In February of 2007, the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Program brought together many partners to discuss low employment outcomes for Jefferson County students with disabilities. During the initial meeting it became apparent there were few opportunities for students to learn job skills at school and to have real work experiences in the community for future vocational planning. So, the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Program established a local Transition Network group.
The Jefferson County Transition Network is made up of High School
District personnel, employment providers, County Developmental
Disabilities, Division of Developmental Disabilities and Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Source, parent organizations, parents,
and other interested community members. Other Partners we have invited
and would like to see as regular participants are students, employers,
Work Source Center, community colleges, self-advocacy groups, employers,
transportation, training and technical assistance providers or other
partners vital to the community's collaborative effort to secure jobs
for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Mission of the Transition Network
We will develop opportunities through community collaboration that
support the transition of youth into becoming active participants in
The mission statement of the Transition
Network reflects the belief that we owe it to our community to see
students with learning disabilities as the successful, productive,
working neighbors that they are; and we owe it to the students to see
themselves as contributing members to a community that also belongs to
View the Jefferson County Transition Services Overview 2011 to 2012 and
2013 to 2014 (PDF) for an overview of transition programs and services,
collaboration and partnerships - accomplished goals and future goals.