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  • Early Childhood Transitions - Transitioning to a school-based setting 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: Planning for the Future is a workbook to help students, their families, and professionals plan for a student’s life after high school. This workbook uses a person-centered approach to identify student strengths and facilitates a problem-solving approach to develop a plan of action and a vision for the future. FREE.
Description: The Representational Portfolio is a marketing tool which job developers can use to represent job seekers to employers by making presentations on their behalf. The Portfolio is a pictorial representation of the individual’s contributions and capabilities. The Portfolio is comprised of two components. The first half of the Portfolio introduces the concept of Customized Employment to the employer, thereby paving the way for the job developer to negotiate the terms of employment to meet the...
Description: This website provides resources and tools to assist in the identification of the interests, preferences, strengths and needs of students with IEPs, so that the student will be better prepared for employment, further education and independent living. The information on this website has been developed by a team of educators from Area Education Agencies, Local Schools, University of Northern Iowa and University of Kansas, and the Iowa Department of Education.
Description: The (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), or FAFSA, is the first step in the financial aid process. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. In addition, most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid.
Description: Access to higher education remains a challenge for many students who face academic and informational barriers to college entry. This guide targets high schools and school districts, and focuses on effective practices that prepare students academically for college, assist them in completing the steps to college entry, and improve their likelihood of enrolling in college.
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: The Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment facilitates successful secondary and postsecondary educational, vocational and personal outcomes for students and adults with disabilities. ZC faculty, staff, and students do this through self-determination oriented evaluation, research, development, transition education instruction, and dissemination of best educational and support practices. The ZC also prepares undergraduate and graduate students to assume leadership roles in schools, universities,...
Description: Welcome to Disability.gov, the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.  
Description: Planning for college can be one of the biggest moments in a teen’s life, but for those students with learning and other disabilities, the college experience can be fraught with frustration, uncertainty, and lowered self-confidence. College Success for Students With Learning Disabilities offers teens the confidence, strategies, and guidance they need to effectively choose a college, get prepared for university life, and make the most of their collegiate experience. Special sections also...
Description: Researchers set out to collect, categorize, and analyze experimental and quasi-experimental information on adolescent writing instruction in order to determine which elements of existing instructional methods are reported by research to be effective. (Excerpted from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News, which can be found at http://www.ncset.org/enews/.)
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: Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities. Our Premise  To make a difference, professional development requires more than one-shot in-service training. Our Focus Deliver professional development that leads to changes in practice Support teams and individuals at the state and local...
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: A Hands On, reality-based approach to Vocational Training, Assessment, and On the Job Training (OJT) Placement for those with special needs.
Description: AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
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: AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers (grades 4-12). The Hot Topics in Adolescent Literacy section is available in Spanish.
Description: This brief provides the following: Introduction Step One: Making an Appointment Step Two: Applying for Benefits Step Three: Determining Your Eligibility on the Basis of Disability Step Four: If DDS Cannot Make a Disability Determination (parents/family/families)
Description: The information about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) appeals was written for young adults with disabilities, parents, and /or advocates. (parents/family/families)
Description: All young people, including foster youth and youth with disabilities, can succeed academically given adequate support and advocacy from educators, professionals, and their caregivers. Casey Family Programs interviewed eight former foster youth who recently graduated from college. Their perspectives on going to college and obtaining a degree despite numerous barriers presents an opportunity learn how other young adults like them might be better supported. Excerpted from the National Center on...
Description: This brief dicusses: Myths about SSI What is SSI? What are the Benefits of Being on SSI? Financial Work Incentives 1619a SSI Health Work Incentive 1919b Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE) (parents/family/families)
Description: The Next Step is a 19-minute motivational video designed to challenge students, families and educators to consider higher education for individuals with disabilities. The video presents the personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in a college, university, technical school or trade school. (A Spanish version is available.)
Description: The Workbook for Youth created by the Wisconsin Community of Practice on Transition includes sections on: Some of the Rules of 18, Health Care Checklist, How to Make an Appointment, Questions to Ask When You Are Sick, etc. This handbook is about getting ready for adult life – especially your health and health care asan adult. It has information and suggestions for you about your health and health care. It alsohas ideas about how to build a health care team.This handbook can help you: Learn...
Description: This pocket guide and a notebook can be used to track health care information as students transition to adulthood.
Description: This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college.
Description: The Office for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Education issues this guidance to provide state and local education agencies with information concerning disclosure of disability on report cards and transcripts for students with disabilities attending public elementary and secondary schools.
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.
Description: Here are some tips for obtaining the help that you need to get the job done. Many people with learning disabilities find it challenging to get accommodation and this article is designed to help you succeed in your request. Setting the Stage 1. Be productive Bosses and co-workers are more likely to accede to accommodation requests from people who are perceived as high performers than from those who are not considered essential to the organizational mission. Of course, being productive is hard...
Description: You'll find information about scholarships and fellowships for students with disabilities.
Description: The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 added section 1148 to the Social Security Act.  Among other things, Section 1148 established the Ticket to Work and Self- Sufficiency Program (Ticket Program).  The Ticket Program provides Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities more choices for receiving employment services and increases provider incentives to serve beneficiaries with disabilities who wish to maximize their economic self- sufficiency through work...
Description: Virginia Easy Access is the name of a website developed for seniors, adults with disabilities, their caregivers and the providers that support them. Virginia Easy Access is full of helpful information about services and supports that are available across the Commonwealth. Virginia Easy Access is the gateway to the VirginiaNavigator provider database. The provider database will help people find local services and supports.  The database is constantly updated in order to make sure the most...
Description: Welcome to FederalGrantsWire.com. We are committed to bringing you the most current information on federal grants, government grants and loans. We also maintain an archive of federal government grants and loans for reference purposes.
Description: Filled with strategies and resources, this book uses the author's groundbreaking research about successful adults with learning disabilities, to promote self-advocacy.
Description: Money Follows the Person (MFP) provides options for community living to individuals who live in Nursing Facilities (NF), Long-Stay Hospitals (LSH), Institute for Mental Disorders (IMD), Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) for 90 days or more. The MFP initiative has three basic objectives: Provide participants who live in these Virginia long term care institutions more informed choices and...
Description: Jonathan Mooney and David Cole teach you how to take control of your education and find true success—and they offer all the reasons why you should persevere. Witty, bold, and disarmingly honest, Learning Outside the Lines takes you on a journey toward personal empowerment and profound educational change, proving once again that rules sometimes need to be broken (2000). (Open web site and click on Learning Outside the Lines.)
Description: Written for high school and college students with learning disabilities (LD), this thorough, down-to-earth manual gently steers students through the process of preparing for college, choosing the right school, and succeeding academically. This book is written by Joyanne Cobb.
Description: A young man once labeled “severely learning disabled” journeys across America to find others who have used humor, imagination, and resiliency to create satisfying lives beyond “normal.” When his teachers decided Jonathan Mooney needed special ed because he couldn’t follow directions, sit still, or read well, he feared he’d lost his chance to be a regular kid. Suddenly he was “not normal.” Suddenly he was a short-bus rider destined to travel a...
Description: A college education can open the door to greater participation in the workplace and community. With this urgently needed, research-based book, readers will learn what they can do to make this crucial opportunity available to young people with a wide range of disabilities. Professionals who work in high schools and colleges—including disability service coordinators, guidance counselors, administrators, and general and special educators—will use this important resource to  help...
Description: Canine Companions for Independence® is a national nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.
Description: Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities, funded by The UPS Foundation and coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, is a highly competitive program that places top undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities in fulfilling summer internships nationwide that also provide them with meaningful leadership development and networking opportunities.
Description: The Mission is: To promote economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services to include: Policy development Job Placement Temporary income support Workforce information Transition and training services To accomplish our mission, we will: Partner with our stakeholders Develop and empower staff Improve our processes Embrace innovative solutions and technologies Continually renew our organization
Description: The disAbility Law Center helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation. The disAbility Law Center of Virginia’s mission is to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human and civil rights; and...
Description: Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need. We are leaders in our communities, and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues. We also help health care professionals, policymakers and other adults...
Description: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or now income; and It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Other questions answered include: Am I eligible for SSI benefits? How may I apply for SSI benefits? Help for Beneficiaries Who Return to Work Income Reporting
Description: Tyler is a typical high school student who happens to have cerebral palsy and some other challenges. He has taken on a mission to educate the world about Ability Awareness. He believes that what a person, any person, CAN do is much more important than what he/she can't. The people in Tyler's life who have seen this and practiced Ability Awareness have made all the difference in the world to him. His mission started as an Eagle Scout Project and has grown to a dream.
Description: This Rethinking High School report profiles five reform programs funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that demonstrate success preparing ethnically and socioeconomically diverse students to be college-ready.
Description: Since 2000, the HEATH Resource Center has served as a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities, managed by The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Now, The HSC Foundation has partnered with the George Washington University to expand the content of this resource and to designate it as the official resource website of The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Center. The HEATH Resource Center is a...