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Description: Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition Improvement is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. Our aim is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families. With a broad range of partners, we are working to: Expand the use of the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition in pediatric, family...
Description: This fact sheet provides general information to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to “for-profit” private sector employers.
Description: The Schedule A hiring authority (Schedule A) is one of the paths that can greatly benefit youth and young adults with disabilities who have an interest in a career with the Federal government. It can also be a fast track way for Federal agencies to bring in talented individuals with disabilities. When properly implemented, it’s a win-win situation for both you and the hiring Federal agency!
Description: The Center has posted seven Issue Briefs on aspects of employment for youth with developmental disabilities. The Center for Transition to Employment is a Disability Rehabilitation Research Project sponsored by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. The Center is operated by TransCen, Inc., in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University.    
Description: The Autism Center at OCALI provides a clearinghouse of information on research, resources and trends to address the autism challenge. The center offers a source for training, technical assistance, resources, and consultation to build program capacity and individual learning and growth. Autism Internet Modules are available on a wide range of topics.
Description: "Transition to adulthood" is a complex and ongoing process that starts as soon as a child is born and continues as the child becomes an adolescent, to early adult life and then through the stages of adulthood. While this process is complicated at best for any person, the individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) faces unique challenges that require specialized considerations. This set of guides will help the user understand these challenges and raise awareness of these important...
Description: eFedLink is designed to support all federal managers and human resources personnel, to advance the hiring and advancement of persons with disabilities in the federal government.
Description: This guide is to help you think about your life, your plans, your needs, and your happiness. It will ask you questions to start thinking about different areas, and will help you identify places to go for support and next steps you can take to make your life the way you want it. This toolkit can be downloaded as a PDF that you can save or print, or you can write your answers on your own. If you need help doing this or going through the questions, you should get a friend, family member, or...
Description: The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD. Modules feature videos, charts, pictures, case studies and a...
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: Now there is an easy way for people with limited reading ability or special needs to explore their career interests and find a job that fits. The Picture Interest Career Survey (PICS) is a quick way for people to identify occupational interests by using pictures of people at work rather than text-based items. (Transition Assessments)
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: City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. It is through service that we can demonstrate the power and idealism of young people, engage citizens to benefit the common good, and develop young leaders of the next generation. City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. We have committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in...
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: Since their founding in 1988, the Beach Center on Disability has (a) conducted research, (b) carried out training and technical assistance, and (c) provided international, national, state, regional, and local service. They have carried out these three activities in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, the professionals and policy leaders who serve families and individuals, and members of the communities in which the families and...
Title: Best Buddies
Description: Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). (National Organizations)
Description: Welcome to MDA’s new Transitions Resource Center, a site focused on the needs, goals and hopes of young people with neuromuscular disease! Each year in the United States, nearly half a million youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions cross into adulthood — and the numbers continue to grow. However, barriers continue to exist for young people seeking higher education, employment and independent living. (National Organizations)
Description: As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. (National Organizations)
Description: Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. (National Organizations)
Description: The Post-High School Outcomes of Young Adults With Disabilities up to 8 Years After High School: Key Findings From the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 is a report that uses data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 dataset to provide a national picture of post-high school outcomes for students with disabilities. The report describes the experiences and outcomes of young adults with disabilities in postsecondary education, employment, independence, and social domains during...
Description: The Division of Long-Term Care (LTC) administers the provision of Medicaid services to the elderly and persons with disabilities. This includes ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of Medicaid long-term care individuals; program and policy development; program operations; regulatory development; legislative review; provider and individual training; education; and development of LTC initiatives and special reports. The focus of LTC is on the health, safety, and welfare of all persons who...
Description: In this Guide, you will find topics about directing your own personal assistant, repite and companion supports.
Description: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?" This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you.
Description: As a professional who provides services such as occupational skills training and job readiness training, you need to know how to help young people decide if they should share information about their disabilities. Disclosure is, by law, a personal decision that individuals with disabilities must make for themselves.
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: Thanks to advancements in technology, young people with disabilities can do virtually any job that someone without a disability can perform. Expanding your workplace to include young people with and without disabilities is a positive way to help shape the future workforce—and benefit your business.
Description: These tips include: Start Early, Promote Education, Encourage Work-Based Learning Experiences, Create Leadership Opportunities, Set Goals and Develop Social Skills.
Description: This article discusses competencies that may be the key to the success of young workers in the 21st Century workplace. These competencies include: networking, professionalism, enthusiasm, communication skills, teamwork and problem solving and critical thinking.
Description: The Arc’s Self-Determination Scale is a 72-item assessment for adolescents with cognitive disabilities. The measure will aide students with cognitive disabilities and educators in identifying students’ strengths and limitations in terms of self-determination and allow researchers to explore the relationship between self-determination and the factors that either promote or inhibit it.
Description: The American Institutes for Research (AIR), in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, developed the student, parent, and educator versions of the AIR Self-Determination Assessments with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The AIR Self-Determination scale: * produces a profile of the student's level of self-determination * identifies areas of strength and areas needing improvement * identifies specific...
Description: CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources.  This site is available in Spanish.
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.
Description: The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) collaborated on this publication. Through it you will find ways to create a sense of order in your life and maintain control over your finances as you care for your child and prepare him or her for adulthood.
Description: This is a web-based tool to provide jobseekers with information on more than 900 occupations, as well as local job openings and training opportunities. Users can search for jobs in three categories: jobs with a “bright outlook” in growing industries, jobs that are part of the “green” economy, and jobs with Registered Apprenticeship programs. Each listing has a one-page profile with information about what knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed; the occupation’s...
Description: Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase. We believe that simply telling busy teachers, parents, and professionals what they should be doing is not enough.  Within each topic, we provide the...
Description: 2009 (FCTD Family Guide) : The Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning is to help families prepare for those times during which their child moves from one environment to another and from one development stage to another. The focus is on the role of assistive technology during those times.
Description: Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift have spent more than 30 years working to ensure that people with disabilities are able to take their rightful place in schools, workplaces, and communities. There is a fee to view the training videos.
Description: This site has information on: Inclusion Press: Person Centered Planning and Resource Material Inclusion Network: Workshops and Training Events for Inclusion: TSI 2017 Marsha Forest Centre: Inclusion, Family, Community, PlayFair Teams
Description: Published by the Institute for Educational Leadership, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, in Washington, DC, this guide is intended for practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in secondary and postsecondary education programs, transition programs, One-Stop Career Centers, youth employment programs, and community rehabilitation programs, to help them improve services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. It...
Description: The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth (NCWD/Y) has released “The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, and Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilities,” for adults in the lives of young people (both those with visible disabilities and with disabilities not apparent to others). This workbook helps adults make informed decisions about teaching a young man or woman about his or her rights and...
Description: Look Me in the Eye, a memoir by John Elder Robison, is about growing up with Asperger’s syndrome — a high functioning form of autism — overcoming his limitations, and ultimately becoming a successful adult. (Transition)
Description: Benefits.gov was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The program's mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility...
Description: This article by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience.
Description: The newly revised R-FVII:2 measures the vocational interests of special populations. It uses pictures of individuals engaged in different occupations to measure the vocational likes and dislikes of students and adults who are mentally retarded, learning disabled, adult disadvantaged, or enrolled in alternative or vocational/career training programs. No reading or writing is required. (Transition Assessments)
Description: Your Employment Selections (YES!) is motion-video, Internet-based job preference program for youth and adults with disabilities. This program allows youth and adult participants with limited or no reading skills to watch videos of jobs, listen as a narrator describes key tasks in each job, and select preferred ones. The program shows motion video for 120 different jobs. Individuals can purchase a 3-month, unlimited access subscription to the site for $20. (Transition Assessments)
Description: The Functional Independence Skills Handbook, or FISH, is used for determining a person's ability to perform certain functional activities from daily life. It was developed for special education teachers, paraeducators, and parents working with individuals with severe developmental disabilities. The outcome of the program, when successful, is a direct increase in personal independence in those with autism, mental retardation, and related disorders.
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: 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.