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Vocational Rehabilitation Offices in Texas offer Pre-Employment Services that include: vocational counseling, work-based experience, training in self-advocacy, social skills and others. 

How to Access
Competitive Integrated Employment 

Competitive, integrated employment means a person works on a full or part-time basis, including self-employment that: 

  • Pays minimum wage or above
  • Has the same benefits package and chances for promotion to all employees, if possible
  • Is usually not run or own by an agency whose only purpose is to support people with disability, and 
  • Takes place in a united setting where people with disabilities work with people without disabilities.
In Texas, you can get employment/career exploration help while you are attending school through special education transition services and by contacting the Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Office nearest to you. After you are foung eligible for VR services, you can access pre-employment, employment, and vocational opportunities. 

To learn more about VR Services visit:
VR Services, How to Apply and Online Transition Fairs in Texas Calendar
VR Services Locator

If you are 22 years old or older and you are eligible for Waiver Programs (HCS, TxHmL, CLASS, DBMD, and Yes!), you can also visit Texas Health and Human Services and learn more about the Employment First ProgramHSS Employment Guide for People with Disabilities and Texas Supported Employment.

Also check:
OSERS/DOE Transition Guide
Making Work Experiences a Priority for Youth with Disabilities from the PACER Center
Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability

Texas's Summer Earn and Learn Program 

Summer Earn and Learn (SEAL) offers eligible students with disabilities aged 14-22 an opportunity to test their skills in the real world with paid internship opportunities at local employers. The SEAL program is a partnership between TWC, Local Workforce Development Boards and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS).

Students connect with local employers where they will have the opportunity to do hands-on work for five weeks or more. The students will learn about the employer’s industry and develop skills and work experience that will prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment.

If you are a student interested in participating in SEAL or attending a camp, you should contact your local Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services office:

Website: twc.texas.gov/VRNearMe

Phone: (512) 936-6400

Email: vr.office.locator@twc.state.tx.us

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Why is Age of Majority is such A Big Deal?

“Age of majority" is the legal age established under State law at which an individual is no longer a minor and, as a young adult, has the right and responsibility to make certain legal choices that adults make.  In Texas, teenagers reached age of majority at 18.  

At the age of majority, the youth has the same rights as other adults do, including the right to vote, marry, enter into contracts, and make decisions about his or her education, healthcare, and finances. As you reach the age of majority, you may need help answering questions such as:"Can I get a credit card?",  "Will I have to sign a contract with my employer?", "Can I buy a car on my own?", or "How do I get health insurance?"

Do you want to learn more about what is ahead? Read:
Age of Majority and IDEA
Healthcare Transition
TexasABLE.org
Alternatives to Guardianship
Housing
Common Assistive Technology
Reaching the Age of Majority-Nebraska Guide (focus on general references only)

You May Be Eligible for SSI, SNAP and Medicaid in Texas

Driving and Transportation Options 

Driving is a rite of passage for youth. There are many ways we can transport ourselves from one place to another. You may choose to walk, use a bicycle, a car, public transportation or para-transportation, and many other different ways. The options will most likely depend on your abilities, what you or your family can afford, and where you live. 

In Texas, youth with disabilities can request to include the code "Communication Impediment with a Peace Officer" when applying for their driver's license. This code privately alerts officers of a diagnosis before exiting the vehicle during a traffic stop. 

To learn more about transportation options:
Navigate Life Texas
Texas Driving with Disability
Driving with Autism Video

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