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Description: This brief identifies gaps in current high school curricula, suggests how high schools can modify curricula to help students attain the skills they need, and highlights practices that are particularly effective for students facing specific challenges. Available in pdf (6 pages).
Description: A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.
Description: The Real People, Real Jobs website offers success stories about individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) getting and keeping jobs in their communities. The purpose of these stories is to share where people work and how they got there. They are meant to be read by individuals with ID/DD, their families, as well as front-line employment support professionals.
Description: Workers with disabilities are paid about 10% less than other workers in similar jobs, and 8% less in total compensation, including wages, health insurance and vacation time, according to a new Cornell University study.
Description: Autism NOW Center’s fact sheets on topics of importance to people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities are a resource you and your family members, as well as educators, employers, physicians and others, can use to get information in an easy-to-read and understand format. Topics include: Employment, Future Planning, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Relationships and Sexuality, Self-Advocacy and Social Security. (Spanish: Empleo, Planear el Futuro,...
Description: This section includes information on: Accommodations Assessment Assistive Technology Behavior and Discipline Child Find Critical Area Self-Assessment Questions Disability Specific Documents Educational Interpreters English Language Learners Extended School Year Services Funding and Grants Health Guidance IEP Inclusion Resources Instruction Paraprofessional Prior Written Notice Parent Involvement Section 504 Resources Secondary Transition Services
Description: Young adults, who, for whatever reason, don’t finish high school, can regain their footing and chart a course for a promising future using this program. Middle College is designed to help 18 to 24-year olds earn their GED while simultaneously developing the skills they need for a rewarding career. The program offers targeted remedial courses, access to workforce readiness courses, enrollment in community college courses applicable to a degree or industry-based certificate, and...
Description: This site provides information, resources and research about work and disability issues, including webinars and webcasts on innovative programs aimed at assisting people with disabilities to attend college and to seek postsecondary education and training programs that lead to competitive employment.
Description: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.
Description: The Board of Education’s Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (SOA) (Word), includes provisions for each middle and high school student to have a personal learning plan and course of study that aligns with the student’s academic and career goals.
Description: To prepare Virginia’s students for postsecondary education or to meet employers’ expectations of candidates for entry-level jobs, VDOE is looking for ways to increase students’ readiness for the future.
Description: CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. We develop and advocate for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.
Description: This assessment is 100-Item Multiple-Choice, 60-Minute Timed Test (The assessment must be completed in one, 60-minute sitting unless a school emergency interrupts the testing period.) Standard of Mastery: 75%
Description: STRIVE, Inc. is a private non-profit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to providing opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities to transition from school to post-secondary training, employment, and successful community living. Strive Cornerstone Foundation Residential Program is a non-profit Supported Independent Living Residence for Learning Disabled Adults.
Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
Description: AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.
Description: Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people.
Description: New Directions helps students attend universities,?community colleges, and technical and vocational schools. Students live independently in apartments located ?within the same living space as the New Directions offices/staff and receive intensive support to achieve their goals in all facets of life. New Directions is a comprehensive program that provides structured tutoring so as to enhance academic skills; facilitates group outings to develop social skills; and provides instruction in...
Description: Students may enter the vocational program, a three-year Comprehensive Transition and Post-secondary program that focuses on academics, independent living, social skills development, and vocational exploration and training, or the pre-degree program, which guides students through regular NYIT academic majors. (postsecondary education)
Description: LDI offers internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college and career-focused programs for young adults with Learning Disabilities, Asperger's, ADHD, Autism and similar conditions. (secondary and post-secondary education)
Description: The only one of its kind in the state of Virginia, the Program for Adults in Vocational Education (PAVE) is a two-year vocational training program which: Serves students with intellectual, physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. PAVE accommodates the unique learning needs of students with differing ability levels and upholds the learning environment principles of the entire community college. Provides students with tools to become independent support professionals in their field....
Description: For more than 25 years, The Horizons School has been preparing young adults with learning difficulties for an independent life. Our curriculum, with the community as our classroom, provides students with the skills to live and work independently. The Horizons School is not located in a secluded environment – we consider the city itself our campus. Our students learn to navigate a real-life community in a safe, supervised setting. The school building and residence are located in a quaint...
Description: MEDICAID WORKS is a work incentive opportunity offered by the Virginia Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities who are employed or who want to go to work. MEDICAID WORKS is a voluntary Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, than is usually allowed by Medicaid.
Description: This site provides a single access point - open 24-7 - for key federal programs and critical local resources to help people find a job, identify training programs, and tap into resources to gain skills in growing industries.
Description: This issue brief is intended to assist state policymakers in better understanding strategies to prepare students with disabilities and special needs for college and career. The brief provides context and background on the numbers of students with disabilities who are college and career ready; examines issues and strategies related to preparation and readiness for postsecondary education and careers; and includes examples of current programs and policies that help students with disabilities to...
Description: The Ready by 21 National Partnership is a team of national organizations – representing the education, government, nonprofit, business, research and philanthropy sectors – committed to helping communities carry out Ready by 21 strategies to ensure that all children and youth are ready for college, work and life.
Description: The archived discussion of “The Role of Work-Based Learning in Preparing Students for College and a Career” webinar shared examples of work-based learning opportunities that help students become aware of the different career options available in a 21st century economy; explore career options of interest to students; apply academic, technical, and workplace skills in real-world situations; and train for specific occupations or postsecondary learning experiences. (Alliance for...
Description: The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) performs scientifically based research and evaluation to expand the understanding, increase the effectiveness, and improve the delivery of career and technical education (CTE). Center work is directed toward exploring the contribution that CTE can make to raising student engagement and achievement and improving student transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and work.
Description: Forward Motion Coaching is pleased to offer these free guides: 1. Getting Hired: A Primer for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome & NLD, 2. Workplace Disclosure, Strategies for Individuals with Asperger’s & NLD, 3. The Employer’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.
Description: The job hunt is complicated enough for most high school and college graduates — and even tougher for the growing number of young people on the autism spectrum. Despite the obstacles that people with autism face trying to find work, there's a natural landing place: the tech industry.
Description: From the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, this document helps educators work with students to develop postsecondary goals for the transition component of the IEP, make instructional programming decisions, and include information in the present level of performance related to a student's interests, preferences, and needs in the IEP.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education has developed a document on transition, “Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition to Adulthood,” that includes important information on transition assessment and planning, adult services, postsecondary education, employment, home living skills, and Social Security and benefits planning.
Description: Autism After 16 is dedicated to providing information and analysis of adult autism issues, with the emphasis on analysis. Our intention here is to try to help adults with ASD and their families make sense of what’s out there. Our big focus out of the gate will be Transition issues, since so many of you are struggling with Transition right now.
Description: Project SEARCH provides employability skills training and workplace internships for individuals with significant disabilities, particularly youth transitioning from high school to adult life. Project SEARCH originated at Cincinnati Children's and now has program sites throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
Description: Effective transition from school to the adult community and employment for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) requires knowledge of an array of state and community agencies and organizations. This paper provided an overview of current research on employment outcomes for persons with ASD, with emphasis on employment outcomes achieved through participation in services provided by State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies. McDonough, J. & Revell, G. (2010). Accessing employment supports...
Description: This presentation provided a brief overview of the research regarding the outcomes of adults with ASD and discussed the primary areas of concern for this group, including employment, residential living, social interactions, and community integration.
Description: As an adult on the autism spectrum, you have strengths and abilities that employers are just beginning to understand. We have written this Employment Tool Kit to help you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum. Although this Employment Tool Kit is geared towards you, we know...
Description: This fact sheet provides general information to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to “for-profit” private sector employers.
Description: The primary purpose of the DCDT Fact Sheets are to disseminate information to the field related to key topics in secondary transition. Currently, the DCDT Fact Sheets focus on a number of topics, including evidence-based predictors of post-school success for youth with disabilities, transition planning and assessment, transition specialist competencies, and recommendations for research in secondary transition. The Fact Sheets related to the evidence-based predictors have been developed to...
Description: What you can expect to find in this guide is a discussion of the aspects of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), specifically, that can impact a person's job performance and how the job and work environment can be adjusted to accomodate.
Description: The Schedule A hiring authority (Schedule A) is one of the paths that can greatly benefit youth and young adults with disabilities who have an interest in a career with the Federal government. It can also be a fast track way for Federal agencies to bring in talented individuals with disabilities. When properly implemented, it’s a win-win situation for both you and the hiring Federal agency!
Description: The Center has posted seven Issue Briefs on aspects of employment for youth with developmental disabilities. The Center for Transition to Employment is a Disability Rehabilitation Research Project sponsored by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. The Center is operated by TransCen, Inc., in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University.
Description: The Autism Center at OCALI provides a clearinghouse of information on research, resources and trends to address the autism challenge. The center offers a source for training, technical assistance, resources, and consultation to build program capacity and individual learning and growth. Autism Internet Modules are available on a wide range of topics.
Description: "Transition to adulthood" is a complex and ongoing process that starts as soon as a child is born and continues as the child becomes an adolescent, to early adult life and then through the stages of adulthood. While this process is complicated at best for any person, the individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) faces unique challenges that require specialized considerations. This set of guides will help the user understand these challenges and raise awareness of these important...
Description: eFedLink is designed to support all federal managers and human resources personnel, to advance the hiring and advancement of persons with disabilities in the federal government.
Description: The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Modules feature videos, charts, pictures, case studies and a...
Description: Now there is an easy way for people with limited reading ability or special needs to explore their career interests and find a job that fits. The Picture Interest Career Survey (PICS) is a quick way for people to identify occupational interests by using pictures of people at work rather than text-based items. (Transition Assessments)
Description: City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. It is through service that we can demonstrate the power and idealism of young people, engage citizens to benefit the common good, and develop young leaders of the next generation. City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. We have committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in...
Description: CIP's full-year postsecondary programs provide young adults with Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other Learning Differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives. Full year and summer programs are located in Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana and California.
Description: Since their founding in 1988, the Beach Center on Disability has (a) conducted research, (b) carried out training and technical assistance, and (c) provided international, national, state, regional, and local service. They have carried out these three activities in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, the professionals and policy leaders who serve families and individuals, and members of the communities in which the families and...