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Jim Mayer

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Jim Mayer

Jim Mayer is a training specialist for the Illinois Center for Transition and Work through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to becoming a training specialist, Jim served as a transition specialist for 21 years, coordinating transition and work experiences via the Secondary Transition Experience Program (STEP) for transition-aged students with a range of disabilities in Champaign County, Illinois. Jim’s earlier work experience includes 13 years as a coordinator of supported employment services for adults with developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities in Piatt County, Illinois. Over the years, Jim has presented at a number of local, state, regional, and national conferences and workshops, on a variety of topics related to transition and employment for individuals with disabilities. He is a current and longtime member of the Association for Person’s Supporting Employment-First (APSE). From 2001 through 2008, Jim served as a training consultant and collaborator with the University of Illinois, Region V, CRP-RCEP (Community Rehabilitation ProvidersRehabilitation Continuing Education Program), through a project coordinated by Dr. John Trach in the Department of Special Education. 


  • M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling (with specialization in Supported Employment), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1991.
  • B.S., Therapeutic Recreation, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1985


  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor/Retired (CRC/Retired)