The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) is a program provided through a collaborated effort of the Department of Rehabilitation’s vocational rehabilitation services program (DOR) and of the Local Education Agencies (LEA) of California. Part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each state to set up its own form of transition services to bridge between high-school and adult life. The transition services should be included in the disabled student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) by the time they are sixteen years of age. In California, the program in accordance to the requirements set forth by IDEA is called Workability 1 (WA1), though it will only assist students until they are twenty-two years of age or exit special education services provided by the state. The TPP was created for those with disabilities who require further assistance with preparation for post secondary life nearing completion of WA1. Under the TPP the DOR assigns counselors to personally work with the students to provide them with enhanced vocational rehabilitation starting one year before they graduate. These counselors determine the student’s ongoing eligibility for DOR services and work in tandem with LEAs to help elect the work or schooling most suited for them. In addition, the LEAs provide them with the training needed to seek jobs and achieve employment utilizing follow-up services upon graduation as well as provide various support services.
The following provides in more detail the assistance and services the TPP has to offer. These services will vary according to the county or district resided in.
*Vocational Counseling and Guidance: The disabled consumer may receive instruction in, but not limited to, decision-making, community responsibility, ethics, communication and independent living skills. Guidance is provided through assessment of individual skills, interests and aptitude to assist in effective job or college placement. Assistance in locating and contributing referrals for further training programs of a vocational, scholarly or professional nature is also provided.
*Orientation and Exposure to the Workplace: Students of the TPP may receive education in resume and application preparation in addition to job seeking skills and interviewing techniques. Supervision and training at the worksite is administered where appropriate and ongoing maintenance of workplace goals and motivation are strongly supported.
* Familiarization with Continued Educational Opportunities: Student may receive assistance in scholastic applications and financial aid forms as well as tutoring to meet educational requirements. Trips to career training facilities and colleges may be included to provide orientation. The TPP continues to maintain relationships with those colleges, universities and agencies that service the disabled student, that adapted placement may aid in their scholastic success.
*Financial and Resource Assistance: Benefits may include transportation and relief for college or technical school tuition, as well as initial equipment, tools and supplies specifically needed for scholastic or professional success. Financial assistance is addressed for students who qualify according to income.
*Language Support: Basic language training for use in the professional or scholastic setting is provided. Interpreters are available for those requiring further assistance in language support.
*Eligibility: In order to qualify the student must be at least sixteen years of age, have a physical, emotional or mental disability, and can benefit from what TPP has to offer. Due to budget constraints, TPP is only able to enroll those with the most significant needs first, those with less significant needs may not receive services through TPP.
The primary goal of TPP is to promote self esteem, confidence, and motivation through life skill instruction and independence training. The TPP hopes to reduce the need for continued family or community assistance as the consequence.
For information on applying for your local TPP visit your county’s district website or offices. For information concerning research and statistics for the California TPP in addition to other state equivalent services view: http://www.projectforum.org/docs/PreparationforPostsecondaryLifeforStudentswithDisabilities.pdf