Website: Self-Directed IEPs

Link

http://www.thearctn.org

Description

The Arc of Tennessee is providing self-directed IEP training to students, educators, and families who are involved in the secondary transition planning process. Typically developing peers are also trained to help co-facilitate meetings with students who need additional support. The purpose of the project is to teach students how to do their own IEP meetings and to teach parents, educators, and typically developing peers (where appropriate) on how to support them in this process. Self-directed IEPs are not common practice in Tennessee and will provide educators with a new tool that will help improve secondary transition outcomes for students receiving special education services.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Tennessee.

Website: Keep Achieving (KACH) at Brookdale

Link

http://www.arcofmonmouth.org/kach

Description

The Arc of Monmouth has collaborated with Brookdale Community College to address the needs of transitioning young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18 – 21 that have accepted their high school diploma and elected a college experience; and 21 – 26 year-olds who have graduated high school and would like to continue their education. The project provides a variety of classroom and experiential learning at the college and in the community over six college semesters during a three-year period. At the completion of their college experience, students should gain the skills and confidence necessary for them to succeed in their chosen paid or volunteer career field.

Source

Submitted by Arc of Monmouth.

Website: On Campus Transition (OCT)

Link

http://www.arcjacksonville.org/ask_academies.php#campus

Description

The Arc Jacksonville Academy’s On Campus Transition (OCT) at the University of North Florida (UNF) is a transition program for young adults with developmental disabilities. The Program is called On Campus Transition (OCT) and offers the opportunity for 24 young adults to exit high school with their peers and enter a post secondary setting to prepare for adult life in the community. Each student that enters OCT develops an individual Program of Study (POS) based on their career goals and desires for personal growth and enrichment. This POS guides the selection of courses that will be audited through the University, and how the student will meet other program components needed to complete their two or four year program. Volunteer, internship, and part-time work experience are components of the educational expectations. OCT students participate in campus cultural, sporting, and club activities to round out the college experience. All of the experiences received while in the college program are enhanced through the mentor program which encourages the pairing of matriculating students with OCT students in social, academic, and career settings. In addition, OCT students have the option to live in student suites housing, providing the opportunity to transition to independent living.

Source

Submitted by The Arc Jacksonville, Inc.

Website: University Participant (UP) Program

Link

http://www.wcu.edu/27547.asp

Description

The Arc of Haywood County, in collaboration with Western Carolina University’s (WCU) special education program, developed a model program for young adults with developmental disabilities to experience university life and learning. The UP program is designed to provide a one-year to two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for persons with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22. The goal of the program is to facilitate the transition of participants from secondary school to adult life in the areas of education, employment, and independent living. During the one to two year period, participants are expected to complete requirements for receiving a UP Certificate of Accomplishment based on successful completion of an Individual Plan for College Participation.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Haywood County.

Website: Transforming the Transition Path

Link

http://www.thearcofco.org

Description

The Arc of Colorado, with eleven local chapters of The Arc, are demonstrating to families of middle school students the value of person centered planning at an early age and to incorporate principles of person centered planning in middle school and high school Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The Arc of Colorado contracts with a certified person centered planning consultant to train eight additional trainers who, in turn, train person centered training facilitators. The planning team conducts informational workshops with 2-4 school districts or rural special education cooperatives about ways to meet ICAP and Indicator 13 standards by incorporating life planning principles into IEPs and formal transition plans. The Arc of Colorado also contracts with the Colorado Association Supported Employment for train-the-trainer work to build vocational planning into personal plans at the earliest possible point – no later than grade eight.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Colorado.

Website: Career Investigations for Transitioning Youth (C.I.T.Y.)

Link

Career Investigations for Transitioning Youth (C.I.T.Y.)

Description

The Career Investigations for Transitioning Youth (C. I. T. Y.) Program provides a model for schools and universities to positively impact the transitioning youth with disabilities. The C. I. T. Y. Program addresses the career challenges individuals with disabilities face by providing community-based career awareness, exploration, and preparation experiences on a university campus.

Source

Submitted by George Washington University, Kingsbury School, and the HSC Foundation.