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ERIC Number: ED537113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Transition from School to Work: The Special Education and State Vocational Rehabilitation Systems' Obligations to Prepare Students with Disabilities for the World of Work. Policy & Practice Brief #4
Hager, Ronald M.
Employment and Disability Institute
The special education systems in school districts, nationwide, are the starting point for preparing many people with disabilities for the adult world, including the world of work. The federal law governing the obligations of school districts is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Although the IDEA has been amended several times since 1975, the basic provisions remain the same. It is a sweeping statute. States are given federal money to help meet the costs of educating students with disabilities. This article is designed to provide a basic overview of the requirements of the special education system under the IDEA. It will then review, in greater detail, the specific "transition planning" obligations under the IDEA to prepare students for the adult world as they enter their high school years. It will also discuss how the obligations of the school districts interact with the obligations of the state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and the importance of collaboration between the two systems. Over the years, amendments to both the special education and VR laws have increased the requirements for this type of cooperation to ensure the smooth transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities. (Contains 113 footnotes.)
Employment and Disability Institute. ILR School Cornell University 201 Dolgen Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. Tel: 607-255-7727; Fax: 607-255-2763; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell University, Employment and Disability Institute
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act