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As in all of life's transitions, successful transition to a life of work requires the right supports.  Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) supports the men and women we are privileged to serve and their families to navigate through what is often viewed as a maze of systems and changes.

Our network and collaborations work in harmony to best coordinate results-oriented employment processes; sequencing activities to ease movement from the world of school, day services and community habilitation programs to the world of work. 

Transition to Work at FREE, Inc. will assist in focusing transition service plans for differently-abled youth and adults; mapping out activities leading to a life of independence, inclusion and full workforce participation.   

We invite you to explore Transition to Work resources and services that are offered through our network at FREE, Inc:

For questions or for more information on FREE's Transition to Work services, please contact Ron Melnick, Transition to Work Coordinator at Ext. 1970 (516) 870-1600 ext. 1970 or email him at rmelnick@familyres.org 


Click on the links below for additional resources for transitioning to the workforce:

Informative Office Of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Links:

Employment First!

Youth: School to Work

American with Disabilities Act

Customized Employment

Integrated Employment


School to Work Resources 

TATRA (Technical Assistance on Transition) 

NASET (National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition)


OPWDD: Career Exploration Tools

ACCES-VR (Vocational Resources) 


Comprehensive Resources 


NYSDDPC (Developmental Disabilities Planning Council)

NYSRA (Rehabilitation Association, Inc.)

NYSOCFS (Office of Children and Family Services)

NYSOPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities)

NYSOMH (Office Of Mental Health)

Cornell ILR Employment and Disability Institute