Person-Centered plans are basically brochures which provide information about a person with a disability to other people who are not familiar with the disabled person. They are easy to make, informative, and make wonderful “ice-breakers” for a child or adult who has difficulty explaining their particular disability, especially to a larger group. One mother of a disabled child had this to say about the brochures:
“I did [a person-centered plan] after attending one of the FACT trainings and before we completed [my son's] IEP evaluation. I cannot even begin to tell you how IMPORTANT the addition of this brochure helped during the IEP process (they even reference it in his IEP and direct the reader to look at it for additional information). Additionally, it has helped his school teachers, aids, caregivers, Sunday school teachers, family members etc… They are able to see at a glance helpful information about his strengths and areas that are challenging for him.” -From the website. CLICK HERE to view sample plans or to get templates to help you make your own!
“For more than 37 years, the TASH Conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders in the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. The TASH Conference is attended by professors and researchers, public policy workers, special and general educators, school administrators, self-advocates, family members, adult service providers, students, and a variety of other professionals and advocates. Each year, the TASH Conference is the one place where stakeholders from every aspect of the disability community come together to learn, share and grow in our collective effort to advance inclusion and human rights for people with significant disabilities.” From the website. CLICK HERE or go to http://conference.tash.org/ to learn more.
The National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) is contracted with the federal government to provide work from home opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities. Most jobs are customer service related positions, but there are other opportunities as well. NTI also has a database of jobs specifically for people who are disabled and receiving SSI or SSDI benefits and has it’s own employment agency called Staffing Connection, which helps to place disabled people into onsite jobs. This is an excellent resource for anyone recieving disability benefits. Click Here or go to www.nticentral.org to learn more.
AIDD is an online database which shows many different resources that are available in every state. Resources included in this website are: State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DDC), State Protection & Advocacy Systems (P&A), National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research & Service (UCEDDs), Projects of National Significance (PNS). Click Here to visit the database.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities Has put together a great webpage which provides information and food for thought for parents of children with disabilities who are about to transition out of school and into the working world. From the website – “Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.” This page contains definitions of transition services provided by the government, how parents can specifically request transition services, and additional resources surrounded the transition process. To visit this page Click Here
From the Oregonian – “Thanks to Jenny Veenker, five developmentally disabled adults have a loving home in a suburban split-level made beautiful with paint and care. On a recent fall evening, one of Veenker’s clients pours coffee at a granite-topped kitchen island. Another helps his wife of 25 years — both are mentally retarded — pull on a sweater. Then all five of Veenker’s residents, ages 23 to 65, gather for a pre-dinner prayer, bowing heads in unison. The family dogs — Bella, Frankie and Bear — whimper in the laundry room while salad, homemade bean soup and grilled hamburgers are served around a formal dining room table. This is what Oregon officials had in mind when they shut down Fairview Training Center for good and completed a transition to a community-based system of care for about 4,200 developmentally disabled adults. The dedication of caregivers like Veenker can be easily overshadowed by stories of abuse and neglect elsewhere in the system. But thousands do inspiring work every day — and make a huge difference in their clients’ lives….” – Read full article here
A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College An excellent resource for anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend college at some point in their lives. This guide covers many different subjects ranging from goal setting, managing time, searching for grants and scholarships, developing a support network, and where to look (both on and off campus) when you need help.
We Have Human Rights is an excellent guide designed specifically for people with developmental disabilities. This online handbook cover many different subjects like: Civil Rights, Equality, Right to Work, Medical Care, Self-Advocacy, and more. It is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in learning about human rights for people with disabilities.
Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) offers information on the transition topics such as transition, ADA Rights, Social Security work programs, self determination, and more to help families of students and young adults with disabilities learn about key transition strategies promoting the career development, self-determination, and postsecondary success of their youth.
By Vern Zacher, Jean Ness, and Dennis Olson
Quick common sense tips on transition for American Indian Youth in Transition and those working with them through the process.
Incight empowers people with disabilities to become contributing members of society. We accomplish this through several dynamic programs focused in the areas of: Education, Employment, Networking and Independence.
Career Development for Exceptional Individuals (CDE) specializes in the fields of secondary education, transition, and career development for persons with documented disabilities and special needs. CDE focuses on the life roles of individuals as students, workers, consumers, family members, and citizens. Articles cover qualitative and quantitative research, scholarly reviews, and program descriptions and evaluations.
The Oregon Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities operated collaboratively by the office of Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the University of Oregon (U of O), and local school districts statewide in Oregon. The purpose of the program is to prepare youth with disabilities for employment or career related post secondary education or training.
Transfer of Rights at Age of Majority: A resource guide for students with disabilities and their families.
As students prepare to take on the responsibilities of planning for their future education, career, and life goals, there are many questions to explore and skills to learn. This resource guide is designed for students with disabilities and their family members or other support persons. By using the guide together, students and their families have the opportunity to explore the issues and events, such as the transfer of educational rights, that they will encounter as the student transitions from junior high or middle school to high school and beyond.
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.NCSET launched its youth Web site, Youthhood.org, in the Spring of 2005. The Youthhood Web site is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. Although the site addresses youth directly, it is intended to be used as a curriculum within a classroom, community program, or in any setting where adults are working with youth to set goals and plan for the future. The Youthhood includes informational content, interactive activities, an online magazine, and a wealth of other opportunities for youth to connect what’s important to them to their learning experiences.
Hello! Hey, we’re glad you made it. This site is a place for you, your friends, and other teens. It’s a welcoming community for all youth and a place where all youth belong. We want you to be here. This is your place, your space.
Here you can start thinking about what you want to do with the rest of your life. This Web site was built to help you plan for the future. What will you do after high school? Will you work? Go to college? Live in a place of your own? By using this Web site, you can plan for your future right now!
Click here to learn more, or you can register now! If you’re already registered, log in (see top right) and get active!
Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-secondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities by Office for Civil Rights.
More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in post-secondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities post-secondary schools have toward you. Being well informed will help ensure you have a full opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the post-secondary education experience without confusion or delay.
Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it. Find out more about transition in Spanish | Sobre transición en español
The transition from youth to adulthood is challenging for almost every young person. This is particularly true for young people with disabilities. Yet, it is in those crucial transition-age years that a young person’s future can be determined.
An extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices — including lessons from youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs — suggests that all youth need:
- Access to high quality standards-based education regardless of the setting;
- Information about career options and exposure to the world of work; including structured internships;
- Opportunities to develop social, civic, and leadership skills;
- Strong connections to caring adults;
- Access to safe places to interact with their peers; and,
- Support services and specific accommodations to allow them to become independent adults.
The Guideposts can help steer families, institutions and youth themselves through the transition processes.
Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center ( NSTTAC ) is directed and staffed by the Special Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in partnership with the Special Education Programs at Western Michigan University and Appalachian State University. In order to ensure full implementation of IDEA and help youth with disabilities and their families achieve desired post-school outcomes, NSTTAC will help states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities and disseminate information and provide technical assistance on scientifically-based research practices with an emphasis on building and sustaining state-level infrastructures of support and district-level demonstrations of effective transition methods for youth with disabilities. The NSTTAC will provide efficient and effective large-scale implementation and sustainability of research-based secondary transition.
Since 2000, the HEATH Resource Center has served as a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities, managed by The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Resources .The HSC Foundation has partnered with the George Washington University to expand the content of this resource and to designate it as the official resource website of The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Center.
The HEATH Resource Center is a web-based clearinghouse that serves as an information exchange of educational resources, support services and opportunities. The HEATH Resource Center gathers, develops and disseminates information in the form of resource papers, fact sheets, website directories, newsletters, and resource materials.
AHEAD is a professional membership organization for those involved in developing and advocating for quality higher education of students with disabilities. AHEAD started in 1977, and since then, the organization has been working to promote equal opportunities for students with disabilities in higher education. The organization also offers professional development through conferences, workshops, and publications for those who teach students with disabilities in higher education. The site offers a wealth of transition resources for teachers, students, and families that can be beneficial to the transition planning process. The site gives website laws, assistive technology, and job opportunities. The site also lists annual conferences for those interested in attending.
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.
In this community, there are places that will help answer the question that a lot of adults ask kids
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
What they are really asking is:
“What things are important to you?”
“What things do you like to do now?”
“What kind of work and play will you want to do after you graduate from high school?”
Kids may have to try a lot more new things before answering those questions.
Here you can travel around a cyber community (maybe one that looks like the one you live in) trying out places and things and you will never have to leave your house. While you travel you can learn new things about your child you may never have known like his likes and dislikes, things he is good at or not so good at, things he wants to do, to try, or to change. In other words you will be learning the type of information that can help you and your child plan his life or even just the next IEP.
Division on Career Development and Transition, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is an organization whose membership promotes active engagement in transition activities for youth and adults with disabilities. The division works to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.
The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) has created secondary transition toolkit to assist youth in their transition into the adult world. The best thing about the toolkit is that it was written and designed by youth with disabilities who are members of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) for youth. It can also be used with families and professionals as a youth-friendly Toolkit for transition.
The Post-secondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet) website includes information from its four regional centers’ activities, and contains practical, informative resources that advance post-secondary educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Brought to you by nationally recognized leaders in the field of disability law, the Disability Law Lowdown Podcast delivers the latest in disability rights information every other week. You can subscribe for free and have shows automatically delivered, or you can listen to the show and read the transcripts from this site. The Lowdown is also offered in video ASL via Disability Law Lowdown YouTube Channel
Disability Law Lowdown 35 – Transition Part 1
Jacquie Brennan interviews Jean Ashmore from Rice University on helping students with disabilities make the transition from high school to college.
(Running time is 17:03, filesize is 15.6MB)
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Disability Law Lowdown 36 – Transition Part 2
Part two of Jacquie Brennan’s interview with Jean Ashmore on the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities.
(Running time is 19:11, filesize is 17.6MB)
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Learning Disabilities Association of America (Success in College for Adults with Learning Disabilities)
This is a PDF file of a report put out by the LDAA, which shows the steps and concepts you need to address during transition from high school to college. I think the area marked “Tips for Success in College” would be most beneficial as students use the checklist to ensure success in college.
On the MOVE: Helping Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Needs Transition into Adulthood presents findings and future directions from an initiative to develop and implement transition programs for adolescents with mental and emotional difficulties as they enter adulthood. Topics include the unique challenges of moving from adolescence to adulthood for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness, matching services to the needs of adolescents and young adults, and the Transition to Independence Process Model.
Information for students with intellectual disabilities is provided in this Internet resource. The site includes answers to frequently asked questions related to developing or expanding services for students with intellectual disabilities in college settings, and specific information on the two Post-secondary Education Research Center (PERC) project sites in Maryland and Connecticut.
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven national organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This article describes how to plan for transition if you are a student who is deaf/hard of hearing.