Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors

  • Work with the student to discover their interests and life goals while discovering the student's strengths. 
  • Work with the student and local schools to coordinate, develop, and implement pre-employment transition services which include:
  1. Job Exploration 
  2. Workplace Readiness training 
  3. Work-based learning experiences
  4. Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in a comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational program at institutions of higher education 
  5. Instruction in self-advocacy 
  • Work with the community to discover resources to support the student in their training and development needs.
  • Work with identifiable resources necessary to help the student make a successful transition from high school to adult life.
Christina Clausen, M.S., CRC
Statewide Pre-ETS Manager
400 Rogers Ave. 
Fort Smith, AR 72901 
479-755-3300
Fax: 479-755-3316

Youth Leadership Forum

Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an innovative and intensive leadership program for high school students with disabilities throughout Arkansas. With the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), youth with disabilities have more opportunities to become contributing members and leaders in society. However, many challenges remain. YLF is designed to assist students with disabilities in developing leadership skills and using resources that can help them face such challenges and become full members of society. The Youth  Leadership Forum (YLF) is held annually in Conway.

Youth Leadership Forum Video

Opportunities for Work-Based Learning (OWL)

The Opportunities for Work-Based Learning (OWL) program is a collaborative effort between local school districts and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to ensure students with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to gain work readiness training skills and work experiences prior to exiting the secondary setting.

Videos on the OWL Program produced by Joey Travolta's Inclusion Films.

Arkansas Film School

Each year, an opportunity is offered to high school juniors & seniors with disabilities to participate in a one-week in-person work-based learning environment for those interested in film and video production.

This year, Arkansas Film School 101 will be conducted at Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden, June 6-12, 2021.  

Throughout the 6-day conference, film school participants stay in the college dorms to experience life in a college setting. Students will participate in small and large group discussions. They will also attend workshops on such topics as how to make a podcast, how to become a YouTuber, and how to edit a short film. Students who participate in this 6-day work-based learning opportunity will work directly with the professor of Southern Arkansas University Tech’s Film & Video Production program.

For more information, please contact your nearest Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) office.

Application deadline is March 19, 2021.

In past years, our participants had the opportunity to work in Northwest Arkansas with Inclusion Film Company. We are pleased to share with you some of the student’s public service announcements.

Virtual Career Competition Entries

In 2020, students submitted videos, podcasts, original art, and essays showing their future career choice and how they each plan to reach their goal.

ARS 2020 Virtual Career Competition Entries