Bedford County Schools strives to prepare all students for Career and College Readiness. Our programs, resources, and services serve Students with Disabilities as they transition from secondary to post-secondary activities such as postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.


To support strong transition for youth with disabilities, Transition Tennessee is Tennessee’s online home for training and resources on preparing students with disabilities for life after high school.


Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Tennessee has several postsecondary education programs on college campuses specifically for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These non-degree programs teach employment and independent living skills, allow students to take college courses, have internships and jobs, and to continue building relationships with their peers without disabilities. A primary goal of all postsecondary education programs is to provide career exploration through internships that help the student experience a variety of potential work environments.

·        University of Tennessee Knoxville FUTURE program

·        Lipscomb University IDEAL program 

·        Vanderbilt University Next Steps program 

·        University of Memphis Tiger LIFE program

·        Union University EDGE program


Click on the following links for further info: 

Pre-Employment transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Services