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Student Development

The RVACs assist the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) in providing vocational career services for students with disabilities in public, private and charter schools in the state. Rhode Island continues to be unique by providing ORS Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors embedded in each school district. RVAC staff and ORS Counselors are involved in the evaluation and procurement of services for students.

Services provided include:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Consultation
  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Situational Assessments in Community
  • Job Placement
  • Summer Work Programs

For more information, visit www.ors.ri.gov/Transition.html or contact:

JoAnn Nannig, Assistant Administrator for Transition

Student-Focused Planning

The Regional Transition Coordinators provide direct consultation to Local Educational Agencies, Charter and Private Schools, and Adult Agencies addressing areas of need including:

  • Secondary Individualized Education Plans for students with diagnosed learning challenges
  • Transition Assessments, identifying discrete challenges to students with disabilities transitioning to the workforce or college
  • Transition Services, directly assisting students with disabilities in transitioning to the workplace or college
  • District Technical Assistance Plans, establishing strategies for districts to extend appropriate and effective services to students with disabilities enrolled in district school systems
  • Summary of Performance, providing a description of a student’s capabilities when a child with a disability graduates with a regular diploma, exceeds the age eligibility for FAPE, or exits school.  
  • Employment First, a program promoting community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.

The Regional Transition Coordinators assist in the development and implementation of the State Transition Plan -  a plan to ensure services are provided to individuals in a setting that is integrated and supports full access to the community; are selected by the beneficiary; ensure an individual’s rights of privacy, dignity and respect, and freedom from coercion and restraint; optimize autonomy and independence in making life choices; facilitate individual choice regarding services and supports, and who provides them; and are based on a person centered service plan.   

The Regional Transition Coordinators also provide Professional Development activities both statewide and regionally, including:

  • RI Transition Institutes
  • College Forums
  • Regional Student Events
  • Parent Conferences
  • Transition Networks
  • Student Panels
  • Employment First Initiatives

For more information, contact:

jcotter@nric-ed.org (401) 495-2011

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