More Information for School Personnel

Who should be referred to DORS?

Students may qualify for DORS Pre-employment Transition Services which are limited services to prepare them for future employment, training, or college options. Students who are interested in these services and are at least 14 years old but less than 22, and have a documented disability may be referred.

When should I refer students to DORS?

Students interested in Pre-employment Transition Services should be referred to DORS once they begin secondary school and are at least 14 years of age. Referrals can be completed by calling your local DORS office to complete a referral over the phone or by completing our online referral form.

What is the Eligibility Process?

Students with disabilities qualify for Pre-employment Transition Services.
 
For additional individualized vocational services, DORS will review existing documentation available from schools or doctors and arrange for other assessments as necessary to help determine Eligibility for services. If an individual is found eligible for services, a priority determination will also be made based on the significance of their disability. This determination is based on the number of functional limitations seriously affected by the disability.
 

Is there a Waiting List?

If a student qualifies for Pre-Employment Transition Services, there is no waiting list.
 
For additional individualized services beyond Pre-Employment Transition Services, federal law requires that students with the most significant disabilities must be served first; therefore some students will be placed on a waiting list for additional DORS services.
 

​I.E.P., I.P.E. and Pre-Employment Transition Services Agreement

Once a qualifying student requests it, a Pre-Employment Transition Services Agreement will be completed. This document will confirm the available services requested by the student
 
Once a student is eligible for DORS vocational rehabilitation (VR) services (and can be served based on the significance of the disability), the student will complete an Individualized Plan for Employment (I.P.E.). Their DORS counselor, family or school personnel may assist. The I.P.E. is developed in consideration of the goals and objectives of the student's I.E.P.
 
The I.P.E. lists:
  • The employment goal
  • The services needed to reach that goal
  • Who will provide services
  • Who will pay for services
  • How the services will be evaluated
  • When employment is expected to occur

The I.P.E. also describes the responsibilities of both the individual and DORS. The I.P.E. must be approved by DORS before VR services can begin.

The I.P.E. will be reviewed (and can be updated) each year unless a more frequent review is needed.
 
DORS counselors who are transition specialists work with school personnel to assist students with disabilities getting ready to leave high school.
Two women sit on either side of desk in a school office.

DORS counselors who are transition specialists work with school personnel to assist students with disabilities getting ready to leave high school.

QUESTIONS? Contact:

Jill Pierce
Transition Specialist
Jill.Pierce@maryland.gov
410-554-9109