- 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.
- Kindergarten & Elementary Transitions - Transitioning into kindergarten and into the elementary grades may pose new challenges for students and their parents and/or caregivers. This page provides information and resources to help you feel empowered and make the transition as smooth as possible.
- 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.
- Life After High School - Planning for life after high school can be overwhelming. This page provides information and resources to help plan and find appropriate options and services.
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Description: Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This 16-page guide (available for download, below), describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.
Description: Although there is no applicable SOL test associated with driver education instruction, the SOLs serve as the Board of Education’s approved driver-education and traffic-safety program of instruction for public and private school programs and are intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of driving. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
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: DBHDS' new website (2014) was designed to improve your access to information about Virginia's behavioral health and developmental disability system. Virginia’s public mental health, developmental disability and substance-use disorder services system is comprised of 15 state facilities and 40 locally-run community services boards (CSBs). CSBs and facilities serve children and adults who have or who are at risk of mental illness, substance-use disorders or developmental disabilities.
Description: On this website you can learn about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults. You can also get information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. You can apply online or search for someone who can assist you with your application.
Description: The goal of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative – a federal cross agency initiative – is to coordinate and leverage existing resources to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This resource guide is an example of federal agencies working together to ensure employers have the tools and resources they need to recruit, hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities.
Description: This directory lists more than 700 internationally owned companies operating in Virginia.
Description: Virginia's public schools are committed to the care and education of the children of the men and women of our armed forces. By partnering with school liaison officers, military leaders, educators, and non-profit organizations, VDOE provides resources about the unique support needed for military service members and their families during all stages of transition and deployment.
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: The Explore ASD Series contains seminars that provide a narrow focus of information on topics important to educators, families, individuals with ASD, other professionals, and community members. These presentations are approximately 30-40 minutes long and are detailed enough to provide a quick overview or review of information. The topics include: Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Environmental Structure and Visual Supports, Communication, The Comprehensive Autism Planning System...
Description: LEAP provides training on healthy relationships and information about preventing abuse to adults with disabilities. Training Sessions are provided free of charge within a two hour radius of Richmond, and Newport News, Virginia. Co-trainers will travel on-site and provide training sessions free of charge. To arrange for training for your organization, contact: Jack Brandt, Partnership for People with Disabilities, (804) 828-1365, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) is pleased to provide English speakers with quick access to the wealth of information in Spanish on this website. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, use this page to easily find and share important info in Spanish with the Spanish speakers you serve. Each item in the list below starts with the topic in English (which is linked to info in English on that topic). This is followed by the title of the page in Spanish that offers the...
Description: Información en español en este sitio, Nos complacemos en facilitar su acceso rápido a nuestra información en español a través de esta lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad.
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: Welcome to VSA's educational tool that features short literary works by prominent writers with disabilities. Designed to engage middle and high school students and encourage dialogue about disability and diversity, each Writing Spotlight is accompanied by discussion questions and writing activities to promote language arts skills, including reading comprehension and creative writing. (Writing Spotlights are also available in Arabic, French and Spanish)
Description: This includes the top 10 fact parents, educators and students need to know, including #1 "The facts - Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabiled peers" and #2 "Bullying affects a student's ability to learn."
Description: The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-217.01 requires school boards to distribute information to parents of those students who are identified as hearing impaired or visually impaired. Guidance documents and other resources are available at the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Web site. Administrators and teachers may reprint the VDOE guidance information to share with parents. The attachment on the memo is a compilation of information and resources.
Description: The National Federation of the Blind has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education that will make student loan information accessible to Americans who are blind. The agreement commits the Department of Education to make websites, forms, and documents related to the department's Direct Loan program equally accessible to applicants and borrowers who are blind.
Description: Over the past 19 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 2,625 middle and high school students across Virginia for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. These awards, presented nationwide by Prudential Financial, Inc., in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young...
Description: The Assessment’s chapters are organized by the core categories of services/supports needed by Virginians with developmental and related disabilities across the lifespan. References are included at the end of each chapter. Information on statewide advocacy groups is provided in Appendix A, and information on preparing for emergencies is contained in Appendix B. The 2014 Assessment describes disability services and supports that are primarily funded, operated, licensed, regulated, or...
Description: This document provides guidance to states, local jurisdictions, election officials, poll workers, and voters on how the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws help ensure fairness in the voting process for people with disabilities.
Description: In "Inside the Teenage Brain," FRONTLINE chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand our teenagers.
Description: This was presented by Samantha Marsh Hollins, Director of the Office of Special Education Program Improvement, at the Parent Resource Center Conference on September 22, 2014.
Description: Esta guía ayuda a los consumidores con los problemas y quejas que tienen en su vida diaria. En esta guía también encontrará información sobre agencias federales, organizaciones nacionales y otras oficinas que ayudan al consumidor.
Description: Use the Consumer Action Handbook (CAH) to get help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, local, state, and federal government agencies, national consumer organizations, and more. (USA.gov)
Description: The Customized Employment 101 webinar will assist special education teachers, transition coordinators and employment specialists of middle and high students in considering person-directed employment beyond the confines of traditional job development. The outcome of customized employment planning is paid, community-based employment for students with complex lives. (VCU Center on Transition Innovations)
Description: The Process of Discovery surrounds a person-centered approach to gathering information about the prospective worker to guide the development of customized employment and work experience. Discovery answers the question "who is this student?", "what contributions can he/she make? and "where and when are they at their best?" This process uses portfolios, visual resumes, interviews and observations to uncover the unique contributions, skills and interests that each person can bring to the job. (VCU...
Description: As part of their alliance, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a PSA to Major League Baseball clubs and their minor league affiliates. This PSA featuring Curtis Pride is part of a multi-year outreach initiative, "Ability Transcends Challenges," undertaken by PBATS to educate the public about the talents of people with disabilities in sports and in the workplace. In his own words,...
Description: EconEdLink is the leading source of online economic & personal finance lessons & resources for educators, students and afterschool providers.
Description: Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. This site includes resources for: Art and Music, Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition, Get Involved, Government, Health and Safety, History, Jobs, Math, Money, Online Safety, Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. There...
Description: Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations. This includes resources for parents in the areas of: Art and Music, Exercise, Fitness and Nutrition, Get Involved, Government, Health and Safety, History, Jobs, Math, Money, Online Safety, Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. (USA.gov)
Description: States and local governments can play a significant role in advancing the employment of individuals with disabilities through their own hiring activities. (EARN- Employer Assistance and Resource Network)
Description: Available on iPhone and Android, Virginia’s new employment app, VAWorks, provides job seekers with free access to jobs. Using a mobile device, users can search for jobs by occupation, location, or keyword. They can also share their job search activity and information via email or social media.
Description: The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) developed Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit for Self-Advocates to help self-advocacy organizations apply for grants. The toolkit provides information on how self-advocacy organizations can become more independent and guidance on how to become a tax-exempt non-profit organization (501c3).
Description: Schools and community agencies must work together to provide transition services to secondary students with disabilities. Effective transition requires the resources and expertise of adult service agencies, community groups, employers, families, school transition specialists, teachers and other practitioners. This book provides a step-by-step process and concrete strategies by which secondary special educators can build collaborative relationships with service agencies and others in the...
Description: Transition assessment is the foundation for planning what a student will do after graduation from high school. Transition assessments are tools to help students understand their interests, personalities, strengths, limitations, and their present levels of development in important areas. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Dream It. Do It. Virginia is a free career resource tool built by Virginia's advanced technology sector to help individuals learn more about exciting fields of possible future employment. It includes Career Exploration, Technology Training, Military2Manufacturing and Network Partners.
Description: "Student Involvement in the IEP" features two evidence based strategies to involve students in the IEP process. This fact sheet was developed as a collaborative effort between the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC).
Description: Individuals with disabilities are a vital and dynamic part of our Nation, and their contributions have impacted countless lives. People with disabilities bring immeasurable value to our workplaces, and we will continue to address the challenges to employment that must be overcome.
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: Cuando un estudiante con discapacidades alcanza la edad donde uno es considerado adulto (llamada mayoría de edad), el Estado puede transferir al estudiante todos los derechos educacionales que Ud., como padre, ha tenido hasta ese momento. Dependiendo de la ley de su Estado, ésto generalmente sucede cuando su hijo tiene entre 18 y 21 años. No todos los Estados transfieren los derechos. Pero si su Estado lo hace, entonces los derechos y responsabilidades que Ud. ha tenido para...
Description: Once a student with a disability leaves high school, other agencies are available to assist with putting the individual in contact with helpful resources.
Description: As a child care provider or preschool teacher, you may even be among the first to notice a child’s difficulties or special needs. That’s why, quite often, child care providers and preschool teachers play a key role in recognizing that a child may need special help and in connecting families with the systems of that help that address children’s developmental and disability-related needs.
Description: Welcome to NICHCY’s training curriculum on IDEA 2004's Part C (early intervention)! There are 14 Modules
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: For many youth with disabilities looking ahead to life after high school, employment will be an immediate and serious consideration. And the time to consider it well and thoroughly is during the high school years, during transition planning, and through transition services that are carefully matched to the goal of employment.
Description: When people use the term age of majority, they are generally referring to when a young person reaches the age where one is considered to be an adult. Depending upon your state law, this usually happens at some point between 18 and 21. This includes a link to a description in Spanish.
Description: Going away to college is a significant achievement in the life of any young adult. But this milestone is often considered out of reach for students on the autism spectrum. It doesn't have to be. This fact sheet developed by the Autism Society, includes tips on learning to live independently and developing academic and social skills.