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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: 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: Research shows that students who take part in their own IEP development are more likely to speak up for themselves throughout their lives. The It’s About Me! Guide provides easy steps to helps parents, educators and students to ensure that the student has say and control over his or her IEP, education, and future. Students use the help and guidance of an adult to work through six thought-out steps with easy to use tools. A second section and appendices provides checklists, tools and resources...
Description: The skills needed for successful transition are multifaceted. School- and community-based personnel can use the instruments in Informal Assessments for Transition: Independent Living and Community Participation to obtain data in these critical planning areas: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination, Daily Living Skills, Health, Community Participation, Leisure & Transportation. (Transition Assessments)
Description: This survey was created by a local transition council to assist in identifying parents/family members preferences and thoughts for their son/daughter for life after high school. Developed by: The Family and Consumer Task Force of the Transition Council of Douglas and Jefferson Counties (Mary Morningstar, Inez Crawford, Jane Scarff, Martha Blue-Banning). (Transition Assessments)
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: This new practice guide from the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) discusses the challenges that many students face in regards to gaining access to higher education. It recommends five steps that educators, administrators, and policy makers can take, beginning in 9th grade, as well as the research evidence that supports these recommendations. It targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the...
Title: A Life For Me
Description: The A Life 4 Me cyber community is for middle school aged kids with disabilities who are planning to graduate from high school with a special diploma or a certificate of program completion – not a standard or modified diploma -- and for your parents and family members. It is a place where kids with disabilities can share things they are good at, find out more about the things they really like to do, and think about the things that are really important to them. (families)
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: Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.
Description: This issue brief (from the National High School Center) reviews lessons from studies of selected policies and programs designed to improve students' preparation for postsecondary pathways. Special emphasis is placed on ways to help those who traditionally face substantial barriers to success, including low-income students, African American and Latino students, and students with disabilities. (Excerpted from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News, which can be found at...
Description: Virginia launches community-living choice Web site for individuals with disabilities. Virginia is one of 31 states participating in a five-year, $1.75 billion Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration project designed to create a system of long-term services and supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term care institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia’s Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the recently awarded Systems...
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).