Various programs can represent the first step, and getting connected with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) opens up doors for many of them.
Secondary Transition Services
The Colorado Department of Education guides school district-provided services focused on preparing students for adult life, typically under an Individual Education Program (IEP).
School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)
SWAP job placement and other employment readiness services are available in a number of school districts throughout the state.
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)
The DVR-funded programs around the state offer creative ways for youth to experience employment settings. A DVR counselor may be able to connect you to a Pre-ETS program in your area.
The Benefits counseling can help you and your family understand how work will impact benefits. Visit our benefits counseling page to find a resource to fit your needs.
Coming in November 2021: Disability Benefits 101 — an employment planning tool for people with disabilities.