- 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: 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.
Description: If you have a child with a disability, the need to plan for your future, as well as your child’s, is important and the time to plan is now! The reality is that something could happen at any moment to leave you or your child at risk. It could be your death, or a chronic or debilitating illness or catastrophic injury that impairs your ability to care for yourself and your child. These events cause emotional and often financial hardship, so why not create a plan now while you can be...
Description: Autism Speaks announced the results of the National Housing and Residential Supports Survey. The first-of-its-kind survey is a snapshot of the current housing and support needs of the rapidly growing number of young adults and adults with autism.
Description: Presented by Sarah Broughton, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services. The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will provide an overview of Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC), which is a program designed to blend Medicare and Medicaid services for people who receive both benefits. This presentation will review key information about the CCC program, benefits of joining CCC, and answer some frequently asked questions about this new program.
Description: The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification to school divisions regarding use of the VMAST and VSEP for students with disabilities who are pursuing Standard Diplomas with credit accommodations and the use of VMAST for students with disabilities pursuing Modified Standard Diplomas. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: At its meeting on April 24, 2014, the Board of Education approved technical changes and additions to and deletions from the list of industry certification examinations, occupational competency assessments, and licenses to meet the requirements for the Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education and Advanced Mathematics and Technology Seals and the student-selected verified credit.
Description: In this webcast, Tori illustrates her struggles, triumphs, and tools used to survive each day. This allows for an opportunity to walk a mile in her shoes as she journeys through life from childhood to adulthood. Tori's message will leave you curious, motivated, and with a heightened awareness of ASD. Just when you think you know all about ASD, Tori's story may surprise you! (VCU Autism Center for Excellence- ACE)
Description: Recognizing that there are multiple needs in the expansive and varied autism community, the focus of Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants is on proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. Organizations interested in submitting an application must address one of the three areas of need. Successful applicants will apply grant funding to support new programs or the expansion of...
Description: Un Puente Hacia el Futuro, Conocimiento de las Opciones de Transición para Elegir el Tipo de Graduación de Acuerdo a las Habilidades 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: Una guía para padres de estudiantes de escuela intermedia o secundaria sobre como hacer decisiones relacionadas con carreras profesionales...
Description: This is a parent's guide to career exploration.
Description: ¿Por qué debe mi hijo/a explorer profesiones? Una guía para padres sobre la exploración de profesiones. . .
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: IDEA was originally enacted by Congress in 1975 to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education, just like other children. The law has been revised many times over the years. Spanish version is available. (NICHCY= National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) (parent, parents)
Description: This fact sheet from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains a young worker's employment rights and responsibilities under the laws enforced by EEOC.
Description: Bienvenido a la página Web de la Alianza Nacional sobre la Fuerza Laboral y Discapacidad para Jóvenes (sus siglas en inglés son NCWD/Youth). La Alianza está compuesta de socios con experiencia con las discapacidades, educación, empleo y asuntos con el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral. Esta Alianza se encarga de asistir a sistemas de desarrollo para la fuerza laboral estatal y local para integrar a jóvenes con discapacidades en su estrategia de servicios....
Description: Su Trabajo...Sus Derechos...Sus Responsabilidades!
Description: This handout provides suggestions on how parents can help their children find satisfactory careers.
Description: This guidebook presents what you need to know before your child's third birthday. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: Guía Informativa de Niñez Temprana en Transición, Lo que usted necesita saber antes del tercer cumpleaños de su niño. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: Recursos Disponibles en Español
Description: This guide addresses home and community-based services for people with disabilities. The Guide was prepared by the Endependence Center, Norfolk, VA.
Description: Guía de Servicios de Exención de Medicaid Apoyos domiciliarios y comunitarios para personas discapacitadas
Description: Our products are developed to teach reading, writing, math, safety, social skills, self-determination, communication, and work/life skills to children and adults with special needs. Using interactive software, our educational programs combine instructive lessons with games designed to engage and challenge learners with special needs at any age. Our learning materials, software, and AAC (augmentative alternative communication) devices offer cutting-edge solutions to help children and adults with...
Description: This notebook provides an overview of the transition process from early intervention to school or community based settings. (Designed by New Path, The Support Network for Families in Early Intervention, a program of The ARC of 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: CPIR (Center for Parent Information and Resources) offers a suite of resource pages that can help you find answers and people who can help–specifically, through the early intervention system that’s available in every state. Early intervention is an effective way to help very young children (birth to the third birthday) catch up or address specific developmental concerns as soon as possible in their lives.
Description: The Tech Act is intended to promote people's awareness of, and access to, assistive technology (AT) devices and services. The Act seeks to provide AT to persons with disabilities, so they can more fully participate in education, employment, and daily activities on a level playing field with other members of their communities. The Act covers people with disabilities of all ages, all disabilities, in all environments (early intervention, K-12, post-secondary, vocational rehabilitation, community...
Description: Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.
Description: El nacimiento de un niño es un evento lleno de emociones que le cambiará la vida por completo. Un nuevo bebé hermoso llega a su hogar, familia, y comunidad. Es un tiempo para celebrar. Sus familiares conocen al niño y se preguntan: ¿Va a ser un futbolista, será una famosa cantante, va a descubrir la cura para el cáncer, o se convertirá en el presidente de los Estados Unidos?
Description: La vida está llena de transiciones, y una de las más notables ocurre cuando los estudiantes se preparan para salir de la escuela secundaria y entrar al mundo como adultos jóvenes. Cuando el estudiante tiene una discapacidad, la planificación para el futuro es especialmente importante. De hecho, la ley IDEA lo requiere.
Description: NICHCY was funded for decades by the Office of Special Education Programs, at the U.S. Department of Education. The project’s funding ended on September 30, 2014. Much of the rich library of materials and publications that NICHCY produced over the years has a new home at the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR).
Description: This resource (PDF) contains documents and websites (in English and Spanish) about Advocacy, Early Intervention, Special Education (2 through 21 years), Transition and Information on Specific Disabilities.
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. (This website is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.)
Description: There is more to estate planning--particularly when special needs children are involved--than signing some documents and putting them in a strong box or filing cabinet, never to be found again. As a general rule, we should keep our estate planning documents in a safe place that is readily accessible in the event they are needed. Parents of children with special needs should also use a binder that contains all the information that future caregivers will need to carry on after the parents are...
Description: The purpose of this document is to describe the efforts of several state education agencies (SEAs) to address the needs of transition-aged students with autism, describe the major barriers to providing effective secondary transition services to this population and generate policy recommendations.
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).