Bridges… from School to Work

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, through its “Bridges. . .from school to work” program, seeks to enhance employment opportunity for youth with disabilities. Working collaboratively with all involved, Bridges endeavors to create a stepping stone to productive and fulfilling employment for youth exiting special education and a stepping stone to a rich and largely untapped applicant pool for employers. Grounded in the conviction that youth with disabilities can be employees with capabilities, the program ultimately strives to develop strong, mutually beneficial employer/employee relationships.


MontgomeryWorks partners with youth programs to provide educational and occupational skills that foster academic and employment success. Our programs encourage youth to achieve educational goals, obtain work experience, develop leadership skills, practice good citizenship, and provide community service. For more information, call (301) 946-1806 or contact a resource specialist at the MontgomeryWorks location near you.

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

Project Access High School Transition Program for Students with Disabilities

The purpose of Project Access is to improve the delivery and outcomes of postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Project Access is designed to significantly facilitate the transition of high school students with disabilities into postsecondary education, to increase the success rate and retention of freshman students with disabilities at Howard Community College, and to improve career counseling and job placement services for students with disabilities.

Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Disabilities: A Primer for Policymakers

This report focuses on the special barriers to equal educational opportunity in higher education faced by students with disabilities as they are educated in elementary and secondary schools, transition to higher education, and receive accommodations in higher education.



This tool provides a snapshot of the quality of existing services and provides users with a concise evaluation report. It also provides users with an itemized action plan to that can be used to address areas in need of improvement.

Pathway at UCLA Extension

Pathway at UCLA Extension is a two-year certificate program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, offering a blend of educational, social, and vocational experiences, taught and supervised by experienced instructors sensitive to the individual needs of our students. On campus, Pathway students attend classes and participate with UCLA students in the many social, recreational, and cultural activities of a major university.

It’s My Choice

It is hoped that the information in this guide is written in a way that is easy to understand. This was done for several reasons:

*so that people with developmental disabilities who read, can read it and use it;

*so that people who advocate for those who cannot read can explain it more easily;

*so that we can all understand.

The activities and checklists contained in this guide have been used in a variety of ways. Any of the materials can be copied or changed to meet the needs of people in your area.

Going to College: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities

A college education can open the door to greater participation in the workplace and community. With this urgently needed, research-based book, readers will learn what they can do to make this crucial opportunity available to young people with a wide range of disabilities.  Professionals who work in high schools and colleges — including disability service coordinators, guidance counselors, administrators, and general and special educators — will use this important resource to

  • help students make all of the necessary preparations, including selecting a college, applying, determining eligibility for services, and securing financial aid

  • create welcoming college classrooms through the use of universally designed instructional strategies, assessment methods, and accommodations and supports

  • address the specific needs of students who have psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD, and developmental disabilities

  • promote the important concept of self-determination to aid students in their transition to college life and professional life

  • learn students’ rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act

  • help students practice for and make the transition to the working world, using resources such as internships, career centers, and business partnerships

 Filled with case studies, best practices, program guidelines, and strategies, this is a required resource for anyone who educates or coordinates services for individuals with disabilities. Readers will discover their part in helping young people gain access to a meaningful college education — one that promotes independence and responsibility, sharpens social skills, and builds a strong foundation for a successful career.