Approximately 1 in 10 adolescents have a disability and many of these youth experience unemployment following high school. The purpose of Project Access is to establish, implement, and evaluate a multi-level interagency transition model in the state of Oregon. The overall goal of the project is to improve and extend transition services to a greater number of youth with disabilities through a model program that brings vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC's) into high school settings.
These VRC's collaborate with special education teachers in the planning and delivery of transition services. VRC's take applications for VR services from students with disabilities and begin to develop employment plans with them at an early age. This school-based model is also designed to provide educators and parents with additional resources to assist them in improving the long-term employment outcomes of youth.
The model is a collaborative effort between Oregon's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), public high schools in three Oregon school districts, and researchers at the University of Oregon. On this site you will find a variety of resources including:
Lesson plans that can be used by teachers, VRCs, other school personnel or parents to improve the early career awareness & employment skills of youth.
Information for VRCs interested in implementing similar school-based services with local school districts.
Information for parents to support positive post-school transitions among their own children.
Information for students.
The development of these materials is an ongoing process, so please remember to visit the site often to download new materials. All of the material on this website can be downloaded to your computer for use offline or printing at a later date. We believe that all children and youth can develop career-related skills and we you find these resources useful in achieving that goal.