Ohio Transition Support Partnership
In 2015, the Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans (OOD) launched the Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP). This innovative collaboration changed the nature and impact of transition services for students with disabilities in Ohio. The Partnership increases the availability of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors for students with disabilities beginning at age 14 to improve post-school outcomes. This earlier engagement helps students with disabilities get a head start on becoming job ready and better prepared to enter the workforce with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful.
Because of this increased investment in transition, OOD is serving more students with disabilities than ever before. This increased demand led to an expansion of the Partnership in 2017. Now, 30 OOD counselors and 21 caseload assistants are partnering with local education agencies to serve students with disabilities throughout the state.
What is Vocational Rehabilitation? - Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are services that supplement a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) that support students with disabilities to attain and maintain employment. Services include but are not limited to:
- Career Exploration
- Authentic Work-Based Learning Experiences in Integrated Settings
- Soft Skills Training to promote Workplace Readiness
- Job Development and Job Coaching Services
Eligibility for Ohio Transition Support Partnership Services - Students with disabilities beginning at age 14, who are receiving services under an IEP or a 504 plan, who meet OOD eligibility criteria and who demonstrate a need for VR services are eligible for OTSP services. OOD eligibility is based on four criteria:
- The student has a physical, cognitive and/or mental impairment;
- The impairment results in a substantial impediment to employment;
- The student can benefit from services in terms of an employment outcome; and
- The student requires VR services to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.
Referral for Ohio Transition Support Partnership Services - For more information, please discuss services with your IEP team, contact the local OOD office, State Support Team (SST) Transition Contact or SST Career Technical Planning District Consultant working in your region.
Ohio Department of Education
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Last Modified: 12/7/2018 9:00:00 AM