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Transition For Youth with Disabilities

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DRS Transition offers students with disabilities who are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) or Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) a variety of job-related services. These prepare them for the future workforce and life after high school. Specially trained, Transition counselors are assigned to each high school and able to help students with the following programs:

  • Vocational counseling and guidance:  through direct contact, the DRS counselor assists teachers, parents and students in developing appropriate career goals.
  • Vocational assessment and evaluation:  helps determine students' employment-related strengths and interests and provides recommended career fields to investigate
  • School Work Study (SWS) is arranged through school contracts. From jobs at the school, its district or the community, students earn job readiness skills, a minimum wage paycheck and high school credits.
  • Work Adjustment Training (WAT) is a program that provides jobs through school/community contracts. It gives students a firm foundation in job skills. Because of this, students are better prepared for competitive, integrated employment after high school.
  • On-the-Job Training (OJT) provides students the opportunity to obtain community employment. The students’ jobs are in their career of choice with permanent employment as a goal. This program is available during the second semester of their senior year.
  • Supported Employment (SE) helps senior Transition students with the most significant disabilities into permanent employment. A job coach helps in searching for jobs, filling out applications, interviewing, learning the job and working toward independence on the job.
  • Job Development and Placement specialists help students make job searches more successful. They help students identify their interests and strengths. The specialist and student then find possible businesses with job openings, complete the job application, and prepare for the interview. Throughout the process, the specialists will work closely with the DRS counselor.

After graduation, DRS counselors and students continue to work toward vocational and employment goals. Some services are available to all eligible individuals without charge. At this point, individuals may be asked to share the cost of some services, depending on income and financial resources.

To find the DRS office that serves your high school, follow this link.

Youth Attend Independent Living Skills Camp from Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Transition offers summer camps for transition-aged youth to learn independent living skills, job skills or just to have fun interacting with other kids with disabilities or who are blind and visually impaired.

Webinars and Resources

NEXT STEPS - Parents — your child with disabilities can achieve their dreams of an education and an independent future. Learn about the services we offer that can assist your child in securing a bright future.

To learn more, contact Renee Sansom at On the web at,or call 1-800-845-8476.

Share Fair Round 1 - Featuring Central Tech's Shelly Rentz, Sooner SUCCESS' Erin Strayhorn, Developmental Disability Services' Jennifer Upshaw and Department of Rehabilitation Services' Renee Sansom.

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Share Fair Round 1

Share Fair Round 2 - Featuring DRS' Jason Price and Ali Bolz regarding Social Security and Benefits Planning.

Speaker Ali Bolz

Share Fair Round 2

Project SEARCH

Are you a student who has a disability between the age of 18 to 24 and want to earn some work experience? Project SEARCH may be for you.

This program introduces a group of young adults to the workplace with real world job experiences over the course of nine months through a nonpaid internship. 

Oklahoma Transition Council

Governor’s Youth Council

The Governor’s Youth Council developed a resource to assist parents in career planning with their children. The free Career Planning Folder is available to help your youth begin thinking about careers, researching, setting goals and taking strides toward achieving those goals.

How to Apply

Step 1: Locate an office nearest you, use this link to find the state office and contact information that serves your area.

Step 2: Call for an appointment

Step 3: Fill out an application

Step 4: Gather as much medical information as you can

Step 5: Show up for the appointment to complete the application

Keys to Success

  • Keep in contact with your counselor
  • Let him or her know if you move or change phone numbers
  • Complete any assignments


A person may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if he or she has a significant physical, emotional, mental, or learning disability that is a substantial barrier to employment and requires VR services to prepare for, obtain, keep or return to work.

A person may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation from Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired if he or she has blindness or a significant visual impairment that is a substantial barrier to employment and requires SBVI services to prepare for, obtain, keep or return to work.

What to bring in order to expedite the application process:

Copy of documentation verifying the disabling condition(s), copy of academic transcript(s), Social Security card, picture ID, immigration status documentation if not a US citizen, medical insurance verification, if available.


3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Office: (405) 951-3488
Fax: (405) 951-3529

Oklahoma Works brings all of our state’s workforce resources together, connecting employers, employees and job-seekers to information and programs that help build Oklahoma’s workforce.

Last Modified on Aug 11, 2021
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