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Barbara Mulligan - Assistant Administrator - Transition

The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families and students to prepare for job training, career development and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri and other agencies to improve transition planning.

What is Transition?

Transition is the process of preparing students for life after high school and includes planning for post-secondary education, training, employment or community living.

What are Transition Services?

Transition services are activities and supports designed to help the student to identify his/her interests and strengths so that they can work on the skills needed to be successful in employment and adult living. These services are provided by schools, families, community members, and agency providers. Students set goals, develop a plan to meet the goals, and participate in transition services to begin their preparation for life after high school.

What Are Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)?

The 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) affords ORS the opportunity to provide students with disabilities who have IEPs or 504 plans, regardless of application status, with Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  These Pre-ETS Services are authorized on a fee-for-service basis, with ORS-approved vendors, to students with disabilities. The Pre-ETS services are quite prescriptive and limited to these five focus areas: (1) Job Exploration Counseling, (2) Work-Based Learning, (3) Counseling Opportunities for Enrollment in Comprehensive Transition or Post-Secondary Educational Programs, (4) Workplace Readiness Training, and (5) Self-Advocacy.


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RI Early Intervention Training and Technical Assistance Project (RITAP)

East Bay Regional Transition Center

Joanne DelAngelo, Coordinator

200 Metro Center Boulevard, Suite 5

Warwick, RI 02886

phone: 401-862-4133


East Providence, Portsmouth, Warren/Bristol,

Little Compton, Barrington, Middletown, Tiverton, Newport


Northern RI Regional Transition Center

Jennifer Doucette

Director of Regional Transition – Northern Region

51 Intervale Avenue

North Providence, RI 02911

phone: 401-465-2466

fax: 401-941-8535


Pawtucket, Central Falls, Johnston, Cumberland, Woonsocket, Lincoln,

Burrillville, Smithfield, North Smithfield, North Providence

Southern RI Regional Transition Center

Director of Regional Transition – Southern Region

859 Nooseneck Hill Road

West Greenwich, RI 02817

phone: 401-481-5161


N. Kingstown, S. Kingstown, Narragansett, Westerly, E. Greenwich,

Exeter/West Greenwich, Chariho, New Shoreham, Jamestown, Providence

West Bay Regional Transition Center

Therese Curran, Director of Transition & Vocational Services

144 Bignall Street

Warwick, RI 02888

phone: 401-941-8353 x124

fax: 401-941-8535


Coventry, Cranston, Foster, Glocester,

Foster/Glocester Regional, Scituate, Warwick, West Warwick

For more information, please contact the

Assistant Administrator - Transition, Barbara Mulligan, at 401.787.2498 or by email at