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Transition Resources

ACLU – Supported Decision Making Resource Library
An extensive list of resources and tools.

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.

School to Work Transition Guide
The Guide was designed to help students, parents/guardians, teachers, school administrators, guidance and vocational rehabilitation counselors, and other school-based and adult-services providers – with clear, up-to-date information about the process of supporting Illinois students with disabilities in their transition from school to work.

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

Transition Resources for Hispanic Teens (English)

Transition Resources for Hispanic Teens (Spanish)  
DSCC and Illinois LEND’s Transition Resources for Hispanic Teens in the Chicago Area
Illinois LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) and the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) partnered to provide helpful information about the unique challenges Hispanic families can face during the transition to adulthood. This resource list is aimed at transition-age teenagers and their families in the Chicago area.

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 Center for Transition and Work
The ICTW is a state-wide training and technical assistance center that focuses specifically on transition from school to work for students with significant disabilities

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.
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.

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.

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.

The Arc Center for Future Planning  – website with webinars and documents on Transition

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.

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.