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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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: Henrico County Public Schools, in partnership with VCU-ACE, are piloting a guidance document that defines the student’s current skill level in relation to determining classroom placement. This webcast outlined this guidance document on classroom placement for the student with ASD and described the team model established by Henrico County Public Schools to effectively use the document.
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: 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: The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CSESA) is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum. CSESA is a five year project that brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with schools, families,...
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: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the key federal education law that serves students with LD. Being informed will help you support your child’s learning needs and advocate for his or her success.
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...
Description: The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 850 state and local chapters across the nation. There are many chapters of the ARC in Virginia.
Description: AbilityPath.org's mission is to build a community that brings together professionals and parents of children with special needs from around the globe to learn, share and strengthen the process of supporting the ongoing healthy development of children and youth with special needs and disabilities. Content features advice, tool kits and other practical day to day living tips so families can learn, laugh and live a more balanced life. The website includes: My Child's Development, Health & Daily...
Description: The OCALI Advisory Board is pleased to announce the release of the Ohio Autism Recommendations. Based on research and feedback from parents and families across Ohio, the new recommendations focus on early identification and diagnosis, skill development and support, and sustained services for future success.
Description: The Glossary includes over 200 education- and disability-related terms translated from English to Spanish to ensure that educational terms related to IDEA are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way. (With proper citation, the Glossary can be reproduced in whole or part.)
Description: This list was created by a Speech Language Pathologist/Augmentative Communication Consultant/Assistive Technology Consultant. (iPad)
Description: Finding and securing housing and residential supports for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) can be challenging for the individual and the family. Autism Speaks is trying to make this overwhelming journey easier through a series of tools to guide you through the process of establishing residential services and supports for your loved one with autism. (Parent/family, toolkit)
Description: This Impact issue explores some of the innovative thinking and resources that are providing expanded employment options for people with disabilities today, and offers success stories of some of the individuals taking new career paths. (Institute on Community Integration)
Description: The CTE Resource Center supports career and technical and occupational-technical preparation programs by providing resources for curriculum development and program design and implementation in response to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Description: Leaving high school and going to college is complicated for everyone. But if you’re a student on the autism spectrum who is about to enter higher education for the first time, it might be a little bit more complicated for you. Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience from those of us who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and we’re giving you the advice that we wish someone could have given us when we headed off to college....
Description: This newly-updated bilingual (English/Spanish) guide promotes a collaborative approach to goal-setting and decision-making among student, family and school. It includes four steps: getting ready in high school, making a good choice of a college, applying early to several colleges, and planning to get financial help. Includes a resource CD with a workbook for planning for college and checklists for ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
Description: This guide is to help you think about your life, your plans, your needs, and your happiness. It will ask you questions to start thinking about different areas, and will help you identify places to go for support and next steps you can take to make your life the way you want it. This toolkit can be downloaded as a PDF that you can save or print, or you can write your answers on your own. If you need help doing this or going through the questions, you should get a friend, family member, or...
Description: The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Modules feature videos, charts, pictures, case studies and a...
Description: The “It Happened to Me” book series from Scarecrow Press is designed for youth searching for answers to questions related to social issues, certain illnesses, and lifestyles. The volumes—which include books on asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, learning disabilities, organ transplants, physical disabilities, and self-advocacy—include direct, up-to-date information, riveting teen views, and lively illustrations. Each book offers reading lists, Web sites, and an index. They contain loads...
Description: AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities) is a private,community organization that provides support for students in higher education with: Learning Disabilities, High-Functioning Autism (HFA), Asperger's Syndrome (AS), Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). (Tuition is charged for this program.)
Description: Welcome to MDA’s new Transitions Resource Center, a site focused on the needs, goals and hopes of young people with neuromuscular disease! Each year in the United States, nearly half a million youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions cross into adulthood — and the numbers continue to grow. However, barriers continue to exist for young people seeking higher education, employment and independent living. (National Organizations)
Description: The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives. This site includes a section on College Resources and College Accommodations.