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Youth in Transition Toolkit:


The basics


Transition programs provide education and related services that help students with disabilities plan for moving towards independent living, employment and postsecondary education or training.

Minnesota's secondary schools and Vocational Rehabilitation Services have long delivered services in partnership that support the transition from high school to competitive integrated employment. Transition services must begin at age 14 (grade 9) and can continue, as needed, until the youth has graduated from high school and moved into the next stage of life.

Learn more about key transition programs below.

  • School programs
    Though each school operates differently, common programs are available in many schools.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation programs
    VR programs offer Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) as well as other programs to help youth reach their work and independent living goals.

  • HCBS waiver programs
    HCBS waiver employment services help youth with disabilities plan a path to employment and access ongoing supports on the job.

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