Transition Planning

September 2010This info in Spanish | Esta información en español Transition planning is a gigantic topic and a very important one for youth with disabilities, their families, and IEP teams. NICHCY has devoted an entire section of its website to the subject, including articles written expressly for students themselves, school personnel, and parents.Here, in this article, however, we'll keep it short and focused on what IDEA requires in the IEP for … [Read more...]

Transition to Adulthood

September 2010 About transition in Spanish | Sobre transición en español Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it. Quick-Jump Index Quick summary of transition IDEA's definition of transition services Considering … [Read more...]

Transition “Starters” for Everyone

September 2009 | Links checked, February 2013 This page is designed to connect you with basic information about transition planning. We've included articles, guides, and online trainings designed for specific audiences, because we all process and use information from the vantage point of why we want to know and what we're going to do with the info. Below you'll find resources listed for: general audiences parents professionals students   Resources … [Read more...]

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...]

Adult Services: What Are They? Where Are They?

November 2009 Many different individuals come together to help the student plan for transition. Typically, transition planning is handled by members of the IEP team, with other individuals becoming involved as needed. It’s important to involve a variety of people, for they will bring their unique perspectives to the planning table. The team draws upon the expertise of the different members and pools their information to make decisions or … [Read more...]

Employment Connections

November 2009 Links checked, February 2013 Oh, the world of work! For many youth with disabilities looking ahead to life after high school, employment will be an immediate and serious consideration. And the time to consider it well and thoroughly is during the high school years, during transition planning, and through transition services that are carefully matched to the goal of employment. In the article Transition Goals in the IEP, we looked … [Read more...]

Key Terms to Know in Special Education

October 2010 En español | In SpanishSpecial education is full of terms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it's important to know what those terms mean. NICHCY is pleased to provide this handy reference to special education terminology, and hopes it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal words and phrases in the field.Quick-Jump Index to the TermsPoint of Reference: IDEAChild with a disabilityFAPE … [Read more...]

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper, NICHCY July 2007 ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Module 1 welcomes everyone to IDEA. With these training materials, you can learn about and give trainings that include: a quick overview to the 10 major steps in special education (three of which are evaluation, eligibility, and writing the IEP); and the top 5 acronyms used in special education (IDEA, … [Read more...]

Module 13: Content of the IEP

by Theresa Rebhorn and Lisa Küpper NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities December 2007 **Este módulo está disponible en español: El Contenido del IEP Module 13 looks in detail at the information that must be included in the IEP of every child with a disability receiving special education and related services under IDEA. This is critical knowledge for families and school personnel to have! The module  is available … [Read more...]

Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment

Completing an internship can help young people with and without disabilities prepare for their career field of choice. In “Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment, A Guide for Students with Disabilities to Getting and Making the Most of an Internship,” the National Consortium on Leadership & Disability for Youth guides youth through the steps of finding, applying for, participating in, and evaluating an internship. Topics covered include activities … [Read more...]

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