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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.
ACT for Youth
ACT for Youth- an online source for positive youth development.
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.
Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum
The Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum is a companion document to the CDOS learning standards. It further develops the core content for each learning standard and career major. The document is also rich with teacher developed classroom activities that help students achieve the CDOS standards.
CareerZone
CareerZone is a free, career exploration and planning system designed especially for New York State students. The CareerZone website brings together multiple sources of career and labor market information to make career exploration and planning for the future a little easier. The CareerZone System harnesses the power of the Internet to provide information on 900 occupations and interactive career portfolios for middle and high school students that connect to the NYS Education Department Career Plan initiative.
Competitive Integrated Employment Toolkit
The CIE Toolkit has been developed as a framework to assist State and local teams in collaboratively implementing transition services to improve post school employment outcomes for students with disabilities. The Toolkit is organized in four sections; 1) CIE the Desired Outcome; 2) Transition Services: An overview of the five required activities of pre-employment transition services included in WIOA, as well as secondary transition service requirements found in IDEA and Evidence Based Practices in each area; 3) Interagency Collaboration: Effective practices that support the cross agency and State, community, school and student level collaboration necessary to provide secondary transition services; and 4) Professional Development: information and resources useful in developing skills necessary for both education and vocational rehabilitation professionals.
Computers for Learning
Computers for Learning (CFL) provides schools and educational nonprofit organizations a place to request excess computer equipment. It also provides a quick and easy way for government agencies and the private sector to donate that equipment to schools and educational nonprofits. The result is a benefit to schools who receive much needed computers. Organizations no longer need to waste space storing surplus computers. The community is better served as a useful computer is deployed as a valuable learning tool.
Connecting to Success E-Mentoring
Connecting to Success is an electronic mentoring program, begun in 1999, designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic mentoring, also called e-mentoring, uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults.
Ford Motor Company Fund
The Ford Fund supports not-for-profit organizations in three major areas: innovation and education, community development and American legacy, and auto-related safety education. Through active involvement, Ford Fund seeks to build partnerships with organizations that have a well-defined sense of purpose, a demonstrated commitment to maximizing available resources and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering high-quality programs and services. Ford Fund places priority on supporting organizations that promote diversity and inclusion.
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
Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Lowe’s Small Toolbox for Education grant program is funded by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, which has supported thousands of grassroots community and school projects in the communities where Lowe’s does business. Apply for a Small Toolbox for Education Grant to build on district parent group successes.
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 Dept of Labor: Ages 14 to 17
Balancing school and work can be difficult. Below you will find information that will make it easy for you to find out where to go for working papers, safety and health on the job, and filling out job applications and resumes while giving you the time to focus on your studies.
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 Transition Partners
Information and resources for young adults with disabilities and their families on the road to adulthood in New York State. Practical strategies to help achieve financial stability, meaningful employment, and post-secondary education
Our Ability Connect
Our Ability Connect is an individual digital profile service you build created to promote future employment for people with disabilities through mentor networking, social engagement and personal empowerment. Our Ability Connect gives employers the ability to reach out to people with disabilities by searching, connecting directly with people in our system and posting employment opportunities in order to to recruit the best candidates for open positions.
SSA Work Incentive Courses
This program provides a unique and scientifically based webinar series, on line examination and file review process to ensure that participants are able to understand Social Security disability programs and work incentives and apply that information to real life experiences. Visit the SSI Calculations Worksheet for an easy online calculation of your monthly benefits and outcomes.
Secondary Transition: Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School Settings
This Iris Module focuses on the transition process from high school to post-secondary settings. Among other topics, it discusses IEP planning, engaging students in the process so as to become better advocates for their own needs, and the importance of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation.
Target Field Trip Grants Program
As part of the Target commitment to supporting education, the new Target Field Trip Grants program will award U.S. educators grants of $1,000 each to fund a field trip for their students. Target Field Trip Grants may be used to fund trips ranging from visits to art museums and environmental projects to cultural events and civic experiences. Up to eight hundred grants will be awarded. Grants are awarded to educators, teachers, principals, para-professionals, and/or classified staff.
The Real Game Series
The Real Game Series is a set of six evolutionary, world-class programs designed to bring real life to the classroom. The Real Game Series programs result from a national partnership lead by America's Career Resource Network Association (ACRNA).
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.
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.
Work Incentives Planning and Utilization: CREDENTIALING PROGRAM
The array of public benefit programs, entitlements and work incentives available to individuals with disabilities is diverse. From disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs to Worker's Compensation and tax credits, the effect of an individual's return to work on their existing package of benefits is complex. The Employment and Disability Institute focuses their efforts on research, policies and practice that support the movement of individuals form dependence on public entitlements to greater economic self-sufficiency and independence.
Work Incentives Planning and Utilization: CREDENTIALING PROGRAM
The array of public benefit programs, entitlements and work incentives available to individuals with disabilities is diverse. From disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs to Worker's Compensation and tax credits, the effect of an individual's return to work on their existing package of benefits is complex. The Employment and Disability Institute focuses their efforts on research, policies and practice that support the movement of individuals form dependence on public entitlements to greater economic self-sufficiency and independence.
Work-Based Learning Jump Start
Work-based learning is a supervised program sponsored by an education or training organization that links knowledge gained at the worksite with a planned program of study. Experiences range in intensity, structure and scope and include activities as diverse as site visits, job shadowing, paid and unpaid internships, structured on-the-job training, and the more formal work status as apprentice or employee.
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.