Transition Hub Resources
State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies
It is never too early to start preparing for your life after you finish school, and establishing a relationship with your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency is a great step you can take while still in high school. According to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) website,
“RSA provides formula grants to state agencies to administer the State VR Services, State Supported Employment Services, and Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four Territories (U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Marianas).”
Please visit the RSA website and search for your local VR agency. If your state has an independent agency serving persons who are blind or visually impaired, that agency will be listed. Once you identify your state VR agency, contact that agency to open a case. Each state is a little different, but in many instances, state VR agencies offer programs for transition-age youth and/or can make funds available to support private local transition programs.
The Transition Hub is a one-stop resource of Transition programs throughout the country. As you begin looking for Transition programs from across the United States, you can search for programs by state and program season (i.e. summer, fall, year-around, etc.). Additionally, you can search by whether programs are free or offered for a fee.
We know that transition success is about making connections and finding partners along the way. APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub is proud to be partnering with the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), Vision Serve Alliance (VSA), and Perkins School for the Blind’s Perkins Compass Program to support transition services for youth with visual impairments and blindness. The professionals, organizations, schools, and agencies represented by our inaugural partners are on the front lines of advocating for and supporting transition services for youth with visual impairments and blindness. Take a moment to learn about our partners, their teachers, and their transition students and program graduates.
We have created a “glossary” page that you can reference for commonly used terms and to help maximize your search query.
Learn More About Our Inaugural Partners
Made possible through a grant from The Gibney Family Foundation, The APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub is thrilled to have the support of our partners at The Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), Vision Serve Alliance (VSA), and Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Compass Program. Take a listen to this lively discussion about transition and the APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub:
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APH ConnectCenter and The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) would like to thank The Gibney Family Foundation for their generous support of the APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub.