A Guide to Transition Resources
Disability Information and Referral Center
 

Contents

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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Related Links

Guide to Resources on Learning Differences
Selected Materials on Learning Differences
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped


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
University of Washington
888-972-DOIT (3648)
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
202-659-1064
nyec@nyec.org
www.nyec.org/

NICHCY (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities)
800-695-0285
nichcy@aed.org
www.nichcy.org

NISH (Employment)
571-226-4660
www.nish.org
Please refer to State Organizations for Texas office.

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

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.  

NISH Regional Office (Arlington)
Sally Henderson, Executive Director
817-622-7000
scservices@nish.org

Texas Education Agency
512-463-9734
www.tea.state.tx.us/index.aspx
Division of Special Education

Parent Information Line: 800-252-9668
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

Websites

Disability Friendly Colleges (physical disabilities)
www.disabilityfriendlycolleges.com/

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

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
http://people.rit.edu/easi/

Family Village
www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/sp/trans.html
list of links

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

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

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

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

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

Non-Disability Transition Website

Youthhood.org
www.youthhood.org/

Online Guides and Articles

Online Guides (General)

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

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
www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/pdf/tranopndrs.pdf

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

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

Resources for Adults with Disabilities
www.nichcy.org/FamiliesAndCommunity/Pages/servicesadults.aspx
Not specifically about transition, but contains information on related issues.

Transition Planning: A Team Effort
www.nichcy.org/EducateChildren/IEP/Pages/TransitionPlanning.aspx

Transitioning to College: What You Need To Know
www.ilru.org/html/training/webcasts/archive/2004/08-18-BC.html
Archived webcast with transcript facilitated by Beth Case, disability counselor at North Harris College and the Texas Outreach Specialist for the Postsecondary Education Consortium (PEC).

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)

Cognitive Disabilities

Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities Find and Keep a Job
www.nichcy.org/InformationResources/Documents/NICHCY%20PUBS/ta3.pdf

Learning Disabilities

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

        Selecting a College for Students with LD or ADHD
        www.ucp.org/ucp_channeldoc.cfm/1/12/71/71-71/4509

         Transition: School to Work
        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:
Post-Secondary Peer Support Programs: Facilitating Transition Through Peer Training and Mentoring
Roberta Gimblett, M.Ed.

Navigating College: Strategy Manual for a Successful Voyage & Navigating College Manual for Teaching the Portfolio

Expanding Postsecondary Options for Minority Students with Disabilities

Brochures and Booklets: www.ahead.org/publications#Brochures
- College Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- College Students Who Have ADHD
- College Students Who Have Chronic Diseases or Medical Conditions
- 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.ncset.org/publications/mfmp.asp
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
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd

Degree Programs for Unique Learners
Venture at Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
http://bellevuecollege.edu/ols/
Searchable database of other programs
www.thinkcollege.net/

Financial Aid Links
www.finaid.org/otheraid/disabled.phtml
www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/financial-aid.html

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

www.newmobility.com/articleViewIE.cfm?id=122#

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

Preparing for College: An Online Tutorial
www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/cprep.html
From DO-IT

In Texas

College for Texans
www.collegefortexans.com/

Easter Seals – Central Texas
www.centraltx.easter-seals.org
Offers workforce development and supported employment.

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

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:

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

          Texas Centers for Independent Living
          www.txsilc.org/

          Texas Home of Your Own
          http://centraltx.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=TXCA_CHShoyo

Medicare
www.medicare.gov

Mentoring/Shadowing:
          Disability Mentoring Day:
         www.disabilitymentor.net/

Mentoring Youth With Disabilities
www.ncwd-youth.info/topic/mentoring

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
http://sdsp.uncc.edu/home.asp

Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov

Vocational Rehabilitation
See DARS above

Volunteerism
Best Buddies Friendship Programs
www.bestbuddies.org/volunteer/colleges/index.asp?F=1

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.

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 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

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

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.

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.

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.
Please contact the Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC), a service provided by the Talking Book Program (TBP), for more information on assistive technology resources and on learning disabilities. TBP is a free lending library that provides recreational reading materials in alternative formats for qualified individuals in Texas who cannot read standard print or physically hold a book.

Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC)
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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