Thursday, May 4, 2017

Is School to Work in trouble? Find out May 9

Eastside Meeting
King County Parent and Family Coalition
  • Tuesday,  May 9, 2017
  • 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Highland Community Center
  • 14224 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, Center, Art Room

A few months back, The Arc of Washington sent out an action alert about School to Work being in danger. People called, and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) put on hold plans to scrap it. Well, DVR has a new director, but the question of School to Work hasn't been resolved yet.

It may still be in danger.

Please join us at the King County Parent and Family Coalition May meeting in Bellevue. You can meet the new head of DVR and hear about his plans to serve people with developmental disabilities. It's also an excellent opportunity to share your story about why the program works.

To refresh, here is the text from that earlier action alert:

School-to-Work (STW) has been a long time collaboration among the DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), local school districts, employment agencies, and 7 county DD programs to ensure students with significant developmental disabilities successfully transition from school to the workforce.

The main reason STW has been successful is it was an organized process of all parties working together. (DVR, employment providers, schools, families, students with disabilities and counties)
DVR has decided to cancel this program with no plans to replicate this process to ensure the success of students with significant disabilities obtaining employment.

Please ask Governor Inslee and his Public Policy Advisor, Jason McGill, to direct DVR to reconsider their decision or establish something that ensures students with significant disabilities are not left behind.

If you or someone you know has used this program or if you are planning to in the near future, please share your story.