June 2012 | News You Can Use

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Transitioning to new places, people, and purposes


Every day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

~~ Ruth Ann Schabacker


Thank you to everyone who has given us feedback on News You Can Use! As the summer
gets underway, planning becomes essential for ensuring smooth progression to the new and exciting experiences our students are approaching. This month’s News You Can Use is full of resources to assist in transitioning to new places, people, and purposes.

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Kids grow fast, don’t they? The beginning of summer marks a time of transition. Kids and families are preparing for summer camp, beginning summer reading, and making plans for moving into a life of adulthood. The resources below will help you to plan ahead so that these transitions are smooth.

Transition Suite Pinterest Board

Transición a la Vida Adulta (Spanish resources on transition to adulthood)

Transition to Preschool

Summer Camps

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Logo of the IDEA Partnership.

Secondary Transition Collection from the IDEA Partnership is a comprehensive collection
of materials and resources to assist you in understanding the secondary transition processes. Here are Dialogue Guides, which are models for conducting interactive discussions across stakeholders, including a common set of source materials and suggested procedures for involving various audiences in states and districts.

Secondary Transition Collection Dialogue Guides



Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) has released the Spanish version of The Family Information Guide To Assistive Technology and Transition Planning. This guide discusses relevant laws and includes accounts from students on how use of assistive technology helped them transition to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. Access this guide (in English and Spanish) at:

When Young Adults Need Help with Decisions: Guardianship and Other Approaches to Decision-making Support
This new Got Transition brief describes decision-making supports that may assist young adults with intellectual disabilities while ensuring independence and self-direction. This brief also provides links to important resources for more information about guardianship and other alternatives.

Tips for Young Adults with Disabilities Interested in Starting a Career with the Federal Government
A Hiring Authority Fact Sheet: Tips for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Interested in Starting a Career with the Federal Government is to help youth with disabilities looking for government work.

70+ Tips and Tricks for Special Needs Road Trips
If you have a child with special needs, then you know summer travel plans will require extra attention to detail. Friendship Circle Blog has shared a multitude of tricks and tips to help make the planning less stressful and the travel more successful.

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Helping the Little Ones Transition to New Settings or Programs
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is a great go-to resource on how to ensure seamless transitions for children and their families as they leave Part C and other early childhood programsand move to another program or system. Visit NECTAC’s transition page:

IFSP & Transition Regulations
New Part C regulations were published in September 2011. So what’s new, different, or the same in regulations for the IFSP and transition?

Transition Plan
Here’s a one page sample transition plan that was included in the IFSP of a child turning three and moving from early intervention (Part C) to a preschool classroom (Part B).

Tiered Instruction | Online Module
Check out CONNECT’s newest module, designed to help learners understand the purpose, use, and potential benefits of tiered instruction to promote positive behaviors and academic learning in young children in early care and education programs.

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The Best Ways To Integrate Special Needs Students
Budget cuts in many school districts have some parents and teachers questioning whether they have the resources to support their students. NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez and Thomas Hehir of Harvard University talk about how to integrate special needs students into mainstream classrooms.

Preparing Middle Schoolers to Enter High School
From the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools – Supporting Successful Transition to Ninth Grade.

101 | UDL and Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities
Developed by National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, this resource focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) application in secondary transition services. It also outlines the principles of UDL, provides evidence to support its use, describes examples of UDL application in various academic content areas, and provides links to additional resources.

Off to College with Autism | Navigating College Website
Navigating College, a project of The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), is an introduction to the college experience by and for people with autism. The writers and contributors are autistic adults, giving the advice they wish they had been given when starting college.

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Smoothing Transitions for Children in the Child Welfare System
The American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law has published How the IDEA and the Fostering Connections Act Can Work Together to Ensure School Stability and Seamless Transitions for Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System. The brief discusses the legal requirements of two federal laws and how they can be used to help ensure that children in foster care who have or may have a disability receive the services they need.

On Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities
This report presents statistics that reveal how students with disabilities are faring, identifies strategies that lead to desirable outcomes, and suggest resources of more information.

The Condition of Education 2012
Hot off the press from NCES! The 49 indicators presented in The Condition of Education2012 provide a progress report on education in America and include findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education.

What’s the Score? Including Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems
The interim report presents descriptive information on school-level accountability, adequate yearly progress (AYP), and school improvement status of schools accountable and schools not accountable for the performance of the students with disabilities under ESEA.

Two Resources on Restraint and Seclusion
Are you working on developing or revising state or system policies on the use of restraint or seclusion with students with disabilities? If so, these resources would be relevant.

From the U.S. Department of Education
Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document outlines 15 principles for educators, parents, school districts, and others to consider when developing policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.

The Cost of Waiting gives examples of the consequences of not having federal legislation to guide policies on seclusion and restraint. It includes a hefty resource list, too.

Evaluating Principals
The National Center for Comprehensive Teacher Quality has released an Online Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Principal Evaluation Systems to assist states and districts in developing systems of principal evaluation and support.

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