Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

(804) 278-9151

4807 Radford Ave #106 Richmond, VA 23230

The Choice Group is partnering with The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services to blind, vision impaired and deafblind students.These community based services are available to students year-round.


The goal of the Pre-ETS program is to develop innovative program initiatives which include:


  • Job exploration counseling
  • Counseling on opportunities for participation in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs
  • Soft skills and job readiness skills development
  • Identifying real world transferrable skills
  • Opportunities for work-based learning experiences with local businesses in the community
  • Self-advocacy

One woman is helping two women with visual impairments shop in the grocery store.

The three women are standing by bananas in a grocery story. One of the three women is placing an item in the grocery cart.

The Choice Group’s Pre-Employment Transition Services provide the student with highly individualized opportunities to prepare for transition into competitive and integrated employment.


DBVI and The Choice Group are committed to informing students age 14 through 21 who are blind, vision impaired and deafblind about these unique opportunities. Students who have open Vocational Rehabilitation cases as well as those who are potentially eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services are able to participate. In order to provide information on these services, The Choice Group is able to present at transition fairs or other local school events.

Two visually impaired women are learning  to cut lemons at a table to be squeezed into a pitcher that has a strainer on top.

Two visually impaired women are learning how to make lemonade. First they take notes in the classroom.

One woman is showing another how to spread mayonnaise on a slice of bread.

 The curriculum will equip the student to be more confident and proactive in transitioning to employment and training is available in the following areas:


  • 1. Career Exploration and assessment of interests
  • 2. Completing job applications 
  • 3. Developing cover letters and resumes 
  • 4. Soft skills and job seeking skills 
  • 5. Positive work behaviors
  • 6. Interpersonal skills
  • 7. Appropriate work dress and personal hygiene
  • 8. Interview preparation and mock interview activities
  • 9. Workplace culture and business etiquette
  • 10. Community based Pre-Employment Transition work opportunities
  • 11. Individualized review of SSI/SSDI, state benefits, and work incentives

A woman with visual impairment is carefully feeling the heat from a toaster oven while wearing an oven mitt.

Women with visual impairments are learning how to cook.


One of the women is learning how to measure sugar.

The goal of these activities is to prepare students for work experiences in the community that are either unpaid or paid. At the completion of the program,The Choice Group will provide a digital portfolio to each participant in flash drive format containing recommendations and resources.

For more information please contact:  

Chris Lavach, M.S.

Director of Community Services

 (804) 278-9151 or toll-free at 1-877-374-5312

4807 Radford Ave # 106, 

Richmond, VA 23230

(804) 278-9151

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