Transition to Adulthood

Planning for life after Special Education.
Written By Law Office 15, Northeastern University School of Law Legal Skills in Social Context Social Justice Program in Massachusetts. Although not California still lots of useful tips in English, Spanish and sign language.

Transition Information for California
A general timeline for transition and actions needed in California by Autism Speaks.

PHP Presentation on Transition to Adulthood
Presentation with tips and general information on transition.

Directory of Transition Websites
This directory was composed by students in Dr. Lynda West’s Special Education Course: 6236, Introduction to Career, Vocational and Transition Services, The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education & Human Development.  The directory is posted on the website of  the HEATH Resource Center , an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

Transition to Adult Living Information and Resource Guide
Published in 2008 by the California department of Education; some information is not up to date anymore but some is still very useful and it gives a good overview on transition out of secondary education.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
Assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. All kinds of information an advice on transitioning from  high school.

Transition to Adulthood
General information on Transition to Adulthood by  the Center for Parent Information and Resources.

Transition Undefined
Interesting Article on transition (for students with ASD, but still interesting for others as well) by Julie van der Poel.  A high level idea of what the possibilities are and how to go about them.

Independent Living
Resources and general information on Independent Living by the Center for Parent Information and Resources.

Navigating the post school transition
A road map to transition by Youth on the Move ( University of Massachusetts Boston)

Transition Tool Kit by Autism Speaks
In the guide options are provided to think about and explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood. The guide is primarily written for  individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, and emphasis the development of self-help and self-advocacy skills. The guide can be downloaded for free.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know your Rights and Responsibilities
Publication of the OCR and US Department of Education with short Q and A list about rights in Post-secondary Education.

WorkAbility Central
WorkAbility Central was created to act as a resource library and collabration tool for WorkAbility I members. WorkAbility I (WAI) has as mission to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong living and quality of life.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
All kinds of information about transitioning out of secondary education.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) 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.

The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET)
The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is a national voluntary coalition of more than 40 organizations and advocacy groups representing special education, general education, career and technical education, youth development, multicultural perspectives, and parents.

Transition Coalition
Provides online information, support on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Primarily in Missouri, but some models are interesting for California.

Pacer’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment page on Self determination
Self determination is believing you can control your own destiny. Self-determination is a combination of attitudes and abilities that lead people to set goals for themselves, and to take the initiative to reach these goals. It is about being in charge, but is not necessarily the same thing as self-sufficiency or independence.

Employment & Community Options
Employment & Community Options educates and empowers low-income adults with intellectual disabilities with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their personal goals and optimum potential in life.

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) is a non-profit, non-residential organization which serves all people with all types of disabilities in Santa Clara County with support tools and resources needed to live interdependently, and advocates for policies that ensure equal access and opportunity for all. SVILC is a community-member driven nonprofit organization run by and for people with disabilities.

Housing Choices
Housing Choices helps with quality and affordable housing for people with intellectual disabilities.

 

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