Middle & High School Transitions
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: Although there is no applicable SOL test associated with driver education instruction, the SOLs serve as the Board of Education’s approved driver-education and traffic-safety program of instruction for public and private school programs and are intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of driving. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
Description: DBHDS' new website (2014) was designed to improve your access to information about Virginia's behavioral health and developmental disability system. Virginia’s public mental health, developmental disability and substance-use disorder services system is comprised of 15 state facilities and 40 locally-run community services boards (CSBs). CSBs and facilities serve children and adults who have or who are at risk of mental illness, substance-use disorders or developmental disabilities.
Description: This directory lists more than 700 internationally owned companies operating in Virginia.
Description: LEAP provides training on healthy relationships and information about preventing abuse to adults with disabilities. Training Sessions are provided free of charge within a two hour radius of Richmond, and Newport News, Virginia. Co-trainers will travel on-site and provide training sessions free of charge. To arrange for training for your organization, contact: Jack Brandt, Partnership for People with Disabilities, (804) 828-1365, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: Welcome to VSA's educational tool that features short literary works by prominent writers with disabilities. Designed to engage middle and high school students and encourage dialogue about disability and diversity, each Writing Spotlight is accompanied by discussion questions and writing activities to promote language arts skills, including reading comprehension and creative writing. (Writing Spotlights are also available in Arabic, French and Spanish)
Description: The Assessment’s chapters are organized by the core categories of services/supports needed by Virginians with developmental and related disabilities across the lifespan. References are included at the end of each chapter. Information on statewide advocacy groups is provided in Appendix A, and information on preparing for emergencies is contained in Appendix B. The 2014 Assessment describes disability services and supports that are primarily funded, operated, licensed, regulated, or...
Description: This document provides guidance to states, local jurisdictions, election officials, poll workers, and voters on how the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws help ensure fairness in the voting process for people with disabilities.
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: Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. This site includes resources for: Art and Music, Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition, Get Involved, Government, Health and Safety, History, Jobs, Math, Money, Online Safety, Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. There...
Description: Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations. This includes resources for parents in the areas of: Art and Music, Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition, Get Involved, Government, Health and Safety, History, Jobs, Math, Money, Online Safety, Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. (USA.gov)
Description: Available on iPhone and Android, Virginia’s new employment app, VAWorks, provides job seekers with free access to jobs. Using a mobile device, users can search for jobs by occupation, location, or keyword. They can also share their job search activity and information via email or social media.
Description: Schools and community agencies must work together to provide transition services to secondary students with disabilities. Effective transition requires the resources and expertise of adult service agencies, community groups, employers, families, school transition specialists, teachers and other practitioners. This book provides a step-by-step process and concrete strategies by which secondary special educators can build collaborative relationships with service agencies and others in the...
Description: Transition assessment is the foundation for planning what a student will do after graduation from high school. Transition assessments are tools to help students understand their interests, personalities, strengths, limitations, and their present levels of development in important areas. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
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: Autism Speaks announced the results of the National Housing and Residential Supports Survey. The first-of-its-kind survey is a snapshot of the current housing and support needs of the rapidly growing number of young adults and adults with autism.
Description: Presented by Sarah Broughton, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services. The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will provide an overview of Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC), which is a program designed to blend Medicare and Medicaid services for people who receive both benefits. This presentation will review key information about the CCC program, benefits of joining CCC, and answer some frequently asked questions about this new program.
Description: At its meeting on April 24, 2014, the Board of Education approved technical changes and additions to and deletions from the list of industry certification examinations, occupational competency assessments, and licenses to meet the requirements for the Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education and Advanced Mathematics and Technology Seals and the student-selected verified credit.
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: Un Puente Hacia el Futuro, Conocimiento de las Opciones de Transición para Elegir el Tipo de Graduación de Acuerdo a las Habilidades 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: Una guía para padres de estudiantes de escuela intermedia o secundaria sobre como hacer decisiones relacionadas con carreras profesionales...
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 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: Bienvenido a la página Web de la Alianza Nacional sobre la Fuerza Laboral y Discapacidad para Jóvenes (sus siglas en inglés son NCWD/Youth). La Alianza está compuesta de socios con experiencia con las discapacidades, educación, empleo y asuntos con el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral. Esta Alianza se encarga de asistir a sistemas de desarrollo para la fuerza laboral estatal y local para integrar a jóvenes con discapacidades en su estrategia de servicios....
Description: Su Trabajo...Sus Derechos...Sus Responsabilidades!
Description: This handout provides suggestions on how parents can help their children find satisfactory careers.
Description: Recursos Disponibles en Español
Description: This guide addresses home and community-based services for people with disabilities. The Guide was prepared by the Endependence Center, Norfolk, VA.
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: Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.
Description: La vida está llena de transiciones, y una de las más notables ocurre cuando los estudiantes se preparan para salir de la escuela secundaria y entrar al mundo como adultos jóvenes. Cuando el estudiante tiene una discapacidad, la planificación para el futuro es especialmente importante. De hecho, la ley IDEA lo requiere.
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: Apoyo para padres y madres de niños con necesidades especiales
Description: This site contains information on Ages & Stages (Prenatal to Young Adult), Healthy Living, Safety & Prevention, Family Life, Health Issues, News, and Tips & Tools.
Description: HealthyChildren.org es el único sitio web sobre la crianza de los niños respaldada por 60.000 pediatras comprometidos al logro óptimo de la salud física, mental, social y el bienestar de los bebés, niños, adolescentes y adultos jóvenes.
Description: VSA and Volkswagen Group of America proudly announce the 2014 emerging young artists Program call for entries. Emerging young visual artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, are invited to reflect on the theme The Journey- internal and external, personal and communal, human and technological – our journeys shape our aesthetic and environmental terrain and define our daily lives.
Description: The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.
Description: VCU Autism Center for Excellence provides a variety of training events for anyone who lives with, works with, or supports an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. Training is developed and designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of: Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service Personnel, Paraprofessionals (paraeducator), Administrators, Psychologists, Family Members and Friends, Medical Professionals, Early Intervention Service Providers and Adult Service Providers. (VCU...
Description: Through funding provided by the General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce continuation of the Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Academy Program partnership for the second year (as of Dec. 6, 2013). The Academy provides access to engaging content that students need to expand their life skills and enhance their employment opportunities.
Description: Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center will be a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.
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: vaACCSES is the premiere association of Virginia community service providers enhancing support of Virginians with disabilities that leads to maximum community involvement. vaACCSES develops effective relationships and influences policy makers, funders and advocates through information, advocacy, education and training. They provide free SSI/SSDI & Work Incentives Training opportunities and Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) and Work Incentives Specialist Advocate (WISA) projects. This...
Description: VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.
Description: The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, to address the state’s unmet higher education and workforce training needs, remains as urgent today as when we began. The innovations highlighted here are just some of the ways we strive to meet the evolving 21st century needs of the students, employers and communities we serve.
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: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.
Description: Yes, you are the one – you’re the person in charge of your own future. And if your future includes college, you’ll want to start preparing as soon as possible! This site can help you do that. You and your parents or guardians can learn about financial aid opportunities, find out what you have to do in high school to prepare for college, and explore the many career and education options that are available to you.
Description: Authorized under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Medicaid is an entitlement program financed by the state and federal governments and administered by the states. The Virginia Medicaid program is administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).
Description: This guide includes scholarships, internships, fellowships, books and websites. (Courtesy of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressional District 34-California, 2013-2014 Edition)