Indicator 13 | Secondary Transition

Updated, April 2013Life 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. The data collected under Indicator 13 targets this turning point in life and the extent to which youth with disabilities have IEPs that establish postsecondary … [Read more...]

Transition Trek!

PACER’s Transition Trek—updated! You may know about this resource already…it’s an educational board game that helps youth and young adults plan for life after high school. Happily, it’s been updated for 2010! Order your copy via: … [Read more...]

Fact sheets for youth with disabilities, written by youth with disabilities

These fact sheets come from KASA, which stands for Kids as Self-Advocates. KASA offers more than 60 fact sheets written by youth with disabilities on its Advisory Board and youth writers from its network. Great stuff. … [Read more...]

Health and Transition in the IEP

“Embedding Health Outcomes in the Individualized Education Program” is a video recording of a 40-minute teleconference that provides information and specific examples of health-related goals for an IEP. From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. … [Read more...]

CD on health and transition

The Wisconsin Community on Transition Health Practice Group has developed health-related training materials that can be used with schools, health providers, families, and directly with youth to help youth with disabilities learn to more effectively manage their health care concerns. … [Read more...]

Differences in how “disability” is defined in federal laws for children and for adults

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. Chapter 1 will give you the ultimate authoritative summation of how the federal laws in the United States define the term “disability.” These definitions have important implications for youths with disabilities as they transition to adulthood and to education, … [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...]

Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionals

This InfoBrief describes the systems’ service barriers faced by youth with mental health needs as they reach adulthood, while highlighting new models and strategies designed to break down those barriers and help them to transition successfully into the workplace. … [Read more...]

How families of youth with disabilities can assist in job search and retention

Tapping into the Power of Families: How Families of Youth with Disabilities Can Assist in Job Search and Retention explores the role that families and other caring adults play in helping young people with disabilities plan for careers, search for jobs, build work skills, and be successful in employment. From the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disabilities.  … [Read more...]

Self-paced modules on transition

TransCen, Inc., has developed a series of free online self-paced modules that provide an overview and orientation to main concepts of transition planning, geared to help people understand the basics of transition services. The modules are aligned with competencies endorsed by national initiatives. (posted December 28, 2o11)  … [Read more...]

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