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Community Living

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A Path to Community Living Handbook
Developed by DC's Office of Disability Rights, A Path to Community Living Handbook was designed to assist people with disabilities to identify the services and supports they might need to successfully live in the community.
A Path to Preparedness
This handbook assists persons with disabilities in creating a safety plan and recording information related to their health, medical and transportation needs, social networks, resources, equipment, and skills and abilities prior to an emergency.
Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
A searchable online resource that provides ideas for accommodations and a list of contact organizations.
Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia
(ATPDC) is a citywide program that helps all Washingtonians with disabilities and their families get the appropriate assistive technology devices and services to live independently. The ATPDC's services include an assistive technology resource center, AT device loan program, disability equipment recycling program and technical assistance and training. ATPDC serves all District of Columbia residents regardless of age, disability or income and most services are provided at no cost.
Building a Bridge: A Resource Manual for High School Students
This handbook, created by the Connecticut Transition Task Force, aims to help students and family members to prepare for life after high school and includes personal checklists youth can use to get to know themselves.
Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Learning Disabilities provides guidance to caring adults and youth service professionals for improving services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities.
DC Center for Independent Living
The DC Center for Independent Living is a non-profit organization that assists DC residents with significant disabilities to live independently in their homes and in their communities.
DC Partners in Transition Website
DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. Click on the link to access resources, read the success stories of DC youth who have successfully transitioned, and discover information on upcoming events and ways to get involved.
Easter Seals Youth Mobility and Transportation Resources
Easter Seals Project ACTION offers resources specifically designed to facilitate the use of transportation for students and young adults with and without disabilities, and build the resource capacity and knowledge of school and district personnel around coordinated inclusive transportation planning.
Food and Nutrition at College
This module provides students with basic knowledge about the importance of eating a healthy diet.
Friends: Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members
Developed by the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), this manual is a resource for parents, educators, support coordinators, and people with disabilities that highlights the need for people with disabilities to develop friendships and build supportive relationships with community members and shares activities for fostering greater engagement and connection.
Get Started Now: A Practical Guide for DC Students with Disabilities
Getting Involved in Volunteering (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for getting involved in their community.
Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities Website
This website contains information about living college life with a disability. Designed for high school students, the site provides video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help youth get a head start in planning for college.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations After High School
This tip sheet shares ways in which families can help young adults to understand, manage, and explain their disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
I Can Do It! A Micropedia of Living on Your Own
This engaging resource can be used to introduce older youth to information and skills they will need to successfully live on their own, including budgeting, housing, daily living, and relationships.
Keeping in Contact with Your Professional
This tip sheet shares some simple ways that students can stay in contact with transition services professionals, manage appointments, and use different modes of communication to receive and share important information.
My "Must Have" Papers
This guide for students shares tips on keeping and protecting personal records and information.
Parent Tips for Transition Planning
This resource explains the purpose of transition planning, answers frequently asked questions, and contains guided questions that support effective transition plan development.
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network Secondary Transition Toolkit
A toolkit designed by youth with disabilities who are members of Pennsylvania's Youth Leadership Network to assist youth with transitioning into the adult world.
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Quality Trust is an independent, non-profit advocacy organization focused on improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. They work with individuals and family members to solve problems, identify opportunities for learning and contribution and find creative ways to minimize “differences” and make the most of each person’s abilities.
Student-Directed Transition Planning Lesson Plans
Visit this link to access eight lessons teachers can use to teach their students the information needed to actively participate in their transition-focused IEP meetings.
Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
This resource offers advice to parents on how to support their child's successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth With Disabilities
This workbook helps youth to understand what it means to disclose a disability, make informed decisions about disclosing, and the impact disclosure can have on education, employment, and social life.
The Guideposts for Success: A Framework for Families Preparing Youth for Adulthood
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this InfoBrief shares how the Guideposts for Success can be used as a framework from which families of youth with disabilities can consider the support needs of their youth during the transition planning process.
Transfer of Rights Fact Sheet
Created by the Quality Trust and University Legal Services, this fact sheet shares information about supported decision-making and educational powers of attorney as options for youth who are approaching age 18.
University Legal Services: Protection and Advocacy Program for the District of Columbia
University Legal Services (ULS) is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the District of Columbia's federally mandated protection and advocacy system for the human, legal, and service rights of people with disabilities. Our services include information and referral; education and training; investigation of reported or suspected instances of abuse or neglect; individual advocacy; systemic litigation; and technical assistance regarding legislative and policy concerns. All services are offered free of charge to eligible individuals in accordance with ULS' available resources and policies.
Where Will Our Children Live When They Grow Up?
This webpage assists families as they begin to think about housing options for their child with a disability.
Writing Annual Goals and Postsecondary Goals
This handout provides information on how to write annual and postsecondary goals for transition plans for students with disabilities. This short guide provides tips about how to write compliant and meaningful transition goals in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Youth Transportation Education Curriculum
Easter Seals designed this curriculum to provide educators, transit professionals, and families with strategies for integrating transportation content, including travel instruction, into the educational experience for students with disabilities.

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Employment

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Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
A searchable online resource that provides ideas for accommodations and a list of contact organizations.
Applying for a Job: The Young Adult's Guide
Created for students, this fact sheet includes tips on things to keep in mind when looking for a job, hints on how to find a job, and a job application example.
Building a Bridge: A Resource Manual for High School Students
This handbook, created by the Connecticut Transition Task Force, aims to help students and family members to prepare for life after high school and includes personal checklists youth can use to get to know themselves.
Bureau of Labor Statistics K-12 Website
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) K-12 site features games and quizzes, student resources such as career information, resources for teachers such as classroom activities, and an interactive timeline of the history of BLS.
Career Clusters
As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options.
CareerOneStop
This website, sponsored by the Department of Labor, shares employment information and inspiration to help students explore career and education options.
Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Learning Disabilities provides guidance to caring adults and youth service professionals for improving services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities.
College or Training Programs: How to Decide
This PACER Center pamphlet shares tips and questions students should consider when deciding which education or training options to pursue after high school.
Creating a Path to Employment: Tips for Parents with Children with Disabilities
Tips that families can use to help their youth explore the world of work.
DC Partners in Transition Website
DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. Click on the link to access resources, read the success stories of DC youth who have successfully transitioned, and discover information on upcoming events and ways to get involved.
Do's and Don't of Looking for a Job
Helpful hints about finding a job that is right for you.
Get Started Now: A Practical Guide for DC Students with Disabilities
Getting Involved in Volunteering (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for getting involved in their community.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations After High School
This tip sheet shares ways in which families can help young adults to understand, manage, and explain their disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations after high school
This brochure shares three ways you can help your son or daughter learn how to understand, manage, and explain his or her disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
How to Keep a Job: The Young Adult's Guide
This guide shares tips for students on how to be prepared to start and keep a new job.
Integrated Employment Toolkit: Youth and Family Q & A
Strategies for educators and families to use in assisting youth access to supports that will prepare them for integrated, competitive employment.
Letters of Invitation for Transition Planning Meetings
Brief snippet about the process of inviting students to IEP meetings when transition planning is being discussed.
My "Must Have" Papers
This guide for students shares tips on keeping and protecting personal records and information.
Networking: A Guide to an Effective Job Search
This guide explains what networking is, how it's done, and how it can help students land the perfect job.
New Futures Career Navigator Website
This new website assists students in identifying career pathways in the DC metro area.
Non-Degree Postsecondary Options For Individuals with Disabilities
This pamphlet, produced by the George Washington University's HEATH Resource Center, discusses options for students with disabilities who want to become independent and employed but who do not want to pursue an academic degree.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, this website features profiles of hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay, and more. Each profile also includes employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
Opening Doors to Employment
This handbook, produced by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is designed to assist students with disabilities, families, and educators in developing postsecondary employment goals.
Parent Tips for Transition Planning
This resource explains the purpose of transition planning, answers frequently asked questions, and contains guided questions that support effective transition plan development.
Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for participating in internships and other work-based experiences.
Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network Secondary Transition Toolkit
A toolkit designed by youth with disabilities who are members of Pennsylvania's Youth Leadership Network to assist youth with transitioning into the adult world.
Secondary Transition Assessment Resources
This resource provides an overview of transition assessments which can be considered a beginning library of transition assessments for providing high quality assessment. Many of the assessments are free, and those that must be purchased were selected for their quality and cost-benefit. OSSE does not have an approved list; however, this guide serves as a list of secondary transition assessments available to educators.
Skills to Pay the Bills -- Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 both in-school and out-of-school environments.
Skills to Pay the Bills Video Vignettes
Click on this link to access a series of free video vignettes produced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy to accompany its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum.
Student-Directed Transition Planning Lesson Plans
Visit this link to access eight lessons teachers can use to teach their students the information needed to actively participate in their transition-focused IEP meetings.
Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
This resource offers advice to parents on how to support their child's successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth With Disabilities
This workbook helps youth to understand what it means to disclose a disability, make informed decisions about disclosing, and the impact disclosure can have on education, employment, and social life.
The Guideposts for Success: A Framework for Families Preparing Youth for Adulthood
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this InfoBrief shares how the Guideposts for Success can be used as a framework from which families of youth with disabilities can consider the support needs of their youth during the transition planning process.
The IRIS Center Secondary Transition Modules
This Module defines and discusses the purpose of interagency collaboration and addresses the importance of partnering with agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school.
Transition Planning for English Learners
This webinar is geared towards educators and school-based staff who work with English learners. During this session, participants will learn about the factors that contribute to college and career attainment for English learners (ELs) including current ELs, former ELs, and ELs with special needs. Participants will be exposed to practices that lead ELs and ELs with identified disabilities to success in obtaining postsecondary employment and completing postsecondary education. By the end of the session, participants will have a template of best practices that will lead to post-secondary success specific to their school/LEA.
Transition Planning for English Learners Webinar
This webinar is geared towards educators and school-based staff who work with English learners. During this session, participants will learn about the factors that contribute to college and career attainment for English learners (ELs) including current ELs, former ELs, and ELs with special needs. Participants will be exposed to practices that lead ELs and ELs with identified disabilities to success in obtaining postsecondary employment and completing postsecondary education. By the end of the session, participants will have a template of best practices that will lead to post-secondary success specific to their school/LEA.
Understanding Transition Services in Transition Plans
Brief snippet for educators on how to write effective and meaningful transition services for students with disabilities.
Vocational Rehabilitation: A Young Adult's Guide
This tip sheet explains how young adults can take advantage of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services in their state.
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Offers young adults guidance on career research, including preliminary exploration, getting and conducting informational interviews, and using internet resources for further inquiry.
Writing Annual Goals and Postsecondary Goals
This handout provides information on how to write annual and postsecondary goals for transition plans for students with disabilities. This short guide provides tips about how to write compliant and meaningful transition goals in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Writing Measurable Annual Goals for Students’ Transition Plans
Brief snippet for educators on how to write measurable annual goals for students' transition plans.

Resources

Post Secondary Education

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A Guide to Assessing College Readiness for Parents of College-Bound Students who Learn Differently
This guide is designed to help parents assess their child's college readiness levels and help students understand the complex sets of skills, abilities and practices associated with foundation areas that are critical for success in a traditional higher education setting for students who learn differently.
Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z
A searchable online resource that provides ideas for accommodations and a list of contact organizations.
Building a Bridge: A Resource Manual for High School Students
This handbook, created by the Connecticut Transition Task Force, aims to help students and family members to prepare for life after high school and includes personal checklists youth can use to get to know themselves.
Campus Life: Joining Clubs and Organizations
This module provides information on why and how students with disabilities should get involved in campus clubs and organizations when they attend college.
Career Clusters
As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options.
Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Learning Disabilities provides guidance to caring adults and youth service professionals for improving services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities.
College Funding for Students with Disabilities
A tip sheet that shares information about federal and state aid, scholarships, and awards that can help students with disabilities pay for college.
College Navigator Website
The College Navigator website is a free consumer information tool designed to help students, parents, and others get information on nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States
College Preparation Checklist
This brochure from the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office offers guidance on how to find money for school, take the right classes, and choose a career.
College Supports Questionnaire
The College Supports Questionnaire is designed to address disability support services needs at a postsecondary college or training program, including the impact of the disability, housing needs, transportation need, support network, stress tolerance, social issues, and disclosure/advocacy.
College Survival Skills -- Tips for Students with Disabilities to Increase College Success
This pamphlet contains a list of suggested study skills and strategies that may be helpful to students as they make the transition from high school to college. These tips are paraphrased from interviews of Mentors, Scholars, and Ambassadors in DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) programs at the University of Washington.
College or Training Programs: How to Decide
This PACER Center pamphlet shares tips and questions students should consider when deciding which education or training options to pursue after high school.
DC Partners in Transition Website
DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. Click on the link to access resources, read the success stories of DC youth who have successfully transitioned, and discover information on upcoming events and ways to get involved.
Effective College Planning Guide
Effective College Planning is a resource guide created by members of the Western New York Collegiate Consortium of Disability Advocates (CCDA) that provides technical assistance, timelines and activities related to the transition process for parents and professionals. Visit the website to view individual chapters or to download a PDF of the entire guide.
Effective College Planning Student Self Assessment
Get Started Now: A Practical Guide for DC Students with Disabilities
Getting Accommodations at College: Tools for School
This student tip sheet shares information on how to request accommodations and modifications in a college setting.
Getting Involved in Volunteering (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for getting involved in their community.
Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities Website
This website contains information about living college life with a disability. Designed for high school students, the site provides video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help youth get a head start in planning for college.
Guidance and Career Counselors' Toolkit: Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options
This resource contains answers to counselors' most frequently asked questions about postsecondary opportunities for students with disabilities. Students and families are also encouraged to sue this toolkit to help guide their college and career transition planning.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations After High School
This tip sheet shares ways in which families can help young adults to understand, manage, and explain their disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations after high school
This brochure shares three ways you can help your son or daughter learn how to understand, manage, and explain his or her disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
KnowHow2Go
Explore the site to learn more about the steps you need to take to be college-ready.
Letters of Invitation for Transition Planning Meetings
Brief snippet about the process of inviting students to IEP meetings when transition planning is being discussed.
My "Must Have" Papers
This guide for students shares tips on keeping and protecting personal records and information.
My Mental Health Rights on Campus
This tip sheet shares information students will need to address rights, rules, and resources while at college.
Navigating College: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults
Non-Degree Postsecondary Options For Individuals with Disabilities
This pamphlet, produced by the George Washington University's HEATH Resource Center, discusses options for students with disabilities who want to become independent and employed but who do not want to pursue an academic degree.
Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education and Training
This handbook, created by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is designed to assist students with disabilities, families, and educators, in developing postsecondary education and training transition goals.
Parent Tips for Transition Planning
This resource explains the purpose of transition planning, answers frequently asked questions, and contains guided questions that support effective transition plan development.
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network Secondary Transition Toolkit
A toolkit designed by youth with disabilities who are members of Pennsylvania's Youth Leadership Network to assist youth with transitioning into the adult world.
Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
This guide, created by the HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University, answers many commonly asked questions about college experiences for students with intellectual disabilities.
Preparing for College: An Online Tutorial
This publication shares advice and internet resources for college-bound teens with disabilities.
Secondary Transition Assessment Resources
This resource provides an overview of transition assessments which can be considered a beginning library of transition assessments for providing high quality assessment. Many of the assessments are free, and those that must be purchased were selected for their quality and cost-benefit. OSSE does not have an approved list; however, this guide serves as a list of secondary transition assessments available to educators.
Student-Directed Transition Planning Lesson Plans
Visit this link to access eight lessons teachers can use to teach their students the information needed to actively participate in their transition-focused IEP meetings.
Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
This resource offers advice to parents on how to support their child's successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
The 4 Steps to College
A handy guide that shares more about the four steps students should follow to prepare for college.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth With Disabilities
This workbook helps youth to understand what it means to disclose a disability, make informed decisions about disclosing, and the impact disclosure can have on education, employment, and social life.
The Guideposts for Success: A Framework for Families Preparing Youth for Adulthood
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this InfoBrief shares how the Guideposts for Success can be used as a framework from which families of youth with disabilities can consider the support needs of their youth during the transition planning process.
The IRIS Center Secondary Transition Modules
This Module defines and discusses the purpose of interagency collaboration and addresses the importance of partnering with agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school.
Think College: College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities. Click on the link to access resources and information for students and families.
Transition Planning for English Learners
This webinar is geared towards educators and school-based staff who work with English learners. During this session, participants will learn about the factors that contribute to college and career attainment for English learners (ELs) including current ELs, former ELs, and ELs with special needs. Participants will be exposed to practices that lead ELs and ELs with identified disabilities to success in obtaining postsecondary employment and completing postsecondary education. By the end of the session, participants will have a template of best practices that will lead to post-secondary success specific to their school/LEA.
Transition Planning for English Learners Webinar
This webinar is geared towards educators and school-based staff who work with English learners. During this session, participants will learn about the factors that contribute to college and career attainment for English learners (ELs) including current ELs, former ELs, and ELs with special needs. Participants will be exposed to practices that lead ELs and ELs with identified disabilities to success in obtaining postsecondary employment and completing postsecondary education. By the end of the session, participants will have a template of best practices that will lead to post-secondary success specific to their school/LEA.
Understanding Transition Services in Transition Plans
Brief snippet for educators on how to write effective and meaningful transition services for students with disabilities.
Writing Annual Goals and Postsecondary Goals
This handout provides information on how to write annual and postsecondary goals for transition plans for students with disabilities. This short guide provides tips about how to write compliant and meaningful transition goals in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Writing Measurable Annual Goals for Students’ Transition Plans
Brief snippet for educators on how to write measurable annual goals for students' transition plans.

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Self Determination

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20 Ways to Involve Students in the IEP Process
A Path to Community Living Handbook
Developed by DC's Office of Disability Rights, A Path to Community Living Handbook was designed to assist people with disabilities to identify the services and supports they might need to successfully live in the community.
A Student's Guide to the IEP
Written especially for students, this NICHCY guide teaches students about the IEP process and includes tips for IEP development and meeting participation.
An Educational Journey from Self-Discovery to Advocacy
This handbook was created for high school students with disabilities as an instructional tool to use in developing self-advocacy skills and transition planning. The handbook contains guided resources and worksheets that assist students to develop disability awareness, learn to advocate, plan for their career, establish community connections, and participate in their IEP meetings.
An Introduction to Self-Determination for Families
This presentation introduces families to the concept of self-determination and includes tips for teaching youth about their disability and the IEP process.
Attending Meetings to Plan Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Be Your Own Best Advocate
Created for students, this PACER Center information sheet shares information about self-advocacy, why it is important, how and when to be a self-advocate, and resources for learning more.
Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for becoming a self-advocate.
Building a Bridge: A Resource Manual for High School Students
This handbook, created by the Connecticut Transition Task Force, aims to help students and family members to prepare for life after high school and includes personal checklists youth can use to get to know themselves.
Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Guideposts for Success for Youth with Learning Disabilities provides guidance to caring adults and youth service professionals for improving services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities.
Disability Rights Virtual Exhibit
This website, hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, features an online museum of disability rights information and exhibit items.
Empowerment Through Engagement: Implementing Student-led IEPs
This short paper describes an Illinois educator's experience with implementing student-led IEPs.
Get Started Now: A Practical Guide for DC Students with Disabilities
Going to College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities Website
This website contains information about living college life with a disability. Designed for high school students, the site provides video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help youth get a head start in planning for college.
Guidance and Career Counselors' Toolkit: Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options
This resource contains answers to counselors' most frequently asked questions about postsecondary opportunities for students with disabilities. Students and families are also encouraged to sue this toolkit to help guide their college and career transition planning.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations After High School
This tip sheet shares ways in which families can help young adults to understand, manage, and explain their disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
Help Your Young Adult Learn About Accessing Accommodations after high school
This brochure shares three ways you can help your son or daughter learn how to understand, manage, and explain his or her disability to others and obtain needed accommodations.
Helping Students Develop Their IEPs
NICHCY created this guide to assist educators and families with helping students become involved in developing their own IEPs. The guide includes worksheets, activities, and information for talking to students about their disabilities.
How Can My Child Be Involved in the IEP Process?
How You Can Help Your Child Learn to be a Good Self-Advocate
This PACER Center information sheet for parents defines self-advocacy, shares examples of ways youth can be involved, and suggests questions for parents to discuss with their son/daughter.
I Get What I Want: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy
This illustrated student handbook shares the basic concepts of self-advocacy.
I'm Determined: Understanding and Preparing for My IEP
This brief differentiated guide is designed to teach students about the various components of their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
I'm Determined: Understanding and Preparing for My IEP
A product of Virginia's I'm Determined project, this differentiated guide helps students to prepare for IEP participation.
Kids' Corner: Have You Ever Wondered What It's Like to Have a Disability?
Developed by the Center for Disability Information & Referral (CeDIR) and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Bloomington, this website shares books, stories, films, games, and more to help children learn about disabilities.
Leading Your Transition Planning
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for leading their own transition planning.
Learning Disability History (Youth in Action!)
This tip sheet for youth provides action steps for learning about disability history.
ME! Lessons for Teaching Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy
The ME! Lessons for Teaching Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy materials and activities teach students to understand their disability and abilities, rights and responsibilities, and self-advocacy skills. The ME! Lessons include detailed lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, pencil paper activities, interactive group activities, performance assessments, and a research project.
My Mental Health Rights on Campus
This tip sheet shares information students will need to address rights, rules, and resources while at college.
Navigating College: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults
OSSE Secondary Transition Process Toolkit
Refer to this helpful resource for more information on how to involve students throughout the transition planning process.
Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills
This free downloadable workbook, developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction assists students with developing self-determination skills that will enable them to be successful in life.
Parent Tips for Transition Planning
This resource explains the purpose of transition planning, answers frequently asked questions, and contains guided questions that support effective transition plan development.
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network Secondary Transition Toolkit
A toolkit designed by youth with disabilities who are members of Pennsylvania's Youth Leadership Network to assist youth with transitioning into the adult world.
People First K-5 Elementary Guide to Understanding Disabilities
This booklet is for kids with or without disabilities and for the adults who work with them. The booklet helps children to learn the best words or phrases to use when talking about their own disability or someone else's. The booklet also provides a basic model for understanding what it means to have a disability and how to treat others with disabilities.
Secondary Transition Assessment Resources
This resource provides an overview of transition assessments which can be considered a beginning library of transition assessments for providing high quality assessment. Many of the assessments are free, and those that must be purchased were selected for their quality and cost-benefit. OSSE does not have an approved list; however, this guide serves as a list of secondary transition assessments available to educators.
Self-Determination Checklist: Elementary Educator Self-Assessment
This checklist assists educators in assessing their students' self-determination levels through survey statements about student habits and beliefs.
Self-Determination Checklist: Elementary Parent Assessment
This short checklist helps parents to measure their children's self-determination levels by rating statements about their children's habits and beliefs.
Self-Determination Checklist: Elementary Student Self-Assessment
This brief age-appropriate checklist helps students to measure their self-determination skills.
Self-Determination Tips for Parents
This one-pager shares tips on how to encourage self-determined behavior and suggestions on how to speak with students about their disabilities.
Skills to Pay the Bills Video Vignettes
Click on this link to access a series of free video vignettes produced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy to accompany its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum.
Special Needs: Kids Who Need Extra Help
Staff at the Ivymount School created these PowerPoint slides to teach students about their disabilities and needs.
Student-led IEP Action Plan Template
Educators can use this graphic organizer to create action plans, including goals and activities, for each student.
Student-led IEP Meetings: Planning and Implementation Strategies
This CEC article explores the benefits and obstacles of IEP implementation and shares activity ideas for promoting student-led IEPs.
Suggestions for Participation in the IEP Process
Written for students, this pamphlet provides a list of suggestions for how elementary and secondary students can participate before, during, and after their IEP meetings.
Teacher Tips for Student-led IEP Implementation
A tip sheet for teachers interested in implementing student-led IEPs.
Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
This resource offers advice to parents on how to support their child's successful transition to postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth With Disabilities
This workbook helps youth to understand what it means to disclose a disability, make informed decisions about disclosing, and the impact disclosure can have on education, employment, and social life.
The Best Me I Can Be Discussion Guide
The Guideposts for Success: A Framework for Families Preparing Youth for Adulthood
Developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this InfoBrief shares how the Guideposts for Success can be used as a framework from which families of youth with disabilities can consider the support needs of their youth during the transition planning process.
Tips for Raising a Self-Determined Child
Tips on teaching self-determination skills to youth with disabilities from family members who have participated in Virginia's I'm Determined project.
Transfer of Rights Fact Sheet
Created by the Quality Trust and University Legal Services, this fact sheet shares information about supported decision-making and educational powers of attorney as options for youth who are approaching age 18.
What Are Educator Roles and Responsibilities in an IEP Meeting?
This fact sheet outlines the roles and responsibilities of the school staff members before, during, and after a student-led IEP meeting.
What Are Parent/Guardian Roles and Responsibilities in an IEP Meeting?
This fact sheet outlines the roles and responsibilities of the parents/guardians before, during, and after a student-led IEP meeting.
What Are Student Roles and Responsibilities in an IEP Meeting?
This fact sheet outlines the roles and responsibilities of the student before, during, and after a student-led IEP meeting.
Whose Future Is It Anyway?
Who's Future Is It Anyway? helps prepare students for their IEP meetings and gain self-determination skills through six sections that contain 36 lesson sessions. This free lesson package comes with a Coach's Guide that outlines the lessons, how to teach them, the roles of the students and teachers, as well as expected outcomes.

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Emotional Supports
This module is designed to help students identify common and potential emotional experiences related to college and information on how to access resources for emotional support.
Food and Nutrition at College
This module provides students with basic knowledge about the importance of eating a healthy diet.
Got Transition? Center for Health Care Transition Improvement Website
"Got Transition" and the Center for Health Care Transition Improvement provides resources for families about making the transition from pediatric to adult health care for all youth, including those with special needs.
Keeping in Contact with Your Professional
This tip sheet shares some simple ways that students can stay in contact with transition services professionals, manage appointments, and use different modes of communication to receive and share important information.
Secondary Transition Assessment Resources
This resource provides an overview of transition assessments which can be considered a beginning library of transition assessments for providing high quality assessment. Many of the assessments are free, and those that must be purchased were selected for their quality and cost-benefit. OSSE does not have an approved list; however, this guide serves as a list of secondary transition assessments available to educators.
The Journey to Adulthood: What Parents Need to Know
Created by the National Family Advocacy and Support Training Project, this short booklet shares 10 tools and strategies families can use to help children with disabilities navigate puberty and adolescence focused around the topics of sexuality, self-care, and social skills.
Transition Timeline for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Illness/Physical Disabilities
Review this document to see a recommended timeline for transition milestones for children with special health care needs.
Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and Families
Provides people with people with disabilities and their families with information on how to choose a source of health care coverage, create a health care support network, integrate health care transition goals into their educational plans, and manage their health care.

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College Funding for Students with Disabilities
A tip sheet that shares information about federal and state aid, scholarships, and awards that can help students with disabilities pay for college.
Financial Aid
This module was designed to teach students about financial aid options for paying for college.
Financial Literacy
This module is designed to teach students about personal finance and money management skills.
I Know Where I'm Going (But Will My Cash Keep Up?) Part 1
A two-part workbook for youth ages 12 and older focusing on all aspects of money management. Developed specifically for youth in out-of-home care but applicable to all.
I Know Where I'm Going (But Will My Cash Keep Up?) Part 2
A two-part workbook for youth ages 12 and older focusing on all aspects of money management. Developed specifically for youth in out-of-home care but applicable to all.
Jump$tart Financial Smarts for Students
Jump$tart Clearinghouse is an online library of financial education resources for teachers, parents, caregivers and anyone committed to financial smarts for students. Click this link to explore free resources and lesson plans.
Possibilities: A Financial Resources for Parents of Children With Disabilities
This publication was created for parents of children under the age of 18 who have disabilities. It is a simple, straightforward resource to help you manage your money, and plan for your and your child's financial future and overall well-being.
Practical Money Skills for Life
Approved by the Council for Exceptional Children, these lesson plans enable students with learning disabilities to gain important personal finance skills. Educators can choose from a variety of teaching materials and customize them to meet individual students' learning needs.
Telling Your Money What to Do: The Young Adult's Guide
This sheet provides tips on how students can take control of their money and spending.
Youth Financial Literacy Resources Website
Visit this website, sponsored by Citizens National Bank, for links to various educational websites, lesson plans, and youth activities that teach financial literacy.

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Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia
(ATPDC) is a citywide program that helps all Washingtonians with disabilities and their families get the appropriate assistive technology devices and services to live independently. The ATPDC's services include an assistive technology resource center, AT device loan program, disability equipment recycling program and technical assistance and training. ATPDC serves all District of Columbia residents regardless of age, disability or income and most services are provided at no cost.
DC Center for Independent Living
The DC Center for Independent Living is a non-profit organization that assists DC residents with significant disabilities to live independently in their homes and in their communities.
Keeping in Contact with Your Professional
This tip sheet shares some simple ways that students can stay in contact with transition services professionals, manage appointments, and use different modes of communication to receive and share important information.
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
Quality Trust is an independent, non-profit advocacy organization focused on improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. They work with individuals and family members to solve problems, identify opportunities for learning and contribution and find creative ways to minimize “differences” and make the most of each person’s abilities.
The IRIS Center Secondary Transition Modules
This Module defines and discusses the purpose of interagency collaboration and addresses the importance of partnering with agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school.
University Legal Services: Protection and Advocacy Program for the District of Columbia
University Legal Services (ULS) is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the District of Columbia's federally mandated protection and advocacy system for the human, legal, and service rights of people with disabilities. Our services include information and referral; education and training; investigation of reported or suspected instances of abuse or neglect; individual advocacy; systemic litigation; and technical assistance regarding legislative and policy concerns. All services are offered free of charge to eligible individuals in accordance with ULS' available resources and policies.

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Transition Planning for English Learners
This webinar is geared towards educators and school-based staff who work with English learners. During this session, participants will learn about the factors that contribute to college and career attainment for English learners (ELs) including current ELs, former ELs, and ELs with special needs. Participants will be exposed to practices that lead ELs and ELs with identified disabilities to success in obtaining postsecondary employment and completing postsecondary education. By the end of the session, participants will have a template of best practices that will lead to post-secondary success specific to their school/LEA.