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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2938

Toll Free: 888-989-WIND

TeleType: 307-766-2720

Fax: 307-766-2763

Email: preETS@uwyo.edu

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Youth Transition Services

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) have formed a strategic partnership to increase the number of students receiving Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Pre-ETS services are activities required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, bringing together schools, vocational rehabilitation, businesses and families to prepare for successful employment opportunities for students.


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What are Pre-ETS?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recommends that DVR serve young adults much earlier than before with a new set of services called Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  The WIOA wants schools and DVR to work together to deliver Pre-ETS within the educational setting. DVR still delivers those case services and now emphasizes the delivery of Pre-ETS in the school setting. Pre-ETS services work together with school-based transition supports and are focused on the individual needs of the young adults.  In fact, high school students with disabilities do not have to be DVR clients. Pre-ETS are available to students age 14 - 21.

With this in mind any paid work opportunities for students must be in a competitive and integrated setting. Internships, unpaid work experiences, job shadowing and volunteer experiences must also be in an integrated setting.

Description of the 5 Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS):

    • Job Exploration Counseling - explore the world of work, explore interests and abilities, work with a job mentor, shadow a job or career, investigate careers, etc.

    • Work-based learning experiences get valuable work experience through paid or unpaid work, volunteer, complete an internship or begin the steps of an apprenticeship.

    • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in post-secondary education (college, college of technology, trade education, professional certification, etc) - for those students seeking further education after high school, this may include investigating career paths, referrals to college resources, campus visits among other activities.

    • Work Place Readiness - these are services to help you get ready for the challenges of work.  This may include training in soft skills, customer service, work place communication as well as peer mentoring, independent living skills, accessing transportation and self-advocacy.

    • Instruction in Self Advocacy Live the life you want. These are services to help you understand more about yourself and how to interact with the world.

Competitive/Integrated Employment

DVR presumes that all individuals with disabilities are capable of competitive and integrated employment. 

Competitive integrated employment is defined as work paid at the greater of minimum or prevailing wages with commensurate benefits occurring in a typical work setting where the employee with a disability interacts or has the opportunity to interact continuously with co-workers without disabilities. In this setting, all employees have an opportunity for advancement and job mobility.

Limitations on the use of Subminimum Wages

Section 511 of the WIOA restricts the use of subminimum wages for individuals with disabilities. Subminimum wages are paid in sheltered workshops or on sheltered crew types of employment. Under the new law efforts must be made to allow a person to experience competitive/integrated employment and Pre-Employment Transition Services before a referral to sheltered employment or crew types of work is made.


ACCESS Employment supports young adults, families, educators, and support networks in navigating successful transition to adulthood through:

  • Echo on-line communities centered on transition

  • Virtual and online tools and experiences

  • Peer mentoring programs and community outreach

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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2938

Toll Free: 888-989-WIND

TeleType: 307-766-2720

Fax: 307-766-2763

Email: preETS@uwyo.edu

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