program in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that receives state and federal funds to help eligible people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment.  Although primarily an adult service agency, VR coordinates with schools in the planning of transition services for eligible young adults with disabilities prior to their graduation or exit from high school.  VR's primary role in providing transition services is to help young adults with disabilities who qualify receive employment-related services and/or training necessary to make a smooth transition from high school to successful, competitive employment in integrated settings.

To learn more about Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation and transition services, call toll free 877-222-8963, consult the VR website at http://dese.mo.gov/vr/vocrehab.htm, or obtain a copy of the VR Transition brochure at http://dese.mo.gov/vr/documents/Transition0112.pdf.