My Story

by guest blogger David Egan Distribution Clerk at Booz Allen Hamilton and Advocate for People with Disabilities Cross-posted with permission from I recently shared my story as a speaker at the Alliance for Full Participation Summit in November, and today I would like to post some of my thoughts and experiences on Disability.Blog. My name is David Egan, and I have been an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton for 15 years. I believe … [Read more...]

Transition to adulthood for individuals with ASD

A critical time for transition planning is in the early years of middle school through the first few years following graduation from high school. This time period is the focal point of the four Transition to Adulthood guides and will assist the individual with ASD and his or her team in reviewing the issues of adulthood related to age-appropriate transition assessment, employment, postsecondary education, and adult living during these years. Implications … [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)  … [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...]

Guardianship and other approaches to decision-making support

This 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. (Posted June 12, 2012) … [Read more...]

Occupational courses

The core objective of an occupational course is to develop skills, expertise, or knowledge relative to a single occupation or career cluster. Through occupational courses, transition-age students are able to explore career options, gain skills directly aligned to their post-school goals, and apply knowledge gained from a variety of educational settings. This Fast Facts from the Division on Career Development & Transition at the Council for Exceptional … [Read more...]

Work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities

Are you a... school? a business? a youth service professional? a family member? a young person with disabilities? The Youth for Work Coalition offers quick reads for each of these audiences on work-based learning experiences that can help students with disabilities prepare for transition to adulthood. Visit the link below, select your audience on the left, and read about what these experiences involve and how they benefit students with disabilities, … [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) … [Read more...]

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