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Description: The end-of-summer countdown has begun, and while most kids aren't thrilled with the prospect of going back to school, the transition can be especially tough for those with autism. Three experts share their best tips for making the process smoother—for children of all ages. If your child is in elementary school … If your child is in middle school … If your child is in high school …
Description: AAIDD,  is the publisher, copyright holder, and sole owner of the SIS, SIS-A. SIS-C, SIS-A Annual Review Protocol, and Person-Centered Planning With the Supports Intensity Scale-Adult Version™: A Guide for Planning Teams (2017). The suite of SIS tools also includes all associated interview scoring forms, user’s guides, training manuals and materials, and associated electronic software platforms, most notably SISOnline and SISVenture. The SIS-A is a standardized assessment tool...
Description: The Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to participate more fully in the economy. Jumpstarted by a federal interagency working group dedicated to spurring the advancement of digital literacy across all age groups and...
Description: The road to adulthood for youth with disabilities is filled with opportunity, and parents play a key role. PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment is ready with the information families want, presented in a way families can use. Founded in 2014, PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment builds on PACER’s decades of experience providing high quality assistance and support to parents, youth, and professionals on transition topics. This...
Description: Looking for a roadmap to ensure that the technology in your workplace is accessible to all employees and job applicants? You've come to the right place! Whether you're just getting started on accessible technology or looking for more advanced guidance, PEAT offers resources that can help. This site includes resources on the following action steps: Learn More Get the Basics Assess Build Your Initiative Buy & Implement Communicate Measure Share What Works
Description: The Virginians with Disabilities Act § 51.5-33 directs the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), beginning July 1, 2017, to submit an annual report to the Governor, through the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, that provides an in-depth assessment of at least two major service areas for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. In June 2016, the Board determined that the 2017 focus would be on the education and employment of individuals with disabilities as related...
Description: We want to hear from you! The Rehabilitation and Research Training Center (RRTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is conducting a study to determine if people with physical disabilities can gain needed information on employment by participating in a Facebook Group on Employment. The study will last for six months. However, individuals can spend as much or as little time as they choose interacting in the Facebook group or reviewing the materials disseminated through a monthly Email. You...
Description: Autism Speaks is excited to announce that the Community-based Skills Assessment (CSA), a tool to help you develop a personalized transition plan, is now an app, powered by Identifor.  Check out the app today by downloading it in the Apple or Google store! The challenges associated with the transition from school services to adulthood for individuals with autism are well documented. Every individual with autism is different and as a result, there is no "one size fits all" plan for the...
Description: This web app provides online resources to help famililies raising children and youth in foster care and kinship care, where children and youth are brought up by non-birth parent relatives. The following topics are covered: Trying to Enroll a Child in School? Concerned about Learning or School? Concerned about Mental Health or Behaviors? Need Public Benefits? Concerned about Transitions Through School and After? Concerned about Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs? Involved in the Court...
Description: A recent PBS NewsHour segment examined issues related to employment of people with disabilities, including taking a deeper look at why the employment rate of Americans with disabilities is much higher compared to people without disabilities. The segment also shows how employers benefitting from hiring people with disabilities.
Description: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) receives many questions regarding personal assistance services (PAS) from employees with disabilities and their employers. This has been a difficult issue for employees who rely on PAS because employers generally are not required to provide accommodations related to services for personal needs. Employees with disabilities therefore must try to obtain these services themselves. It can be difficult for them to hire someone to come into the office a few times a...
Description: Student-directed IEPs are quickly gaining momentum in schools across the country—the proven benefits include higher academic achievement, enhanced student motivation, and increased communication and self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. Now for the first time, there's a book that gives elementary and high school educators in-depth how-to guidance on making student-directed IEPs work for students with a range of special needs. Packed with practical advice, helpful examples,...
Description: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program provides services to disconnected youth, ages 14-21, who face barriers to employment. Youth gain access to WIOA services through local youth WIOA program providers throughout the state. By bringing together local youth WIOA program providers, public service agencies, community organizations, businesses and others; our approach ensures coordination of youth funds and services in the community, and creates a...
Description: Project LIFE (Living Independently, Focusing on Empowerment) helps youth in Virginia succeed when they age out of foster care. We do that by helping youth directly and by supporting the professionals who work with them. Our services help youth in foster care avoid homelessness, helplessness and hopelessness. Instead, they have the knowledge and support they need to get jobs, continue school, live decently and give back to their communities. While youth are in foster care, decisions are often...
Description: Great Expectations is a nationally recognized program that helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is currently available at 18 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Great Expectations was created in 2008 as a partnership between Virginia’s Community Colleges and philanthropists supporting the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The program launched at five Virginia...
Description: The power to Elevate Virginia is rooted in the Commonwealth’s people and its businesses.  Whether it is the businesses that already call Virginia home or new companies considering a new location, the strength of the workforce is their primary concern.  Virginia’s future economic strength and global competitiveness depend on the readiness of a highly skilled and well-trained workforce to fill the increasingly complex jobs that mark the 21st century economy. Virginia’s...
Description: This includes: About Services for Older Youth & Independent Living Overview Eligibility, Services, Guidance & Procedures Educational Opportunities Community College Tuition Grant Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Great Expectations Video Modules- Module 1: What is a Transition Plan and why should I do one? Module 2: Who is involved in Transition Planning? Module 3: How do I develop a Transition Plan? Module 4: What do I need to know to effectively plan for myself? Module 5: What...
Description: This free texting app provides a picture-based system for individuals with disabilities, who are non-readers or who are not able to text using a standard touch screen keyboard. The user can send important preset message(s) (created by a family member or supervisor) to necessary preset contact(s) as email messages or text messages with one swipe or touch. Users can also receive messages sent to them by others using this app. Messages sent or received by the user can be read out loud using...
Description: The Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) at the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is committed to improving the independence and employment of persons with significant disabilities, including youth in transition. This includes: Transition Services Flier (in English and Spanish) Transition Services Guide School to Work Transition Services provides the following: WHAT ARE TRANSITION SERVICES? HOW CAN YOUR DRS COUNSELOR ASSIST YOU? YOUR EMPLOYMENT GOAL(S) WILL INCLUDE...
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: The Applied Studies Diploma is a diploma option available to students identified as having a disability who complete the requirements of their individualized education programs (IEPs) and meet certain requirements prescribed by the Board of Education pursuant to regulations, but do not meet the requirements for any named diploma. This includes a Webinar Series on the Applied Studies Diploma: Applied Studies Diploma Overview Applied Studies Diploma Part 2: The Curriculum Map Applied Studies...
Description: This online Applied Studies Curriculum Progress Report generator enables teachers to document progress on the domains and competencies contained in the Applied Studies Curriculum Map. Domains: Employment English History and Social Science Independent Living Mathematics Science Competencies: Employment Career Awareness Employability Job-Seeking Skills Problem Solving Self-Advocacy Social/Communication English Community Literacy Composition Comprehension Documents and Forms Self-Selected...
Description: The Applied Studies Curriculum Map (PDF) is a set of skills and competencies that IEP teams can use to identify the need for additional instruction that the student will need to achieve their postsecondary goals. These skills are not standards or required to earn the Applied Studies Diploma, but provide guidance to teams in aligning the student’s transition goals with the goals outlined in the annual IEP. The Applied Studies Curriculum Map provides a guide in which teachers, students,...
Description: The Virginia Board is now accepting applications for the next session of Partners in Policymaking (PIP), a premier advocacy and leadership training program. The 2017-18 class will consist of seven two-day sessions beginning September of 2017 and lasting through April of 2018. Eligible applicants are adults with developmental disabilities and/or parents of young children with developmental disabilities. 
Description: The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR. NIDILRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity...
Description: For Educators and Professionals This site is designed to provide educators and professionals with practical information that can be used to identify and provide appropriate services to children with a brain injury. The following information is located within this section. TBI Identification Protocol: Information and documents related to how to identify a student with a traumatic brain injury. Manual: This will connect you with the Brain Injury in Children and Youth: A Manual for...
Description: Social capital may seem like a contemporary buzzword, but the concept has been around for centuries. It is described in history, economics, sociology, and politics. It has been described in highly esoteric ways by numerous famous intellectuals. In this webcast, we take it down to the everyday level.  Social capital is a resource (something you can obtain, use, and invest), a catalyst (something that causes change), and an outcome (with potential benefits to both the individual and the...
Description: This handbook is designed as a guide to help students with disabilities take another step in preparing for “life after high school.” The activities in this handbook should be completed with your parent/guardian, teacher, or school counselor. While high school is an exciting time, what you do after high school can be just as exciting with some careful and thoughtful planning. In order to carefully plan for what will happen after you graduate, you will need to: Know your...
Description: The TAGG is a new on-line transition assessment for secondary-aged youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals. TAGG items derive from research identified student behaviors associated with post high school employment and education. The TAGG provides a norm-based graphic profile, present level of performance statement, lists of strengths and needs, and suggested IEP annual transition goals. Numerous studies demonstrated that the TAGG produces valid and reliable results. A grant...
Description: The Working in Support of Education (W!SE) financial literacy credential is closely aligned to the required Economics and Personal Finance (EPF) course (6120) for all students.  Therefore, students who have successfully completed the EPF course in a previous semester or previous year but have not passed an industry certification examination to satisfy the Standard Diploma graduation requirement may take the W!SE test. Upon passing the W!SE test, these students will have met two graduation...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education, in partnership with Virginia Business Publications, LLC, is pleased to provide the R U "College & Career" Ready? Magazine, 2017 edition, Reach Higher, for students enrolled in the sophomore class.  In November 2016, this publication will be mailed to school counseling departments for distribution.  We are requesting the magazine be presented formally to students through a classroom guidance activity or by offering instruction as an...
Description: On 1 September 2016 Virginia launched its new Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program. The Family & Individual (FIS) Waiver, the Community Living (CL) Waiver, and Building Independence (BI) Waiver, all now fall under the umbrella of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program. The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver serves individuals of any age with a developmental disability. The new DD Waiver Program also covers children from birth through 9 years of age with a substantial...
Description: Giving people who are deaf-blind the tools to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.
Description: For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free. Educators' Resources Our curriculum staff has created the following guides to assist you in using GCFLearnFree.org content with the...
Description: This presentation covers: Current Diploma Options Applied Studies Diploma Overview Background Purpose The Curriculum Map Organization Competencies Skills Levels Format Instructional Protocol for Authentic Assessment Planning Reporting Resources Standard Diploma and Credit Accommodations
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. The purpose of transition planning for youth at ages 14 and 16 is similar; good planning should address academic achievement and functional performance that will facilitate movement from...
Description: What are transition services?The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that are designed to be within a results-oriented process. The services focus on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These activities include postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported...
Description: To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors the following five policy and technical assistance resources: Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion Job Accommodation Network LEAD Center National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology
Description: This section contains information on: General Achievement Adult High School Diploma (GAAHSD) Program General Educational Development Certificates (GED) Certificate of Program Completion
Description: A Virginia high school diploma signifies that the bearer has met proficiency standards established by the Board of Education in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history. The resources listed here explain Virginia's graduation requirements and the many options now available to students for earning a high school diploma. You also will find information on how students can get even more out of their high school experience by accepting the challenge of advanced courses. Standard Diploma...
Description: Our Mission The Bridge Line enriches the lives of adults with acquired brain injuries by fostering independence through individualized day and residential services. The residential program is a long-term voluntary community for adults with brain injuries. The staff believes that survivor’s lives don’t have to be static. The primary purpose and activities are the fostering of a family-like setting for daily life wherein adults with brain injuries can live to the greatest degree...
Description: The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority offers creative and flexible services to open doors for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. Our mission is to provide alternative funding resources for Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology that can enhance their independence and improve their quality of life. Any Virginian with a disability can apply for a loan with us, regardless of income and no matter how small a loan they might need. Credit...
Description: “Work Early, Work Often” is a video campaign created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative’s career preparation and management working group. Together, the three-part series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in an individual’s transition to adulthood, particularly for young adults with disabilities. Each storyline focuses on a different subject and narrative, told from the perspective of key audiences that are part of the transition journey....
Description: My Life My Community DBHDS (Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services) is committed to being good listeners, good partners and good stewards of the public resources entrusted to the agency. As we meet the challenges that lie ahead, we are dedicated to a system re-design that truly provides opportunity for citizens to receive the supports they need to live full lives in the community. This includes information on Waiver Amendments, Waiver Redesign...
Description: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment and requires that covered employers (employers with 15 or more employees) provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities that require such accommodations due to their disabilities. This document seeks to provide general information to employers and employees regarding when...
Description: Currently 4 videos are available: No Fighting, No Biting! Managing Sibling Conflict The goal of this workshop is to give parents some strategies to cope with conflict between siblings, including situations where one sibling has a disability. Presented by: Meladie Gey Burke, LPC, RPT Transition 101: Agency Linkages Agency linkages are critically important for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to postsecondary education, training, employment and independent living. The goal...
Description: As teachers, we often hear concerns from students and families about losing their Social Security benefits if they enter the workforce. This webcast will provide information about how Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) cash benefits are affected by paid employment and emphasizes how favorably the SSI program treats earned income. Work incentives such as the Student Earned Income Exclusion and Impairment Related Work Expenses are introduced and examples are provided which illustrate how these...
Description: This webcast provides an opportunity for teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the Social Security benefits and how paid employment affects students. This webcast provides a basic description of the three most common Social Security benefits available to transition age youth: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Child's Benefits, and Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB). Information is also provided about where Virginia students, families and teachers can get help understanding the Social...
Description: Whether you are just considering working, ready to find a service provider to help you, are looking for a job, or already working and want to keep on the road to financial independence, explore the Path to Work to learn more at every part of your journey. If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability benefits you can take advantage of Work Incentives that make it easier to work and still receive health care and in some instances, receive cash benefits from Social Security,...