The first type of post-secondary education/training that many people think of is college. There are several college education/experience options for students with disabilities. There are many factors to consider when looking at college as a post-secondary education/training option, including high school grades, test scores, activities, and slots available for incoming freshman. Agencies such as Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) can provide training programs and other services for students who do not want to attend college and those who are not able to attend college.
The goal of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (VR) is to help people with disabilities become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.
VR does this by providing assessment, employment counseling, job training, and job support. Most services provided by VR are free of charge.
Students are, generally, referred to VR during their senior year of high school. The VR Transitional Counselor will work with the Case Load Manager or Counselor at each school to schedule any needed evaluations and to complete a work plan for students.
VR uses a variety of service providers to help individuals with disabilities achieve their employment goals.
There are several types of Waiver programs in the state of Georgia. These Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disabilities and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution.
The most common type of Waiver programs required to provide support for students with significant disabilities who are transitioning out of high school are the New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver (Comp).
Applications for NOW/Comp Waivers can be completed as early as three years old. Once individuals are approved for a waiver, they are usually put on a long-term waiting list. It is best to apply for NOW/Comp Waiver services as early as possible. Children who are receiving services through a Katie Beckett/Deeming Waiver are still eligible to apply for and be put on a waiting list for a NOW/Comp Waiver.
Post-secondary supports provided by NOW/Comp Waivers include, but are not limited to: