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Description: The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth (NCWD/Y) has released “The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, and Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilities,” for adults in the lives of young people (both those with visible disabilities and with disabilities not apparent to others). This workbook helps adults make informed decisions about teaching a young man or woman about his or her rights and...
Description: Look Me in the Eye, a memoir by John Elder Robison, is about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome — a high functioning form of autism — overcoming his limitations, and ultimately becoming a successful adult. (Transition)
Description: This site offers instructional ideas and material suggestions for teaching a wide variety of social skills needed across the lifespan for individuals with ASD.
Description: A child may be found eligible for special education and related services as a child with autism if there is an adverse effect on the child's educational performance due to documented characteristics of autism. This site includes the following tools for educators, administrators and parents: Guidelines for Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Models of Best Practice in the Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition to...
Description: The Transition Behavior Scale-Third Edition (TBS-3) measures a student’s readiness for transition to employment and independent living. The greatest threat to success in employment and independent living is behavior which is inappropriate for those situations. The TBS-3 provides a measure of those behavioral characteristics most predictive of behavior in society in general and employment specifically. The TBS-3 subscales measure a student’s behavior in the areas of Work Related,...
Description: Transition is a part of every child’s life. Transitions from early intervention to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, and high school ultimately prepare a child for adult life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes the importance of transition at two distinct points: The move from early intervention under IDEA Part C for Infants and Toddlers to preschool or kindergarten school services under IDEA Part B for Children ages 3–21. The move from high...
Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 defines secondary transition as a coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic achievement and functional performance to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities.
Description: The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
Description: NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment. NTACT will identify and promote evidence-based and promising practices to Increase access, participation and success of students with disabilities in...
Description: The United States Department of Education and Department of Justice have just issued a reminder calling for colleges and universities--as well as K-12 school districts--to make sure devices such as e-readers that are required in the classroom comply with accessibility laws. The federal action came on the heels of a settlement agreement made by Justice with five institutions that were running Amazon Kindle e-book readers as pilot programs. According to the agencies, Kindle devices aren't...
Description: Videos, activities, and narratives will guide you through the process to learn about serving children with disabilities effectively. Topics include: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication to Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology, Dialogic Reading Practices, and Tiered Instruction. All of the modules are available in Spanish and Module 1 is also available in Portugese.
Description: These resources include: Transfer of Rights for Students with Disabilities Upon Reaching the Age of Majority in Virginia (also available in Spanish) Students with Disabilties: Guidelines for Assessment Participation Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Special Test Accommodations A Parent's Guide to Special Education (also available in Spanish) Your Family's Special Education Rights - Virginia Procedural Safeguards Notice (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, Korean, Vietnamese) Extended...
Description: Research shows that students who take part in their own IEP development are more likely to speak up for themselves throughout their lives. The It’s About Me Forms provide easy steps to helps parents, educators and students to ensure that the student has say and control over his or her IEP, education, and future. Students use the help and guidance of an adult to work through six thought-out steps with easy to use tools.
Description: The Alliance for Excellent Education understands that the first step in improving any rural high school is to encourage and support the active engagement of students, parents, teachers, the community, and business leaders. This guide is designed to give parents and community members some suggested ways to begin thinking about whether their local high school is adequately preparing all of its students for a successful future and what they can do to help turn that vision into reality.
Description: This report from the National High School Center provides an in-depth look at implementation and structural issues and the support required to successfully institute Response to Intervention (RTI) at the secondary-school level. It defines the RTI models, explores benefits and challenges at the high-school level, provides a snapshot of implementation at the high-school level, and outlines the resources needed to support this work.
Description: Benefits.gov was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The program's mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility...
Description: This article by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience.
Description: The skills needed for successful transition are multifaceted. School-and community-based personnel can use the instruments in Informal Assessments for Transition: Independent Living and Community Participation to obtain data in these critical planning areas: Communication Interpersonal Skills Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination Daily Living Skills Health Community Participation Leisure Transportation
Description: The primary purpose of FACTER is to assess and teach students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. FACTER addresses the ability to perform typical everyday "routines" while incorporating essential "related skills" for living. All people engage in a broad range of routines every day in their lives. For example, eating lunch, academic seatwork, socializing with friends, and going shopping are all naturally occurring daily routines. These routines can be task analyzed into a number...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education does not require that schools use this sample IEP format; it is offered as a best practice example. The sample IEP form is divided into two sections. The first section includes those pages that are the foundation of all IEPs. The second section includes those pages that will be added to the IEP as needed and sample formats for other purposes.
Description: The newly revised R-FVII:2 measures the vocational interests of special populations. It uses pictures of individuals engaged in different occupations to measure the vocational likes and dislikes of students and adults who are mentally retarded, learning disabled, adult disadvantaged, or enrolled in alternative or vocational/career training programs. No reading or writing is required. (Transition Assessments)
Description: Your Employment Selections (YES!) is motion-video, Internet-based job preference program for youth and adults with disabilities. This program allows youth and adult participants with limited or no reading skills to watch videos of jobs, listen as a narrator describes key tasks in each job, and select preferred ones. The program shows motion video for 120 different jobs. Individuals can purchase a 3-month, unlimited access subscription to the site for $20. (Transition Assessments)
Description: The Personal Preference Indicators are not checklists, but are a guide to accessing information about the person’s preference. The items listed are intended to be used as cues or prompts to remind you about important subjects to bring up in your informal talks with the person. These informal conversations can give you a base line of preferences from which to begin planning. (Transition Assessments)
Description: The COPS-PIC provides job activity interest scores using pictures only, yielding measurement of the 14 COPSystem clusters for non-readers.
Description: This website cantains the ordering information for the publications for Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scale. There is a Spanish version.
Description: The Functional Independence Skills Handbook, or FISH, is used for determining a person's ability to perform certain functional activities from daily life. It was developed for special education teachers, paraeducators, and parents working with individuals with severe developmental disabilities. The outcome of the program, when successful, is a direct increase in personal independence in those with autism, mental retardation, and related disorders.
Description: The Pennsylvania Department of Health southwest regional staff and their community partners recognized a gap in health services for youth with special health care needs. When these youth leave school, they transition from having different or no insurance coverage, from seeing pediatric specialists to searching for adult medical specialists, and from good coverage for medications to having to understand new systems for obtaining medicines. (Transition Assessments)
Description: The Environmental Job Assessment Measure (E-JAM) allows a professional to rate students across 47 descriptors in job areas using a job analysis format. The job areas are: general work behaviors, physical demands of the job, working conditions, educational demands, and social interaction on the job and identify accommodations, modifications, and support that may be needed for workers. The information gathered about a job is useful in matching a student with an appropriate job. FREE.
Description: Quickly determine your students’ and clients’ transition needs in the specific areas of employment and career planning with these informal assessments. Designed as a companion resource to Informal Assessments for Transition Planning, this new text, Informal Assessments for Transition: Employment and Career Planning, offers more than 60 easy-to-use assessments which provide focused data in four areas of assessment critical to transition planning and decision-making for employment and...
Description: Planning for the Future is a workbook to help students, their families, and professionals plan for a student’s life after high school. This workbook uses a person-centered approach to identify student strengths and facilitates a problem-solving approach to develop a plan of action and a vision for the future. FREE.
Description: The Representational Portfolio is a marketing tool which job developers can use to represent job seekers to employers by making presentations on their behalf. The Portfolio is a pictorial representation of the individual’s contributions and capabilities. The Portfolio is comprised of two components. The first half of the Portfolio introduces the concept of Customized Employment to the employer, thereby paving the way for the job developer to negotiate the terms of employment to meet the...
Description: The Leisure Diagnostic Battery (LDB) Software was designed as a user-friendly, time-saving means of administering and scoring the various scales that comprise the Leisure Diagnostic Battery. The updated version of the LDB Computer Software allows the user to store test scores and calculate local norms. The User's Manual, previously an additional purchase, is included on the CD. The LDB Software is available on CD for Windows and Mac.
Description: This website provides resources and tools to assist in the identification of the interests, preferences, strengths and needs of students with IEPs, so that the student will be better prepared for employment, further education and independent living. The information on this website has been developed by a team of educators from Area Education Agencies, Local Schools, University of Northern Iowa and University of Kansas, and the Iowa Department of Education.
Description: The (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), or FAFSA, is the first step in the financial aid process. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. In addition, most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid.
Description: Access to higher education remains a challenge for many students who face academic and informational barriers to college entry. This guide targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.
Description: The A Life 4 Me cyber community is for middle school aged kids with disabilities who are planning to graduate from high school with a special diploma or a certificate of program completion – not a standard or modified diploma -- and for your parents and family members. It is a place where kids with disabilities can share things they are good at, find out more about the things they really like to do, and think about the things that are really important to them. (families)
Description: VirginiaCAN's mission is "to support and enhance post high school education access and attainment for residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia." To accomplish this mission, VirginiaCAN will support access programs and foster new initiatives; develop information and financial resources for students and families; and promote the benefits of greater access to post high school education.
Description: Let the Wizard help you choose a career, get the information you need to pursue your career, enroll in one of Virginia's community colleges, pay for college, transfer to a four-year college or university, and get answers to your questions about your future.
Description: The Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment facilitates successful secondary and postsecondary educational, vocational and personal outcomes for students and adults with disabilities. ZC faculty, staff, and students do this through self-determination oriented evaluation, research, development, transition education instruction, and dissemination of best educational and support practices. The ZC also prepares undergraduate and graduate students to assume leadership roles in schools, universities,...
Description: Welcome to Disability.gov, the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Description: Planning for college can be one of the biggest moments in a teen’s life, but for those students with learning and other disabilities, the college experience can be fraught with frustration, uncertainty, and lowered self-confidence. College Success for Students With Learning Disabilities offers teens the confidence, strategies, and guidance they need to effectively choose a college, get prepared for university life, and make the most of their collegiate experience. Special sections also...
Description: Apply the principles of universal design for learning to transition for students with disabilities with this groundbreaking guidebook. Schools across the country already use universal design for learning to improve all students' access to the general curriculum and tap each learner's individual strengths—and now they'll have a practical book that takes this powerful teaching approach one step further for students approaching the transition to adult life. Transition specialists and...
Description: Researchers set out to collect, categorize, and analyze experimental and quasi-experimental information on adolescent writing instruction in order to determine which elements of existing instructional methods are reported by research to be effective. (Excerpted from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News, which can be found at http://www.ncset.org/enews/.)
Description: EEOC’s website that contains information explaining the different types of job discrimination that young workers may encounter and suggested strategies they can use to prevent, and if necessary, respond to such discrimination. You can download the Youth@Work Fact Sheet, Brochure and Bookmark by clicking on "Free Downloads" on the left hand margin.
Description: For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is accurate knowledge about their civil rights. The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment. (U.S. Department of Education)
Description: Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities. Our Premise To make a difference, professional development requires more than one-shot in-service training. Our Focus Deliver professional development that leads to changes in practice Support teams and individuals at the state and local...
Description: Perceptions and Expectations of Youth With Disabilities is a Special Topic Report of Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). This report from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) addresses questions such as how youth with disabilities describe their feelings about themselves and their lives, their secondary school experiences, their personal relationships, and their expectations for the future.
Description: A Hands On, reality-based approach to Vocational Training, Assessment, and On the Job Training (OJT) Placement for those with special needs.
Description: AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
Description: Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.