This rule establishes the policies of Executive Order No. 15-01, related to the Department of Education’s involvement with integrated employment services.
For purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:
“Education Goals” means the following goals:
Families, students, and educators will have the expectation that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will work in integrated, community-based settings;
Students transitioning to adult services will be prepared to transition to integrated work experiences; and
Statewide systems will be coordinated to reach the goal of integrated employment opportunities as an outcome of students’ education.
“Transition age student” means a student with disabilities who is eligible for transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and OAR 581-015-2200 (Content of IEP).
“Transition Technical Assistance” is the substance of the work of the Statewide Transition Technical Assistance Network (TTAN) and includes development of competencies for teachers, administrators, and other educational service providers that include:
Developing transition-related curriculum and instructional approaches which are consistent with the Education Goals;
Developing outcome-based transition planning approaches that use precepts of discovery and person-centered planning;
Implementing transition-related instructional approaches for students with disabilities, such as those that are community based, and which may include, but are not limited to, authentic experiences such as internships, mentorships, youth work experiences, job skill related instruction, and job shadowing;
Facilitating and managing interagency teams and resources to help ensure students and families may utilize resources from applicable state agencies, local education agencies, and other available resources; and
Encouraging the implementation of transition services in schools that are consistent with the Education Goals.
The Department shall establish a statewide TTAN to assist high schools in Oregon in providing transition services. The TTAN shall seek to ensure that the Education Goals are implemented in assessment, curriculum, and instruction for transition age students.
This rule and its provisions are not intended to expand or replace the obligations of the State or its schools under the IDEA.