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Description: Explore our Web site to learn how we are living our mission to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The DCMP is an idea that works thanks to funding by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National Association of the Deaf. Services The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf,...
Description: The Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) created a transition guide to advance their efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st Century workforce. In doing so, OSERS recognizes the significance of collaborative partnerships and hopes that the information in this guide will assist families and their students and youth with disabilities in developing...
Description: This module addresses the continuous, systemic transition assessment process described by Federal law that enables Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams to discover students’ visions for adult life, design appropriate measurable postsecondary goals to nurture these visions, and develop services to maximize students’ potential for achieving their postsecondary goals.
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: For Educators and Professionals This site is designed to provide educators and professionals with practical information that can be used to identify and provide appropriate services to children with a brain injury. The following information is located within this section. TBI Identification Protocol: Information and documents related to how to identify a student with a traumatic brain injury. Manual: This will connect you with the Brain Injury in Children and Youth: A Manual for...
Description: The TAGG is a new on-line transition assessment for secondary-aged youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals. TAGG items derive from research identified student behaviors associated with post high school employment and education. The TAGG provides a norm-based graphic profile, present level of performance statement, lists of strengths and needs, and suggested IEP annual transition goals. Numerous studies demonstrated that the TAGG produces valid and reliable results. A grant...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education, in partnership with Virginia Business Publications, LLC, is pleased to provide the R U "College & Career" Ready? Magazine, 2017 edition, Reach Higher, for students enrolled in the sophomore class.  In November 2016, this publication will be mailed to school counseling departments for distribution.  We are requesting the magazine be presented formally to students through a classroom guidance activity or by offering instruction as an...
Description: The Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Under ESSA, the States and Districts are given more leeway as to how federal dollars are to be spent on education. This reduces the role of federal oversight by giving power back to the states to make decisions about appropriate spending and to have greater flexibility in setting their own academic performance targets and effective interventions. To help, Congress created a block grant called the...
Description: Take a practice SAT on paper to simulate the test day experience. After you've finished, score your test using your phone and the free mobile app, Daily Practice for the New SAT, or print the resources that come with each test to score them by hand.  Before You Start  You’ll need a printer, pencil, calculator, and timer to take the tests. Here are some tips:  Mark your answers in the correct row of circles on the answer sheet. Be especially careful if you skip...
Title: Campus Tours
Description: CampusTours builds video tours, photorealistic interactive campus maps, mobile walking tours and custom data-driven multimedia applications for education, non-profit and government clients worldwide. AnyMap™    Turn any type of map artwork into a rich interactive map and virtual tour experience with AnyMap. AnyTour™ From community colleges to the United States Capitol, organizations trust AnyTour to tell their stories. WalkingTour™ WalkingTour is a compelling video...
Description: Is it difficult to remain independent and get things done at home because of the lack of modifications in a standard house or apartment? The U.S. government, as well as a multitude of private not-for-profit organizations, is doing its best to make sure that each person with a definable need has a home that accommodates their limitations and requirements. There are resources available for determining what modifications need to be made and what needs to be done to get them completed. In addition...
Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 defines secondary transition as a coordinated set of activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic achievement and functional performance to facilitate movement from school to post-school activities. The purpose of transition planning for youth at ages 14 and 16 is similar; good planning should address academic achievement and functional performance that will facilitate movement from...
Description: What are transition services?The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that are designed to be within a results-oriented process. The services focus on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These activities include postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported...
Description: This section contains information on: General Achievement Adult High School Diploma (GAAHSD) Program General Educational Development Certificates (GED) Certificate of Program Completion
Description: A Virginia high school diploma signifies that the bearer has met proficiency standards established by the Board of Education in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history. The resources listed here explain Virginia's graduation requirements and the many options now available to students for earning a high school diploma. You also will find information on how students can get even more out of their high school experience by accepting the challenge of advanced courses. Standard Diploma...
Description: The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act became law in December 2014. This federal law authorized states to establish tax-advantaged savings programs for qualified disability expenses. The purpose is to encourage and assist individuals with disabilities in saving funds to maintain health, independence and quality of life. In April 2015, Virginia became the first state in the country to pass ABLE legislation. ABLEnow, the Virginia-sponsored ABLE savings program, will...
Description: This Info Brief is intended to create increased understanding of the important role that families can play in the postsecondary success of students with disabilities. For the purposes of this brief, a postsecondaryinstitution is defined as any accredited institution of higher learning offering 2-year, or 4-year degrees,or other institutions offering professional certificate programs. It is based in large part on findings from anational online dialogue titled Connecting with Families: Supporting...
Description: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is excited to announce the second year of the Autistic Scholars Fellowship, a scholarship which provides 4 to 6 autistic students with a $5,000 tuition scholarship to promote autistic leadership and create systemic change on their college campuses. Fellows will be required to establish or participate in a leadership role within an ASAN campus chapter or a disability rights student organization, work to promote Autistic culture and community, and take...
Description: College accommodations are those supports and services provided at no cost to eligible students with disabilities to have equal access and opportunity to benefit from classes, programs, and activities. Common academic accommodations may include priority registration, note takers, extended time on tests, testing in a limited distractions room, accessible classrooms, interpreters, and textbooks in an alternate format. Using accommodations can make a big difference in student learning and grades...
Description: The transition from high school to college life is difficult enough for any number of students without considering a disability. Odds are that if you have a disability and you made it through high school, you’ve done it with the help of a very disciplined and structured routine order of classes. College life is a very different game, allowing students to make a lot of choices and decisions for themselves.
Description: According to the latest statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 43.8 million Americans, or 18.5% of the national population, experience mental illness every year. Mental illness is a broad term defined by the Mayo Clinic as any disorder that affects one’s mood, thinking, or behavior. When mental illness influences family life, work, education, and other aspects day-to-day life, the condition is known as a psychiatric disability. A recent report from Johns Hopkins...
Description: The Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide is designed to help you and your family explore the different opportunities and learning environments after leaving high school. With only about one third of youth with autism attending college in young adulthood, Autism Speaks wants to offer the best possible resources on this topic to help you explore all of the various options available to you. We hope this resource will help guide you through your high school years and the years...
Description: Currently 4 videos are available: No Fighting, No Biting! Managing Sibling Conflict The goal of this workshop is to give parents some strategies to cope with conflict between siblings, including situations where one sibling has a disability. Presented by: Meladie Gey Burke, LPC, RPT Transition 101: Agency Linkages Agency linkages are critically important for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to postsecondary education, training, employment and independent living. The goal...
Description: College testing companies offer four types of accommodations (Timing/Schedule, Presentation, Response, and Setting). Your child may already use accommodations like these in school. But that doesn't automatically mean he'll be allowed to use them on the SAT or ACT. Application deadlines are about tow months before your child's test date. So be sure to start the process early.
Description: From the time your child applies to college to the start of classes, she’ll have many new decisions to make. Choosing if, when and how to disclose her learning or attention issues will be one of the biggest. This article includes the pros and cons and things to know about disclosing during the application process, to disability services, to professors, and to friends and classmates.
Description: The Center provides vocational training and medical interventions for people with disabilities to assist them in obtaining employment and to live more independently. In the more than two decades that I have been a part of the staff at the Center, I have been blessed to witness many extraordinary stories of our clients. In many instances, clients overcome significant obstacles and go on to achieve astounding accomplishments in their personal and professional lives. WWRC exists to provide the...
Description: Your career may seem far away. With academics, sports, and club activities, it can be difficult to find time to focus on the future. However, what you learn in high school can have a big impact on your future. Now is the time to start thinking about how you can elevate your learning. It is important that you start exploring career options and investigating those you find most interesting. A little planning and work now can go a long way to preparing you for life after high school. Published...
Description: The goal of Accredited Online Colleges has always been to provide prospective students with the resources they need to choose the perfect school to fit their needs. With such an undeniable demographic of students with disabilities, we wanted to create this special guide to not only help them choose the right school, but also to give a thorough overview of the resources and accommodations available to them at whichever institution they ultimately choose. This guide is by no means meant to be...
Description: The Virginia Family Special Education Connection Website provides Local Disability Services information for all of the Counties/Cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These services include: Arc (The Arc) Care Connection for Children (Health Department Program) Centers for Independent Living Child Development Services Program - Clinics Community Services Board (CSB) Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Department of Social...
Description: Since 2002, the AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities) Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC...
Description: DO YOU KNOW that deficits in executive functions, attention, and learning and memory are the most common cognitive problems after a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? In this document we explain what executive functions are, how they interfere with college life, and the supports students with TBI need to have equal access in college.
Description: The Department hopes that educators, schools, and campuses will, as they see fit, draw upon the tips and examples in this Guide to better support undocumented youth and, ultimately, move us closer to the promise of college and career readiness for all.
Description: Find hundreds of organizations, businesses, and agencies to support your family!
Description: A job in journalism means that you will use your communication skills to gather, investigate and process news and information for your audience.  From traditional print publications to writing for the web and specialist platforms, the places you might take your career are only limited by your imagination.
Description: If you've got a way with words, we've got courses that could help you turn your raw potential into a profession. Providing specialised writing, editing and media-related training to aspiring authors, editors and journalists for more than a quarter of a century, the Australian College of Journalism can deliver the expert tuition required to polish your skills and acquire the commercial savvy you need to succeed. Whether you see yourself as a Walkley Award-winning reporter or the author of a...
Description: This handbook is designed as a guide to help students take another step in for “life after high school.” While high school is an exciting time, you do after high school can be just as exciting if you have done some and thoughtful planning.
Description: Your family needs to plan for how your sibling will live in the future, but starting the conversation can be very difficult. Here are some tips to prepare you to start talking with your family. What do you want to say to your parents and sibling? Think about what you want to tell your family about the importance of planning for the future. What role do you foresee playing in your sibling’s life in the future? What other obligations do you have in your life that you need to balance? What...
Description: This website sponsored by The Arc includes: Learn About Future Planning Planning ahead can help guide a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) to lead a good life as independently as possible. A plan is important throughout all stages of life and especially in the future after the parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support. Build Your Future Plan To better serve families and individuals with I/DD in future planning, “Build Your Plan”™ is a...
Description: This webcast will provide results of a study on the career planning experiences and overall college experiences of students on the Autism Spectrum.  Structured interviews were conducted with college students with ASD attending community colleges and/or state universities in Virginia.  Seven emerging themes based on students’ knowledge of, and participation in, career related services and supports will be described. 
Description: The VCU-ACE Statewide Goal Committee on Transition recognized that there are distinct domains that comprise this complex concept.  Appropriately named, “The Three T’s of Transition”, these areas are as follows:  Transition from grade-to-grade, level-to-level, teacher-to-teacher, transition to and from out-of division placement, and the transition that takes place when students leave from secondary education and embark into adulthood.    This webcast will...
Description: Justin George is a young man with AS and ADHD. He also has anxiety. This webcast will be delivered by Justin. In his own words, he will discuss how strategies, people and placements helped him move from middle school, high school and now to college. Strategies on how he moved forward, became more self-determined, and has used his interests and love of amateur radio and weather reporting to continue to become more successful as he progresses through his transitions in life will be discussed.
Description: The aim of this study was to explore the growth in parental expectations for their sons or daughters with I/DD to go to college, what factors contributed to this experience, and what advice these parents would have for educators, community agency personnel, college administrators, and for other parents.
Description: The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.  Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with...
Description: PASS is an acronym which stands for Plan to Achieve Self-Support and it’s a work incentive provision within Social Security’s disability benefits program. PASS allows a person with a disability to set aside income and/or resources for a specified period of time in order to pay for items or services needed to achieve an employment goal. Under an approved Plan to Achieve Self-Support, an individual may set aside income and/or resources to pay for education or training, job coaching or...
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 hasshown 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: The IRIS Center has assembled an impressive collection of Evidence-Based Practice Summaries of research about the effectiveness of various instructional strategies and interventions. The summaries include links to research reports, information about an intervention’s level of effectiveness, and the age groups for which it is designed. Summaries are available on the following topics: Assessment (includes progress monitoring), Behavior and Classroom Management, Content...
Description: There are many financing options and benefits available to disabled students. This is our guide to the opportunities out there. We’ll start with those that are available to students living with any kind of disability and then break down awards designated for students living with particular types of disabilities.
Description: Hundreds of thousands of students with learning differences head to college every year. This comprehensive guide makes it easy for those students and their families to tackle the daunting process of finding the school that fits their needs best.
Description: The Mason Autism Support Initiative offers individualized, comprehensive social and academic supports to motivated Mason students with autism spectrum disorder in order to guide them through the transition into university life, and assist them in building skills necessary for success in the university environment and beyond. We encourage development of self-advocacy and college-level independent living skills by providing individual and group support within a collaborative model. Applications...
Description: Big Future is a dynamic free website that allows students to learn all about preparing for, finding, and applying to colleges. Whether a student is interested in financial aid, what colleges are a good fit for them, or exploring career opportunities that they are interested in, this is an excellent site. Through dynamic videos, interactive modules, and an appealing interface, this site is the place to visit for kids interested in preparing and applying to college. There are a wealth of resources...