About the Youth Transition Program
Established in 1990, the
Oregon Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a collaborative partnership between the office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Oregon Department of Education, and the University of Oregon. It is funded by Vocational Rehabilitation every two-years through intergovernmental agreements with local school districts and ESDs. The purpose of the YTP is to prepare students with disabilities for employment or career related postsecondary education or training through the provision of a comprehensive array of pre-employment transition activities and supports.
YTP was developed initially in seven high schools as a federal system change grant. Today, YTP serves about 10,000 students in about 200 Oregon schools.
YTP Technical Assistance changes July 1, 2023
YTP technical assistance and support will transfer from University of Oregon to ODHS VR staff on July 1, 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the planned change will be updated regularly and address common questions we are receiving.
YTP Management Team
Michelle Markle - Statewide YTP Coordinator - Vocational Rehabilitation
Sally Simich - Secondary Transition Education Specialist for Oregon Department of Education
Charlotte Alverson - Research Associate Professor in Secondary Special Education and Transition at the University of Oregon
Joyce Douglas - Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) for Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon and some mid-Willamette Valley
Jesse Berkey - Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) for Marion, Polk and Clackamas county schools
MaryJo Erickson - Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) for mid-Willamette Valley and South Coast Region
Terry Falkenstern - Technical Assistant Provider (TAP) for Central and Eastern Oregon
Gerrit Wiebe - Technical Assistant Provider (TAP) for Northwest Oregon Region
YTP is providing a VR service, and the Disability Rights Oregon offers advice and more related to services in Oregon, see
Client Assistance Program (CAP)
for more information.