Transition Resources


A Toolkit of Resources for Independent Living Specialists, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors & Teachers/Educators

This toolkit is designed for those who assist young adults with disabilities in transition. The purpose of the toolkit is to enhance joint service delivery, expand local collaboration and teamwork, and provide a resource for transition planning. It was developed by educators, staff from Centers on Independent Living and Vocational Rehabilitation from Missouri.

Academic Innovations: My 10 Year Plan                                                                                   

This online tool allows students, teachers, counselors and parents to easily track students’ individualized, career and education plans. The site also includes articles and materials for transition planning

Achieve Texas                                                                                                                                                                  

AchieveTexas is an education initiative designed to prepare students for a lifetime of success. It prepares them students for secondary and postsecondary opportunities, career preparation and advancement, meaningful work, and active citizenship.

Asperger’s Association of New England                                                                                                                                                     

This website is dedicated to informing parents, teachers, community members, and students about Asperger’s Syndrome. They have many links, including Transition specific information and resources.

Great Schools – Transition Planning Focusing on Students with LD and AD/HD                                                                                               

This is an informative site about Transition and IDEA. Parents may find this information useful in preparing for IEP meetings.

IEP Transition Planning Summary Information Tools

This site gives worksheets for data collection to assist in parent readiness for transition meetings.

I’m Determined

The Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project developed a user-friendly website that educators could use this as a curriculum tool with their students, if computers are available. This site is broken down by category for teachers, parents, students and citizens. There is a 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.

Improving Post-High School Outcomes for Transition-Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review

Cobb et al. (2013) reviewed 43 studies that focused on programs (e.g., strategies, interventions, or sets of services) that are designed to improve post-high school outcomes for transitioning youth with disabilities (p. vi). The studies were measured against the What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards. Based on the review, Cobb et al. (2013) recommended hypotheses as well as concerns in developing programs for transitioning youth. The publication is designed to enhance transition services for students with disabilities as well as encourage dialogue between key stakeholders in moving forward. To receive a PDF copy of the paper, please go to:

Learning Disabilities Association of America (Success in College for Adults with Learning Disabilities)                                                               

This is a PDF file of a report put out by the LDAA, which shows the steps and concepts you need to address during transition from high school to college.  The area marked “Tips for Success in College” would be most beneficial as students use the checklist to ensure success in college.

MacArthur Foundation: The Network on Transitions to Adulthood'

This is a one-stop source for information and analysis of Transitions to Adulthood that include: one-click source of information, findings arranged by research question, trends and profiles for media use, extensive library of briefs for policymakers, data and publications for researchers, books, blogs, articles.

Mapping Your Future                                                                                                                                             

Mapping our future provides bilingual information to students from middle school through graduate school, parents, school councilors, and financial aid professionals. This website has a broad range of information (including suggested calendars and plans) to help students guide them through the process. Individuals learn strategies to set goals, pick relevant classes, navigate the financial aid process, take the SAT’s, and apply to colleges.

Model Me Kids                                                                                                                                                       

This website provides modeling videos for students who are having difficulty with social skills.  There is a charge for the videos provided.  Also available for purchase are worksheets, lesson plans, and curriculum for teachers.

My Future My Plan                                     

My Future My Plan is a transition planning resource can be used to engage groups of students with disabilities, their families, and professionals in the transition planning process. I selected this site because of the video components and that real people share their stories.

National Center for Learning Disabilities                                                                                                                                           

Provides information on LD, including updates on national LD events and scholarships for students with LD transitioning to college. The site also includes a wealth of information on preparing for the transition into post-secondary life.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)   

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)                                                                                              

NICHCY serves the nation as a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices. It includes information relevant to students, families, staff regarding transition.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC);

This is a guide for educators conducting transition assessments. It gives an overview of transition assessment and what assessment tools should be used (formal and informal).

NCWD/Youth Individualized Learning Plans Webpage

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has developed a new webpage that focuses on Individualized Learning Plans (ILP). In addition, the webpage provides information on best practices, policies, and research on ILP. ILP are not limited to youth with disabilities but is open to ALL youth in secondary schools that can use an opportunity to identify their own interests and preferences related to career and postsecondary education. This is a great tool to use in the classroom as a first step in the transition process for ALL youth.

NCWD/Youth Releases Individualized Learning Plans Report 


NCWD/Youth’s report, Use of Individualized Learning Plans: A Promising Practice for Driving College and Career Readiness Efforts – Findings and Recommendations from a Multi-Method, Multi-Study Effort, summarizes the findings and recommendations of ILP research and technical assistance activities that were completed between 2007 and 2013. The purpose of these activities was to investigate whether ILPs should be considered a promising practice for youth with and without disabilities and to identify promising state, district, and school ILP implementation strategies. ILPs are increasingly understood to be the lynchpin tool for linking the twin goals of college readiness and career readiness. Read the report online. 

NCWD/Youth Infobrief Families and College and Career Readiness: What Schools can do to Engage Families in the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) Process

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) published an InfoBrief in September highlighting strategies on what schools can do to engage families in the Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) process. ILP’s are designed to engage all students, including students with disabilities, in planning the transition from high school to postsecondary life. Family involvement in ILP’s can assist youth in thinking and planning for college and career. To learn more about ILP’s as well as college and career readiness, please go to:

NCWD/Youth Videos By and For Youth Discuss Disclosure and Personal Assistance Services

NCWD/Youth has posted eight videos for and by youth with disabilities. The 411 on Disability Disclosure video features youth with disabilities discussing how their decisions to disclose their disabilities have affected them at school, at work, and in social situations. This video is a companion to the publication, The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities. Three shorter video clips from the full video are also available online. In the video, Making Your Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS), youth share how they use personal assistance services (PAS) and what’s involved in finding and managing their own services. This video is a companion to the publication, Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood. Three shorter video clips from the full video are also available.

New Kick Start Your ILP Toolkit Helps Students Plotting a Roadmap to Success

The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released a new "Kick Start Your ILP" toolkit that guides students through the individualized learning plans process with tips and a checklist to get them started on their way. Access the toolkit online at and read a recent blog on ILPs by ODEP at

New Self-Determination DCDT Fast Facts available

The DCDT Publications Committee is in the process of developing new DCDT Fast Facts for practitioners. The Committee will be developing several Fast Facts over the next year based on NSTTAC’s Evidence-Based Predictors of Post-School Success. There will be a Fast Fact created for each predictor and will include the following sections: (a) brief description of the predictor, (b) application for teachers, (d) application for administrators, (e) application for families, and (d) where to go for additional information. The Self-Determination Fast Fact is current available. DCDT Fast Facts – Self-Determination

ODEP Releases Individualized Learning Plan Interactive Policy Map

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has developed an Interactive Policy Map and accompanying brief, Individualized Learning Plans Across the U.S. to provide a snapshot of how individualized learning plans (ILPs) are being implemented nationwide. This map and brief are part of a collection of resources that ODEP has developed in partnership with NCWD/Youth, Altarum Institute, and Social Dynamics, LLC. To learn more about ILPs, take a look at NCWD/Youth’s resources including the Individualized Learning Plan Fact Sheet, Promoting Quality Individualized Learning Plans: A "How to Guide" Focused on the High School Years, and Using Individualized Learning Plans to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates. The full scope of NCWD/Youth’s ILP resources are also available online.

PEPNet: Transition Resources                                   

PEPNet is focused on delivering transition resources and educational opportunities to youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. PEPNet has a variety of resources that assist youth and their families for the postsecondary environment. PEPNet has financial aid resources, college information, and additional resources such as the College Guide, Financing Your Education, Transition Toolbox, and PEPNet Tipsheet on Transitioning to College.

The guide is about finding the right college by highlighting issues such as location, major study, and services available to youth who are deaf or hard hearing. This guide is designed to assist youth in making the right decisions in choosing a college.

This section focuses on the financial aspects to college funding such as financial aid, vocational rehabilitation, social security administration, and potential local funding sources for youth who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The toolbox provides transition website links, ready-to-use materials, and events that could be beneficial to stakeholders (teachers, parents, and other professionals) and consumers.

PEPNet Tipsheet: Transitioning to College

The tipsheet is a question and answer sheet that lists several questions that youth who are deaf or hard of hearing might have about transitioning to college. Check out this resource to see if it answers your questions about transitioning from high school to college!

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities                                                

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.

The Transition Process from High School to Post-Secondary Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students                                                                 

Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven national organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This article describes how to plan for transition if you are a student who is deaf/hard of hearing.

The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure in an Academic Setting, After High School                                                                                                                      

This Office of Disability Employment Policy fact sheet guides decision making on disclosure of disability. Find other fact sheets by visiting the home site:

Think College                                                                        

This website provides for students, families, and professionals information and links on postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. This site has a searchable database, discussion board, listserv, and resources.

Toolkit for Vets          

The National Career Development Association in their Career Convergence Magazine had an article that highlighted “A Toolkit for Vets” to assist veterans in transitioning into employment. The Veterans Career Transition Management System (VetCTMS) has several components such as the Veterans Career Transition Reference Manual, Telescript Platform, Daily Progress Sheets, and a Weekly Progress Summary. 

Transition Coalition                                                                                                                                                    

The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for youth. The site provides options for training, collaboration, and resources.

Transition Initiative                                                                                                  

Provides downloadable resources on transition topics including: A Directory of Community Rehabilitation Providers for Youth in Transition and Adults with Disabilities in Connecticut, Transition IEP Checklist, and Topic Brief: Writing Transition Goals and Objectives.

Transition to College                                                                                                                          

Information for students with intellectual disabilities is provided in this Internet resource. The site includes answers to frequently asked questions related to developing or expanding services for students with intellectual disabilities in college settings, and specific information on the two Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC) project sites in Maryland and Connecticut.


This website gives organizational worksheets useful for visually planning out a transition plan with a student. It gives so many opportunities to collect data on a child, in order to assist and develop a suitable transition for the individual. When we are limited on time, and need an additional resource, it is helpful to have a document that will guide you thoroughly through the process. Use these templates to help remind you of all the various aspects of life we use to enhance our individual talents, as you discuss and produce a plan with your student.

University of North Carolina Charlotte: Self Determination Assistance Center                                                                                                   

The Self-Determination Technical Assistance Centers project at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte focuses on improving and expanding the “exemplary practices” for promoting self-determination currently used in the four sites, as well as providing each site with support to assist with providing training and materials to others (school administrators and teachers, parents, and students) in their state. The project disseminates such products as research papers, conference handouts, a replication manual, lesson plans, and a curriculum guide.

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council

The Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council provides fact sheets for various issues that impact special education students. This link is for the transition fact sheets.  It provides a list of agencies to contact when transition planning.  It also provides basic facts about transition services.  This is a helpful resource to pass on to parents because it contains a lot of information in a neat format that is user-friendly.

Youth to Work Coalition

The Youth to Work Coalition webpage of NSTTAC provides Work Based Learning Experiences (WBLE) examples for schools, businesses, youth service professionals, families, and youth with disabilities.  The types of WBLE highlighted include career exploration, job shadowing, working sampling, service learning, internships, apprenticeships, paid employment, and mentoring. In addition, individuals can access archived presentations of WBLE as well as presenter guides/handouts from the webinars. Success stories of WBLE are also shared on the Youth to Work Coalition webpage. Individuals or businesses can submit their own success story as well. To learn more about submissions, please go to:


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Last Updated (Monday, 06 April 2015)