Information for Agency Partners
1. What is Employment First?
Employment First is a philosophy that SC DDSN supports. It means that employment is the first and prefered option for everyone, regardless of how their disability may impact them in their environment. Check out our flyers: Employment First Information For Young Adults (PDF), and Employment First Information For Parents/Educators/VR Counselors (PDF).
2. What is the State-funded follow-along program?
DDSN believes and research shows that young adults who have employment while they are in school are much more successful. DDSN encourages schools and SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) to assist all youth to gain job readiness skills and opportunities for community based paid work before graduation. DDSN can provide long-term job supports to help youth maintain their job after high school when services from the school and SCVRD end. The youth's DDSN Case Manager can assist with transition from employment support from SCVRD or the school.
Click link for more information: State Funded Follow Along (PDF).
3. How can I tell if my client is already connected with DDSN?
If you, the client or their family is unsure if the student is connected to DDSN you can:
1) Share this flyer with families or the individual and they can contact DDSN at the numbers
listed. Case Management Flyer (PDF)
2) Have the individual/family sign the release of information form and DDSN staff, including the DDSN Transition
Coordinator, can share this information with you.
By filling out the Release of Information form (with individual/guardian signature), information can be shared with the other agencies indicated as needed to coordinate services. If you are working with a transition age youth, DDSN Transition Coordinators can assist. For those working with youth ages 13-22, DDSN Transition Coordinators to share information such as the youth's eligibility, case manager, waiver funding status and documents needed to determine eligibility.
Once the form is completed, follow the instructions below.
All release of information forms can be returned by the following methods:
1) Forms can be scanned and sent to the appropriate person by e-mail (see territories above)
2) Forms can be mailed to the following address:
South Carolina DDSN
Attn: Transition Specialist/ ID/RD Division
3440 Harden Street Ext.
Columbia, SC 29203
3) Forms can be faxed to the ID/RD Division to the attention of the Transition Specialist at (803) 898-2242