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Transition Services Liaison Project

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability promoting the movement from school to post-school activities.

Regional Transition Liaisons

The state of South Dakota has three regionally based staff to provide support and technical assistance to individuals, families, LEA's, and agencies seeking information on transition planning. Activities provided by the Regional Transition Liaisons can include: training to students, families, schools, and adult service agencies on transition and development of transition plans; identifying and obtaining instructional materials and assistance with implementation of self determination curriculum; assistance with identification of local resources; development of interagency councils to address regional transition service needs; and individual support/assistance.

To find and contact the Transition Liaison in your area, please click on the region in which you live.

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Transition Services Liaison Project

The Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP), is a state initiated project offered through the two State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies –Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) and the State special education agency – Special Education Programs. The managing agency grantee is the division of rehabilitation services which contracts with Black Hills Special Services Cooperative for project management. The Transition Services Liaison Project can provide technical assistance and training to students, families, LEA's, and adult service agencies.

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Transition Tacklebox:

Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) compiled and distributed this resource kit in 2001. The contents of the tacklebox were updated and re-distributed in 2006. Some of the documents included in the tacklebox are:

  • Quickbook of Transition Assessments

  • Parent Brief, Cornerstones to Effective Transition Planning for Student and Parent Involvement

  • Self-Determination Brief, Resource Guide for People with Disabilities

  • What is Community Based Instruction?

  • Finding Common Ground

  • As You Turn 18.

These documents are meant to serve as a resource for special educators, students and their families, agencies, service providers, and potential employers working with youth of transition age (16-21 yrs old) or preparing for transition, to give the information needed to provide successful secondary transition planning and services.

All of the documents in the tacklebox are available on-line at

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Project Skills

Many students with significant disabilities don’t get an opportunity to gain paid employment experience while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford the supports these students frequently require on their first job. This is an important learning, maturing, socializing experience. The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) maintains a partnership with the local school systems to address this need and funds a program entitled "Project Skills". During the first year of this program over 150 students with disabilities received paid employment experience. Project Skills significantly impacted their readiness for adult life. Forms and documents used in Project Skills consist of: Listing of Schools/Agencies participating in Project Skills; Participant Manual ; Work Experience Agreement ; Assurance of Match Report ; Monthly Service Report, Project Skills Sample Contract Sample.

Click here to view thecurrent Project Skills Payroll Schedule.

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Youth Leadership Forum

The Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) is a unique career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities to serve as delegates from their communities. Students with disabilities will cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills as a result of participating in this four-day event. The YLF is implemented at the state level by the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, state and local partners.

YLF is an educational and motivational forum with an intense schedule. Small "working groups" explore personal leadership and career plans. Social, artistic, athletic, and recreational activities abound, as these are part of leading a well-rounded life. Guest speakers address such topics as disability rights laws and innovations in technology. A farewell dance will allow a time to celebrate accomplishments with new friends.

The key to the YLF is leadership by example. Adults with disabilities who have traveled the same path these young people are facing serve as group leaders and staff. Many other volunteers, some with disabilities and some without, help to make the program a success.

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For more information contact:
Dan Rounds, Director
Transition Services Liaison Project