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ACCES-VR: Transition and Youth Services
By working closely with school districts, the P-12 Office of Special Education and community providers, ACCES-VR helps to ensure that all youth with disabilities are prepared for employment, post-secondary education and community living when they leave school. ACCES-VR can provide a range of services to help eligible individuals reach an employment goal.
Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide accessible versions of instructional materials to students who are blind or otherwise unable to use printed materials. Students with disabilities should receive materials in accessible formats at the same time as their peers receive their textbooks. This New York State Education Department website provides a descriptions and links for further information regarding this
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
AHEAD is a professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. As an international resource, AHEAD: values diversity, personal growth and development, and creativity; promotes leadership and exemplary practices; provides professional development and disseminates information; orchestrates resources through partnership and collaboration. AHEAD dynamically addresses current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility to achieve universal access.
Bookshare: Books without Barriers
Bookshare's goal is to raise the floor of access so that people with print disabilities can obtain a broad spectrum of print materials at the same time as everyone else. People with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities can look to Bookshare to dramatically increase the quantity and timely availability of books and newspapers in accessible formats. Further, Bookshare
Effective Practice Resources for Skills for Post-School Success
In 2009, through the work of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC), Test, Mazzotti, et al. published a summary of high quality correlational literature to identify in-school factors that were predictors of post-school success. This manuscript and related materials were operationalized through a Delphi study (Rowe et al., 2014). This resource is intended to be completed by a team at the school, community, or state level as they examine the existence of programmatic predictors of post-school success in their current practices and procedures, as well as the quality of evidence.
GiveTech
Computer tools designed specifically for those with severe physical disabilities allow for increased self-reliance and a vastly enhanced computing and Internet experience. GiveTech's goal is to provide such technological tools to those in need. GiveTech does not give away computers; rather we give away input devices that allow people with quadriplegia to use computers.
Guideposts for Success: What all youth need to successfully transition into adulthood
Based on an extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices covering a wide range of programs and services, including youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs
NTACT Evaluation Toolkit
Toolkit is designed to assist transition educators and service providers to improve their programs and services by determining what is working, what is not working, and what needs to be changed or replicated. This toolkit will show you how. It provides specific examples for state and local teams who are developing goals and tasks to improve transition education and services for students with disabilities. The toolkit is designed to help determine what is important to your stakeholders, what needs to be measured to satisfy stakeholders, what is feasible to measure, how to measure these items, and how to report, disseminate, and use your evaluation findings.
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
Learn the basics of accessible materials and technologies, register for and view webinars and presentations from our AEM Events, and discover AEM Publications to dive deeper into AEM.
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)
NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
National Work Readiness Credential
The WRC is a certification of an individual's readiness for entry-level work as defined by employers. It is the first assessment for entry-level workers to provide a universal, transferable, national standard for work readiness.Entry-level jobs are defined as non-supervisory, non-managerial, non-professional positions. These may be unskilled positions, or they may be skilled positions where the required job-specific skills can be learned while on the job.The Work Readiness Credential is not intended to replace academics, high school, or postsecondary education. Instead, it addresses the ability of an individual to perform basic entry-level tasks.
New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential
Effective transition planning and services for students with disabilities includes appropriate assessment of a student
New York State DCDT
The New York State Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition strives to increase collaboration efforts in effective transition planning for individuals with disabilities by reducing the duplication of efforts and aligning resources and communication.
Northeast ADA Center
The DBTAC-Northeast ADA Center is part of a national network of centers which provide information, referrals, resources, and training on equal opportunity for people with disabilities and on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We serve businesses, employers, government entities, individuals with disabilities, and the media in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We also conduct research to help increase knowledge on best practices for the employment of people with disabilities.
Self-Determination: Supporting Successful Transition
Self-determination is a concept reflecting the belief that all individuals have the right to direct their own lives. Students who have self-determination skills have a stronger chance of being successful in making the transition to adulthood, including employment and independence (Wehmeyer & Schwartz, 1997). Starting with the 1990 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (P.L. 101-476), transition services must be based on student needs and take into account student interests and preferences. To accomplish this goal, students must be prepared to participate in planning for their future. Several curricula have been developed to address the need for self-determination skills among adolescents, including the skills needed to take control of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Selected curricula are identified and described at the end of this brief. Of particular usefulness is "Promoting Self-Determination in Youth with Disabilities: Tips for Families and Professionals."
Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities
The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential will provide this group of students who are exiting school after attending at least 12 years, excluding kindergarten, with a commencement certificate similar in form to the diploma issued by the school district. The Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential must be accompanied by documentation of the student’s skills and strengths and levels of independence in academic, career development and foundation skills needed for post-school living, learning and working.
The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer
The College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Organizer is a graphic that displays a consolidated overview of the many elements that impact a student’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels. It is intended to be a comprehensive and visual representation of the complexities of college and career readiness and success.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The Center hosts capacity building institutes and workshops, national summits, national teleconference calls, and additional training opportunities. In addition, the Center develops research-to-practice tools for everyday use, and provides technical assistance and outreach.
The Transition Coalition -- Univ. of Kansas
The Transition Coalition maximizes professional development focusing on secondary school reform and transition at the national, state, and local levels. We create professional development forums by combining face-to-face and online training with a variety of technical assistance methods.
Top NTACT Resources for Teachers
The NTACT website contains resources to assist practitioners in implementing quality transition practices based on the best available evidence. We have identified the 10 resources as some of the most useful for both general education and special education teachers.
Transition Assessment Matrix
This site allows you to choose the Transition Domain (Employment, Education/Training, Independent Living) that you wish to explore transition assessments for. Once you choose a domain, you may then choose the appropriate grade level(s), and the disability area(s) that are most similar to the needs of the student(s) you are assessing. Once you have chosen these three (3) areas, press the Show Transition Assessments button and the system will show you Transition Assessments that meet your criteria. If you wish to change your criteria, just change your selections in the fields at the top of the page and press Show Transition Assessments again.
Universal Design for Learning at the Secondary Level
UDL has three guiding principles which include; provide multiple means of representation, provide multiple means of action and expression, and provide multiple means of engagement.