New requirement - students
(1) The department, in collaboration with the local educational agencies involved, must provide, or arrange for the provision of, preemployment transition services for all students with visual disabilities not older than twenty-one years of age who are in need of such services, without regard to the type of visual disability. Reserved and available funds may be used for the required, authorized, and preemployment transition coordination activities.
(2) Preemployment transition services must be made available statewide to all students with visual disabilities, regardless of whether the student has applied or been determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.
(3) The department must provide the following required preemployment transition service activities:
(a) Job exploration counseling;
(b) Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after school opportunities, or experience outside the traditional school setting (including internships), that is provided in an integrated environment in the community to the maximum extent possible;
(c) Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education;
(d) Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and
(e) Instruction in self-advocacy (including instruction in person-centered planning), which may include peer mentoring (including peer mentoring from individuals with disabilities working in competitive integrated employment).
(4) Each local office of the department must carry out preemployment transition coordination responsibilities consisting of:
(a) Attending individualized education program meetings for students with disabilities, when invited;
(b) Working with the local workforce development boards, one-stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships;
(c) Working with schools, including those carrying out activities under section 614(d) of the IDEA, to coordinate and ensure the provision of preemployment transition services under this section;
(d) When invited, attending person-centered planning meetings for individuals receiving services under Title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.);
(5) Funds available and remaining after the provision of the required activities described above may be used to improve the transition of students with visual disabilities from school to postsecondary education or an employment outcome by the following authorized activities:
(a) Implementing effective strategies to increase the likelihood of independent living and inclusion in communities and competitive integrated workplaces;
(b) Developing and improving strategies for individuals with intellectual disabilities and individuals with significant disabilities to live independently; participate in postsecondary education experiences; and obtain, advance in and retain competitive integrated employment;
(c) Providing instruction to vocational rehabilitation counselors, school transition personnel, and other persons supporting students with disabilities;
(d) Disseminating information about innovative, effective, and efficient approaches to achieve the goals of this section;
(e) Coordinating activities with transition services provided by local educational agencies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.);
(f) Applying evidence-based findings to improve policy, procedure, practice, and the preparation of personnel, in order to better achieve the goals of this section;
(g) Developing model transition demonstration projects;
(h) Establishing or supporting multistate or regional partnerships involving states, local educational agencies, designated state units, developmental disability agencies, private businesses, or other participants to achieve the goals of this section; and
(i) Disseminating information and strategies to improve the transition to postsecondary activities of individuals who are members of traditionally unserved and underserved populations.
New addition to the Washington Administrative Code.