Transition Services For Students With Disabilities

By Stand Up, Inc. | Transition Services

Mar 25

Effective transition services for students with disabilities are essential for their success in the workplace after high school.

Virginia supported employment provider Stand Up, Inc. has developed a curriculum that has been adopted in many Virginia school systems which makes the difficult transition from school to work much easier.

Stand Up calls it's program STEP (Student Transition Employment Program.) It is a partnership between local city or county high schools and community businesses.


These transition services for students with disabilities are designed to aid participants in learning the necessary skills to become successful in a competitive workplace environment.

Through various classroom and hands-on learning experiences, the students leave the program having learned valuable social skills, interpersonal communication skills, work ethics, safety training, and many other concepts related to being in the workforce.

While transition services for students with disabilities may include information about post-secondary education, independent living, and community participation, the Stand Up, Inc program focuses entirely on the transition from school to work.

Students leave the program with real work experience to put on a resume, references, and many times, letters of recommendation. In almost every community served STEP's business partners have made offers of employment to students that completed the program and are determined to be a good fit for the employer.

Stand Up, Inc. has learned through experience that the best way to learn something is by actually doing it, and their transition services for students with disabilities reflect that viewpoint.

Through partnerships with area agencies such as the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services and area schools, they have developed a variety of programs designed to assist in bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace. Stand Up, Inc. realizes that the transition from school to work is one of life’s biggest adjustments, and it is one that they are here to help you with.

To learn more about the STEP Program contact  the Director of Transition Services, at (434) 316-7140. To learn more about Stand Up, Inc. go to or call Len Richardson, Business Development Specialist, at (434) 665-3213 or email at [email protected]

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Sara Coplin April 1, 2013

I think this is a wonderful program. When I taught at Heritage High School, they had a similar program where these students who had disabilities and were enrolled, were in charge of running a “coffee shop.” They were taught, organizational skills, people skills, etiquette, finances among other things. It was a program that not only and primarily benefitted these students but also the school as it not only brought revenue for their program it also demonstrated to all students that these students with disabilities were an asset to their student body. It’s a much needed program, not only for the immediate benefits (I mean, I definitely benefitted from the coffee ;)) but it gave them long term skills they probably wouldn’t other wise graduate with. Thank you Stand Up for your support. Keep up the amazing work you do in and for our community!

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