Transition and Education Services assist students and youth in the movement from school to the world of work and adult life. The Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) is one of the divisions under Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). DRS works together with students, youth, families, schools and community agencies and organizations to provide services that lead to a successful transition from school to work.
DRS has seven districts and 32 offices located across Virginia
Each DRS office has a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor who specializes in serving youth and each district has at least one Pre-Employment Transition Services counselor who coordinates pre-employment services for students with disabilities who are 14 years, in need of the service and are potentially eligible for DRS.
Transition services and Pre-Employment Transition Services helps students with disabilities make the adjustment from school to life beyond high school. It is a multi-year process jointly planned with students, their family and service providers to help young people achieve their life and career goals.
The DRS Transition and Education Services staff maintain this site as a tool for field staff and transition partners to house resources about transition issues, employment and postsecondary education and training.
Jean Terrell, Director of Transition Services, Division of Rehabilitative ServicesProvides support and technical assistance for counselors in all DRS offices as well as coordination of transition services for the agency. Jean.Terrell@dars.virginia.gov757-686-4989 - Office757-531-5298 - Mobile
Jessica Stehle, Pre-Employment Program Coordinator, Division of Rehabilitative ServicesProvides support and technical assistance for counselors in all DRS offices as well as coordination of pre-employment transition services for the agency. Jessica.Stehle@dars.virginia.gov571-210-2183 - Direct