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Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

  • Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • 31 Arnold Street
  • Talladega, AL 35160

Program Description

Transition Services - Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) places substantial emphasis on assisting youth with disabilities in the transition from school to post school activities. Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that lead to employment. A vocational rehabilitation counselor works with youth and their families to assess their needs and plan individualized services to meet their chosen vocational goal. Every public high school in Alabama has a vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to provide transition services. Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are an early start at job exploration and social skills acquisition to prepare students for careers in today's workforce. These services must be made available to all students with disabilities, regardless of whether the student has applied or been determined eligible for VR services. Pre-employment transition services are available only to students with disabilities.

  • Assistive technology/accommodations - to enable students to participate in post-high school training or employment.
  • Career exploration - may include investigating occupational interest areas through real or simulated job experiences job shadowing.
  • College preparation - training to enter into post-secondary education, including learning study skills, using accommodations, and managing college life.
  • Financial assistance - for college training, work-related equipment, and other needs based on family financial resources.
  • Job coaching - services on the job to learn the essential functions of the job and retaining employment
  • Job placement and retention - to assist with obtaining and maintaining employment.
  • Job readiness training - to prepare for seeking employment, preparing for interviews, and completing applications.
  • Personal work adjustment - services designed to assist with teaching and training appropriate work habits and job skills.
  • Post-employment services - short-term services provided after employment related to your vocational goal.
  • Social skills training - assist students with learning appropriate behaviors on the job and in the community.
  • Vocational guidance and counseling - provided throughout the process to assist students and families make informed decisions regarding employment.
  • Vocational needs assessments - measures an individual's strengths and limitations, consider interests and abilities, and provide the individual with information that can be used in vocational planning for the future.
  • Other rehabilitation services based on individual need.
  • Services Provided

    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College transition and retention support
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 100000
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 0


    • Less than 25%