Center on Transistion Innovations

CTI Projects

Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) projects are research and demonstration projects funded through the Virginia Department of Education. Much of the work we conduct with our collaborators has one goal: to provide information on pathways that lead to employment for youth with disabilities. The results of our work in the field help to shape the information we use to develop our online resources.


CTI Research and Demonstration

Research and demonstration projects at the Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) are funded through the Virginia Department of Education. Much of the work we conduct with our collaborators has one goal: to provide information on pathways that lead to employment for youth with disabilities. The results of our work in the field help to shape the information and resources offered through CTI.

Discovery/Customized Employment

The process of Discovery is a person-centered approach to gathering information about a student prior to discussing potential jobs, employers, or job tasks. Discovery assists in revealing the student’s interests, skills, and supports in environments and activities where the student is at his or her best. This process begins in middle school and continues into high school.

Customized employment is an individualized approach for providing access to employment for students and adults with complex lives. The intent is to work with students while in high school to obtain employment upon graduation. CTI works with school divisions to develop Discovery profiles and explore customized employment opportunities.

Focus on Autism

Through funding from the Virginia Department of Education, Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) has focused on the transition of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into education, employment, and community settings. We have developed information and resources including webcasts, videos, and publications.

Indicator 14

CTI is responsible for Indicator #14 data collection system. The role of CTI is to provide assistance to school divisions as they collect and enter data on students who have exited high school. We work with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to assist divisions on how to use the data for programmatic planning. CTI also develops reports for VDOE reporting purposes to the Federal government.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration for young adults 18-22 with disabilities. It is a transition program providing a one year experience that provides skills training and work experience opportunities. Students move through three 10-week internship experiences with the ultimate goal of competitive employment in the community using skills learned during the internships and throughout the program. Find out more about Project Search at VCU Health System.

Start on Success

Start on Success (SOS) is a model transition program that provides selected students with high incidence disabilities with a community-based work experience. The program promotes collaboration among school divisions, local businesses, worksite mentors, and family members to provide a half-day paid internship for students. It is designed for students who are earning a standard diploma, but are at risk of dropping out. CTI is working with Norfolk, City of Richmond, and Danville high schools to implement this model.


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