TED Tips: TEA and TWC Memorandum of Understanding

Information has been posted to the TEA website for Secondary Transition Guidance:

Effective September 1, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Texas Workforce Commission  (TWC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  The MOU is to promote collaboration in the delivery of transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for students with disabilities transitioning from secondary education to employment and independent living mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), as amended, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The implementing regulations for both WIOA and IDEA require the formalization of interagency agreements concerning the transition services for students with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The MOU will help improve the dissemination of information about TWC’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and specify the process TEA and TWC will use to develop and update the mechanism used to target students.

The Pre-ETS include:

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after-school opportunities, experience outside the traditional school setting, including internships, that are provided in an integrated environment
  • Counseling on opportunities in comprehensive transition or enrollment in post-secondary educational programs
  • Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Instruction in self-advocacy/peer mentoring

Discussion about activities related to this MOU is ongoing at the state level. Resources for addressing WIOA at the local level are available on the National Technical Assistance Center for Transition (NTACT) website, including this helpful guide to prompt discussion between local education agencies (LEA) and vocational rehabilitation agency.

For more information, please contact the Secondary Transition statewide network member for your region. The contact for Region 13 is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

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