Transition Resources on the Web
Transitioning from the high school setting to postsecondary education, the workplace, and community living presents new challenges for students with disabilities. Fortunately there are many resources available on the web to help practitioners and families address the needs of transitioning youth. See below for an annotated list of transition websites:
Next Step at Vanderbilt University
Next Step is a 2-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training. The goal of the program is to broaden the career options and opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in inclusive, age-appropriate settings.
AccessIT promotes the use of electronic and information technology (E&IT) for students and employees with disabilities in educational institutions at all academic levels. This Web site features the AccessIT Knowledge Base, a searchable, growing database of questions and answers regarding accessible E&IT. It is designed for educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, and students and employees with disabilities and their advocates.
BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury. BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. That includes people with brain injury, their families, professionals in the field, and anyone else in a position to help prevent or ameliorate the toll of TBI.
Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) Project, PACER Center
The Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) Project offers Parent Information and Training Programs funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) a variety of services to help them achieve their goals.
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
The Center is dedicated to promoting the community integration and well-being of children, youth, and families who are affected by mental health difficulties. It values research, supports, and policies that build on family strengths; are community based, family driven, and youth guided; and promote cultural competence.
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
Assists states with collecting, reporting, and using data to improve transition services, generates knowledge of evidence-based secondary transition practices, builds state capacity to implement evidence-based secondary transition practices and disseminates information regarding evidence-based secondary transition practices that improve post-school outcomes to state personnel, practitioners, researchers, parents, and students.
National Post-School Outcomes Center – University of Oregon
Mission: Assist SEAs to develop and implement rigorous and practical post-school outcome data systems to track the early adult experiences of youth who had IEPs while in high school. http://www.psocenter.org
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth)
NCWD/Youth strives to ensure that youth with disabilities are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings in order to maximize their opportunities for employment and independent living.
National Center for Youth Transition for Behavioral Health (NCYT)
Provision of technical assistance and training on programmatic, evaluation, and policy issues related to transition to adulthood topics and evidence-supported strategies to improve the real-life outcomes of youth and young adults with SED/SMI and their families.
Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center (HRTW)
Because health impacts all aspects of life including success in the classroom, the community, and on the job, young people with special health care needs need an understanding of their health and to participate actively in their health care decisions. HRTW provides information and resources regarding integrating health into the transition process including understanding systems, access to quality health care and health insurance, and increasing the involvement of youth in health promotion, self care, and decision making.
FindYouthInfo.Gov Transition Resource Directory
This directory, focused on transition-age youth with disabilities, was compiled at a national meeting hosted by the Federal Interagency Partners in Transition Workgroup, at which federally-supported projects and center staff submitted descriptions.
FindYouthInfo.Gov - Transition Age Youth
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs supports a number of efforts to build the skills and resources of youth aged 16-24. Whether they are called "youth in transition," "transition age youth," "youth aging out" or other terms, youth in this age group experience a number of challenges on their path to a successful adulthood. A particular focus of federal programs is support for youth transitioning out of foster care or juvenile detention facilities, youth who have run away from home or dropped out of school, and youth with disabilities.
AHEAD (Association of Higher Education And Disability) is a professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. The AHEAD Web site contains resources of interest to parents and service providers of students with disabilities.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
NCSET (National Center on Secondary Education and Transition) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.