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.Skip to search results
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Description: Partners in Policymaking (PIP) participants are people who have a developmental disability or are parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Partners must be Virginia residents. Individuals attending the program will participate in advocacy skill workshops, resource development, and leadership training.
Description: These webinars cover a variety of topics, including toileting, nutrition/feeding, transition to adult life, health, healing, and siblings, are presented in conjunction with the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.
Description: This brochure covers: "What is Self-Determination? and How can I help my child become more self-determined?" (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: ¿Qué es la autodeterminación? ¿Cómo puedo ayudar para que mi hijo sea más autodeterminado? (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This brochure discusses Free Appropriate Public Education, Appropriate Evaluation, Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Least Restrictive Environment.
Description: Tienes el derecho a: La educación pública apropiada gratuita, Evaluación apropiada, Programa de educación individualizado (IEP) and Ambiente menos restrictivo (LRE). (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This brochure is for elementary and secondary students. It covers what you should do: Before the meeting, During the meeting and After the meeting. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Antes de la Reunión, Durante la Reunión and Después de la reunion. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: The Virginia Special Education Reference is a research tool provided to special education program directors, school administrators, teachers and other service providers, parents, and parent support groups who need information regarding special education quickly and in a searchable format. It brings related information in a uniform electronic format for ease of use.
Description: To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed. Students who earn a credential by passing a certification or licensure examination may earn up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements.
Description: This assessment is 100-Item Multiple-Choice, 60-Minute Timed Test (The assessment must be completed in one, 60-minute sitting unless a school emergency interrupts the testing period.) Standard of Mastery: 75%
Description: To graduate with a Standard Diploma, a student must earn at least 22 standard units of credit by passing required courses and electives, and earn at least six verified credits by passing end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments approved by the Board of Education. Beginning with students entering ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014, a student must also: Earn a board-approved career and technical education credential to graduate with a Standard Diploma; and Successfully complete one...
Description: For Virginia's special education students, diploma options are changing. The Modified Standard diploma is no longer an option for students entering the ninth grade (or younger) in the 2013-2014 school year.
Description: The Transition Planning Inventory–Second Edition (TPI-2) provides school personnel with a systematic way to address critical Transition Planning areas that are mandated by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004 and to account for individual students preferences, interests, strengths, and needs. (Transition Assessments)
Description: The College is strongly committed to providing excellent support to students with documented learning disabilities and attention difficulties. An individually structured program has been designed to accommodate students with varying needs.
Description: At ITT Technical Institutes, we are committed to helping men and women develop skills and knowledge to pursue opportunities in many of today's promising career fields, including electronics, drafting and design, criminal justice, business, information technology, health sciences and nursing.
Description: AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
Description: AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.
Description: The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV).
Description: NOVA serves a large population of students who receive disability-related accommodations. Among those students are individuals attending classes on-campus as well as online, students actively involved in campus organizations and leadership positions, community activities and job responsibilities. (postsecondary education)
Description: Westwood College is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills and training needed for meaningful employment. Through education, we create opportunities, change lives and impact futures.
Description: Thames Academy is a transitional program operated by Mitchell College to assist college and career bound students manage their learning disabilities through academic preparation and the acquisition of learning strategies, assistive technologies, and social and daily living skills. Thames Academy is part of a continuum of specialized support for students with learning disabilities at Mitchell College. (postsecondary education)
Description: Welcome to the Disability Services Center. The DSC provides a wide range of services to qualified students with sensory, mobility, physical, psychological, cognitive, learning and attention disabilities enrolled in USM credit and non-credit bearing courses and programs. (postsecondary education)
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: Fully accredited two-year college in Vermont exclusively for students with dyslexia, ADD or specific learning disabilities. Landmark College is a collaborative and rigorous educational community, fully committed to serving students who learn differently. (postsecondary education)
Description: At McDaniel College, the Student Academic Support Services Office (SASS) provides and assists all students with documented disabilities. SASS is the designated office that obtains and files disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations and develops plans for the provision of appropriate accommodations. (postsecondary education)
Description: Navigating College Institute (NCI), a Northern Virginia-based educational organization, offers specialized programs to help position college-bound students for academic success in college. Our instructors are educators first, committed to bringing their experiences to students as they transition to college.
Description: New Directions helps students attend universities,?community colleges, and technical and vocational schools. Students live independently in apartments located ?within the same living space as the New Directions offices/staff and receive intensive support to achieve their goals in all facets of life. New Directions is a comprehensive program that provides structured tutoring so as to enhance academic skills; facilitates group outings to develop social skills; and provides instruction in...
Description: Students may enter the vocational program, a three-year Comprehensive Transition and Post-secondary program that focuses on academics, independent living, social skills development, and vocational exploration and training, or the pre-degree program, which guides students through regular NYIT academic majors. (postsecondary education)
Description: Entering middle school brings changes for all students. Children with special needs may face extra adjustments to manage what all students face. (Help! sheet #27- Matrix Parent Network + resource center)
Description: MEDICAID WORKS is a work incentive opportunity offered by the Virginia Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities who are employed or who want to go to work. MEDICAID WORKS is a voluntary Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, than is usually allowed by Medicaid.
Description: This is a one page fact sheet about MEDICAID WORKS (a Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, while ensuring continued Medicaid coverage).
Description: This is the form to enroll in MEDICAID WORKS, the work incentive plan for individuals with disabilities through the Virginia Medicaid program.
Description: Informal Assessments for Transition Planning, Second Edition, is an assessment resource that school-based personnel can use to determine or confirm transition strengths, preferences, interests, and needs for appropriate Transition Planning in the IEP.(Transition Assessments)
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: 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: The transition strategies presented in this manual address the challenges that children, families, educators, and community providers face when working with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Research on transition has shown a variety of practices to be effective for students with a range of disabilities. This manual describes many of those practices and recommends strategies to adapt practices for students with TBI.
Description: Now you have a central resource for laws concerning teenagers in the Commonwealth. Virginia Rules is an educational program especially designed to help instructors, parents and students understand the law as it applies to teens in their everyday lives.
Description: This updated edition of Carolyn Hughes and Erik Carter’s The Transition Handbook includes more than 500 research-based, teacher-tested transition support strategies to help students with disabilities achieve self-determination, access the general curriculum, increase their social acceptance and participation, set and reach individualized goals, strengthen positive behavior, prepare for postsecondary education, develop employment skills, access community resources, and learn critical functional...
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: 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: 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: 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: This handbook may help guide your selection of Assistive Technology.
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: 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.