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Planning for life after high school can be overwhelming. This page provides information and resources to help plan and find appropriate options and services.
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Description: This website sponsored by The Arc includes: Learn About Future Planning Planning ahead can help guide a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) to lead a good life as independently as possible. A plan is important throughout all stages of life and especially in the future after the parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support. Build Your Future Plan To better serve families and individuals with I/DD in future planning, “Build Your Plan”™ is a...
Description: This webcast will provide results of a study on the career planning experiences and overall college experiences of students on the Autism Spectrum.  Structured interviews were conducted with college students with ASD attending community colleges and/or state universities in Virginia.  Seven emerging themes based on students’ knowledge of, and participation in, career related services and supports will be described. 
Description: Justin George is a young man with AS and ADHD. He also has anxiety. This webcast will be delivered by Justin. In his own words, he will discuss how strategies, people and placements helped him move from middle school, high school and now to college. Strategies on how he moved forward, became more self-determined, and has used his interests and love of amateur radio and weather reporting to continue to become more successful as he progresses through his transitions in life will be discussed.
Description: Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, often during times of personal hardship, transition, and uncertainty. Our programs serve as vital financial protection for working men and women, children, the disabled, and the elderly. We administer the largest disability program in the nation. Unfortunately, there are some common misconceptions about our program. We want to ensure that the American public understands this important program and has a clear picture of the individuals...
Description: Here are Mary’s Top 10 Tips on communicating with someone who has a disability. This video engages the viewer while educating them on the proper disability etiquette. This video is part of a series on disability awareness and inclusion in sports and physical education.
Description: This is a listing of independent organizations who provide a variety of direct supports and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment or working.
Description: Local community agencies charged with providing case management, and distribution of local, state, and federal funds for services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health disabilities. Many CSBs and BHAs also provide direct services in employment and housing for invidividuals with behavioral and developmental disabilities. Some individuals with ASD are eligible for services based on their additional diagnoses and needs.
Description: These videos about successful accommodations are located on the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (RRTC-VCU) website.
Description: PASS is an acronym which stands for Plan to Achieve Self-Support and it’s a work incentive provision within Social Security’s disability benefits program. PASS allows a person with a disability to set aside income and/or resources for a specified period of time in order to pay for items or services needed to achieve an employment goal. Under an approved Plan to Achieve Self-Support, an individual may set aside income and/or resources to pay for education or training, job coaching or...
Description: The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field.
Description: This lists the website, address and contact person for each Center of Independent Living (CIL) in Virginia.
Description: The transition strategies presented in this manual address the challenges that children, families, educators, and community providers face when working with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Research on transition hasshown a variety of practices to be effective for students with a range of disabilities. This manual describes many of those practices and recommends strategies to adapt practices for students with TBI.
Description: The IRIS Center has assembled an impressive collection of Evidence-Based Practice Summaries of research about the effectiveness of various instructional strategies and interventions. The summaries include links to research reports, information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness, and the age groups for which it is designed. Summaries are available on the following topics: Assessment (includes progress monitoring), Behavior and Classroom Management, Content...
Description: Healthy Transitions is a mobile app designed to help young adults with special healthcare needs build skills needed to gain independence and manage their own healthcare. The app features videos that explain how to handle real life scenarios and an interactive game to reinforce the ideas presented in the videos. The videos are categorized into four sections; healthcare, insurance, healthy lifestyles and relationships. The Healthy Transitions app is easy to use and can be downloaded for free...
Description: El sitio Benefits.gov (anteriormente, GovBenefits.gov) fue lanzado en un esfuerzo por proporcionar a los ciudadanos un acceso sencillo por Internet a los programas de asistencia y beneficios del Gobierno. Después de ocho años de su lanzamiento inicial, GovBenefits.gov fue rediseñado y se convirtió en Benefits.gov. Sin embargo, la misión del programa sigue siendo la misma: reducir los costos y la dificultad que implica interactuar con el Gobierno y al mismo...
Description: The Job Accommodation Network has released "Accommodations for Brain Injury in the Workplace," a JAN Just-In-Time training module. This module will be helpful to employers, employees, family members, and others who are interested in technical assistance on the potential impact of a brain injury on an employee's experience in the workplace. In particular, this module discusses how effective accommodations can be provided to help employees with brain injuries be more successful in the workplace....
Description: The Mason Autism Support Initiative offers individualized, comprehensive social and academic supports to motivated Mason students with autism spectrum disorder in order to guide them through the transition into university life, and assist them in building skills necessary for success in the university environment and beyond. We encourage development of self-advocacy and college-level independent living skills by providing individual and group support within a collaborative model. Applications...
Description: The goal of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative – a federal cross agency initiative – is to coordinate and leverage existing resources to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This resource guide is an example of federal agencies working together to ensure employers have the tools and resources they need to recruit, hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities.
Description: This directory lists more than 700 internationally owned companies operating in Virginia.
Description: The Explore ASD Series contains seminars that provide a narrow focus of information on topics important to educators, families, individuals with ASD, other professionals, and community members. These presentations are approximately 30-40 minutes long and are detailed enough to provide a quick overview or review of information.  The topics include: Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Environmental Structure and Visual Supports, Communication, The Comprehensive Autism Planning System...
Description: Esta guía ayuda a los consumidores con los problemas y quejas que tienen en su vida diaria. En esta guía también encontrará información sobre agencias federales, organizaciones nacionales y otras oficinas que ayudan al consumidor.
Description: Use the Consumer Action Handbook (CAH) to get help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, local, state, and federal government agencies, national consumer organizations, and more. (USA.gov)
Description: The Customized Employment 101 webinar will assist special education teachers, transition coordinators and employment specialists of middle and high students in considering person-directed employment beyond the confines of traditional job development. The outcome of customized employment planning is paid, community-based employment for students with complex lives. (VCU Center on Transition Innovations)
Description: The Process of Discovery surrounds a person-centered approach to gathering information about the prospective worker to guide the development of customized employment and work experience. Discovery answers the question "who is this student?", "what contributions can he/she make? and "where and when are they at their best?" This process uses portfolios, visual resumes, interviews and observations to uncover the unique contributions, skills and interests that each person can bring to the job. (VCU...
Description: The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) developed Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit for Self-Advocates to help self-advocacy organizations apply for grants. The toolkit provides information on how self-advocacy organizations can become more independent and guidance on how to become a tax-exempt non-profit organization (501c3).
Description: Dream It. Do It. Virginia is a free career resource tool built by Virginia's advanced technology sector to help individuals learn more about exciting fields of possible future employment. It includes Career Exploration, Technology Training, Military2Manufacturing and Network Partners.
Description: Individuals with disabilities are a vital and dynamic part of our Nation, and their contributions have impacted countless lives. People with disabilities bring immeasurable value to our workplaces, and we will continue to address the challenges to employment that must be overcome.
Description: Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.
Description: The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.
Description: Cuando un estudiante con discapacidades alcanza la edad donde uno es considerado adulto (llamada mayoría de edad), el Estado puede transferir al estudiante todos los derechos educacionales que Ud., como padre, ha tenido hasta ese momento. Dependiendo de la ley de su Estado, ésto generalmente sucede cuando su hijo tiene entre 18 y 21 años. No todos los Estados transfieren los derechos. Pero si su Estado lo hace, entonces los derechos y responsabilidades que Ud. ha tenido para...
Description: Once a student with a disability leaves high school, other agencies are available to assist with putting the individual in contact with helpful resources.
Description: Many different individuals come together to help the student plan for transition. Typically, transition planning is handled by members of the IEP team, with other individuals becoming involved as needed. It’s important to involve a variety of people, for they will bring their unique perspectives to the planning table. The team draws upon the expertise of the different members and pools their information to make decisions or recommendations for the student.
Description: For many youth with disabilities looking ahead to life after high school, employment will be an immediate and serious consideration. And the time to consider it well and thoroughly is during the high school years, during transition planning, and through transition services that are carefully matched to the goal of employment.
Description: When people use the term age of majority, they are generally referring to when a young person reaches the age where one is considered to be an adult. Depending upon your state law, this usually happens at some point between 18 and 21. This includes a link to a description in Spanish.
Description: Going away to college is a significant achievement in the life of any young adult. But this milestone is often considered out of reach for students on the autism spectrum. It doesn't have to be. This fact sheet developed by the Autism Society, includes tips on learning to live independently and developing academic and social skills.
Description: If you have a child with a disability, the need to plan for your future, as well as your child’s, is important and the time to plan is now! The reality is that something could happen at any moment to leave you or your child at risk. It could be your death, or a chronic or debilitating illness or catastrophic injury that impairs your ability to care for yourself and your child. These events cause emotional and often financial hardship, so why not create a plan now while you can be...
Description: In this webcast, Tori illustrates her struggles, triumphs, and tools used to survive each day. This allows for an opportunity to walk a mile in her shoes as she journeys through life from childhood to adulthood. Tori's message will leave you curious, motivated, and with a heightened awareness of ASD. Just when you think you know all about ASD, Tori's story may surprise you! (VCU Autism Center for Excellence- ACE)
Description: This is a parent's guide to career exploration.
Description: ¿Por qué debe mi hijo/a explorer profesiones? Una guía para padres sobre la exploración de profesiones. . .
Description: This is a resource guide for families and youth with disabilities in New Mexico. Although the graduation process and state resources are different, there are sections that could be useful for transition planning in Virginia.
Description: This fact sheet from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains a young worker's employment rights and responsibilities under the laws enforced by EEOC.
Description: Our products are developed to teach reading, writing, math, safety, social skills, self-determination, communication, and work/life skills to children and adults with special needs. Using interactive software, our educational programs combine instructive lessons with games designed to engage and challenge learners with special needs at any age. Our learning materials, software, and AAC (augmentative alternative communication) devices offer cutting-edge solutions to help children and adults with...
Description: It is the vision of the Virginia Department of Education to create a centralized statewide portal for information, resources, demonstration, and research for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities. The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) at Virginia Commonwealth University provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the field. The results of research studies and demonstration projects conducted here in Virginia help...
Description: The Tech Act is intended to promote people's awareness of, and access to, assistive technology (AT) devices and services. The Act seeks to provide AT to persons with disabilities, so they can more fully participate in education, employment, and daily activities on a level playing field with other members of their communities. The Act covers people with disabilities of all ages, all disabilities, in all environments (early intervention, K-12, post-secondary, vocational rehabilitation, community...
Description: There is more to estate planning--particularly when special needs children are involved--than signing some documents and putting them in a strong box or filing cabinet, never to be found again. As a general rule, we should keep our estate planning documents in a safe place that is readily accessible in the event they are needed. Parents of children with special needs should also use a binder that contains all the information that future caregivers will need to carry on after the parents are...
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: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) has released its first film, Place Matters, which documents the transitions of people from state training centers to homes in the community. On January 26, 2012, Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement, which mandates that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities must live in integrated, community-based settings.
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.