Transition Programs and Services


Bonneville Canyon                                                                                                                             

Bonneville Canyon is a program for young male adults to help them develop life skills.  Despite the cost, this program helps adult males recover high school credits and learn inter-personal skills among other things while maintaining a rigorous schedule. For parents who cannot afford programs like this financing is available.

Bridges Plus                                                             

Bridges-from school to work is a program established through the Marriott Foundation for people with disabilities. Bridges goals focus on meeting the needs of the workforce through job placement, planning and developing vocational growth opportunities. Bridges support “mutually beneficial job placements” to match goals of the young people they serve.

Center on Transition Innovations (CTI)

The Virginia Department of Education created a new online statewide resource called the Center on Transition Innovations. The website provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the field. The website resources include free web courses for Virginia’s middle and high school educators, online newsletters, fact sheets on transition, and webcasts from state and national experts in the field. CTI research and demonstration projects (e.g., Customized Employment, Project SEARCH, Self-Determination Study) funded through the Virginia Department of Education will be highlighted on the website as well.  To review the website, please go to:

Colorado Department of Education              

This site contains a transition toolkit, which outlines a detailed method for approaching transition. It features a common language for transition so all may understand.

Edison Academy                                                                                                                                  

The Edison Academy offers advanced specialized courses to 11th and 12th grade students, who have a strong interest in International Studies and Business, Engineering and Scientific Technology, and Health and Human Services.  Students have the option of participating in a variety of career experience programs depending on the class they are enrolled in at the Academy. Some students may participate in customized industry resume workshops and mock interviews; others may be selected to participate in an internship or job shadow experience.

Fairfax County Public Schools Special Education Services: Career and Transition Services                                                                               

Fairfax County Public Schools’ Career and Transition Services website provides resources necessary for transition to a variety of post-secondary options. Topics include: Transition Planning, Instructional Services, Graduate Follow-up, Resource Contacts, Business Advisory Council, Transition Times Newsletter, What's New, and Items of Interest.

Maryland County Public School Transition Services                                                                                             

Transition planning specifically for Montgomery County, Maryland that includes a coordinated set of activities designed within an outcome-oriented process that promotes movement from school to post-school activities. These outcomes include postsecondary education, Vocational training, integrated employment, Continuing and Adult education, Adult services, Independent living, and Community participation. Note that a student’s transition plan becomes a part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process beginning at age 14 or younger, if appropriate.

Maryland Department of Education—Transition Planning Guide

This document was developed and produced by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services. Essentially it’s a tool kit that guides prospective students, and the families through the process of transition.

Montgomery County Public Schools: The Division of Career and Technology Education                                                                       

Montgomery County Public School District in Maryland website for career and technical education provides three main sections of interest: 1. Pathways used to assist student learning , 2. Staff training, and 3. Resources information from contact information, development framework and a glossary of the jargon used in CTE).

Postsecondary Education Rehabilitation Transition (PERT) at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) '                                                                                                                            

The program offers youth with disabilities the opportunity to discover individual strengths and abilities to plan for their transition services with the goals of working and living independently. This program is a highly effective school-to-work transition initiative for eligible youth with disabilities available to all Virginia local school divisions,

Project C3                                                                                                                                                                         

Project C3 is a partnership between several organizations in Minnesota offering a variety of services to youth and young adults. Its goal is to help young adults in transition become successfully employed or to continue their education in high school, colleges or universities.

The AbilitiesFund                                                                                                                                                            

The AbilitiesFund is a non-profit agency that coordinates with state vocational rehabilitation agencies to provide training, information, and access to capital to individuals with disabilities interested in self-employment or the creation of entrepreneurial ventures.

The Arc of Montgomery County, MD                                                                              

The Arc is a non-profit organization serving individuals, families, and employers affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc’s mission is to empower people with disabilities for full inclusion into the community. Services provided include a vocational service division, infant-child and adolescent care centers, over 50 residential group home sites and community supported living arrangements for individuals to live independently with direct support in their homes.

TransCen, Inc                                                                                                                                                                             

TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. It is their belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, or other barriers to employment, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance. They develop, implement, and research innovative practices regarding school-to-adult life transition, career and workforce development, and inclusive community participation.

Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project

It is a user-friendly website that educators could use this as a curriculum tool with their students, if computers are available. Additionally, this site is broken down by category for teachers, parents, students and citizen. There is a true multi-media experience as well, with this site containing videos, powerpoint presentations, brochures and literature, all of which are printable. There is even a lesson plan section for teachers to utilize, which is always welcome for busy teachers.

Virginia Department of Education: Transition Services for Students with Disabilities      

The Virginia Department of Education Transition Services website provides access to a variety of resources including VA Transition Resources, Organizations, Best Practices in Transition, College Planning Resources, School-to-Work Resources, Employment Resources, Rehabilitation Services, and Vocational & Career Assessment Resources. It also provides an overview of transition services and initiatives.


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Last Updated (Monday, 2 June 2014)