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Title: Best Buddies
Description: Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). (National Organizations)
Description: Welcome to MDA’s new Transitions Resource Center, a site focused on the needs, goals and hopes of young people with neuromuscular disease! Each year in the United States, nearly half a million youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions cross into adulthood — and the numbers continue to grow. However, barriers continue to exist for young people seeking higher education, employment and independent living. (National Organizations)
Description: As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. (National Organizations)
Description: Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. (National Organizations)
Description: The Division of Long-Term Care (LTC) administers the provision of Medicaid services to the elderly and persons with disabilities. This includes ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of Medicaid long-term care individuals; program and policy development; program operations; regulatory development; legislative review; provider and individual training; education; and development of LTC initiatives and special reports. The focus of LTC is on the health, safety, and welfare of all persons who...
Description: In this Guide, you will find topics about directing your own personal assistant, repite and companion supports.
Description: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?" This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you.
Description: As a professional who provides services such as occupational skills training and job readiness training, you need to know how to help young people decide if they should share information about their disabilities. Disclosure is, by law, a personal decision that individuals with disabilities must make for themselves.
Description: The interactive GAP Learning Guide was developed to help teens and young adults with hearing loss to better enable and empower themselves as they make significant life transitions. GAP is the first guide of its kind that is interactive and combines the wide spectrum of resource materials used to support self-advocacy for young people with hearing impairment. This is one of the most comprehensive, state of the art resources on self-determination, technology, transition, and access to...
Description: Thanks to advancements in technology, young people with disabilities can do virtually any job that someone without a disability can perform. Expanding your workplace to include young people with and without disabilities is a positive way to help shape the future workforce—and benefit your business.
Description: These tips include: Start Early, Promote Education, Encourage Work-Based Learning Experiences, Create Leadership Opportunities, Set Goals and Develop Social Skills.
Description: This article discusses competencies that may be the key to the success of young workers in the 21st Century workplace. These competencies include: networking, professionalism, enthusiasm, communication skills, teamwork and problem solving and critical thinking.
Description: The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale is a 72-item assessment for adolescents with cognitive disabilities. The measure will aide students with cognitive disabilities and educators in identifying students’ strengths and limitations in terms of self-determination and allow researchers to explore the relationship between self-determination and the factors that either promote or inhibit it.
Description: The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, developed the student, parent, and educator versions of the AIR Self-Determination Assessments with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The AIR Self-Determination scale: * produces a profile of the student's level of self-determination * identifies areas of strength and areas needing improvement * identifies specific...
Description: This toolkit is intended to help guidance and career counselors to better assist high school students with disabilities to transition into postsecondary education and employment. Adults with LD and their supporters will also find the information and resources valuable in planning for entering postsecondary education and for career preparation.
Description: The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) collaborated on this publication. Through it you will find ways to create a sense of order in your life and maintain control over your finances as you care for your child and prepare him or her for adulthood. (parent)
Description: This is a web-based tool to provide jobseekers with information on more than 900 occupations, as well as local job openings and training opportunities. Users can search for jobs in three categories: jobs with a “bright outlook” in growing industries, jobs that are part of the “green” economy, and jobs with Registered Apprenticeship programs. Each listing has a one-page profile with information about what knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed; the occupation’s...
Description: Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase.    
Description: A student’s postsecondary goals should “drive” all transition services and planning. Prior to beginning this module, it will be helpful to have a solid understanding of age-appropriate transition assessments. If you’ve completed a transition assessment process with a student, having those assessment results available might be helpful in thinking about applying this module to your own caseload.
Description: 2009 (FCTD Family Guide) : The Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning is to help families prepare for those times during which their child moves from one environment to another and from one development stage to another. The focus is on the role of assistive technology during those times.
Description: Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift have spent more than 30 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. There is a fee to view the training videos.
Description: Reference Points: Transition Updates from the Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) features resources and updates to help parent organizations, advocates and professionals better serve adolescents and young adults with disabilities and their families. Subscribers receive several short e-mail messages each week featuring resources on issues affecting young adults with disabilities and their families. (PACER Center)
Description: Published by the Institute for Educational Leadership, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, in Washington, DC, this guide is intended for practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in secondary and postsecondary education programs, transition programs, One-Stop Career Centers, youth employment programs, and community rehabilitation programs, to help them improve services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. It...
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: 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 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: This is a workbook to help young adults with disabilities, their families and professionals to plan for living, working and particpating in the community. It was developed by Mary E. Morningstar (Transition Assessments)
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 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: A Hands On, reality-based approach to Vocational Training, Assessment, and On the Job Training (OJT) Placement for those with special needs.
Description: The information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) appeals was written for young adults with disabilities, parents, and /or advocates. (parents/family/families)
Description: This brief dicusses: Myths about SSI What is SSI? What are the Benefits of Being on SSI? Financial Work Incentives 1619a SSI Health Work Incentive 1919b Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE) (parents/family/families)
Description: The Next Step is a 19-minute motivational video designed to challenge students, families and educators to consider higher education for individuals with disabilities. The video presents the personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in a college, university, technical school or trade school. (A Spanish version is available.)
Description: The Workbook for Youth created by the Wisconsin Community of Practice on Transition includes sections on: Some of the Rules of 18, Health Care Checklist, How to Make an Appointment, Questions to Ask When You Are Sick, etc. This handbook is about getting ready for adult life – especially your health and health care asan adult. It has information and suggestions for you about your health and health care. It alsohas ideas about how to build a health care team.This handbook can help you: Learn...
Description: This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college.
Description: Here are some tips for obtaining the help that you need to get the job done. Many people with learning disabilities find it challenging to get accommodation and this article is designed to help you succeed in your request. Setting the Stage 1. Be productive Bosses and co-workers are more likely to accede to accommodation requests from people who are perceived as high performers than from those who are not considered essential to the organizational mission. Of course, being productive is hard...
Description: The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 added section 1148 to the Social Security Act.  Among other things, Section 1148 established the Ticket to Work and Self- Sufficiency Program (Ticket Program).  The Ticket Program provides Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities more choices for receiving employment services and increases provider incentives to serve beneficiaries with disabilities who wish to maximize their economic self- sufficiency through work...
Description: Filled with strategies and resources, this book uses the author's groundbreaking research about successful adults with learning disabilities, to promote self-advocacy.
Description: Virginia launches community-living choice Web site for individuals with disabilities. Virginia is one of 31 states participating in a five-year, $1.75 billion Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration project designed to create a system of long-term services and supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term care institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia’s Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the recently awarded Systems...
Description: Jonathan Mooney and David Cole teach you how to take control of your education and find true success—and they offer all the reasons why you should persevere. Witty, bold, and disarmingly honest, Learning Outside the Lines takes you on a journey toward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken (2000). (Open web site and click on Learning Outside the Lines.)
Description: Written for high school and college students with learning disabilities (LD), this thorough, down-to-earth manual gently steers students through the process of preparing for college, choosing the right school, and succeeding academically. This book is written by Joyanne Cobb.
Description: With this urgently needed, research-based book, readers will learn what they can do to make this crucial opportunity available to young people with a wide range of disabilities. This book is edited by Elizabeth Evans Getzel, M.A., & Paul Wehman, Ph.D.
Description: A young man once labeled “severely learning disabled” journeys across America to find others who have used humor, imagination, and resiliency to create satisfying lives beyond “normal.” When his teachers decided Jonathan Mooney needed special ed because he couldn’t follow directions, sit still, or read well, he feared he’d lost his chance to be a regular kid. Suddenly he was “not normal.” Suddenly he was a short-bus rider destined to travel a...
Description: Canine Companions for Independence® is a national nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
Description: The disAbility Law Center helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation. The disAbility Law Center of Virginia’s mission is to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human and civil rights; and...
Description: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or now income; and It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Other questions answered include: Am I eligible for SSI benefits? How may I apply for SSI benefits? Help for Beneficiaries Who Return to Work Income Reporting
Description: 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 Development. Now, 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...