Transition Resources & Websites (where to find help)


A Difficult Passage: Helping Youth with Mental Health Needs Transition into Adulthood

Developed by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), the Brief discusses current state strategies for improving outcomes for youth with mental health needs, and offers additional policy recommendations. This Brief is a prelude to a forthcoming NCWD/Youth publication entitled Tunnels and Cliffs: A Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers Serving Youth with Mental Health Needs.

Academic Innovations: My 10 Year Plan

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

The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. The Access Board ensures access to federally funded facilities and is a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.
Feature Issue on Achieving Secondary Education and Transition Results for Students with Disabilities
Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 16 • Number 3 • Fall/Winter 2003/2004
NCSET Information Brief: Addressing Trends and Developments in Secondary Education and Transition. February 2004 • Vol. 3, Issue 1 By David Leake and Margarita Cholymay Persons with disabilities usually must overcome a variety of challenges not faced by their peers without disabilities in order to gain entry to and succeed in postsecondary education. These challenges are likely to be especially difficult for persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) heritage.
Advising Youth with Disabilities on Disclosure: Tips for Service Providers provides ways you can assist young people with determining whether disclosure is appropriate. Knowledge of the specific accommodations that youth will need in a given situation can help frame what disability information needs to be disclosed. If the youth does not require accommodations, it is generally not necessary to disclose the disability. is built by the U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with students. This site is intended to be the go-to source for information and resources about planning, preparing and paying for postsecondary education (such as 2- or 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational or career schools).
The Center for Personal Assistance Services provides research, training, dissemination and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS) in the United States:* The relationship between formal and informal PAS and caregiving support, and the role of assistive technology (AT) in complementing PAS;* Policies and programs, barriers and new models for PAS in the home and community;* PAS Workforce development, recruitment, retention, and benefits; and * Workplace models of formal and informal PAS and AT at work.
The University of Washington's Project DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), hosts a list of resources that assist parents in learning about federal, state, and local policies while planning for education beyond High School. Parents are connected with information on person-centered planning, IDEA, Peer-support, transfer of rights, Social Security, and more.
A guide to undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, career education and online degree programs
This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.
Explore career options, plan for college and locate financial aid sources. Visit your state section to learn about local services and programs to help you get to college.
A national campaign launched in January by the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council to deliver the message of college preparedness to 8th-10th grade students. The campaign uses Public service announcements and posters to direct students to the website for links to college resources in their state.
The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD-Youth) is a youth-led resource, information, and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership and funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The project is led by the next generation of young leaders with disabilities for the next generation of young leaders with disabilities-- taking a positive development approach to working with the next generation of disability community leaders, and developing materials to better prepare them for the transition to adulthood, and leadership.
The Division on Career Development and Transition, Council of Exceptional Children, published a Self-Determination Fast Fact. The Self-Determination Fast Fact is designed to help practitioners in teaching self-determination skills in the classroom. The fact sheet breaks down how self-determination is applicable for teachers, administrators, and families. Additional websites, books, and research articles are highlighted that can helpful for practitioners.
Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. This website will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.
Find links to internet resources; answers to frequently asked questions related to developing or expanding services for students with intellectual disabilities in college settings; specific information on the two PERC project sites in Maryland and Connecticut; and much more!
This site includes articles and podcasts, tips, key websites, and in-depth research reports to help you find all the information needed to make the right transitional decisions.
The George Washington Disability Support Services site compares what students and faculty need to know to improve their teaching/learning relationships in class. Topics covered include: Interaction, Guidance, Confidentiality, Eligibility, Accommodation, Exams, Note taking, Rights, Grievances, and Advocacy.
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.