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For Schools & Community Partners

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Strengthen the transition out of high school.

HireAbility Vermont Transition Counselors and Youth Employment Specialists from the Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR) work in collaboration with high schools across the state of Vermont to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services to youths with disabilities who are transitioning from school to postsecondary education and employment.

Service Details          Programs & Services


Youth Transition Program Overview Video

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Pre-employment Transition Services are part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). These services are available to students with disabilities who are 14 to 21 years old, and include the following five required activities:

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences (informational interviews, job shadows, and more)
  • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs
  • Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Instruction in self-advocacy

How Pre-ETS Are Provided

  • HireAbility Transition Program staff work with secondary students in schools across the state and in the community to provide Pre-ETS services
  • Twelve (12) local Core Transition Teams facilitate effective partnerships and collaborations between special educators, work-based learning coordinators, 504 coordinators, post-secondary programs, designated agencies, and community partners working with youth

For more information about HireAbility Vermont’s Transition Program, contact our team:

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Questions? Our team is here to talk through what services we have for Vermont youths with disabilities:

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Photography of Dylan Snyder


Making The Transition From School To Job

I was just pretty happy with the fact that I could actually help people and contribute to society. It was one of the biggest steps into becoming a responsible adult. I’m hoping that after college that I’ll become an art teacher for elementary school. I’m now working, and I’m going to be…

Dylan’s Story

Photograph of River Ploof


In The Future, I Would Like To Manage My Own Money

My HireAbility Vermont counselor would make sure that I had the right job coaches that would help me get a better experience. And my employment specialist was very helpful when it comes to helping people with disabilities find a job. I felt very happy and appreciative—and very proud about it…

River’s Story

HireAbility February 2, 2022