Transition from school to employment can be scary and very exciting. Your final years in high school are an important time to start planning and thinking about future employment possibilities, post-school education, and connections with Spokane County employment agencies.
School To Work
Students who have jobs when they graduate are more prepared for adult life than those who don't. School to Work is a collaboration between the Developmental Disabilities Division of Spokane County, your school, and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to help students with developmental disabilities, in their last year of school, find jobs before they graduate.
Below is a link to a brochure that more fully explains the School 2 Work. Also linked is the School to Work application and the consent form, which must be completed together and returned to the address at the bottom of the application.
Did You Know?
Transition should be addressed in the students Individual Education Plan (IEP) by their 16th birthday or earlier, if appropriate.
It is important that students check their eligibility status of your Social Security Income (SSI) the month of your 18th birthday. Students will need to check their SSI eligibility status regardless of being previously denied or receiving benefits prior to age 18.
The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers short-term employment supports before the age of 21. Short-term services are also available after age 21.
Long-term employment supports may be available through DSHS, Region 1, Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)/Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department when you are age 21 and exited from school. Spokane County can assist you in navigating a complex system. Some of the ways in which we can assist you for a smooth transition are:
- Attending Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings
- Discussing future goals
- Explaining what each agency can offer in the areas of Employment
- Discussing other resources, e.g., Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department offers Resource Fairs to give students the opportunity to meet each qualified agency that provides employment services. On page12 of the Participant Guide, are questions to ask an agency while deciding who to hire for employment supports.
If you are between the ages of 16-21 and want to learn more about transitioning from high school to employment, please contact Linda Devlin at 509-477-4377.
Community Employment Specialist
Developmental Disabilities Division
Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department