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Transitioning into middle and high school environments can be challenging This page provides information and resources to help you feel empowered and make the transition as smooth as possible.
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Description: The Reading-Free Vocational Interest Inventory–Third Edition (RFVII-3) is a nonverbal measure of vocational interests of users from Grade 5 through adult. It uses illustrations of individuals engaged in different occupations to measure the vocational likes and dislikes of students and adults who have intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities, are struggling readers, or anyone who prefers a pictorial display. No reading or writing is required. The RFVII-3 is easy to administer...
Description: This collection of products and materials has proven to be valuable for practitioners as well as parents and others working with students on transition. Secondary Transition Auttism Spectrum Disorders Resources (STAR) Pocket Resume Interagency Agreement Toolkit Transition Coordinator: What Do I Need to Know? Rethinking College: The Film Independent Living Checklist And many more...
Description: This Northern Virginia Family Resource Directory is provided as a free service to families and professionals by Formed Families Forward with financial support of SCAN of Northern Virginia. The Directory provides information and contact information for organizations, agencies and private practices offering programs, services and other resources for children, youth and families. There is a special focus on providers who serve families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are...
Description: DO-IT videos promote the success of people with disabilities, particularly in school and work settings. DO-IT videos play in a custom accessible media player with audio description and transcripts provided. They can be downloaded, viewed on DO-IT's YouTube channel, or ordered on DVD. The Search Video Library feature enables users to search the full text of all videos and begin playing videos at specific start times from the search results. Most videos are accompanied by a brochure with...
Description: This webinar will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts of Self-Determination for students with autism and related disabilities. We will discuss how to teach these concepts, Power-Standards for IEP goals, how to include students in the IEP process, and other strategies for supporting students with developing their self-determination skills. The presenter will be accompanied by student members of a self-determination club. Self-advocates are encouraged to participate.
Description: This virtual college fair provides the opporturnity to explore dozens of inclusive college programs from around the country offering options for students with intellectual disability. The College Fair will be LIVE on October 7, 2020 but the resources will remain available for you to visit throughout the year.
Description: VDOE has been fielding questions and concerns regarding the impact of extended closures. Some of the common and most critical issues for school divisions are the instructional and logistical barriers to meeting graduation requirements, awarding of credits, and continuity of learning. The goal of this document is to provide school divisions with information and solutions around graduation requirements, promotion, new instruction, and ease of process. The intent is not to over burden or restrict...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that every teacher in the commonwealth’s public schools will be able to host virtual classes on the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia online learning system throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The expanded access to Virtual Virginia is available at no cost to school divisions through $3.5 million in support from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES...
Description: This issue looks at how people with disabilities are experiencing self-determination in the U.S. and other countries today, and at the emergence of Supported Decision-Making (SDM) as one way to support individuals with disabilities to exercise self-determination. Articles include discussions of self-determination and SDM in education and human service settings, personal stories of individuals with disabilities and their families embracing self-determination and SDM, and resources for...
Description: Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when their children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals,...
Description: What is it? This guide is for special education teachers and transition planners who serve students with EBD. For the purposes of this guide, EBD includes: students that are formally identified as having an EBD, students identified as having Other Health Impairment (OHI); students with IEPs who have behavioral goals; and/ or students with 504 plans for whom teachers are providing extra behavioral and emotional support. This is a guide for involving adult community agencies during the critical...
Description: What is it? This is a guide on how to aid students with emotional or behavioral disturbances (EBD) to lead their Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meetings during high school. For the purposes of this manual, a student-led IEP is an IEP where a student with an EBD holds a leadership role during the IEP meeting, and actively participates in the writing, creation, and implementation of the IEP, including its transition component. This guide will outline steps and activities needed to...
Description: What is it? This is a guide about how to include Career and Technical Education (CTE) into the transition plans of high school students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD). It can be used as a roadmap and reference for steps to take and activities to engage in when planning for and incorporating CTE courses into the transition component of Individualized Education Plans (IEP). This document brings together existing tools and creates a continuum for how to braid them together into a...
Description: At University Headquarters we are an industry-leading, independent educational organization. We have compiled a comprehensive set of information for students who wish to pursue higher education. We are your all-in-one source for information on colleges, entrance requirements, and career paths. We provide career guides that will help you navigate all of the requirements to gain entry to programs, become certified, or move up the career ladder in your chosen field. If you are unsure about your...
Description: C-Cal was developed to help provide job-coaching tips and advice, through a series of Q&A listening exercises. The module is intended to strengthen the auditory processing skills of students with disabilities and prepare them for post-secondary environments, particularly the workforce Scenarios presented include the interview process, getting started on the job, on the job experiences, and standing up for yourself on the job.
Description: Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals, there are...
Description: Self-advocacy is important for kids with dysgraphia in middle school. But kids this age can sometimes feel embarrassed about speaking up. You can help your child by rehearsing some common scenarios and responses. 1 of 5: Can I use Assistive Technology?
Description: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers an integrated and comprehensive range of services consisting of workforce development activities benefiting job seekers—adults, dislocated workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, individuals with disabilities—and employers. WIOA’s objective is to meet employers’ needs by increasing employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills among all job seeker populations. Job...
Description: The WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Youth Program offers free training, internships, SAT and GED prep, tutoring, and career exploration for eligible young adults ages 17-24. How to apply? Watch the video (on the homepage) Sign up for an information session Gather the following documents: Social Security Card Driver’s License or Picture ID Proof of Citizenship / Right to Work (examples: Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Residence Card (Green Card), Voter’s ID, or...
Description: The Pathways to Success are set up for parents, at your own pace, to learn about how to support your child in becoming more self-determined. If you are just beginning, you can follow the Parent Path in the order it has been created, and if you just want to learn more about a certain aspect, you can simply skip to that part and grab the information you need. Large topics are found in the left-hand column, and when you choose one, an animated video will show up in the middle, along with...
Description: disAbilityNavigator is a unique web resource created by and for people with disabilities and their families. Topics covered include: Family Caregiving Family Support Health Fitness & Recreation Health Care Settings & Providers Health Conditions & Disabilities Community Community Resources Community Best Practices & State Plans Individual Supports Advocacy Federal, State & Local Laws Protection & Advocacy Transitions Planning Insurance & Benefits Life Skills My Money...
Description: CTD Quick Takes: Executive Function Apps In this CTD Quick Takes video, you’ll learn about executive function (EF) and a range of apps that can help students with EF challenges. CTD Quick Takes: Wearables as Supports for Executive Functioning This Quick Takes video provides even more information about the skills associated with executive function and illustrates wearable technology devices to strengthen those skills. AT and App Support for Executive Function:...
Description: Executive Function Skills at Work: How Technology Can Help This short Transition Tech Talk offers helpful tips and technology tools to support executive function skills at work. The video discusses skills essential to workplace success including: arriving on time, completing tasks as directed, staying focused, and having an organized work space. Getting Started: Executive Function Skills at Work This step-by-step guide provides an overview of tools and strategies for executive function skills...
Description: Beginning at age 14, or sooner if the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines that it is appropriate, transition planning becomes the foundation for the development of the IEP. Transition planning begins with exploring interests and preferences to identify the student’s goals for postsecondary training, employment, and independent living. The IEP team needs to design transition services and activities that allow students to explore careers as part of their educational...
Description: The Department of Medical Assistance Services plays a critical role in providing health care coverage to low-income children, older adults, individuals with disabilities and pregnant women. There are nearly 400,000 uninsured Virginians eligible for new cost-effective health care options through the same modern and efficient management that is serving the Commonwealth well today.
Description: Virginia’s revised graduation requirements maintain high expectations for learning in English, math, science and history/social science while reducing the number of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests students must pass to earn a high school diploma. The new standards also implement the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate,” which describes the knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences identified by employers, higher education and the state Board of Education as critical for...
Description: The Profile of a Virginia Graduate describes the knowledge, skills, experiences and attributes that students must attain to be successful in college and/or the work force and to be “life ready.” In developing the profile, the Board of Education determined that a life-ready Virginia graduate must: Achieve and apply appropriate academic and technical knowledge (content knowledge); Demonstrate productive workplace skills, qualities, and behaviors (workplace skills); Build connections...
Description: Parents of children with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are accustomed to paying close attention to their child's physical, cognitive, and emotional development. This proactive approach should also include their child's sexual development, which for many parents may not seem as obvious or urgent, especially to those with young children. Drawing on her unique background as both a sexual educator and mother of a child with Down syndrome, the author blends factual...
Description: More than 50 million Americans currently live with some form of disability. In Virginia, this means that one of every five citizens will have a disability or know someone who does. Hence, our challenge is clear. The goal of the Partnership is to further the ability of individuals with disabilities to be fully included in their communities. The Partnership for People with Disabilities, an affiliate of the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, is Virginia's only university...
Description: Find government information on education including primary, secondary, and higher education. Child Care and Related Issues College and Higher Education Financial Aid for Students How to Study in the United States Librairies and Archives Manage and Repay Student Loans Military Colleges and Academies Resources for Teachers
Description: Resources for Parents & Other Caring Adults Video Resources The Underage Drinking "Talk" Saves Lives "No Drinks for You” - Anti-Social Hosting Law Enforcement: Social Hosting  Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking There are Costs to Being the Life of the Party Parents are the Key to Preventing Underage Drinking Virginia teens say they ride in cars with impaired drivers and that their parents don’t talk to them about underage drinking*. It is a fact that parents are the...
Description: Google Maps has launched a new feature that shows the wheelchair accessible routes around public transit in major cities around the world. To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type. When you select this option, Google Maps will...
Description: Finally, we come to the last of the IEP components—the transfer of rights at age of majority. This component is only needed in the IEPs of some students, as you’ll see. IDEA’s exact words What does age of majority mean? What IDEA requires How is the student informed?
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: Think about a time when you really wanted someone – a teacher – to know stuff about you but you really didn’t want to have to take the time and the words to explain it. Think about your IEP.  How long does it take for anyone to look at it and find out the important things about you? The One-Pager was created as a way to cut through all of that paper and get at the important stuff quickly and all on one page. What it is The One-Pager is a simple tool to help provide...
Description: The I’m Determined Goal Plan is a visual representation of the steps needed to accomplish an identified goal.  The student’s goal is written in the center of the sun.  Each sunray represents an outcome resulting from goal attainment.  In the box that appears below the sun, the steps needed to reach the goal are listed. How to do it Use the apps! The iOS app works only with iPads and includes a Teacher Dashboard that allows teachers to track and manage their class. The...
Description: Think about what a good day at school or work looks like for you.  Do you need coffee?  Do you need to listen to music first thing in the morning or do you need quiet to start your day? Does it happen now? If not, what can YOU do to make it happen? Who can help you out along the way? What it is The Good Day Plan is a simple tool used to help you identify the factors that play a role in whether or not you have a good day. What it does The Good Day Plan allows you to view your day from...
Title: A Life 4 Me
Description: A Life 4 Me is a new online resource to help people with disabilities establish community connections, including social, employment, and volunteer opportunities.  It was developed by youth with disabilities, in partnership with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and Virginia Department of Education.  Video Tours Include: Go To College Get Services in the Community Live in the Community Work in the Community
Description: Teens and tweens with learning and attention issues may struggle with self-control for a number of reasons. Certain apps can help them think before they act, keep their emotions in check and stay focused on specific goals. Here are five apps that may help teens and tweens with self-control. Price and availability may vary but were accurate at the time of publication, on January 3, 2020..
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Title: College Steps
Description: College Steps was founded by a clinical psychologist and a special educator with a simple mission: To empower students living with learning and social challenges through structured post-secondary support. Working closely with high schools, colleges and families, we emphasize peer-to-peer services that build confidence and success. College Steps provides hands-on and personalized college support for students with learning and social challenges. Our mantra of “Build Your Future”...
Description: The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Center for Interstate Compacts and the Council of State Governments has developed an interstate compact that addresses the educational transition issues of children of military families. Currently all 50 States and the District of Columbia participate in the interstate compact that provide a uniform policy platform for resolving the challenges experienced by military children. It is estimated that the average military family moves...
Description: Being a parent is the most wonderful—and hardest—job in the world. If you have a child with special needs, your job is no less wonderful, but it can be more complicated. Your child’s education is most likely an area of great interest to you. As a child with a disability, he or she may be eligible for special education services in school. If so, then it will be important for you to learn: more about special education; how special education services can support your child; and...
Description:  10 Ways the Autism Response Team Can Help When You Don’t Know Where to Start: The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.   Learn the Signs: Are you concerned your child has a developmental delay? Trust your instincts and contact ART to learn how to connect with your local Early Intervention resources.  Early intervention services can make extraordinary differences in...
Description: More and more students are seeking support for mental health disabilities at colleges, but colleges have been unable to meet that demand. Some have argued that the nation has reached a “campus mental health crisis.” This National Council on Disability (NCD) report examines and assesses the status of college mental health services and policies in the United States, and provides recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges to improve college mental health services...
Description: The Applied Studies Competencies, Standards, and Aligned Standards Crosswalk links the competencies from the Applied Studies Curriculum Map with relevant SOL and ASOL as well as any available sample lesson plans or sample activities. The crosswalks for Employment, English, Independent Living, and Science are available for teachers to use. (December 2017) Note: The crosswalks for History/Social Science and Mathematics and will be posted when the newly updated SOL and ASOL are available.
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 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