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(10.28) Does the California Department of Rehabilitation have any responsibility in assisting my child to transition from special education to post-school adult life?

(10.28) Does the California Department of Rehabilitation have any responsibility in assisting my child to transition from special education to post-school adult life?

Yes. Each state’s vocational rehabilitation agency must develop state plan that has policies and procedures for coordination between the agency and education officials responsible for special education. The California Department of Rehabilitation must provide technical assistance to districts in transition planning and services in such areas as vocational rehabilitation and IEP development. [29 U.S.C. Sec. 721((a)(11)(D).]

The state plan must include procedures for identifying students who need transition services and provide outreach to these students as early as possible during the transition planning process. The outreach procedures must describe the purpose of the vocational rehabilitation program, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and scope of services that may be provided to eligible individuals. The state must provide an individualized plan for employment as early as possible during the transition planning, but no later than the time your child leaves school. [34 C.F.R. Secs. 361.22(a)-(b).]