Transition Goals in the IEP

September 2010 Resources updated, August 2012In Transition to Adulthood, we presented an overview of what IDEA 2004 requires in terms of transition planning for youth with disabilities. A significant aspect of the law's requirements relates to including transition-related goals and statements in the IEPs of students preparing for life after high school. Now it's time to take a much closer look at the kind of information you might include in a student's … [Read more...]

Education/Training Connections

November 2009 | Links checked, May 2013As part of a student's transition planning for life after high school, the student and the other members of his or her IEP team will probably consider the possibility of more education or training. In keeping with the options specifically mentioned in IDEA, the discussion of education/training after high school may focus on:postsecondary education at a college, university, or community college;vocational education … [Read more...]

Services for Adults with Disabilities

Updated October 2010 | Links checked, February 2013Once a student with a disability leaves high school, other agencies are available to assist with putting the individual in contact with helpful resources.We have prepared this listing of resources for adults with disabilities to help you get started. Look over this list, and you will find organizations that provide information, referral, and/or direct services. A brief description of each organization's … [Read more...]

Postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities

Visit the HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University for its new 36-page publication that answers many commonly asked questions about college experiences for students with intellectual disabilities.http://www.heath.gwu.edu/assets/50/pse_id_final_edition.pdf … [Read more...]

What U.S. laws and policies provide “pathways” for students with disabilities to life after high school?

This December 2010 report is the Country Report for the United States, written to capture our status at the moment regarding Pathways for Disabled Students to Tertiary Education and Employment. The title’s a mouthful, but the content is a gold mine. It’s precise and authoritative about the U.S. policies and laws in…well…look at the title again! The report was written through the teaming of multiple federal agencies. Inside you’ll find a … [Read more...]

Postsecondary education and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Here's the lengthy title: Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Critical Review of the State of Knowledge and a Taxonomy to Guide Future Research. This policy brief is available from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community (ICI) Integration. The brief reviews the state of knowledge and research practice in the emerging field of postsecondary education for students with intellectual … [Read more...]

Off to college: Tips for students with visual impairments

Off to College: Tips for Students with Visual Impairments provides information on how to make the transition to college, including how to find the best school and visiting their office for students with disabilities, determining whether any accommodations will be needed, communicating with teachers about one’s disability, getting books and other materials, and orienting oneself around the campus.  (posted May 3, 2012)http://www.c3online.org/PHP-c170.pdf  … [Read more...]

Website for students with disabilities interested in college

Going to College is a website with information about college life, designed for high school students with disabilities. It provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help them in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer firsthand experiences of students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to … [Read more...]

Practical guide for people with disabilities who want to go to college

This guide has information about finding the right school, paying for college, standard accommodations that colleges may provide to students with disabilities, and how to manage your disability while at school. It also includes information about things to keep in mind after college and where you can get help finding a job. (posted March 4, 2013)http://tucollaborative.org/pdfs/education/College_Guide.pdf … [Read more...]

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