The Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) works together with students, youth, families, schools and community agencies and organizations to provide services that promote successful transitions from school to work and adult life. DRS offers two sets of services to help students with disabilities move from school to post-school life: pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) transition services. Learn more about these services by clicking on the links below.
Pre-ETS offer students with disabilities an early start at career exploration and preparation for adult life. Beginning at age 14, students with disabilities can connect with DARS for Pre-ETS. DARS works with students, their families, their schools and community partners to enrich transition planning and support students with gaining knowledge and experiences necessary so they may make informed decisions about their future. Topics covered through Pre-ETS include: career exploration; work-based learning experiences; exploration of education and training programs for after high school; workplace readiness training to develop social and independent living skills; and self-advocacy.
Please check out our new College and Career Success Summer Pre-ETS Academies, a partnership between DARS and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to create hands-on exploration of in-demand career pathways.
Explore career interests and foster motivation
Use the workplace to gain knowledge and skills that connect school experiences to career opportunities
Learn about postsecondary education and training opportunities and resources
Prepare for adult life by developing social and independent living skills
Learn how to effectively communicate your needs and direct your life
DRS collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower youth with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society. If eligible for VR transition services, your DRS Counselor will work with you, your family, and your school to develop an employment plan. This plan will include steps to help you achieve employment that is meaningful to you and that leads to a successful career.
DRS may provide specialized programs and services that cater to individual needs, skills and abilities by experienced professionals.
The Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) provides integrated medical and vocational rehabilitation services addressing the comprehensive needs of clients to improve independence and employability. WWRC’s Postsecondary Education Rehabilitation Transition (PERT) Program provides students with opportunities to explore careers and develop life skills. Click below to learn more about PERT and other WWRC program offerings.