A Guide to Transition Resources
Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC)
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.
Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
HEATH Resource Center / The George Washington University
National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES)
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
Funded and run in part by the NYEC
National Pacer Center on Transition and Employment
Site includes a learning center, resource library, stories, and videos
PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
Project Search involves a one year, school-to-work program that takes place entirely in the workplace. The program provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life. Each Project Search team should be comprised of educators, rehab specialists, community rehab partners, and business managers and employees. There are currently about 20 Project Search programs throughout Texas.
Source America (Employment)
Please refer to State Organizations for Texas office.
This center aims to provide supports to young people with serious mental conditions.
Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation
Source America Regional Office (Dallas/Fort Worth)
2401 East Randol Mill Road Ste 200
Arlington, TX 76011
Texas Department of State Health Services Audiovisual Library
Toll free: 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7260, 512-776-7260
Houses the rehab collection
Texas Education Agency
Division of Special Education
Transition in Texas
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
800-872-5273 (recording) 512-454-8631 (switchboard)
Casey Life Skills
This web site provides a check list of skills, strengths, and interests for students to explore with their mentors, social workers, or case managers.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
An interactive web site for students, parents, and professionals
From the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
MDA Transitions Site
A comprehensive web site about all aspects of transition, designed for anyone with a mobility impairment
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
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.
Project Eye to Eye
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.
Friends of Quinn
This is an online community for young people with learning differences.
This is a Canadian web site for young people with intellectual disabilities, and the families and educational staff that support them.
This is a web site for students with chronic illnesses or serious injuries.
Voices for Hope
This site provides resources for teenagers and young people with mental health conditions. Last updated in 2019.
Even though it’s not a disability-related web site, Youthhood has a lot of interactive elements that will be helpful to all transition students.
Online Guides (General)
Career Guide for People with Disabilities
College and Career Guide for Students with Disabilities
Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities
Finding a Job That Is Right for You: A Practical Approach to Looking for a Job as a Person with a Disability
(The) 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities
Through National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability (NCWD)
Kickstart Your ILP (Individualized Learning Plan)
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
Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Simply Said: Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services
YouTube video from the PACER center
Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: the Role of Family
Online Guides (Specific Disabilities)
Helping Students with Visual Impairments: Resources, Tools, and Technology to Foster School Success:
E.X.P.L.O.R.E the Possibilities: An Approach to Transition:
Online Articles (General)
The ADA, Section 504, and Postsecondary Education
All About the IEP
Twelve Things You Can Do to Plan for Your Child’s Future Today
Q&A for Students on VR (vocational rehab)
Questions to Answer in Preparation for your Child’s IEP Meeting
Online Articles (Specific Disabilities)
College and College Prep
Selecting a College for Students with LD or ADHD
Transition: School to Work
Making It! Successful Transition Competencies for Youth with Visual Disabilities
The Challenge of Transitions
Online Articles (For Students Younger Than High School)
Moving on To High School: A Tip Sheet for Parents of Children on Individualized Education Programs
AHEAD Materials (Selected Lists)
Beyond Transition: An Interactive Workbook for College-Bound Students with LD and ADHD
The Essential Six, Volume One A Parent's Guide: How to Pave the Road to Self-Advocacy for College Students with Learning Differences
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)
Community Inclusion Publications
College Admissions Testing
College Resources for Students with Disabilities www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/
Guide to College-Level Tests
Post Secondary Guide
Preparing for College: An Online Tutorial
Disability Rights Texas
Easter Seals – Central Texas
Offers workforce development and supported employment
The Higher Education Coordinating Board
Higher Education Resource Guide
Texas Higher Education Foundation
Texas Transition & Employment Guide
Checklist for Applying to College (From Quest Magazine):
Begin at least during junior year of high school.
Consult magazines, books, and web sites
Request college viewbooks
Attend college fairs and open houses
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
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.
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
Balance accessibility needs with academic program interests.
Self-advocacy is very important.
Accessibility is not uniform at all colleges or universities
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Job Accommodation Network
My Next Move
Interactive web site for persons of all ages and abilities who are seeking a career
Office of Disability Employment Policy in the US Department of Labor
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills
A series of videos that teach young people skills like networking, communication, and teamwork, which will help them succeed in the workplace.
From the U.S. Department of Labor
Texas Workforce Commission
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.
RESNA Technical Assistance Project
Texas Technology Access Program
College Scholarships and Financial Aid
Social Security Disability
Adolescent Health Transition Project
Features a section on “Illness & Disability”
Guide to Transitioning to Independent Living
Texas Centers for Independent Living
Disability Mentoring Day
Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
Personal Assistance Services
Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Consumer Directed services
From the EEOC
In Higher Education
ADA Information Line through the U.S. Department of Justice
Southwest ADA Center
National ADA Network
More than Just a Job: Person-Centered Career Planning
Self-Determination: Supporting Successful Transition
Best Buddies Friendship Programs
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 Disabilities, 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
Personal Care Attendant Guide: The Art of Finding, Keeping, or Being One, Banister, Katie Rodriguez, 2007
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
“College Success for Students with Learning Challenges”, 2008
“Optimizing Different Learning Styles,” 2004
“Teens and Disabilities”, 2007
Mapping Your Dreams
Parent Tips for Transition Planning
2001 The Alliance (Tech Assist Alliance for Parent Centers)
Leveling the Playing Field
From American Youth Policy Forum
Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training
Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction
Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the
Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs
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
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.
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.
Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC)
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PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
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