“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in whichever direction you choose."

Dr. Seuss

Maine Department of Labor: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

“The Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as “VR”, is a Bureau of Rehabilitation program that has a primary goal of assisting interested individuals who have disabilities to get and keep a job. VR can assist students with disabilities in coordinating information and resources as they transition from high school to adult life. This is a time-limited program. Generally speaking, once an individual is employed for at least 90 days in a job agreed upon by the individual and the VR counselor, services are ended.”

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Pre-Employment Transition Services

“DVR is now offering Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities, beginning at age 14 (9th grade) who are eligible, or potentially eligible for VR services.”

Youth Transition Info

Maine Adult Education

“The Maine Adult Education Portal is a statewide network of websites for Maine’s local adult education programs, including course search, online registration, & adult education.”

Maine Adult Ed Site

FAFSA

“Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our more than 1,300 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-studyfunds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.”

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U.S. Department of Education: Office of Civil Rights

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.”

Learn More About OCR

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

“Through progressive, visionary leadership, grounded in social justice principles, AHEAD: develops, shares, and provides relevant knowledge; strategically engages in actions that enhance higher educational professionals’ effectiveness; and advocates on behalf of its membership, their institutions, their work, and those they serve ensuring full, effective participation by individuals with disabilities in every aspect of the postsecondary experience.

AHEAD envisions a postsecondary experience that embraces disability and is free from barriers.”

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OSERS Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education & Employment for Students with Disabilities

“To aid in a seamless transition from school to post-school activities, this transition guide addresses the
following topics:

  • Transition planning: opportunities and programs;
  • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act;
  • Education and employment optionsfor students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
  • Supporting the decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.”
Visit OSERS Transition Guide

UMaine Student Accessibility Services

“In our commitment to social justice, Student Accessibility Services values disability as a form of diversity. With compassion and respect, we work with students and university partners to create an equitable educational experience.

The mission of Student Accessibility Services is to work with students and campus partners to create an inclusive university experience for students with disabilities. We equip students with accommodations, remove barriers to educational access, and connect students with campus resources. We believe that a universally accessible campus benefits everyone.”

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Maine CITE

“The Maine Department of Education’s Maine CITE Program is designed to help make assistive technology more available to Maine children, adults and seniors who need them.

Administered by the Maine Department of Education and funded by the federal Administration for Community Living.”

Visit Maine CITE