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A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities
This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:Transition planning: opportunities and programs; transition services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act; education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and, supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities. This guide also includes “real life” examples, a sample flow chart of the transition process, and a glossary of key terms used in the transition process.
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.
Disability Statistics Research--EDI
The Employment and Disability Institute conducts research and provides outreach via training, technical assistance, and dissemination of disability statistics. We analyze data and produce descriptive statistics from national surveys and administrative records of federal disability programs. We work with organizations to help them maximize their use of disability statistics. Our web site,, helps policy makers, service providers, researchers, educators, the media, and people with disabilities and their families find relevant and timely statistics about disability.
Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. The Gannet Co, Inc. give community action grants and volunteer matching grants to organizations in the communities in which Gannett owns a daily newspaper or television station. Community action grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment
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
Helping Hands Grants & Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Grant:
To recognize outstanding community involvement, The Allstate Foundation awards $1,000 and $500 grants to nonprofit organizations with Allstate volunteers. These grants are by invitation only from the Allstate volunteer.
Impact: Feature Issue on the Justice System and People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities
Individuals with IDD can face unique challenges, sometimes with potentially serious consequences, when involved with the juvenile or criminal justice systems. Community encounters with law enforcement, courtrooms, detention centers, or prisons can be especially challenging when individuals may be have difficulty answering questions, explaining what happened, or understanding and following directions. Behaviors of individuals with IDD may be misinterpreted by justice professionals as intent to harm others, an admission of guilt, or defiance when the person is actually expressing fear, distress, or lack of understanding. This issue of Impact offers justice professionals, people with disabilities and their families, and other disability professionals with leading-edge articles that help communities work together to address these challenges and support equal access to justice for all.
Mental Health and Transition Planning
Through partnerships with the mental health community, schools are now able to provide additional support in the school setting, such as School-based Mental Health. As a result, students with mental health disorders, particularly those identified under IDEA, now have increased accessibility to transition services specific to their mental health needs leading to more positive outcomes.
NYS Department of Labor Prohibited Occupations for Minors
Provides a list of occupations that are prohibited for minors under the age of 18, under the age of 16, and for females after childbirth.
NYS Department of Labor Wage Regulations for Interns in For-Profit Businesses
The New York State Minimum Wage Act and Wage Orders contain the state's rules for pay and overtime. These rules are in addition to those required by federal law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. This is a guideline to help decide if a for-pro t business that has interns must pay them according to the state minimum wage and overtime rules.
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 Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice
The National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice is a collaborative research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination program designed to develop more effective responses to the needs of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system or those at-risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system. The website includes tools for success and research-based effective practices. Some of the many resources are research, information on litigation, special education services in Short Term Facilities.
New York State Career Center Locator
New York's career centers are operated by county and local workforce agencies, and offer a wide range of services for job seekers and businesses, including resume-writing advice, job training information, career workshops, recruitment assistance and access to thousands of job listings.
New York State Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards
The New York State Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards enforces the statutes governing maximum and prohibited hours of work for minors and the type of work permitted for minors. The Division also inspects establishments to insure that minors under 18 have proper employment certificates (also referred to as Working Papers). This website contains additional sub links to topics on other youth services, working papers, and laws for specific types of employment.
New York State Developmental Disabilitiies Program Council Request for Proposals Process Overview
The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) typically provides project funding through the use of a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Workgroups supported or established by the DDPC explore the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and identify projects that have the potential to spur capacity building and/or systems change. The current DDPC State Plan drives all activities. Once a worthwhile project has been identified and loosely designed, the RFP process for grants begins.
Online Colleges in New York
The Center for Online Education’s rankings are designed to help you quickly identify the schools and programs at online colleges that most closely match needs and preferences. They've spent hundreds of hours reviewing every college listed in government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
Scholarship Search Platforms
Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce these growing costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches. This guide was created to review the best scholarship search platforms and instruct students on how to use them effectively to find as many opportunities as possible.
Teens Against Bullying -- National Bullying Prevention Center -- PACER Center
The National Bullying Prevention Center was created by and for teens. This website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause. The home page links to a 5 minute video of young teens talking about cyberbullying. PACER also provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.
The Forum for Youth Investment
The Forum for Youth Investment is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21. Ready by 21 is the Forum’s signature initiative. It is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities and states improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 provides clear standards to achieve collective impact, tools and solutions to help leaders make progress, and ways to measure and track success along the way.
Ticket to Work (SSA) Service Providers
Ticket to Work service providers offer Social Security disability beneficiaries (persons who receive SSI or SSDI) age 18 through 64 who want to work with free job support. Services offered may include job coaching, job counseling, training, benefits counseling, and job placement.
Tips for Transition
A document created by Ryan Kellems and Mary E. Morningstar that provides 134 research-based tips, organized by topic area: Transition Planning; Student Involvement; Transition Assessment; Assistive Technology; Disability-specific Transition; Involving Families; Curriculum and Instruction; Interagency Collaboration
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 Fair Toolkit
This toolkit guides a school or community team to plan, implement, and evaluate a Transition Fair for students and their families, including reproducible documents.
Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) on WIOA and Pre-Employment Transition Services
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and now requires vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, such as ACCES-VR, to set aside at least 15% of their federal funds to provide "pre-employment transition services" to "Students with Disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services." This website provides instructional information on the policy to procedure components of this act.