Transition Resources for Students with Specific Disabilities (page 3)
The transition suite has other stand-alone pages as well. We've tried not to list the same resources in different pages, so you may want to visit those other pages for foundational information about transition planning and services, Transition 101 especially, if you haven't done so already. The suite consists of:
- Transition 101
- Transition Resources for Parents
- Transition Resources for Students
- Transition Resources for Professionals
- Transition for Students with Specific Disabilities (you're here!)
- Visit CHADD.
CHADD is the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Through CHADD's National Resource Center on AD/HD, you have access to several transition-related publications for those with AD/HD. The link above drops you into the fact sheet page, where you can find (in English and in Spanish): Succeeding in College (#13), Legal Rights: Higher Education and the Workplace (#14), Succeeding in the Workplace (#16), and Managing Money (#17).
- Supports in college.
College students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders who participate in the Virginia Commonwealth University Supported Education Model tend to stay in school and progress in their educational programs, according to a study conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports. This brief describes the VCU Supported Education Model and results of the study.
- Issues in transition for students with autism.
This 9-page document describes the efforts of several state education agencies (SEAs) to address the needs of transition-aged students with autism, describes the major barriers to providing effective secondary transition services to this population, and generates policy recommendations.
- From the Autism Society of America.
Among other things, Life After High School lists activities the transition planning team should undertake beginning in junior high/middle school to prepare a student with autism for what's to come.
- Supports in postsecondary education.
This 15-page guide from the HEATH Resource Center focuses on supporting students with visual impairments (including blindness) in postsecondary education.
- Guide for students who are deaf-blind considering college.
A useful tool for deaf-blind high school students, including those with Usher syndrome, and deaf-blind adults needing further education to enhance career opportunities.
- Helping students with Down syndrome prepare for life after high school.
The National Down Syndrome Society offers this 20-page brief.
- The transition from childhood to adulthood and all that comes with it.
Siegfried M. Pueschel authors this lengthy discussion of what you can expect as children with Down syndrome move into and beyond adolescence: physical and sexual maturation, medical issues, the transition from school to employment, social maturation, developing independence, and involvement in recreational activities. At the link above, you'll also see additional transition-related topics on the left-menu bar.
- Additional resources at NDSS.
NDSS--the National Down Syndrome Society--offers many other resources you might be interested in. Any of these strike your transition fancy?
- Postsecondary education.
- Being 'N Sync with teens and young adults: A guide to relationships.
- Transition timeline.
- Making plans: A financial guide.
- Postsecondary education.
- Handling your psychiatric disability in work and school.
If you have a psychiatric condition, you may wish to visit this interactive and informative web site that addresses issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school. This site claims to be "the only site designed exclusively to provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment and education issues for people with psychiatric disabilities."
- Supported employment for individuals with mental illnesses.
Supported Employment is a well-defined approach to helping people with mental illnesses find and keep competitive employment within their communities. Supported employment programs are staffed by employment specialists who have frequent meetings with treatment providers to integrate supported employment with mental health services. The National Mental Health Information Center offers indepth guidance on supported employment for individuals with mental health issues.
- And what about higher education?
This 11-page guide discusses academic adjustments needed to support students with psychiatric disabilities in postsecondary educational settings.
- Career exploration for students with mental retardation.
This online resource is called Student Self-Directed Career Exploration: A Curriculum for Students with Mental Retardation. It provides a guided process that students can use to map out their personal network, their areas of interest and skill, and an action plan for career exploration.
- Pursuing postsecondary education.
The Consortium for Students With Intellectual Disabilities is an exciting new project to promote postsecondary success for students with intellectual disabilities. Read all about the Consortium at the link above, and connect with several databases you can search to identify postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Dissemination Center.
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