Transition Time Agencies and Services: Part 2

by Dale Pennell, C.A.S.

For each student with a disability, beginning at age 16 (or younger, if determined appropriate by the IEP team), a statement of the needed transition services for the student, including, if appropriate, a statement of interagency responsibilities or any needed linkages is required. (8 VAC 20-80-62, p. 47)

The Transition Time column in the May-June 2002 issue of Link Lines described the functions of several agencies that play key roles in the successful transition of students from all disability categories during and beyond the high school years. These agencies provide assistance in the areas of postsecondary education, technical or vocational training, postsecondary employment, independent living, and community participation. Identified below are additional agencies whose representatives may be key participants in IEP meetings, or with whom students and/or their families may be linked during the high school years. Each agency publishes brochures that describe, in detail, its services, eligibility criteria, and the approximate age a student should be when the agency becomes involved in transition activities. Contact local agency offices to request this literature and to secure additional information about the supports and services they provide.

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)

Services provided to secondary students in transition by the VEC include job referral and placement, referral to training, and job search skill-building activities. VEC offices may be found in the following localities that serve Superintendents' Regions 2 and 3:

Chesapeake

Hampton

Portsmouth

Virginia Beach

Eastern Shore

Newport News

Richmond

Warsaw

Fredericksburg

Norfolk

Suffolk

Williamsburg


Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities (VIDD)

The Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities partners with communities to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The organization works with others to increase choices for individuals, change systems, improve services, and affect public policy. VIDD also prepares personnel to work with those who have developmental disabilities, provides technical assistance, conducts research, disseminates information, and engages in advocacy and prevention activities. Contact information for VIDD follows.

Virginia Institute for Developmental Disabilities
700 East Franklin Street, 10th Floor
Richmond, VA 23284
Phone: (804) 828-3876 (Voice/TDD)
Website: www.vcu.edu/vidd

Centers for Independent Living (CIL)

CIL provide services and advocacy that promote the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. Core services include information and referral, peer counseling, independent living skills training, and individual and systems change advocacy. The following CIL are located in Superintendents' Regions 2 and 3:

  • disAbility Resource Center, Fredericksburg

  • Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living, Olney

  • Endependence Center, Inc., Norfolk

  • Peninsula Center for Independent Living, Hampton

Social Security Administration (SSA)

The SSA provides persons with disabilities who have limited incomes include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and assistance with the process of applying for food stamps. These benefits may be available to children as well as persons who have reached age 18. The SSA also offers employment support for persons with disabilities who wish to enter the workforce. A list of SSA offices that serve Superintendents' Regions 2 and 3 follows.

SSA Office
City/County

Accomack

Accomack, Northampton

Fredericksburg

Caroline, Colonial Beach, Fredericksburg, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland

Hampton

Hampton, Poquoson, York

Newport News

Gloucester, Mathews, Newport News, Williamsburg/James City Co., York

Norfolk

Norfolk

Petersburg

King William

Portsmouth

Chesapeake, Portsmouth

Richmond
(downtown office)

Essex, King and Queen, Lancaster, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond Co., West Point

Suffolk

Franklin, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Suffolk

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach


The challenge for effective special education case managers is to collaborate with these and other public and private community agencies to create comprehensive secondary transition-based IEPs. Begin by considering the possible assistance that each agency may provide for a given student with a disability. Share this information with parents and solicit their support to develop a timeline for including appropriate agency representatives at strategic points throughout the student's secondary school career. Successful collaboration with adult agencies will facilitate the successful transition of students with disabilities through high school and into adult life.

Date: Sept./Oct. 2002