Transitioning to MVLE

MVLE offers supported employment and day support options for adults with disabilities. Whether you are transitioning from high school or any other area of life, MVLE’s Transition Team can guide you through the process of selecting the program that is right for you.

What MVLE Offers:
Listed below are some of the programs and services offered at MVLE.
Individual Supported Employment (ISE): Individual job placement with a community employer, including one-to-one on-the-job training; minimum wage or higher (paid by the employer); same benefits and routines as co-workers without disabilities and 20 or more hours of work per week. Some accommodations may be made.

Employment Services: Provides full-time and part-time employment opportunities to individuals served, both onsite and in the community. The goal of this department is to develop career paths leading to more independent employment in the community.


Support Services: Provides therapeutic activities both on-site and in the community for individuals served. The goal of this program is to provide community inclusion, community education, and a path toward greater independence.


Clinical Services: This department provides on-site program case management and assurance of compliance to all regulatory and accrediting agencies for individuals served, as well as oversight of nursing supports, behavioral supports, and therapies, including speech, physical, art, music, expressive, and movement.


Transition and Training Services: This department provides transition assistance for individuals leaving school or transferring from other agencies, as well as internal transition for individuals wishing to move between departments or into more independent employment.  Customized, holistic transition plans are developed for each individual entering services that include preference assessments, as well as person-centered planning. This department also includes MVLE’s Individual Supported Employment program, as well as the employment training program.

Situational Assessment: A crucial link to success is the situational assessment. MVLE provides opportunities for individuals to try a hands-on approach to day support and career exploration. These situational assessments give students the chance to experience a program or job, both in the Center and in the community, before making their choice. This is a vital component of the transition process because the experience enables the person and his or her support team to make informed decisions and choose the most appropriate match.

Person-Centered Plan: The state of Virginia defines Person-Centered planning as a process directed by the family or individual with long term care needs, intended to identify the strength, capacities, preferences, needs and desired outcomes of the individual. MVLE staff work with each individual we serve and their friends and family members to develop a Person-Centered Plan which reflects that person’s desired outcomes.

In short PCP focuses on the individual and their needs by putting them in charge of defining the direction for their lives, and NOT on the systems that may or may not be available to serve them. This ultimately leads to greater inclusion as valued members of both the community and society.

Person-Centered Planning is a way of thinking about people that respects their interests, hopes, dreams, and desires. It is a process of discussion and self-evaluation in which a person discovers how he or she wants to live, and the person’s friends help explore what needs to be done to reach these goals.


If you are interested in exploring what MVLE has to offer, please contact Ashley Welch, Program Manager- Transition & Training, to set up a tour of any of our facilities. We have three Community Centers; two in Springfield and one in Chantilly.

Ashley Welch
Program Manager, Transition & Training
7420 Fullerton Rd, Suite 110
Springfield, VA 22153
(703) 569-3900 Ext. 1143


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