Information for School Personnel

Who should be referred to DORS?

Students may qualify for DORS Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), 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. Students can also be referred for additional vocational rehabilitation (VR) employment services.

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 VR 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 VR services beyond Pre-ETS, 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 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 (which may include Pre-Employment Transition Services for students)
  • 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.

Questions? Contact: Jessica Markum
Staff Specialist for Students and Transitioning Youth

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