Students with Disabilities in Career Tech

The purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living [34 CFR 300.1(a)] [20 U.S.C. 1400(d)(1)(A)].

Secondary transition is: "designed to be within a results oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation; is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; and includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation." [34 CFR 300.320(b)] [20 U.S.C. 1414(d)(1)(a)(i)(VIII)(aa)-(bb)] 

IDEA (2004) does not define “functional vocational evaluation.”

An operational definition follows:

Functional vocational evaluation is defined as documentation of general work behaviors (e.g. attention to task, work rate, work organization, attendance, punctuality, & physical stamina); dexterity, following directions, working independently, or with job supports or accommodations; job interests and preferences; abilities (aptitude); and other special needs, such as job specific work skills, interpersonal relationships & socialization, and work related skills (e.g. independent transportation, appropriate use of break time, appropriate dress for work). Functional assessments are considered most valid when provided in a specific work environment.

Detailed information concerning the transition process, IEPs, students with disabilities services and other information is located on the Students with Disabilities Web page provided by the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children.

Additional Information

Job Training Coordinator (JTC)


Last Modified: 8/22/2019 3:03:27 PM