Vocational Rehabilitation


What are Pre-Employment Transition Services?

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) are services for students age 14-21 with disabilities that focus on:

Job Exploration

  • Become familiar with local businesses
  • Gain insight into skills and abilities
  • Understand interests and learning styles

Work-based Learning

  • Exposure to a variety of workplace settings
  • Hands-on learning
  • Learn about opportunities in the community

Workplace Readiness

  • Skills to live independently
  • Support on social interactions
  • Prepare for a job

Self-Advocacy

  • How to express opinions
  • Know how to request and accept support
  • Decision making skills

Post-Secondary Counseling

  • Explore next steps after school
  • Learn about college or training options
  • Understand and be connected to ongoing support options

Video: Pre-Employment Transition Services Introduction

To learn more about Pre-ETS, watch our video: Pre-Employment Transition Services Intro


What do Pre-ETS Services Look Like?

  • Job shadows
  • Informational interviews
  • Interest and ability assessments
  • Career counseling
  • How to talk about disabilities
  • Independent living skills
  • Connection with community resources
  • And much more!

Pre-ETS Eligibility Requirements:

  • A current Oregon student in secondary or post-secondary education,
  • Receiving services under an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan or a documented disability, and
  • Between the ages of 14-21.

How do I Request Pre-ETS?

Fill out the Pre-Employment Consent and Release form (DHS 1723 or DHS 1723s) and email directly to Pre.ETS@dhsoha.state.or.us

See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

When you receive Pre-ETS or any Vocational Rehabilitation service, you will be provided with information about the Client Assistance Program (CAP).

Client Assistance Program

Client Assistance Program (CAP), provided by Disability Rights Oregon, aims to expand job opportunities and independent living for people with disabilities. They offer advice, tools that you can use to protect and assert your rights, and advocacy related to services in Oregon for:

  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS)
  • Independent Living (IL) centers
  • Commission for the Blind vocational services
  • Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation programs

They can help you obtain services:

  • If you have been denied services, or
  • If you disagree with your counselor’s decision.