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DORS Level Up - School to Work

What is DORS Level Up?

DORS Level Up is managed by our Vocational Rehabilitation program, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), a division of the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).

DORS Level Up is all about  providing students with the tools, training and resources to work competitively and forge a path to independence. Working together we are building relationships with schools, families and the community and have created a collaborative partnership that introduces students who have an IEP, 504 plan or related challenges to new possibilities. Our goal is to help students be prepared to go out and find their place in the world.  

Our services for DORS Level Up are designed for students ages 16 to 21.  Our vocational services may be made available in the school setting, outside of school hours and in the summer months. By teaming with DORS Level Up counselors, students can move forward to pursue their career goals based on interests and abilities.

How can I refer a student with a disability for DORS Level Up services if he/she attends a private high school?


Contact the supervisor that covers your area to discuss Level Up services for your student. Level Up services are based on  individual student needs taking into consideration the home school district and agency resources.


Level Up Supervisors           Email              Phone                     Office Locations              

Dan Lewis         860-974-3002           New Haven/Norwich

Nicole Morrison 860-697-3530           Windsor/ Danielson

Cindy Rafael      203-578-4556           Waterbury/ Danbury


To request more information on DORS Level Up follow this link or call 1-866-844-1903. To contact a Level Up representative in your  school region follow this link.

**NEW**  Summer DORS Level Up Activities

The DORS Level Up initiative is offering several summer activities free of charge.  We will be updating this site frequently so please keep checking back for more information and updates.

To register and find out more see the events listed below or follow this link to see a list of all DORS Level Up available activities:
Deaf Self-Advocacy Training; Youth Advocacy Workshop - The content of the workshop curriculum includes concepts of self-esteem and self-determination, the interpreting law, ethics of working with interpreters, video relay interpreting, preparing for self-advocacy, and how to effectively tap into community resources for communication accessibility.
Follow this link to
register: Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Youth Advocacy Work Shop.

Mobile Tech Training - In this workshop, educators, community rehabilitation providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors will discover the possibilities the iPad provides to individuals with disabilities by exploring built-in features, accessibility options and accessories. Participants will also explore other AT tools such as low- to high-tech and mobile devices including tablets, Chromebooks, Livescribe Smart Pens, etc.

Job Coach Training -Through this training, you will learn best practices to work with students in employment settings and gain effective job coaching methods to help students become independent workers. You will receive a training manual, a Certificate of Completion and skills to help you blend school services with the new Level Up services provided through DORS.

AT Camp - DORS, in partnership with the New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center, is excited to offer a summer camp experience to transition-age youth and young adults with disabilities in the state of CT. AT Camp promotes transitional success for students in school as well as individuals entering college, employment or community programs. A positive future is encouraged through meaningful camp activities and learning opportunities, while inspiring independence, leadership and team building skills.

 Prep Rallies - At a DORS Level Up Prep Rally, you’ll spend the day with other students learning about the working world from those who are already a part of it. Participants will find out how to create a professional résumé, partake in mock job interviews and talk with potential   employers. This full day event, during which lunch is provided, will offer students the tools they need when looking for, applying to and starting awesome jobs and careers!

School to Work

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services often works with youth and young adults while they are still in high school.  

The links below will provide you with information about BRS Transition Services as well as provide you with tools and information to start planning for postsecondary education and employment. 

Some of the documents are from BRS and others have been developed by other agencies or organizations.  Anything that has been developed by BRS can be copied. 

Transition Brochures and Videos

Working With BRS
Finding the right career that successfully meets your skills, interests, aptitudes and limitations can involve a number of steps to achieve.  This chart has been developed to help you see the steps that BRS will take with you to reach your goal. 



Job Coaching Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Assistive Technology 

Gaining Independence

Self Advocacy
Personal Assistance
BRS Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Information

Related Transition Web Sites 

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