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Transition For Youth with Disabilities

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Transition helps students with disabilities who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for employment and life after high school. Services available through counselors in Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired assigned to each high school include:

  • 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):  arranged through contracts with the schools, provides job readiness skills training through work experience at the school district or in the community, while earning a minimum wage and high school credits.
  • Work Adjustment Training (WAT):  is provided through contracts with the schools or from community-based facilities, and provides students with foundational employment skills to help them prepare for competitive, integrated employment after high school.
  • On-the-Job Training (OJT):  provides students the opportunity (during the second semester of their senior year) to obtain community employment in their career of choice with permanent employment as a goal.
  • Supported Employment (SE):  helps students (with the most significant disabilities) in their senior year transition into permanent employment with supports from a job coach to search for employment, apply, prepare for the interview, learn the job, and work toward independence on the job.
  • Job Development and Placement specialists help students make job searches more successful by helping them take their interests and strengths and identifying possible businesses with job openings, receive and complete the job application, and prepare for the interview.  The specialists will work with the DRS counselor on this process.

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

During a week long camp youths learn independent skills and had fun interacting with other kids who are also 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 - 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 Jason Price – Department of Rehabilitation Services and Ali Bolz - Department of Rehabilitation Services 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 Career Planning Folder is a free resource for you to download and print to use as often as you would like 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 May 21, 2021
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