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Career and Transition Resources

What are transition services?

The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that are designed to be within a results-oriented process. The services focus on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These activities include post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.

Services are based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests. This may include instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.  (Virginia Department of Education website)

What do transition services look like at Powhatan High School?

The Transition Coordinator meets with each student identified as having a disability multiple times throughout the school year either individually or in a classroom (group) setting.  The focus of these meetings is centered on transition planning which incorporates progress towards mastering the transition goals stated in his/her current school year IEP.  The transition exploration activities are tailored specifically based on the student’s strengths, preferences, interests, and needs.  Transition services are results oriented; therefore, each student’s transition pathway is geared to guide the student towards his/her post-secondary goals in relation to education, employment, independent living, and community participation. 

What agencies or organizations might be identified as transition service providers?

Training and Technical Assistance Centers (

Virginia Community College System (

Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired (

Division of Social Services (

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (

Virginia Employment Commission/Workforce/One Stop (

Social Security Administration (

Resources for Independent Living (

Community Services Board (

Easter Seals (


Career Exploration Websites:

Virginia Career View (

Bureau of Labor and Statistics (

Career One-Stop Center ( (

Virginia Wizard (

O*Net Online (

O*Net Resource Center (


Post-Secondary Institution Exploration Websites:

National Center for Education Statistics:  College Navigator  (

College options for people with intellectual disabilities:  (

PAVE Program at Reynolds Community College (

Virginia Community College System (


Online job search engines:


Additional Resources:

The Youthhood  (

I’m Determined (

Volunteer Match (

The Balance (The Balance-Your Career)