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Transition Resources

Autism Speaks – Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide
The Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide is designed to help you and your family explore the different opportunities and learning environments after leaving high school.

DSCC Transition Resources
Information from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Division of Specialized Care for Children on Transition

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition
From the Family Center on Technology and Disability. This 50 page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives.

Financial Aid from Disability.gov
The Financial Aid section contains information on federal, state and local scholarships and loans for students with disabilities, including veterans and the military community.<

Going to College!
A resource for teens with disabilities.

Got Transition? National Health Care Transition Center Website
Got Transition is the National Health Care Transition Center that aims to support optimal transitions from pediatric to adult models of health care for youth with and without special health care needs.

Heath Resource Center – Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities
The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

How to Make a Supported Decision-Making Agreement – A Guide for People with Disabilities and Their Families – From The American Civil Liberties Union

Illinois State Board of Education Transition Resources
Secondary Transition resources from ISBE.

Illinois workNet Center – Work Transition Resources for Adults and Youth with Disabilities
Resources and information important to adults and youth with disabilities on work and transition – from Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
To assist states to build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.

On the Job: Stories from Youth with Disabilities
Written by Beth Swedeen, Molly Cooney, Erik W. Carter, and Colleen Moss, Natural Supports Project, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison.Paid work experiences during high school can have a substantial impact on the lives of youth with significant disabilities. But youth are certainly not the only ones who benefit from these experiences. All six stories speak to the important contributions these youth made to their workplaces. Employers gain a committed and hard-working employee, co-workers benefit from having the opportunity to develop relationships with their peers with disabilities, and customers see youth with disabilities in a different light, as valued and contributing members of their community.

OSEP Guidance Memo on LRE in Transition
From the Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, Dated July, 2012.

PACER Center – National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

Transition Planning- from NTACT
Guidance for student-centered transition planning, education, and services. Resources include online modules, toolkits, checklists, practice descriptions, lesson plans, work-based learning experience guidance, and resources for students.

Ready? Get Set. Go! – A Guide to Becoming Independent, NH Family Voices
Ready? Get Set. Go! is a publication designed and adapted by the New Hampshire Family Voice youth advisory council, YEAH (Youth Educating Adults on Healthcare). The booklet, includes self-assessment worksheets for youth and contains materials adapted from a number of credited sources that the YEAH Advisory Council wanted to share with other youth with chronic health conditions.

Resources for Physicians for ICAAPs Transitioning Youth to Adult Care Course
Links to resources designed to help health professionals support youth in transition from pediatric to adult health care.

Shepherds College – Guiding Your Transition to Appropriate Independence
Shepherds College is the country’s leading three-year post-secondary educational program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Located in Union Grove, WI.

Think College Illinois
This website introduces inclusive postsecondary education (PSE) for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Illinois. You will find this website helpful if you are a representative from a postsecondary education institution and/or a student, self-advocate, parent, administrator, service provider, or policymaker.

Think College!
Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others.

US Department of Education – Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators
For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is accurate knowledge about their civil rights. The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment.

We Connect Now – Uniting College Students with Disabilities in Access to Higher Education and Employment Issues
We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts.

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