Inorder to provide students and families referrals to transition resources and services, it is important for all secondary staff to be familiar with the transition stakeholders in their local community, region and state. This does not mean that you need an in-depth understanding of daily operations and/or eligibility determination, but rather enough knowledge to give a brief overview and contact information for the student/parent to follow-up. Below you will find a brief introduction to the transition stakeholders in Indiana.
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), a Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has three programs that teachers will provide referrals to and will collaborate with to provide services. Click on the link below to learn more about each of these programs:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
- Blind and Visually Impaired Services
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Review the following slides below to learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Referring students to Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) is an essential role of secondary schools. Click here to see a map of the Indiana VRS offices.
If you are teacher of record that will be making referrals of students to VRS, here are items you will need to know:
You may need to be creative in supporting your students' referrals to VRS. See the graphic below for a few examples:
Complete the self-guided tutorial to learn about how VRS can help students transition from high school to postsecondary education or training and employment. Begin by clicking the graphic to the left.
Watch a video produced about Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Video includes individuals with various disabilities who have benefited from VRS to have successful careers. Click link to go to youtube video http://youtu.be/oBfSSWlcFbM
Watch a light-hearted video for high school students about how Vocational Rehabilitation Services can support students transitioning from high school to adulthood. Click link to go to youtube video http://youtu.be/ZroUCj-ri_Y
Another key stakeholder in the transition process for students with high supports needs is the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS), Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services. Review the slides below for an introduction to BDDS.
Individuals are served through their regional BDDS offices. Click here for the map to find the office which serves your community.