Life After High School
Planning for life after high school can be overwhelming. This page provides information and resources to help plan and find appropriate options and services.Skip to search results
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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: Since 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning has provided academic support for students with learning differences or for those who are seeking to enhance their academic skills and performance. (postsecondary 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: This is the Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. This contains a variety of information and resouces concerning disability benefits. Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.
Description: The Red Book serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.
Description: We currently offer two programs: 1. The Learning Differences Program for students with learning, sensory and physical disabilities. 2. AIM (the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst) for students on the autism spectrum. During the academic year, our program provides an individualized action plan of advising, tutoring, mentoring, counseling and networking for each student to ease the transition from high school to college life.
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: Threshold at Lesley University is a college-based program for young adults with diverse learning differences. For more than 35 years, we’ve been helping students navigate life with confidence. At Threshold, dorm living, student activities, and a curriculum focused on career training and independent living create a college experience that feels both authentic and supported. Students get support from caring faculty and staff at every step of their journey. We're here for them during...
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: Postsecondary education has been shown to lead to better employment and improved life outcomes, but for many individuals with disabilities, college remains an unrealized dream.
Description: The statement that “knowledge is power” is especially true for parents who want to be effective advocates for their children with disabilities. To make sure parents have the information they need most, PACER conducted a survey, and nearly a thousand people responded. Given a list of choices, parents of children from each age group indicated their top three concerns. This PACER Action Sheet provides a selection of helpful information to address each topic from a variety of national and statewide...
Description: The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001–the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.
Description: This link includes the conference sessions and downloadable materials from the 8th Annual Special Education Conference (Fairfax County Public Schools). Topics include: transition (post-secondary, preschool), executive functioning, reading (middle and high school), medicaid waivers, online textbooks, ADHD, Apps, depression and suicide prevention, bullying, stress, inclusion, mathematics, dyslexia, mentoring, communication to enhance the IEP Process, Down Syndrome, VA Assessment options, child...
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: CBIRT is a center under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon. CBIRT conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). CBIRT’s research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. Our training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with TBI....
Description: English language learners with disabilities are a growing part of the K-12 school population in the U.S. The available knowledge on how to effectively educate these students, and measure their progress, is small but increasing. However, many educators and families have pressing questions. This Impact issue offers responses to some of those questions by people from around the country who are helping schools meet the needs of this growing student population.
Description: Researchers found that 53% of youth admitted to the juvenile justice system reported a history of sustaining at least one traumatic brain injury.
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 newest AT in Action video, brought to you by FCTD and PACER, introduces Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who controls his computer using a sip and puff switch. That computer access allows Jared to run a business creating dynamic graphics and websites.
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: This reports on a group of high school students with learning disabilities who attend a dual-enrollment high school/college program that emphasizes the use of technology, including the Bookshare accessible library, to help students earn college credit while still in high school. The program offers a student-centered learning environment allowing seniors to complete required high school courses while accumulating college credits. Each student focuses on individual educational choices and academic...
Description: The DVD, a key component of the “Autism in the Schoolhouse” initiative, is designed to provide general education teachers with strategies for supporting their middle and high school students with autism. There are 4 Segments: 1. Characteristics, 2. Integrating Supports in the Classroom, 3. Practices for Challenging Behavior and 4. Effective Use of Teacher Supports. (The segments are available for viewing through YouTube.)
Description: This list of Autism resources was compiled by the Virginia Autism Council for the State Special Education Advisory Committee (May 2013). The second page, What You Need to Know About Me: A Student with Autism, which was developed by the Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Centers’ Autism Network (2012).
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: We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.
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 Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center builds positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities. We do this by providing: Services and support for families and professionals; Easy-to-understand, research-based information and training; and Opportunities for strategic partnerships...
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: When a child reaches puberty, families may view this time with mixed feelings. It may be that of pride that their child is developing into an adult, or families may view this period with trepidation, feeling unsure of how to explain all the changes to their child. For an adolescent with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the physical changes that indicate increasing maturity can be quite out of place with where the individual is at in other aspects of their development, such as academic and social...
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 paper presents a description of the characteristics of ASD in adolescence and young adulthood and presents three case studies to illuminate the issues confronting individuals with ASD, their families and support providers. Schall, C. & McDonough, J. (2010). Autism spectrum disorders in adolescence and early adulthood: Characteristics and issues. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(2), 81-88.
Description: Dr. Henry provides a brief overview of the Comprehensive Autism Planning System (CAPS) and describes how the CAPS may be used to enhance communication and aid in transition planning.
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: This report provides national data about students with disabilities, the services and accommodations provided to these students, how institutions keep track of students with disabilities, institutional policies regarding disabled students, and various aspects of institutional accessibility.
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: There are many things that you can use to help with school tasks such as reading and writing and studying. If school tasks are hard for you, there are some tools that you could try. Learning about new kinds of technology can be fun and exciting. It can also help you to do new things that you may have thought were too hard for you. If you find the right tool, you may be able to improve your work in: writing learning from books and worksheets listening organizing your work reading
Description: Pepnet2 (pn2) recognizes the full range of postsecondary education and training options available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities, and strives to enhance the capacity of those institutions to appropriately serve this diverse student population. Pn2 is a national collaboration of professionals with expertise in a broad array of content areas and a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media...
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: FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. (This site is available in Spanish.)
Description: This Parent Advocacy Brief will help you understand the changes brought about by the ADAAA, how they apply to Section 504, and how these changes may impact children with disabilities, including learning disabilities, as well as other conditions such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Aspergers Syndrome, diabetes, asthma,and life-threatening food allergies.
Description: Under mandate of federal and state law, VBPD works to promote and guide public policy changes and create opportunities for new approaches in our service delivery systems. VBPD is proud to have enriched the lives of Virginians with developmental and other disabilities by investing in over 200 best practice, model demonstration and research grant projects that have created change in the areas of education, employment, housing, early intervention, transportation, recreation, and community...