Federal and State Requirements

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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. The brief can be found here.

State and Federal Rules and Regulations

image of gavelRules and regulations regarding secondary transition and workforce development for students with disabilities include, but are not limited to, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and Ohio Employment First. 

Here are universal support materials that provide basic guidance on the ETR, IEP and Secondary Transition.

WIOA Section 511: Subminimum Wage

image of a bank safeSection 511 of Title IV of the WIOA implements requirements on the payment of subminimum wage to individuals with disabilities. 

Innovative Strategies for Developing College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities

image of a light bulbGrant funds have been awarded for innovative strategies for developing college and career readiness for students with disabilities! Access a list of recipients by clicking the new link here.

Ohio Transition Support Partnership

image of shaking handsThe Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) are partnering to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities, beginning at age 14.

Secondary Transition Modules

image of laptopThese modules offer educators an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge related to comprehensive secondary transition planning for students with disabilities.

Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study

image of person reaching top of mountainThe Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that states report the post-school engagement of students with disabilities in post-secondary education and employment. IDEA also requires that all school districts collect outcome data for their students with individualized education programs (IEPs) at least once every six years. Ohio fulfills this obligation through the Ohio Longitudinal Transition study (OLTS).

Career Technical Education 

image of hammerThe Office for Exceptional Children and the Office of Career Technical Education collaboratively support the provision of career technical education and special education to improve postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities.

ASD Strategies in Action

ASD Strategies in Action offers 10.5 hours of free, online, video-based training for parents and professionals to support adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum as they transition from high school to adulthood. Create a free account and get started with the Many Faces of Autism and the Foundations of Evidence-Based Strategies - Transition Age courses today!

Pre-Employment Transition Services

image of game planOpportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities has begun a rolling implementation of Pre-Employment Transition Services. These exciting new services are available to students with disabilities on an IEP or who are eligible for purposes of a 504, regardless of if the students have an open vocational rehabilitation case.

Transition to Work Endorsement

image of thumbs upIndividuals coordinating transition may be interested in obtaining a Transition to Work (TTW) Endorsement. Currently, the TTW Endorsement can be added to an intervention specialist or career-technical license. Job Training Coordinators (JTC) are required to hold the TTW Endorsement. 

It Starts with Families

image of front page of a publicationThe Ohio Employment First Taskforce has also developed a guide designed to support local professionals serving individuals and their families to become familiar with the research around family engagement and understanding their unique needs. Learn more now! #ItStartsWithFamilies


At the OCALI Lifespan Transitions Center

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.

Agencies and Resources

Last Modified: 6/16/2022 6:38:48 PM