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New York City Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) for Students with Disabilities

Contract for Services to New York City School
Districts for Workforce Training Programs

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

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03/13/20 Emailed/Postmarked


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Contract for services to New York City community schools districts to implement workforce readiness programs. Funding is intended to help students with disabilities, between the ages of 14 and 21, to achieve employment success. The purpose of the program is to allow students with disabilities to transition as smoothly and seamlessly as possible from secondary education to independent living, post-secondary options, and competitive integrated employment.

The New York City Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Disabilities (Pre-ETS for SWD) aligns with evidence-based predictors of post-secondary success to enable students with disabilities ages 14-21 who are potentially eligible for VR services to gain a solid foundation on which to achieve successful competitive integrated employment and independence.

Pre-ETS are designed to address the career development needs of two types of students:

  1. Students who are eligible for and receiving special education or related services under IDEA. The student must have and receive services identified in an Individualized Educational Program (IEP); or 
  2. Students with disabilities who are eligible for a Section 504 plan of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. A student with a disability is potentially eligible for ACCES-VR services if they have a disability that makes them eligible for a 504 plan. 

Pre-ETS prepares students with disabilities for employment, explores their postsecondary education options, develops their employment related soft skills, and assists them in obtaining work experience. The proposed project may combine individual PreETS required activities in a meaningful way to enhance the development of a student’s career direction. All services can be designed to be provided to a single student or to a group of students. 

Pre-ETS SWD will include activities that are beneficial to an individual in the early stages of career exploration, including job exploration, workplace readiness, work-based learning experiences, counseling on post-secondary education options, and self-advocacy. For additional information about project requirements, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187776

Number of Grants:

Up to five contracts, one for each borough.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each approved borough specific project will be funded at up to $300,000 per contract year unless additional funding becomes available in future years.

Each individual student may receive services up to maximum reimbursement of $1,200 per contract year.

Term of Contract:

The New York City Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Disabilities project will result in contracts for a five (5) year period anticipated to begin on October 1, 2020 and end on September 30, 2025. Funding will not carry over year to year during the five-year contract period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are community school districts (CSD), either as an individual CSD or as part of a consortium of two (2) or more CSDs. District 75 and District 79 may submit either as an individual district or as part of a consortium with one (1) or more CSDs. As this grant is targeted to middle schools and high schools, New York City elementary schools are not eligible to participate.

Eligible applicants must have experience providing education; career and technical education; job exploration counseling; work-based learning experiences (which may include in-school, extended-day or after school opportunities, or experience outside the traditional school setting, including internships); counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs at institutions of higher education; workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; instruction in self-advocacy (which may include peer mentoring); and, employment and/or related support services to students with disabilities.

Pre-ETS are not to be used as assessment services for the purpose of determining whether additional vocational rehabilitation services are needed, or if the individual will be successful in employment. Pre-ETS are an early start at job exploration and assists students with identifying career interests.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A non-mandatory Bidders’ Webinar Conference is scheduled for January 7, 2020 from 2:30pm-4:30pm to provide potential applicants with the details of the application process and allow an opportunity for questions and clarification on the RFP process.

Register here:

Topic: Pre-ETS Bidder's Webinar - January 7, 2020
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Time: 2:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be emailed/postmarked by March 13, 2020.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name as it appears in the Statewide Financial System (SFS)) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The NOI due date is February 28, 2020. Please send the NOI to the email below.

All questions must be submitted via email by January 28, 2020. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to ACCES procurement website no later than February 11, 2020:

Projects will be reimbursed on a fee for service basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications and NOIs by email to

And mail hard copies of applications to:
New York State Education Department
Pre-ETS for Students with Disabilities
Room 580 EBA
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn;   New York

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