Student HireAbility Navigator

Areas of Focus

The Student HireAbility Navigator (SHN) initiative provides support and coordination around the region to grow and improve workforce transition services offered to students with disabilities and their families. SHN serves as a vital resource and partner to enhance current programs offered by Texas Workforce Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services through three areas of focus:

  • Raise awareness of resources and activities available to students with disabilities
  • Increase community coordination and provide information, training, and technical assistance
  • Inform and engage employers to increase understanding and develop work-based learning opportunities


The SHN initiative does not administer services, but does work to improve offerings and grow awareness. Program participation through the office of Vocational Rehabilitation is eligibility-based according to the following criteria:

  • Students who are 14 to 22 years old as of September 1st of the previous year
  • Students who are receiving special education services or who have eligibility through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act
  • Students who are in an approved educational program

Pre-Employment Transition

Planning for what comes next after high school graduation begins long before a student walks across the stage in their cap and gown. For students with disabilities, this process also involves understanding their disability, learning how to advocate for themselves, exploring resources that will benefit them and so much more. The SHN initiative coordinates and supports the following services to assist students and families in the process of transitioning into the workforce:

  • Career Exploration
  • Counseling: including employment transition, enrollment, and higher education programs
  • Self-Advocacy Support
  • Work-Based Learning: including in school experiences, after school activities, and internships
  • Workplace Readiness
Student HireAbility Navigator Crossword


The Student HireAbility Initiative aims to support students with disabilities on their path to employment. Learn more about careers and how they match with skills and interests, explore skill building activities, and more on the Student Resource page. Discover Target Occupations and local training opportunities (paid training based on eligibility). Or watch the videos below to hear straight from the Student HireAbility Navigator on LEAP, first impressions, interviewing, soft skills, & more!


If you have additional questions, please email Bill Dean, Student HireAbility Navigator, or call 325-795-4310.