Project UNITE: A Proposed Program for Unifying South Carolina PSE Programs and South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation to Enhance Employment Outcomes
Project UNITE emerged out of the partnership between the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) and the CarolinaLIFE program. This partnership has been extremely strong; however, both entities believe that this collaboration could be strengthened by formalizing and outlining roles and activities of these critical partners as student transition into independent living environments. The purpose of Project UNITE was twofold: (1) obtain a better understanding of how VR professionals across the country are collaborating with PSE programs; and (2) develop a tool or guide that can assist PSE professionals in fostering and refining crucial relationships with VR, focusing specifically on students as they exit out of college. The Project UNITE guide is specifically designed to improve, enhance, and build the statewide partnership between South Carolina PSE programs and the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) to achieve viable, long-term employment outcomes for South Carolinians with IDD. This guide should serve as a foundation to the improvement of this exit planning partnership and generate ideas and possible collaborative activities to enhance the process.