The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended) is a federal law which mandates that all students be referred to the CBVI Transition Unit at the age of 14. From this point on, your child will have the services of their Commission Teacher as well as a Transition Counselor.
The CBVI Transitional Program is designed to provide student centered services that focus on the strengths and abilities of each young person. Transition from secondary school is the beginning point of a journey. The accomplishments made during the process depend heavily on communication and cooperation between students, parents, and professionals. This collaboration will be the basis for establishing the support system that every student needs to succeed.
The Transition Counselor will be making visits to your child’s school. As he/she progresses through the school system the Counselor will be in contact with the parent or legal guardian. The successful transition of each student requires choosing a goal early on in the process. Changes can be implemented since the plan will be reviewed each year.
Also, during these meetings the Transition Counselor will describe CBVI programs designed to enable the student to successfully make the transition from the school environment to post-secondary education, vocational training, or the work force. The counselor will initiate arrangements for students wishing to participate in these programs.
For more information on Vocational Rehabilitation Services contact: John Walsh, Coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation Services at 973-648-3549 or e-mail: John.Walsh@dhs.state.nj.us