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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...
Description: When your parents, teachers or other adults in your school talk about “transition planning,” they are talking about things you can do now to get ready for the time after you leave high school. That future may seem far away, but the more you plan now, the easier your first steps into the adult world will be.
Description: Join our worldwide group of family members and educators dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This site will give you valuable information, provide an opportunity to get your questions answered and much, much more. The publisher is Linda Hodgdon, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been a consultant specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders for more than 30 years. Membership is required.
Description: Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.
Description: The education of children with disabilities is a top national priority. Our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.
Description: Many different individuals come together to help the student plan for transition. Typically, transition planning is handled by members of the IEP team, with other individuals becoming involved as needed. It’s important to involve a variety of people, for they will bring their unique perspectives to the planning table. The team draws upon the expertise of the different members and pools their information to make decisions or recommendations for the student.
Description: This is a resource guide for families and youth with disabilities in New Mexico. Although the graduation process and state resources are different, there are sections that could be useful for transition planning in Virginia.
Description: It is the vision of the Virginia Department of Education to create a centralized statewide portal for information, resources, demonstration, and research for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities. The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) at Virginia Commonwealth University provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the field. The results of research studies and demonstration projects conducted here in Virginia help...
Description: This brief identifies gaps in current high school curricula, suggests how high schools can modify curricula to help students attain the skills they need, and highlights practices that are particularly effective for students facing specific challenges. Available in pdf (6 pages).
Description: This section includes information on: Accommodations Assessment Assistive Technology Behavior and Discipline Child Find Critical Area Self-Assessment Questions Disability Specific Documents Educational Interpreters English Language Learners Extended School Year Services Funding and Grants Health Guidance IEP Inclusion Resources Instruction Paraprofessional Prior Written Notice Parent Involvement Section 504 Resources Secondary Transition Services
Description: This site provides information, resources and research about work and disability issues, including webinars and webcasts on innovative programs aimed at assisting people with disabilities to attend college and to seek postsecondary education and training programs that lead to competitive employment.
Description: The Board of Education’s Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (SOA) (Word), includes provisions for each middle and high school student to have a personal learning plan and course of study that aligns with the student’s academic and career goals.
Description: To prepare Virginia’s students for postsecondary education or to meet employers’ expectations of candidates for entry-level jobs, VDOE is looking for ways to increase students’ readiness for the future.
Description: This site includes answers to the following questions: How do I prepare for college? What types of aid can I get? Do I qualify for aid? How do I apply for aid? How do I manage my loans?
Description: CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. We develop and advocate for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.
Description: This site includes the following sections: Paying for College, Financial Planning, Frugal Scholar (Tips and Tricks for College Students), News and Find a Cheap College.
Description: VCU’s ACE-IT in College is an inclusive learning and training program for transition-age adults with intellectual disabilities. With individualized support, ACE-IT in College students participate in five semesters of employment, college classes, and campus activities. These college experiences create opportunity and prepare students to pursue self-determined futures. Students who are accepted into the program audit two to three VCU classes per semester. In the program’s first...
Description: Under the administration of University Life, the Office of Disability Services implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive (e.g., learning, psychological, and closed head injury), sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments.
Description: Since 1989, College Living Experience (CLE) has been providing post-secondary supports to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized services in the areas of academics, independent living, social skills, and career development, CLE supports are tailored to each young adult we serve. It is through personalized services, our team celebrates the uniqueness of students in such a way that we...
Description: ECPI University is committed to being a premier institution of higher education focusing on programs in science technology, health sciences, business/criminal justice and the culinary arts. The University provides an innovative, student-centered learning environment with programs of study in disciplines such as computer and information science, health science, and electronics technology.
Description: Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people.
Description: As the first college to offer both Bachelor and Associate Degrees exclusively for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences, Beacon College’s distinctive mission focuses on the academic and career success of students who learn differently.
Description: Beyond Academics- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro supports students with intellectual and developmental disabilities enrolled in Integrative Community Studies, a four-year certificate course of study that emphasizes higher education, self-determination, community inclusion, career development and independent living. Students completing requirements for graduation receive a certificate awarded by The Office of the Provost at UNCG. Beyond Academics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner...
Description: Disability Services coordinates services and academic adjustments for Columbia College students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the college. Services and auxiliary aids are provided to students with physical, sensory, neurological, chronic health, learning, psychological and other impairments who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Description: The Threshold Program at Lesley University is a campus-based, two-year program for highly motivated young adults with special needs. (postsecondary education)
Description: LDI offers internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college and career-focused programs for young adults with Learning Disabilities, Asperger's, ADHD, Autism and similar conditions. (secondary and post-secondary education)
Description: Since 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning has provided academic support for students with learning differences or for those who are seeking to enhance their academic skills and performance. (postsecondary education)
Description: Marshall University is committed to making all programs, services, and activities fully accessible to students with disabilities. The purpose of the Office of Disability Services Program is to provide the educational and physical accessibility support necessary for students to achieve their academic goals and to promote as much independence as possible on the part of the students with disabilities. (postsecondary education)
Description: Student Access Services (SAS) provides service to those individuals with diagnosed disabilities and education on disability awareness for the Marymount community. SAS is available throughout the year for information, services, and referrals to complement – but not duplicate – services offered to all students through other campus offices. (postsecondary education)
Description: The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is a dual purpose. The first is to provide a supportive academic environment for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The second is to supply an apprenticeship for George Mason University students. (postsecondary education)
Description: We currently offer two programs: 1. The Learning Differences Program for students with learning, sensory and physical disabilities. 2. AIM (the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst) for students on the autism spectrum. During the academic year, our program provides an individualized action plan of advising, tutoring, mentoring, counseling and networking for each student to ease the transition from high school to college life.
Description: The archived discussion of “The Role of Work-Based Learning in Preparing Students for College and a Career” webinar shared examples of work-based learning opportunities that help students become aware of the different career options available in a 21st century economy; explore career options of interest to students; apply academic, technical, and workplace skills in real-world situations; and train for specific occupations or postsecondary learning experiences. (Alliance for...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education has developed a document on transition, “Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Transition to Adulthood,” that includes important information on transition assessment and planning, adult services, postsecondary education, employment, home living skills, and Social Security and benefits planning.
Description: The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA), founded in 1996, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, teens, young adults and families affected by pediatric stroke and other causes of hemiparesis or hemiplegic cerebal palsy. Families contact CHASA for information and support and we strive to provide the latest up-to-date information. Our resources are simply educational; therefore, families are often reminded to check in...
Description: College Autism Spectrum (CAS) is an independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We help students with ASD explore and navigate college options before, during and through the college process. Additionally, we provide campuses and professionals with the tools and training to work effectively with students on the spectrum and to understand the challenges as well as the talents they bring.
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: The national education spotlight has shifted from high school graduation to postsecondary success, leading to a proliferation of new college readiness policies and initiatives – many involving multiple actors from diverse sectors. This publication scans the burgeoning field of college readiness and provides models to help districts, schools, and other interested stakeholders prepare their students for college success.
Description: When students with intellectual disabilities are getting ready to go to college, who will provide healthcare is just one of many issues that families and students may discuss. But when the student has special healthcare needs, the planning needs to be more purposeful. Participating in postsecondary education presents a number of challenges to youth with special healthcare needs. This brief focuses on healthcare transitions and provides strategies that can be used in college and afterward to help...
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: CIP's full-year postsecondary programs provide young adults with Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other Learning Differences with the social, academic, career and life skills necessary for success. Our Mission is to inspire independence and expand the foundation on which young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other Learning Differences can build happy and productive lives. Full year and summer programs are located in Massachusetts, Florida, Indiana and California.
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: This publication describes programs that have been proven to help young people successfully complete high school and be prepared for success in postsecondary education and careers. These programs represent a wide range of interventions, including school-wide reform initiatives, community-based afterschool services, work-based learning opportunities, and college access programs. From an analysis of the included programs, the report identifies common programmatic and structural elements that may...
Description: The interactive GAP Learning Guide was developed to help teens and young adults with hearing loss to better enable and empower themselves as they make significant life transitions. GAP is the first guide of its kind that is interactive and combines the wide spectrum of resource materials used to support self-advocacy for young people with hearing impairment. This is one of the most comprehensive, state of the art resources on self-determination, technology, transition, and access to...
Description: This toolkit is intended to help guidance and career counselors to better assist high school students with disabilities to transition into postsecondary education and employment. Adults with LD and their supporters will also find the information and resources valuable in planning for entering postsecondary education and for career preparation.