Exiting high school is such an exciting time for young adults!

The Department of Disabilities and Special Needs places a high priority on competitive, integrated employment, community involvement and creating a meaning life for young adults as they begin adulthood.  DDSN also understands that many young adults and their families may have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an open case with SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs?

  • It is very important that those who are eligible have an open case with DDSN in order to access services and supports.  To verify or learn about eligibility with DDSN see flyer.
  • Verify Eligibility Form (PDF)

What role does DDSN play in helping me with employment?

  • There are several agencies responsible for successful transition into employment and community life. 
  • The attached chart identifies the role of each state agency.
  • Transition Roadmap for Young Adults (PDF)

Can DDSN help me request employment services from Vocational Rehabilitation?

  • Completing the referral form below, even if you have been working with SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department while in school, allows DDSN to communicate with VR, your school and support system.
  • VR Referral and Release of Information (PDF) 

What happens after I am successfully working?

  • Once you have secured a job and VR has faded away, your DDSN Case Manager can arrange for ongoing job check-ins to assist in maintaining your successful employment.
  • State Funded Follow-Along Services (PDF)

Who can assist me from DDSN with this transition?

  • DDSN has Post-Secondary Transition Coordinators to assist with this process.
  • Rhonda Mumford 803-528-9817

What are other resources that might assist me in this journey?

  • The Client Assistance Program through Disability Rights of South Carolina and ABLESC are available to support and advocate for you during this transition. 
  • CAP Flyer (PDF), ABLESC Flyer (PDF)