A Guide to Transition Resources
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National Organizations
State Organizations
Websites
Non-Disability Transition
Online Guides and Articles
Print/Multimedia Materials
Specific College Resources
Specific Employment Resources
Links to other Topics
DIRC Materials
Vertical File Publication

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NOTE: The topic of transition resources is very broad and encompasses other aspects of disability culture such as independent living and self-determination. This guide is currently under construction and is intended to serve as an introduction to the subject rather than an all-inclusive, definitive document.

National Organizations

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
704-947-7779
www.ahead.org/

DO-IT
doit@uw.edu
www.washington.edu/doit/

HEATH Resource Center / The George Washington University
askHEATH@gwu.edu
www.heath.gwu.edu/

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES)
www.rrtc.hawaii.edu/

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
612-624-2097
ncset@umn.edu
www.ncset.org/
Formerly known as National Transition Alliance
Funded by the PACER Center

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
877-871-0744
www.ncwd-youth.info/
Funded and run in part by the NYEC

National Youth Employment Coalition
202-780-5928
nyecyouth@gmail.com
www.nyec.org/

PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
888-248-0822
www.pacer.org

Source America (Employment)
571-226-4660
www.sourceamerica.org
Please refer to State Organizations for Texas office.

Transitions RTC
Learning & Working during the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research & Training Center
877-331-5870
http://labs.umassmed.edu/transitionsRTC/#sthash.NdQ9PYfa.qyrv2heZ.dpbs
This center aims to provide supports to young people with serious mental conditions.

 

State Organizations

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
800-628-5115
DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us
www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/index.shtml
State contact for vocational rehabilitation and transition
Maintains offices throughout Texas

Source America Regional Office (Arlington)
Sally Henderson, Executive Director
817-622-7000
cservices@sourceamerica.org

Texas Education Agency
512-463-9734
http://tea.texas.gov
Division of Special Education
http://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Special_Education/
Transition in Texas
www.transitionintexas.org/domain/3

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
800-872-5273 (recording) 512-454-8631 (switchboard)
www.tsbvi.edu

 

Organization Websites

Adolescent Health Transition Project
http://depts.washington.edu/healthtr/

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
www.eric.ed.gov/

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
http://easi.cc/

Going to College
www.going-to-college.org/

MDA Transitions Site
http://transitions.mda.org/
A comprehensive web site about all aspects of transition, designed for anyone with a mobility impairment

Partners for Youth with Disabilities
www.pyd.org/
Primarily this organization implements programs for the state of Mass., but their programs can also be used as models for organizations in other states. They feature mentor, online partner, young entrepreneur, and parent programs.

PEPNET online
www.pepnet.org

Project Eye to Eye
http://eyetoeyenational.org/
One of the services of Eye to Eye provides peer and mentoring support for high school and college students with learning differences. The program does not have a Texas affiliate at this time.

Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act
www.pacer.org/tatra/
Funded by PACER

Transition Coalition
http://transitioncoalition.org/transition/index.php

Youth to Work Coalition
www.nsttac.org/ytw/home
Funded by the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center

Websites for Transition Students

Friends of Quinn
www.friendsofquinn.com/
This is an online community for young people with learning differences.

I Am Norm
http://iamnorm.com/
This is a nationwide movement that promotes inclusion.

I Belong
www.ibelong.ca/
This is a Canadian web site for young people with intellectual disabilities, and the families and educational staff that support them.

Starbright World
www.starbrightworld.org/
This is a web site for students with chronic illnesses or serious injuries.

Strength of Us
http://strengthofus.org/
Online community for young people with mental illnesses

Voices for Hope
www.voices4hope.net/
This site provides resources for teenagers and young people with mental health conditions.

 

Non-Disability Transition Website

Youthhood.org
www.youthhood.org/

Online Guides and Articles

Online Guides (General)

Affordable Colleges for Students with Disabilities www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/

Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities
www.ncwd-youth.info/cyber-disclosure

Finding a Job That Is Right for You: A Practical Approach to Looking for a Job as a Person with a Disability
http://askjan.org/job/

(The) 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities
Through National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability (NCWD)
www.ncwd-youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure

How to Build Partnerships for Career Exploration: Using Job Shadows to Explore the World of Work:
www.ivrs.iowa.gov/Transition/BuildPartnershipsforCareerExploration.pdf

Kickstart Your ILP (Individualized Learning Plan)
www.dol.gov/odep/ilp/Kickstart.htm
From the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring For Youth with Disabilities
www.ncwd-youth.info/paving-the-way-to-work

Planning for Life after High School: A Guide for Students, School Counselors, Teachers and Parents
http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sped/pdf/tranopndrs.pdf

Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College
http://tucollaborative.org/pdfs/education/College_Guide.pdf

Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

Simply Said: Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT9pKlcTQMg
YouTube video from the PACER center

Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: the Role of Family
www.ncwd-youth.info/node/1463

Online Guides (Specific Disabilities)

Visual Impairment/Blindness
E.X.P.L.O.R.E the Possibilities: An Approach to Transition:
www.tsbvi.edu/instructional-resources/1914-explore-the-possibilities-an-approach-to-transition
 

Online Articles (General)

ADA and Transition: Q &A
www.pacer.org/publications/adaqa/504.asp

All About the IEP
www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/iep/

Services for Adults with Disabilities
www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/foradults/
Not specifically about transition, but contains information on related issues.

Twelve Things You Can Do to Plan for Your Child’s Future Today
www.tsbvi.edu/seehear/archive/twelve.html

Q&A for Students on VR (vocational rehab)
www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/transition/students.htm

Questions to Answer in Preparation for your Child’s IEP Meeting
www.tsbvi.edu/seehear/archive/itp.htm

 

Online Articles (Specific Disabilities)

Learning Disabilities

          College and College Prep
        www.ldonline.org/indepth/college

        Selecting a College for Students with LD or ADHD
        www.ldonline.org/article/11772

         Transition: School to Work
        http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/transition

Visual Impairments

Making It! Successful Transition Competencies for Youth with Visual Disabilities
www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/seehear/spring00/makingit.htm

The Challenge of Transitions
www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/seehear/summer02/tcb.htm

Online Articles (For Students Younger Than High School)

Moving on To High School: A Tip Sheet for Parents of Children on Individualized Education Programs
www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=148

 

Print/Multimedia Materials

AHEAD Materials
Books:

  • Beyond Accommodations: Strategies for College Students with LD and ADHD
  • Expanding Postsecondary Options for Minority Students with Disabilities
  • Navigating College: Strategy Manual for a Successful Voyage
  • Navigating College Manual for Teaching the Portfolio
  • 100 Things Every College Student with a Disability Should Know

Brochures and Booklets: www.ahead.org/publications#Brochures
- Advising Students with Disabilities
- College Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- College Students Who Have ADHD
- College Students Who Have Chronic Diseases or Episodic Disabilities
- College Students with Learning Disabilities - 3rd Edition
- Confidentiality and Disability Issues in Higher Education
- Preparing for College: Options for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Ready, Set, Go: Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Prepare for College
- Section 504: The Law and Its Impact on Postsecondary Education
- The Americans with Disabilities Act: The Law and Its Impact on Postsecondary  Education
- Universal Design in Higher Education
- Universal Design: A Guide for Students
- Universal Design for Inclusive Lectures and Presentations

American Foundation for the Blind
College Bound: a guide for students with visual impairments (2005) AFB Press, NY

Community Inclusion Publications
www.communityinclusion.org/page.php?page=pubs

My Future My Plan
www.stateart.com/works.php?workId=47&i=2
Available from NCSET

Pro-Ed
800-897-3202
www.proedinc.com/customer/default.aspx
Source for books and reference materials on transition

Specific College Resources for Students with Disabilities

National

College Admissions Testing
www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities
Degree Programs for Unique Learners
Venture at Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
http://olsatbellevuecollege.com/
Searchable database of other programs
www.thinkcollege.net/

Disability-Friendly Colleges
http://dmoz.org/Society/Disabled/Education/Colleges_and_Universities

Financial Aid Links 
www.finaid.org/otheraid/disabled.phtml
www.washington.edu/doit/college-funding-students-disabilities

Guide to College-Level Tests
www.onlineschools.org/college-test-guide/

Post Secondary Guide
www.pacer.org/tatra/resources/postSecondary.asp

Preparing for College: An Online Tutorial
www.washington.edu/doit/preparing-college-online-tutorial
From DO-IT

In Texas

College for Texans
www.collegefortexans.com/

Easter Seals – Central Texas
www.easterseals.com/centraltx/
Offers workforce development and supported employment

The Higher Education Coordinating Board
www.thecb.state.tx.us/

2013 Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities
http://tcdd.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013_higher_ed_guide_en_web.pdf

Texas Transition & Employment Guide
sped@tea.state.tx.us
http://www.transitionintexas.org/cms/lib/TX01001018/Centricity/Domain/3/Texas%20Transition%20and%20Employment%20Guide%202014.pdf

 

Other Information

Checklist for Applying to College (From Quest Magazine)
  Research
    Begin at least during junior year of high school.
    Consult magazines, books, and web sites
    Request college viewbooks
    Attend college fairs and open houses

  Make Contact
    Contact the Disability Services Offices at Colleges
    Ask about what documentation is required
    Make sure you are familiar with the nature and scope of your disability

  Tours
    Request tours through the Disability Services Office.
    Scrutinize the accessibility of the campus.
    Be sure to visit buildings you know you will need to use.

  Personal Care Attendants
    Not all colleges assist with finding personal care attendants.  
    Interview carefully.
    If you hire non-students, check on residence hall policies.
    Older students are often more responsible and reliable.
    Always have a back-up plan.
    Ways to find attendants
                             Disability Services Office
                             Independent Living Centers
                             Class or residence hall bulletin boards

  Remember
    Balance accessibility needs with academic program interests.
    Self-advocacy is very important.
    Accessibility is not uniform at all colleges or universities

Specific Employment Resources

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
www.eeoc.gov/

Healthy & Ready to Work
www.syntiro.org/hrtw/

Job Accommodation Network
http://askjan.org/

Office of Disability Employment Policy in the US Department of Labor
www.dol.gov/odep/index.htm

Texas Workforce Commission
www.twc.state.tx.us/
The Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) www.lmci.state.tx.us section of TWC produces a wealth of helpful resources, from brochures to packets to web courses, to assist individuals of all abilities. Examples of brochures include career tips, financial aid information, and personality types suitable for specific jobs. TWC also offers an online course for work prep, and a website called “Reality Check” www.texasrealitycheck.com/  that allows a person to choose a desired career and then proceed through a series of pages to calculate the cost of living to determine if the career and lifestyle decisions they make are realistic. Examples of packets (called magazines on the site) produced by LMCI can be found in this Guide under “Vertical File Publications.” Some documents and online resources geared toward younger students as well.

Work Support
www.worksupport.com

Links to other topics affecting transition

Independent Living:

Independent Living
Guide to Transitioning to Independent Living
 www.new-horizons.org/gdeind.html

 Texas Centers for Independent Living
 http://txsilc.org/index.php/en/
 
 Texas Home of Your Own
www.easterseals.com/centraltx/our-programs/adult-services/community-housing-services/home-of-your-own-hoyo.html

Medicare
www.medicare.gov

Mentoring/Shadowing
 Disability Mentoring Day
 www.aapd.com/what-we-do/employment/disability-mentoring-day/
 
 Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
 www.ncwd-youth.info/topic/mentoring

 

Personal Assistance Services
 Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services
 www.ncwd-youth.info/PAS-Toolkit

Self-Determination
More than Just a Job: Person-Centered Career Planning
www.communityinclusion.org/article.php?article_id=16

Self Determination
www.nlts2.org/fact_sheets/nlts2_fact_sheet_2005_06-2.pdf
A list of resources from NCSET

Self-Determination Synthesis Project
www.pepartnership.org/resources/search/transition/self-determination-synthesis-project.aspx

Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov

Vocational Rehabilitation
See DARS above.

Volunteerism
Best Buddies Friendship Programs
www.bestbuddies.org/our-programs

 

DIRC Materials Available

Books

Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome Palmer, Greg, 2005.

 College & University Resource Directory for Students with Disabilities, Houston Mayor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabillities, 2002

Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults with Learning Disabilities, Reiff, Henry B., Paul J. Gerber, and Rick Ginsberg, 1997

 Going to College: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities, Getzel, Elizabeth Evans, M.A., and Paul Wehman, Ph.d., editors, 2005

Guiding Your Teenager with Special Needs through the Transition from School to Work Life: Tools for Parents, Korpi, Mary, 2008

 Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped: or People Who Have Disabilities, Bolles, Richard Nelson and Dale Susan Brown, 2001

K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, 9th Ed, Princeton Review, 2007

 Launching Into Adulthood: An Integrated Response to Support Transition of Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities, Lollar, Donald, Ed.D., editor, 2010

Learning a Living: A Guide to Planning Your Career and Finding a Job for People with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Dyslexia, Brown, Dale S., 2000

 Life beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities, Fourth Edition, Wehman, Paul, Ph.d., 2006

Life Planning for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Guide for Parents and Family Members, Greenbaum, Judith, PhD., 2007

 Listening to the Experts: Students with Disabilities Speak Out. Keefe, Elizabeth, et al, 2006.

Moving Into Adulthood: Easing the Journey for Young People with Disabilities, Family Support Network of North Carolina, 1997

 Pathways to Successful Transition for Youth with Disabilities: A Developmental Process (2nd Ed), Author: Kochhar-Bryant, Carol A. and Gary Greene, 2008

Physical Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Thorton, Denise, 2007

 The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities, Katovitch, Diana M., MS, 2009

Promoting Health Care Transitions for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities, Betz, Cecily, L. and Wendy M. Nehring, 2007

 Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making it Happen in College and Beyond,Reiff, Henry B, 2007

Skills for Success: A Career Education Handbook for Children and Adolescents with Visual Impairments, Wolffe, Karen, ed., 1999

 Think College: Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, Grigal, Meg, Ph.D., and Debra Hart, M.Ed., 2009

The Transition Handbook: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work! Hughes, Carolyn and Erik W. Carter, 2000

 Transition to Adulthood: A Resource for Assisting Young People with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties, Clark, Hewitt B., Ph.d., and Maryann Davis, Ph.d., editors, 2000

Unlocking Potential: College and Other Choices for People with LD and AD/HD, Taymans, Juliana M., Ph.D. and Lynda L. West, Ph.D., with Madeline Sullivan, M.A., ed., 2000

 

DVD’s
“College Success for Students with Learning Challenges”, 2008

“Teens and Disabilities”, 2007

Vertical File Publications

Mapping Your Dreams
www.pacer.org/tatra/resources/MYD/employment.asp

Parent Tips for Transition Planning
2001 The Alliance (Tech Assist Alliance for Parent Centers)
PDF

Levelling the Playing Field
from American Youth Policy Forum
PDF

Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training
Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Sept 2003

Parent Brief:
Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the
Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs
www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=208

Starting the Conversation: A Career Exploration Guide for Parents and Children
And Succeed at Work Express
Both available from the Texas Workforce Commission Labor Market and Career Information
www.lmci.state.tx.us
LMCI has created many excellent publications, including “Ready for the Real World After High School?” “Texas Job Hunter’s Guide,” and “Why Study This?” Booklets are geared toward to all students.

Student Portfolio
From Disability Assistance of Central Texas
A packet that allows students to collect and keep personal documents, such as school transcripts and medical histories, and other information needed to transition into the adult world.

Impact issue on Volunteerism
Vol 14 No 2 Fall 2001
Institute on Community Integration
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota

Where Do We Go From Here: Planning and Navigating the Transition from School to Work
Exceptional Parent Magazine, 11/05

 

NOTE: The Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC) also houses information on education, financial aid, scholarships, employment, social security, assistive technology, independent living, specific disabilities such as visual impairments and learning disabilities, and other topics related to transition. Books are available in print, and may be loaned for a period of five weeks. DVD’s are available on loan for three weeks. The borrower is responsible for the return postage. Copies of vertical file materials and other guides are available free of charge.
 

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Talking Book Program (TBP)
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
1-800-252-9605
512-463-5458
512-936-0685 FAX
tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov
 

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