Transition Services

The Transition School to Work (TSW) program focuses on the provision of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to eligible and potentially eligible high school students with disabilities who are interested in employment after leaving high school.  The goal is a smooth, seamless transition from high school to post-high school career development and/or employment.

Planning for Eligible students should mirror the regular transition process.  In Tennessee, planning for transition begins at age 14.  We refer to this period as the preparation phase -- getting the student ready to benefit from services.  Consultation should intensify as the eligible student moves further along the school path.  VR materials will be provided to school personel so that they can share with parents of guardians.

All VR eligible students receive counseling and guidance from a vocational rehabilitation counselor.  Examples of other transition services that lead to employment might include vocational assessment, assistive technology evaluation, post-secondary training including Project SEARCH and Walgreens REDI, and/or job placement.  Post-secondary training might include on-the-job training, training at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (Smyrna, TN), or training at the vocational/technical or college/university levels.

High school teachers, school counselors, family members or students may request that a DRS counselor become involved early in the transition planning process.  Career exploration is the foundation of successful transition planning.  It is a service that allows the student to participate in tours of businesses, job shadowing opportunities and to complete research on their career interests.  From these experiences the student, the family,  the LEA personnel, and the VR counselor can develop a career goal and pick classes and work-related activities that will help the student meet that goal, through the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE).

For more information, please contact:

Melanie Lamberson
Transition Case Manager
(865)-457-7462
mlamberson@acs.ac