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Vocational Rehabilitation


Guided Group Discovery

Lead Center

Guided Group Discovery is a process that lays a foundation for competitive, integrated employment for all job seekers. For everyone, the process assists job seekers in identifying employment that would be a good fit, both for the youth and an employer. More information can be found at the LEAD Center.

Transition Technical Assistance Network (TTAN)


The TTAN team works to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and delivering employment services for students with disabilities. Beginning July 2015, the TTAN includes Oregon Department of Education’s Secondary Transition Liaison, regionally-based Transition Network Facilitators (TNF), and Vocational Rehabilitation transition team.

Pre-ETS (Pre-Employment Transition Services)


Pre-ETS are available to eligible students and educators across the state of Oregon. Services can be provided to individuals’ or groups of students; or Pre-ETS Coordinators can support growth of programs within schools. With a focus on the five (5) service areas (job exploration, workplace readiness, self-advocacy, work-based learning, and post-secondary counseling), Pre-ETS are customizable to a student or the school’s needs.

For more information or to request Pre-ETS, connect with your local Pre-ETS Coordinator, Youth Transition Program (YTP) Transition Specialist, Transition Network Facilitator or Vocational Rehabilitation office.

Oregon Department of Education - Secondary Transition Services


Oregon Department of Education: Education Programs & Secondary Transition State-supported systems that provide direct services to Oregon's programs, districts and schools. Beginning no later than the first Individualized Education Program (IEP) when the student is 16, the IEP must include transition services.

The Transition Reference Materials Flowchart provides the process for the Secondary Transition Process.

Resources related to youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood in Oregon can be found at:

Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)


National Site for Pre-ETS - WINTAC works with State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies and their partners to effectively implement the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). They are an excellent resource to learn about Pre-Employment Transition Services. They provide webinars, resources and answers to frequently asked questions.

Youth Transition Program (YTP)


The purpose of the Youth Transition Program (YTP) is to prepare students with disabilities for employment or career related postsecondary education or training through the delivery of an array of pre-employment transition services and supports. VR collaborates with the Oregon Department of Education, and University of Oregon to provide training and technical assistance to schools and vocational rehabilitation personnel statewide to support the implementation of YTP.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)


A central concept of MI is to identify, examine and resolve doubt about change. Ambivalence (or uncertainty) is feeling two ways about something; this is seen as a natural part of the change process. MI allows for the identification and examination of a student's own reasons for change. The skillful Motivational Interviewing practitioner is familiar to the student's language of change.

An innovative approach for youth has been developed by Anya Sheftel called MEGI which stands for Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention. MEGI is a Motivational Interviewing based group intervention for youth 14 to 21 years old. Motivational interviewing is grounded in respect, compassion, evocation and acceptance.