During an IEP meeting with one of my intellectually
disabled senior students, the parent inquired about what the child could do
now that he was graduating in May. The parent asked, “Where do we go from
here?” My heart dropped because I did not have an answer for this very
concerned parent. Though it is the special education teacher’s responsibility
to get the child organized for graduation, I took it upon myself to get this
parent some answers. In my committed search this is what I found.
Every graduating senior should be
paired with a counselor from the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).
The counselor will then begin the process of getting the student ready for the
workforce with the Transition
School to Work program.
of Rehabilitation Services
Main office (Tulsa)
– (918) 581-2301
Diana Wall- (918) 508-2610
Barbara White- (918) 508-2609
transition school to work program will find out what interests your child and
what motivates them. They use different checklists and questionnaires to make
sure they are matching your child up with the right job.
Transition School to Work
Institute (local team members)
Owasso Area- Esther Watkins (918) 508-2608
These two places hire through the
DRS program. They seem to be very rewarding and also pay very well.
Go through the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation
Services (DRS) for employment.
Ty Beasley- Transition School to Work coordinator
Linda Seacrest- Job Coach
jobs pay $9-$10 an hour
Stefani Frazier M.S. CCC-SLP
School Therapist – TherapyWorks