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: 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.
Description: As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. (National Organizations)
Description: Family is important for many reasons: family members can motivate people to work, and can help them understand why work is important. Families can also have a big influence on self-determination and empowerment, helping people develop a real understanding of themselves and their place in the workplace. Their involvement is important throughout a person's life. (parents)
Description: If you decide to enter a postsecondary setting, you still have many choices to make: which program or school to attend; what courses to take; what extracurricular activities to be involved with; where to live, and so on. If you are a youth with a disability, your decision to enter a postsecondary setting may be even more complex. You must also consider the supports and services that you may need to be successful in the program of your choice.
Description: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?" This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you.
Description: The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship currently meets the needs of approximately 2,000 Virginia sponsors (employers) who use custom-designed programs to train their workforce. Employers provide on-the-job training for their employees in a variety of occupations, ranging from high tech to highly skilled trades.
Description: This is the newly revised Second Edition resource that provides strategies and ideas for improving the transition from school to work and adult life for youth with disabilities, from assessment and instructional strategies, to career development, supported living and postsecondary education. Written by 21 nationally recognized transition experts.
Description: An individualized learning plan is a tool that students in secondary school use – with support from school counselors and parents – to define their personal interests and goals related to their career and postsecondary education and to plan what courses to take and what activities to participate in during high school to further their interests and achieve their goals. Many states have adopted policies that require all high school students to develop and maintain an individualized learning plan...
Description: Assistive Technology Consideration Quick Wheel offers federal definitions of AT devices and services as well as a list of the AT tools to consider in content areas and other resources including books, journals, newsletters and internet sites. Special savings for large orders.
Description: This InfoBrief discusses the importance of soft skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to help their child develop skills for employment success.
Description: The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale is a 72-item assessment for adolescents with cognitive disabilities. The measure will aide students with cognitive disabilities and educators in identifying students’ strengths and limitations in terms of self-determination and allow researchers to explore the relationship between self-determination and the factors that either promote or inhibit it.
Description: Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment offers advice on how students with disabilities can, for example, explore career opportunities, write a cover letter, prepare for an interview, be a productive intern, and maintain contact at the end of an internship. The guide also includes resources such as forms to help students determine their career interests; a template for an interview request letter; sample resumes, cover letters, and follow-up letters; a list of potential interview questions; and...
Description: The websites listed here are portals to further resources. Sites may be hosted or funded by federal agencies, national agencies, state education agencies, local education agencies, institutes of higher education projects, private agencies or professional organizations.
Description: This module for parents will increase their knowledge and give them the tools to prepare them for their child’s transition from public school to postsecondary education and his or her emerging adulthood.
Description: This is a web-based tool to provide jobseekers with information on more than 900 occupations, as well as local job openings and training opportunities. Users can search for jobs in three categories: jobs with a “bright outlook” in growing industries, jobs that are part of the “green” economy, and jobs with Registered Apprenticeship programs. Each listing has a one-page profile with information about what knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed; the occupation’s...
Description: The NCES Kids' Zone provides information to help you learn about schools; decide on a college; find a public library; engage in several games, quizzes and skill building about math, probability, graphing, and mathematicians; and to learn many interesting facts about education.
Description: This document is intended to be used by school divisions as a framework for the development of assistive technology operating guidelines tailored to local resources and service delivery models and should be used in conjunction with federal and state regulations. (November 2008)
Description: The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
Description: The Personal Preference Indicators are not checklists, but are a guide to accessing information about the person’s preference. The items listed are intended to be used as cues or prompts to remind you about important subjects to bring up in your informal talks with the person. These informal conversations can give you a base line of preferences from which to begin planning. (Transition Assessments)
Description: VirginiaCAN's mission is "to support and enhance post high school education access and attainment for residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia." To accomplish this mission, VirginiaCAN will support access programs and foster new initiatives; develop information and financial resources for students and families; and promote the benefits of greater access to post high school education.
Description: Let the Wizard help you choose a career, get the information you need to pursue your career, enroll in one of Virginia's community colleges, pay for college, transfer to a four-year college or university, and get answers to your questions about your future.
Description: EEOC’s website that contains information explaining the different types of job discrimination that young workers may encounter and suggested strategies they can use to prevent, and if necessary, respond to such discrimination. You can download the Youth@Work Fact Sheet, Brochure and Bookmark by clicking on "Free Downloads" on the left hand margin.
Description: For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is accurate knowledge about their civil rights. The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment. (U.S. Department of Education)
Description: Perceptions and Expectations of Youth With Disabilities is a Special Topic Report of Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). This report from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) addresses questions such as how youth with disabilities describe their feelings about themselves and their lives, their secondary school experiences, their personal relationships, and their expectations for the future.
Description: This video presentation delivers tips to students with disabilities for making a successful transition from two- to four-year postsecondary institutions. It can be used with community college offices of disabled student services to help students prepare for a transition to a 4-year school. The presentation is open-captioned and audio-described to assure access to the content for viewers who are deaf or blind, respectively (Run Time: ~11:08 minutes).