As a result of new legislation within the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Office of Special Education (OSE), and the Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services -Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offer the following guidance. As districts develop Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and provide transition services/activities for students with the most significant disabilities, consider the following:
1.As a part of the IEP process through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools will continue to be responsible for providing transition services to include work based learning opportunities.
2. Schools are encouraged to continue to conduct extensive evaluations and transition assessments, as outlined in IDEA, and work in partnership with VR and/or the Hook Center at the University of Missouri to provide pre-employment transition services to help students progress toward competitive, integrated employment goals.