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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 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: This Formed Families Resource Directory provides information about programs and services offered in Northern Virginia to support families formed by adoption, foster care and kinship care who are raising children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. This directory is provided as a free service to individuals and other organizations and agencies. It covers the areas of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County. Some entries are listed...
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: Previously students with disabilities who participated in the Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP) were counted as non-participants for the purposes of federal accountability.  However, based on feedback from the United States Department of Education (USED) during the peer review process of Virginia’s assessment system used for federal accountability, this policy will no longer be permitted. Instead, students who previously participated in VSEP will now be required to...
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...
Description: The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus. Delegates will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their...
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 February 25, 2016.
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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: This survey was originally created by a local transition council and was updated in 2014. The purpose is to assist in identifying parents/family preferences and thoughts for their son/daughter for life after high school. Now available in English and Spanish!
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 Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to participate more fully in the economy. Jumpstarted by a federal interagency working group dedicated to spurring the advancement of digital literacy across all age groups and...
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
Description: They say home is where the heart is… but an inaccessible home can easily break your heart. This month we’re focusing on ways to help you fall back in love with your home by improving access. From the techie overhaul, to the classic remodel to the DIY home hacker, there’s more than one way to modernize the home of your dreams. The Bathroom Conundrum To remodel or not to remodel? That is the question, and Richard Holicky has an answer. The Historic Remodel Mark Smith...
Description: The Virginians with Disabilities Act § 51.5-33 directs the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), beginning July 1, 2017, to submit an annual report to the Governor, through the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, that provides an in-depth assessment of at least two major service areas for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. In June 2016, the Board determined that the 2017 focus would be on the education and employment of individuals with disabilities as related...
Description: Several referral services can direct you to a lawyer who fits your needs. Your match may be just one a phone call away. State your legal problem and you can be given the name of an attorney in that area of the law right in your community. Referral services charge a small fee that covers your initial consultation with the lawyer. The Virginia Bar Association does not offer attorney referrals. There are, however, a number of referral services in the state.
Description: Autism Speaks is excited to announce that the Community-based Skills Assessment (CSA), a tool to help you develop a personalized transition plan, is now an app, powered by Identifor.  Check out the app by downloading it in the Apple or Google store! The challenges associated with the transition from school services to adulthood for individuals with autism are well documented. Every individual with autism is different and as a result, there is no "one size fits all" plan for the path to...
Description: This web app provides online resources to help famililies raising children and youth in foster care and kinship care, where children and youth are brought up by non-birth parent relatives. The following topics are covered: Trying to Enroll a Child in School? Concerned about Learning or School? Concerned about Mental Health or Behaviors? Need Public Benefits? Concerned about Transitions Through School and After? Concerned about Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs? Involved in the Court...
Description: A recent PBS NewsHour segment examined issues related to employment of people with disabilities, including taking a deeper look at why the employment rate of Americans with disabilities is much higher compared to people without disabilities. The segment also shows how employers benefitting from hiring people with disabilities.
Description: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) receives many questions regarding personal assistance services (PAS) from employees with disabilities and their employers. This has been a difficult issue for employees who rely on PAS because employers generally are not required to provide accommodations related to services for personal needs. Employees with disabilities therefore must try to obtain these services themselves. It can be difficult for them to hire someone to come into the office a few times a...
Description: Student-directed IEPs are quickly gaining momentum in schools across the country—the proven benefits include higher academic achievement, enhanced student motivation, and increased communication and self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. Now for the first time, there's a book that gives elementary and high school educators in-depth how-to guidance on making student-directed IEPs work for students with a range of special needs. Packed with practical advice, helpful examples,...
Description: As you get older, you’re able to start making your own decisions about a lot of things that matter most to you. You may choose your own clothes, music, and friends. You also may be ready to make decisions about your body and health. Making healthy decisions about what you eat and drink, how active you are, and how much sleep you get is a great place to start. Here you’ll learn how your body works—how your body uses the food and drinks you consume and how being active may help...
Description: Since the passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), there has been a significant increase in the development of postsecondary education programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Ingram-Graff Admissions Tool, or I-GAT, is an interviewing tool used to identify applicant potential for helping predict yearly success and completion of a postsecondary program. This module includes a self-paced practitioner guide on how to interview an applicant...
Description: Project LIFE (Living Independently, Focusing on Empowerment) helps youth in Virginia succeed when they age out of foster care. We do that by helping youth directly and by supporting the professionals who work with them. Our services help youth in foster care avoid homelessness, helplessness and hopelessness. Instead, they have the knowledge and support they need to get jobs, continue school, live decently and give back to their communities. While youth are in foster care, decisions are often...
Description: Great Expectations is a nationally recognized program that helps Virginia’s foster youth earn the postsecondary credentials they need to achieve an independent and successful life. Great Expectations is currently available at 18 of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Great Expectations was created in 2008 as a partnership between Virginia’s Community Colleges and philanthropists supporting the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The program launched at five Virginia...
Description: This includes: About Services for Older Youth & Independent Living Overview Eligibility, Services, Guidance & Procedures Educational Opportunities Community College Tuition Grant Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Great Expectations Video Modules- Module 1: What is a Transition Plan and why should I do one? Module 2: Who is involved in Transition Planning? Module 3: How do I develop a Transition Plan? Module 4: What do I need to know to effectively plan for myself? Module 5: What...
Description: The Department of Juvenile Justice operates and is responsible for the vast majority of local Court Service Units (often known as juvenile probation offices) across the Commonwealth, as well as the two state-operated Juvenile Correctional Centers, Beaumont and Bon Air. On any given day, the Department has somewhere between 4,500 and 5,000 youth under some kind of supervision, with more than 90 percent of those youth being supervised in their communities through diversion, probation or parole....
Description: There is a juvenile and domestic relations district court in each Virginia city and county. In Virginia, a juvenile is any person under 18 years of age. The juvenile and domestic relations district court hears all matters involving juveniles such as criminal or traffic matters. Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult. Other juvenile offenses may be referred...
Description: The power to Elevate Virginia is rooted in the Commonwealth’s people and its businesses.  Whether it is the businesses that already call Virginia home or new companies considering a new location, the strength of the workforce is their primary concern.  Virginia’s future economic strength and global competitiveness depend on the readiness of a highly skilled and well-trained workforce to fill the increasingly complex jobs that mark the 21st century economy. Virginia’s...
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Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: Changes going into effect on August 1, 2017 On 1 September 2016 Virginia launched its new Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program. The Family & Individual (FIS) Waiver, the Community Living (CL) Waiver, and Building Independence (BI) Waiver, now fall under the umbrella of the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program. On August 1, 2017, the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will implement a new managed long term services and supports (MLTSS)...