This brief describes the pilot of a transition services model implemented in Maryland, The Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative, that draws from the research-based Guidepost for Success framework composed of five areas shown to be components of transition services correlated with improved youth outcomes: school-based preparation experiences, career preparation and work-based learning experiences, youth development and leadership, connecting activities, and family involvement and support. The program is delivered to VR eligible youth from early high school through post-high school follow-up. The model aligns and coordinates transition services provided by schools, VR counselors and community service providers. Preliminary evaluation results show positive post-secondary education and employment outcomes for youth in urban, suburban, and rural communities and with a variety of disabilities, academic standings, and post-school goals.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (2013). “State Perspectives on Using the Guideposts for Success — Maryland.” from http://www.ncwd-youth.info/print/innovative-strategies/state-perspectives/maryland.