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What is Transition?

A purposeful, organized, and outcome oriented process designed to help students move from school, to employment, and a quality adult life. Expected student outcomes of a successful transition include meaningful employment or post-secondary education and participation in the community.


District Vision on Transition

The Riverside Unified School District sees transition as an important component of the educational process for the students who are in Special Education. The process of transitioning students from high school into adult lifestyles begins as a student enters a middle school program. A program needs to be developed for each student that includes how the adolescent and young adult will spend his or her day, where he/she will live and what type of leisure or social activities he/she will engage in.

The vision of Riverside Unified School District for a Transition Program includes a partnership of students, parents, staff and community. The program recognizes and values excellence, individuality, diversity, and creativity. We are committed to the intellectual achievement, the emotional and social growth, and the aesthetic development of each student. We are dedicated to graduating students who are self-starters, technologically competent workers, life-long learners, responsible citizens and cooperative, effective communicators. For students receiving a certificate of completion, the district’s goal is to assist the development of functional academic and vocational skills that can transfer to an adult work program or day activity program.


What is WorkAbility I?

WorkAbility I is a nationally recognized school-to-work program that provides comprehensive pre-employment training, employment placement, and follow-up for middle and high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work.

The vision of the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division is that all individuals with disabilities will successfully participate in preparation for the workplace and independent living.

The mission of WorkAbility I is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong learning and quality adult life.


Why are these services necessary?

The California Department of Education completed a two-year study in 1981 that provided substantive information concerning the status of vocational programs for students with disabilities. Results of the study indicated that these students were not being adequately prepared for the labor market. WorkAbility I was initiated in November 1981 as a pilot project to test the concept of work experience for youth with disabilities.


The WorkAbility I initiative has produced the following:

  • For persons with disabilities, assumptions of low work potential have been discounted as soon as an equal opportunity, proper training and information about appropriate accommodations becomes available to them.
  • For employers, WorkAbility I provides workers who are job-ready and anxious to learn.
  • For society, employment for persons with disabilities through the WorkAbility I program allows them the opportunity to contribute to society by producing a product or providing a service, as well as by paying taxes instead of receiving long-term financial public assistance.


WorkAbility I is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education Special Education Department

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