Find Youth Info – 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. The references in this directory are not intended to be exhaustive of the investments in transition made by federal, state, or local entities. For corrections or additions, please e-mail Judy Shanley at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at judy.shanley@ed.gov. View a list of agencies and organizations that members of the Federal Interagency Partners in Transition Workgroup represent.

http://findyouthinfo.gov/topic_transition_resourceDirectory.shtml

School to Work Transition Services Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services

Transition Services assist students in the movement from school to the world of work and adult life. The Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) works together with students, families, schools and community agencies to provide services to support this transition.

DRS reccommends that students and families begin to make transition plans at least three years prior to exiting school. DRS provides information and outreach through:

  • Presentations to groups such as families and teachers
  • Technical assistance and individualized consultation
  • Education and training for schools and families

http://www.vadrs.org/downloads/transitionservices.pdf

JAN – Job Accommodation Network

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

http://askjan.org/

Do-It Program

The international DO-IT Center promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education.

http://www.washington.edu/doit/

Website: Life After IEPs

Link

http://lifeafterieps.com

Description

This site provides helpful information, free resources and lots of encouragement for families as they support their child’s transition to a fulfilling self-determined life after high school. Many articles include videos of teens and young adults with disabilities sharing their own journeys. Links to key transition resources are provided and explained in a clear and friendly manner.

Source

Submitted by Life After IEPs

Publication: Engaging Youth in Work Experiences

Link

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/innovative-strategies/practice-briefs/engaging-youth-in-work-experiences

Description

This brief describes the strategies and resources used by several successful youth programs to engage youth in work experiences, including youth with disabilities. Work experiences are both paid and unpaid opportunities to work and practice career readiness skills. The work experiences described in this brief include internships, summer jobs, youth-run businesses/entrepreneurship, service projects and volunteer work, and part-time jobs.

Source

Submitted by NCWD/YOUTH

Publication: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

Link

http://www.usbln.org/pdf-docs/Leading_Practices_on_Disability_Inclusion.pdf

Description

The US Chamber of commerce and the US Business Leadership Network invited business leaders to share their successful disability inclusion strategies and from that initiative developed “Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion”. This publication highlights successful strategies that can be used by businesses of all sizes to create a more inclusive workplace, marketplace, and supply chain. Real-life examples, such as these, are important to help businesses realize the wide range of opportunities available and the potential for replicating success.

Source

Submitted by the US Chamber of commerce and the US Business Leadership Network

Publication: Green Jobs Resource Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

Link

http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/GreenResourceGuide.pdf

Description

Green jobs are jobs in industries that help the environment or use environmentally-friendly materials and processes. This guide includes information about where to search for jobs, training opportunities and job skills associated with the increase in “green” jobs.

Source

Submitted by U.S. Department of Labor

Website: Beyond High School: Navigating the Future

Link

http://www.arcdc.net

Description

Through the support of a Youth Transition Navigator, The Arc of DC has implemented a one year training model for 30 youth and families to include benefits training, transition planning, referrals for post-secondary education, and job readiness programs as well as providing other information and support to assist families and students. Through individual advocacy and support, individuals and families are gaining greater awareness to navigate the systems they need to support them to navigate their own lives. The Arc of DC convened a Community Advisory group to guide and direct the mission of the project, design the training curriculum, and solidify partnerships with public and charter schools and government. Project activities include information, counseling and referral for individuals and families, one-on-one support navigation and training, structured training classes on the above mentioned areas, outreach and transition planning to access jobs and careers education through collaboration with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the DC Department on Disability Services (DDS). The project has also collected significant data on the effectiveness of training classes and information, the supports students receive in their transition plan, the successful outcomes related to DCPS and the DDS on working with students and families.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of the District of Columbia.

Website: Shelby County Transition Services

Link

http://www.thearcofshelby.org

Description

Participating students and their families receive a broad spectrum of services and opportunities designed to increase the probability of greater success following school completion. The core component of the project is informed choice by students and families. Students must have the opportunity to participate in their own future planning and decision-making to be based on their own unique dreams and goals. Teachers, families, and support groups must promote opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills in decision making and in knowledge of what their communities offer. The project includes teacher training, an emphasis on self-determination within the classroom and in the community, employment and work experiences, transition planning, and family training. Through workshops and trainings, transition teachers and job coaches from high schools in Shelby County offered a focus on teaching strategies and how to promote and encourage self-determination in their students as well as why self-determination impacts successful transition from school to community and how to bring attention to these skills. Students their families participating in the intensive education and support program are assisted by a Family Advocate to focus on futures planning, family values, and self-determination, choice making, personal advocacy, and utilization of community resources and supports.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Shelby County, Inc.