Job Coach/ Skills Trainer Project

Opportunity to increase the number and capacity of job coaches who serve Ohio’s students with disabilities ages 14-21 participating in work experiences!  

Funds are available for up to 50 Ohio educational agencies as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-01 (B) (18) to build capacity of new or current school personnel who are or will be acting as a job coach for a student with a disability while the student is working on a job site. 

 Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 slots are filled.  The total amount of the project cannot exceed $11,400.00.  

Please complete and return the application and scope of work Job-Coach-Skills-Trainer-Project-Sept-2024 to Amy Szymanski and Karrie Calzo by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, August 23, 2024.

Federal and State Requirement

Don’t Delay 
Connect Students Today

Teachers play an essential role in identifying students, ages 14-21,  who will benefit from transition services. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities vocational rehabilitation counselors are ready for your student referrals, can meet virtually, and can link students to virtual services for an early start in exploring career interests. Learn more at the OOD website.

In Ohio, students with disabilities ages 14 or younger, if appropriate, formally enter into the secondary transition planning process. A truly successful transition process is the result of comprehensive planning that is driven by the student’s preferences, interests, needs, and strengths. This comprehensive planning moves students toward successful future outcomes in competitive, integrated employment, education, and independent living. 

The Institute for Educational Leadership's policy brief "Preparing Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities for Work:  What School Leaders Need to Know About the New Legal Landscape"  is intended to inform school leaders about their responsibilities under recent case law to prepare youth with disabilities for work and careers. Information within this brief supports the efforts made by state, regional, and local agencies across Ohio to promote competitive integrated employment for all students, including those with the most significant disabilities. 


Programs and Initiatives


At the OCALI Lifespan Transitions Center

  • ASD Strategies in Action: ASD Strategies in Action is a free, online training for parents and professionals to support adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum as they transition from high school to adulthood.
  • What Works for Work: These free resources have been organized into 12 online sessions. Each session includes a PowerPoint that provides users with information about an evidence-based practice or a planning process. Additional resources are offered, along with notes and activities, as well tips on how to facilitate the presentation of these resources.
  • OCALI's Take 5: Learn about essential topics for transition and adulthood and engage in new ideas through Take 5 webcasts. Each short video in the Take 5 series will review a topic, concept or idea about transition and adult life planning, service and support for those assisting youth and adults with disabilities. Take 5 also provides five take-away resources for each of the webcasts to help extend learning and support implementation of new knowledge or sharing of valuable ideas.   
  • Age Appropriate Transition Assessment (AATA) Planning Guide: This guide introduces the planning process for transition assessment. It is important to intentionally plan for transition assessment to reduce duplication, build on a student’s progress, and identify individualized assessment to build a student profile in relationship to those skills needed for their adult life goals.

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