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Dane County Department of Human Services

Vocational Futures Planning

Dane County offers the Vocational Futures Planning and Support (VFPS) service to transition age youth and young adults ages 18 to 21 with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).

Our goal is to provide each VFPS participant with the support he or she needs to exit high school with one or more jobs.
The VFPS team includes:
…A Community Program Specialist who coordinates systems level planning with schools, WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and other Long Term Care organizations
…A Transition Navigator who works with individuals and teams to create a plan to reach employment goals
…A Job Development Specialist who provides consultation around an individualized guided job search

Over a 10 to 12 month period, the VFPS team works collaboratively with families, WI DVR, high school staff, employers and vocational support providers to seamlessly transition students from high school to community jobs and meaningful community activities. Using this approach, over 90% of Dane County high school students with the most significant disabilities exit high school with a paid job each year.

To receive the VFPS service, individuals must be a Dane County resident and be eligible for one of Wisconsin’s Long Term Care (LTC) programs (IRIS, Family Care, or Family Care Partnership). Funding approval through the participant’s LTC program is required to receive the service.

For more information contact:
Andrea Elsmo, DCDHS Community Program Specialist, (608) 242-6358 or

VFPS Brochure
VFPS Brochure (Spanish)