Life After High School
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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: 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.
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: 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: More than four hundred Virginia PIP alumni, and thousands who have graduated from PIP programs across the country, have learned how to make a difference every day for themselves, their families, and their communities. Individuals participating in PIP attend advocacy training, resource development, and skill building workshops led by state and national experts. Topics covered include the history of the disability rights movement, self-advocacy, independent living, employment, building inclusive...
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: Since 1989, College Living Experience (CLE) has been providing post-secondary supports to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized services in the areas of academics, independent living, social skills, and career development, CLE supports are tailored to each young adult we serve. It is through personalized services, our team celebrates the uniqueness of students in such a way that we...
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: Beyond Academics- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro supports students with intellectual and developmental disabilities enrolled in Integrative Community Studies, a four-year certificate course of study that emphasizes higher education, self-determination, community inclusion, career development and independent living. Students completing requirements for graduation receive a certificate awarded by The Office of the Provost at UNCG. Beyond Academics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner...
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: Marshall University is committed to making all programs, services, and activities fully accessible to students with disabilities. The purpose of the Office of Disability Services Program is to provide the educational and physical accessibility support necessary for students to achieve their academic goals and to promote as much independence as possible on the part of the students with disabilities. (postsecondary education)
Description: Student Access Services (SAS) provides service to those individuals with diagnosed disabilities and education on disability awareness for the Marymount community. SAS is available throughout the year for information, services, and referrals to complement – but not duplicate – services offered to all students through other campus offices. (postsecondary education)
Description: The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is a dual purpose. The first is to provide a supportive academic environment for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The second is to supply an apprenticeship for George Mason University students. (postsecondary 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: Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
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: Friends of Quinn is an online community that offers resources and support for young adults with learning differences, as well as for the people who love them. It was founded by Quinn Bradlee, filmmaker and author of A Different Life, a book about growing up with LDs, and the mission is to connect the LD world.
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: 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: 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: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of personal digital assistants (PDAs) as task management tools in a sample of transition-age high school students with autism. Gentry, T., Wallace, J., Kvarfordt, C. & Lynch, K. (2010). Personal digital assistants as cognitive aids for high school students with autism: Results of a community-based trial. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(2), 101-107.
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: This webcast designed to introduce parents, educators, and professionals to effective strategies for supporting someone with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) in adolescence and adulthood. The webcast provided a description of common strengths and areas of need present in adulthood and focused on characteristics related to communication and social-emotional development.
Description: In this presentation, Sam and his mom, Bradford, shared Sam's journey and some of the tools used to facilitate the path to an "extra" ordinary life for him. This presentation discussed how these principals were used throughout his entire lifetime and are still utilized now as he is preparing for the transition to adulthood.
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: This is a parents' guide to adult services in the city of Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties. It contains "Securing a Future: A Checklist for Parents," as well as information on Estate and Benefits Planning, Post-Secondary, Vocational and Day Support Services, Recreation, Transportation and Living Arrangements. The 10 Appendices include additional resources. Some of the resources are specific to parents in Alexandria City and Arlington and Fairfax County but some of the information...
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: As a teenager ready for adulthood, you should begin to take control of how you handle your metabolic condition and your health in general. To start, read through these materials. You should begin to look for an adult-focused doctor to replace your pediatrician who only deals with childhood problems. This process of finding an adult-focused doctor is called a medical care transition and takes time and planning — but once it occurs, it is a great success. The Transition Toolkit will help you...
Description: Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. Our aim is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families. With a broad range of partners, we are working to: Expand the use of the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in pediatric, family...
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 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.