Order of selection in vocational rehabilitation: Implications for the transition from school to adult outcomes for youths with learning disabilities

James L Bellini, Joanna Royce-Davis

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Interagency cooperation between special education and vocational rehabilitation (VR) is central to ensuring the continuity of services to young adults with disabilities who are in transition from school to adult living. However, the interface between special education and VR may be complicated by order of selection; an equally binding mandate in federal VR policy to provide priority services to individuals with the most severe disabilities. Because students with learning disabilities are typically perceived as having mild rather than severe disabilities, these youths are most at risk for falling through the cracks in the service landscape once they leave the school setting in states where the VR agency is implementing an order of selection procedure. This article identifies and discusses common impediments to collaborative transition planning for students with learning disabilities that may be intensified when the state VR agency is operating under an order of selection plan. Recommendations an provided to facilitate greater interagency cooperation among schools and VR agencies so that transition planning and implementation for students with learning disabilities is not subverted as a result of the order of selection mandate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999



  • Learning disabilities
  • Order of selection
  • Transition
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation

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