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Youth in Transition Toolkit:


The basics

Vocational Rehabilitation programs

Minnesota has two federal- and state-funded Vocational Rehabilitation programs: Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and State Services for the Blind (SSB). Both offer Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) as well as other services to help youth reach their work and independent living goals.

State Services for the Blind (SSB) helps youth who are blind, low vision or DeafBlind develop skills and confidence for a bright future. SSB offers resources in technology, career exploration, work experience, adjustment to blindness training and peer connections. SSB also provides Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).

Explore SSB services for teens or find an SSB office near you.

Every Minnesota high school has two Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) staff who can help youth with disabilities. VRS provides two levels of youth support: 

  • Introductory Career Services, which serve as the first step for youth who need only limited Pre-Employment Transition Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Career Services, which provide a next step for youth requiring additional career services 

To learn more:

To connect to VRS:

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