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As an educator, you help students plan for the future they want as they prepare to transition into employment or post-secondary education. Educators also assist students in accessing Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), which include career exploration and job readiness services provided by the state government.

There are many formal and informal ways that you as an educator can help your students achieve Employment First.

This page contains a variety of resources for educators to learn more about Employment First and what they can do to support their students who have disabilities.

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The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

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The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) provides support, resources, and information for state and local agencies, organizations, and professionals working to help youth transition into the workforce. Their website has many resources for professionals, agencies, and families to support youth into integrated employment.
Transition Requirements Matrix

Transition Requirements and Services: IDEA/Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Division of Developmental Disabilities

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This table is available as a PDF, Spanish, and Plain Text Document. Disponible en Español ' Are you a student who has a disability? Do you receive services from the public education system, Vocational Rehabilitation, or the Division of Developmental Disabilities? If you said yes, you are entitled to transition support. This grid explains WHO can receive services WHEN they should be delivered WHAT
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WIOA Section 511

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This Handout is Available as a PDF Handout, Easy Read Handout, Spanish Handout, and Text Only Are you paid less than minimum wage at your job (usually in a sheltered workshop* or an enclave*)? Are you under 24 and thinking about work that would pay you less than minimum wage? This handout explains how the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act of 2014 effects you. Handout Text SIDE ONE: People 24
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Joint Guidance for Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage (AZ DES)

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The Arizona Department of Economic Security issued this guidance to reflect Arizona's commitment to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2014), which includes limiting work opportunities that pay less than minimum wage for people with disabilities. These work opportunities include centered-based work (i.e. sheltered workshops) and group-based employment (i.e. enclaves). Many organizations
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Transition Assessment for Students with Significant & Multiple Disabilities

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This training from the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma provides guidance on developing assessments for students transitioning out of school, including assessments for independent living, career skills, and self-determination.
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The Implications of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for Seamless Transition of Youth with Significant Disabilities

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 has the potential to greatly benefit job seekers with disabilities. This policy brief by Richard Luecking highlights how elements of WIOA, such as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), can support seamless transition to employment for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Seamless transition means leaving school
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Transition Blind Program: Services for Blind, Visually Impaired, and Deaf

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This document provides information about the Arizona RSA's program for blind, visually impaired, and deaf students. This program exists to help students transition out of school successfully. The program includes services like: Travel skills training Self-advocacy Daily living skills College and career exploration And more Contact information is included.
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Pre-employment Transition Services

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is required to make certain services available to youth and young adults, summarized on this page and in the links provided. These Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are activities designed to help students with disabilities prepare for future employment. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is required to provide certain services, summarized in this handout.
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A Guide to Developing Collaborative School-Community-Business Partnerships

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Research shows that youth with disabilities have better employment outcomes when professionals and systems coordinate. This how-to guide provides practical strategies for developing strategic partnerships between educators, employers, and community stakeholders such as Vocational Rehabilitation, employment services, and state agencies. It also provides several case studies. This guide was