Transition Resources for Students
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
If you're reading this and you're a student, then adulthood must be right around the corner. Are you excited? Nervous? Wondering what you are going to do with yourself, and what choices you have? Time to plan ahead. Come on, it'll be fun!
To help you plan what comes next, after you leave high school, NICHCY offers this list of resources for students in transition. This page is part of our Transition Suite, which has the following sections:
- Transition 101
- Transition Resources for Parents
- Transition Resources for Students (you're here!)
- Transition Resources for Professionals
- Transition and Specific Disabilities
But this page is for YOU. Everything listed below is designed to help you get involved in planning your own future.
- Top 10 things to think about as you prepare for your transition to adulthood.
Can you guess what they are?
- What's an IEP, and how to get involved in writing YOURS.
As a student with a disability, you probably have an IEP (individualized education program) that lists your school goals and the services and supports the school will provide to help you achieve those goals. Now that it's time to plan for life after high school, the IEP will include transition goals. It will also list what you need at school to help you get ready for the future. You are a very important part of the team that plans these transition services. So get involved! NICHCY's Student Guide to the IEP set will tell you how. Listen to the audio program and hear students like yourself talking about how they've helped write their IEPs. The audio program comes with a book written just for you---A Student's Guide to the IEP.
- Get the most out of vocational rehabilitation.
Every state has a vocational rehabilitation(VR) agency that is designed to help individuals with disabilities meet their employment goals. Vocational rehabilitation agencies assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, get, keep, or regain employment. This publication answers questions frequently asked by individuals with disabilities.
- How about more school? Going on to postsecondary education.
More and more high school students with disabilities are planning to continue their education in postsecondary schools, including vocational and career schools, two- and four- year colleges, and universities. As a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities that postsecondary schools have toward you. This brief tells you what you need to know.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Dissemination Center.
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