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Interagency Collaboration


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Interagency Collaboration
2017-07-13T09:33:59+00:00

Adult services are a critical component to the success of students with disabilities, and a necessity for successful transitions. The providers who directly impact students’ successful transitions to adult life (e.g., vocational rehabilitation counselors, community rehabilitation providers, and centers for independent living personnel) are all crucial partners. Public schools hold the key to long term success for the students they serve, as they can help build the relationships with appropriate partners prior to students exiting high school.

Potential Employment Related Partners

State Agencies

  • Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)
  • South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD)

Community Organizations

  • Community Rehabilitation Providers
  • Able South Carolina
  • Community College or LIFE Program Representative

Other Partners

  • Community Transportation Cooperative/Program
  • Community Employers

*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of potential community partners.

It is vital that professionals collaborate with each other to ensure the “coordinated set of activities” required by law (IDEA 2004; Rehabilitation Act 1998 and its amendments).

Recognizing that multiple agencies can contribute to the transition planning process, share resources, and partner in preparing students for adult community life can lead to a more effective and efficient planning and improved outcomes for all students with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

 

SC Fast Fact

Numerous school districts in South Carolina have Transition Advisory Councils or Cooperatives which are organized groups representing local agencies, community organizations, school districts, and other stakeholders who are working together to improve transition outcomes for students and their families.

 

Did you know?

Students who received assistance from 3 to 6 community-based agencies (as compared to students with assistance from 0 to 2 agencies) were more likely to be engaged in post-school employment or education (NSTTAC, 2011).

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