Website: School-to-Community Transition Project

Link

http://www.arc-nebraska.org

Description

For successful transition to adulthood, The Arc of Nebraska is piloting an endeavor that involves the concerted effort of parents, students, organizations, and community members to ensure that students receiving transition services are able to pursue their desired employment and career goals.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Nebraska.

Website: IAM Determined Project

Link

http://www.arcofky.org

Description

The IAM DETERMINED Project is to enable individuals with disabilities to “get a life” after high school. The purpose of the project is to enhance the equality of transition services for students, ages 14-21, which have an intellectual or developmental disability with Individual Education Program (IEP) within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Kentucky.

Website: Arc in Hawaii & Kona Transition Services

Link

http://www.thearcinhawaii.org

Description

The Arc in Hawaii and the Arc of Kona Transition Services project focuses on the transition of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities from high school to employment. Youth between ages of 14 to 23 years, who are eligible for services from the Developmental Disabilities Division of the Hawaii State Department of Health and receiving special education services are eligible to participate. The students and their families are offered the opportunity to participate in the program and receive training in how to access the support systems necessary to achieving each individual’s employment goals.

Source

Submitted by The Arc in Hawaii and The Arc of Kona.

Website: Building Bridges to the Future

Link

http://www.seguin.org

Description

Building Bridges to the Future is working to ensure that children with developmental disabilities, ages 14 to 21 years, are not “missed” as they move from school to the adults with disabilities system of care. Project activities include individual self-advocacy training and coaching sessions to educate parents, guardians, and students about options for community services and financial and legal arrangements necessary for a successful transition into adulthood, including information about government benefits to ensure that the transitioning students obtain the maximum resources to which they are entitled.

Source

Submitted by Seguin Services, Inc. & Park Lawn Association.

Website: Successful Transitions

Link

http://www.evansvillearc.org/transitions/index.htm

Description

Through Successful Transitions, a transition consultant works closely with students, parents, and teachers to help identify the needs of students and connect them to the appropriate agencies that will help them reach their goals.

Source

Submitted by Evansville ARC.

Website: Pathways to Success

Link

http://www.communitysupportservices.org

Description

CSS “Pathways” project is a new program designed to help ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities of high school age and their families (parents/guardians and siblings) are prepared – as part of their educational experience – to take the steps necessary to find and retain employment and public benefits once they finish high school at age 22. The program emphasizes full & equal access to community participation; self-determination & self-advocacy for increased opportunities and choices; and school-family partnerships in decision making & transition planning.

Source

Submitted by Community Support Services, Inc.

Website: Securing a Future for Your Child with an Intellectual Disability

Link

Securing a Future for Your Child with an Intellectual Disability

Description

Making decisions for a grown up child with a disability is complicated. This document will help you answer the following questions:Who’s in charge of key life decisions.Whether your adult child is eligible for government support.What kind of jobs and day support programs are available.Which recreational activities are best.How he or she will get around.Where they’ll live.Even if your child won’t graduate from the school system until age 22, several steps must be taken by the time your child reaches age 18. Read through this document and watch for items marked “ASAP” for steps to take right away. Or read through the “Checklist for Parents” for decisions to be made beginning at age 12.

Source

Submitted by Stephanie Sampson (Available thru Arc of Northern VA)

Still in the Shadows with the Future Uncertain

FINDS Report Cover

Still in the Shadows with the Future Uncertain

A report on family and individual needs for disability supports (FINDS)
Summary of Key Findings and A Call To Action
June 2011

The Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey was conducted online from July 22, 2010 to October 31, 2010. The survey was widely disseminated through a variety of groups, including: the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the American Network of Community Options and Resources, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, the National Council on Independent Living, Best Buddies, Easter Seals, the Autism Society of America and state and local chapters of The Arc.

Families from all 50 states and DC completed surveys. People with disabilities responded from 38 states and DC. Nearly 5000 caregivers responded (4,962) as did 558 people with disabilities. The vast majority of caregiver respondents were family members (95%) who are living with their family member with disabilities (75%). Additional detail regarding respondents is available in the FINDS Technical Report.

The results are representative of the people who heard about the survey and responded and may not be representative of all people with disabilities and their families. Data analysis was performed by Lynda Anderson, Sheryl A. Larson, Allise Wuorio and K. Charlie Lakin of the Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.