Vocational Rehabilitation
Transition Study
An assessment of vocational rehabilitation


This study will consist of four phases:

I. Review Relevant Literature
Phase I will include an extensive review of the relevant special education and vocational rehabilitation literature on the transition of secondary students with disabilities. This review will be accompanied by interviews with Federal officials and an analysis of data available from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, the Office of Special Education (OSEP), and State education agencies (SEAs). 

II. Develop the Study Plan
Phase I activities will guide Phase II, the development of a Study Plan for collecting and analyzing new data from State VR agencies. The analysis of this data will result in a preliminary report that will include the identification of sites implementing promising practices in the delivery of transition services to students with disabilities.

III. Conduct Site Visits
Phase III of the study will consist of site visits to three State VR agencies engaged in promising practices. Each site visit will include in-depth interviews with State agency personnel and consumers of transition services and a review of relevant documents. The site visits will result in a comprehensive description and analysis of the promising practice(s) being investigated and the implications for dissemination and replication of that practice.

IV. Publish Final Report
In Phase IV, project staff will focus on the development of a final report that will address the objectives of the study. The final report will:
  • Describe and classify state policies and practices for identifying and serving youth with disabilities who are transitioning from school to work.

  • Identify and describe policies, promising practices, and other factors that facilitate effective collaboration, transition planning, and provision of services.

  • Identify major obstacles to collaboration and early identification in transition planning.

  • Examine the influence of financial management considerations in the transition process.

A Panel of Experts representing state level administrators in VR and special education, VR counselors, local administrators of special education, and consumers of VR services will be established to provide guidance on all major activities of the study. 


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For additional information, please contact:

Michael Norman, Ed.D., Principal Researcher
The Study Group Inc.
209 Sir Walter Raleigh Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: 252-441-2788
Fax: 252-441-9663
E-mail: Studygroup@aol.com

The VR Transition Study is managed by The Study Group Inc. in North Carolina, and its subcontractors (the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, and the Colorado Center for School and Work for Special Populations, Colorado State University). The study is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the Office of Special Education and  Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), U.S.  Department of Education (ED). However, the contents of this site do not necessarily represent the policy of ED. You should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.

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