KILLEEN — Working in the Copperas Cove school district four years ago, Linda Valentine and Susan Kinder saw a need to provide additional support for disabled students transitioning out of high school. At that time, Valentine was working as a substitute teacher in special education classes, while Kinder was working as a paraeducator with special needs children.

“We would work with all of the special education students,” Valentine said. “As they would graduate, we would get sadder and sadder because we saw many students who would leave and had nothing to do after school finished.”

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Nice story and very commendable that these women have taken it upon themselves to provide assistance to disabled and special needs students that are transitioning out of high school. However, the article fails to mention that a state agency is and has been providing transition services to Texas high school students for many years now: Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS.) This state agency is co-funded by the federal government, and all of the services that Ms. Valentine and Ms. Kinder provide, and more, are offered through this agency. Transitional counselors employed by DARS coordinate with special education counselors at each high school in the state, meeting with students and their families weekly to help these individuals attain their future goals. For more information please refer to the DARS website: [link removed]

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