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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