On March 9th and 10th, the Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services section exhibited at the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates annual conference. The exhibit included promotional materials on the Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services our members provide. Many of the attorneys and advocates that stopped by the exhibit were not aware of private rehabilitation service providers and many were not familiar with vocational and independent living evaluations. And most reported that the transition goals that schools are writing are inadequate.
The VRTS exhibit gave great exposure to a group of professionals that mostly did not know about private rehabilitation and who knew little about vocational and independent living evaluations, and provided great exposure to the VRTS section.
What we learned from this experience is that there appears to be a great need for quality vocational rehabilitation services for special education students and we need to continue to educate others on the services we provide. We also think that there are not enough rehabilitation providers trained to provide vocational rehabilitation transition services. We will continue to look for ways to promote vocational rehabilitation services for students in special education as well as train rehabilitation professionals to provide transition services.