The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department or DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) issue this joint advisory to:
define and describe Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) offered through MCB for students with disabilities, including which students are eligible for these services; and
recommend collaborative practices between MCB vocational rehabilitation counselors, Pre-Employment Transition Counselors, and Local Educational Agency (LEA) personnel for the provision of Pre-ETS.
For youth who are legally blind and their families, MCB provides information and referral, advocacy, case management, and socialization/recreation programs (where available). The MCB offers complete vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to eligible students who are legally blind over the age of 14 whose disability is an impediment to education and employment.