NSTTAC Internet Resources

NSTTAC Internet Resources The following resources are categorized into one or more of the following categories: Career and Technical Education, College Planning Resources, Data Relating to Transition, Career-Related Information, Federal Resources, Technical Assistance and Related Service Providers, Parent Organizations, Resources for Youth, Professional Organizations, Communities of Practices Relating to Transition, Postsecondary Education Resources, and School to Work Resources.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) On-line offers information on career and technical education. Career and technical education is about helping students, workers and lifelong learners of all ages fulfill their working potential. First and foremost it's about high school and college education that provides students with: Academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world, often called contextual learning; employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics; and Education pathways that help students explore interests and careers in the process of progressing through school. But career and technical education is also about: Second-chance education and training for the unemployed and those seeking to upgrade their employability skills; education to earn additional degrees, especially when related to career advancement; and corporate training, continuing education, skills upgrades and refresher courses for those already in the workplace.

BrainTrack's Careers and Colleges This sites offers in-depth career profiles as well as degree and wage statistics for over 300 occupations that commonly require college or university education. The site includes Original Career Profiles for those considering a specific career (typical occupation responsibilities, activities, and requirements); Career Statistics by compiling information for over 300 occupations in the US that usually require higher education; and Schools by State for those seeking a college program for a new career (or for advancing a career). BrainTrack's career profiles link to comprehensive lists of relevant public and private schools with accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education.

The Career Key Developed by Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., The Career Key is based on Holland's work. The Career Key test measures a user's skills, abilities, values, and interests and returns information designed to help the user learn about him or herself, discover career options, and make good decisions. There is a nominal fee for the test which can be completed in less than ten minutes. Other areas of the site include good information and related resources and are free to access.

College Living Experience College Living Experience (CLE) is a division of Education Services of American (ESA). It is a postsecondary program for students who require additional support with academic, social and independent living skills. CLE provides intensive assistance to students with varying abilities. Students with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, learning disabilities, developmental delays and a host of other special needs receive the support they need to pursue postsecondary education and become independent adults. At CLE, students with special needs experience life in a college environment and receive instruction in three areas: independent living skills, academic skills and social skills so they can transition into adulthood.

Disability ScholarshipsThis site provides access to a variety of scholarships for students with disabilities. You can search the data base by type of disability or category.

Going to College Going to College is a web site with information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for teens with disabilities and provides video clips, activities, information, and additional resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college.

The mission of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education is to improve the engagement, achievement and transition of high school and postsecondary CTE students through technical assistance to states, professional development for CTE practitioners and dissemination of knowledge derived from scientifically based research.

COLLEGE AND PLANNING RESOURCES

Colleges: A Guide for Students with Physical Disabilities

The Guide can be found at http://www.php.com/disability-friendly-colleges-guide-students-physical-disabilities "Disability-Friendly Colleges: A Guide for Students with Physical Disabilities" is an online college guide for students with physical disabilities containing interactive charts of the most disability friendly colleges and profiles of the colleges that provide services necessary for students with physical disabilities to live on campus.

Frustrated at the lack of information available when beginning their college search, an Atlanta college student and his mom created the website. It contains up-to-date information such as: Detailed descriptions and photos of four colleges providing all of the services necessary for seriously physically disabled students to live on campus.

What will you find?

Interactive charts of 75 colleges that go beyond ADA including: accessibility, personal care, transportation, adaptive sports, academic rank, contact information and how the Ivy League stacks up, High school vs. college comparison, Tips on commuting to college, 10 things students with physical disabilities should look for on a college visit, An interactive disability-friendly college blog to help create a database of college experiences and begin a conversation on college accessibility.

Affordable Schools Online

Affordable Schools is an online resource that allows potential applicants for college to sort their search for a suitable college match by costs, as well as other factors.

CollegeNET

CollegeNET allows users to browse information on colleges by various criteria, including geography, tuition, and enrollment. More than 500 college applications are available to be completed and submitted online. The site also includes financial aid and scholarship information.

Education Online Search

Education Online Search is an unbiased resource for a variety of educational and career programs. It provides an introduction and links to alternatives to traditional colleges. Search by state, degree, or interest area. [Note, this link was applied for by Education Online Search.]

GoCollege

GoCollege is a searchable guide to colleges, but it also helps users prepare for the SAT and ACT exams, allowing free access to practice tests, though registration is required. Check the site's front page regularly for the dates. Users are told, "Our practice tests are written by testing experts. Your tests are saved under your user ID for future reference."

Higher Education in the US of America and Canada

Features links and resources for students interested in attending college in the United States. Includes a listing by state of both undergraduate and graduate programs.

IPEDS College Navigator

College Navigator is a research tool that allows access to information about more than 9,000 vocational-technical schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S. Users may search College Navigator by geographic region, state, city, type of institution, or instructional program, either alone or in combination. This is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

MyMajors.com

MyMajors interviews students who do not know what they wish to major in. After a 10 minute interview it recommends five majors for the student to consider and it offers extensive information about the majors commonly offered at most universities and colleges.

RWM Vocational School Database

This is a database of private postsecondary vocational-technical schools in all 50 states, organized by state and training programs offered. All the schools listed are state licensed or accredited, but the information is limi ted to the institution's name, address, and phone number. At the top of each state is a link to resources for that state from the U.S. Department of Education. Visually impaired users should be aware that there is a Text Only alternative to the graphic map of the United States at the top of that page.

Top 30 Criminal Justice Programs of 2014

Criminal justice programs train students to work in some of the most exciting jobs available, like law enforcement, forensic science, private investigation, and much more. Whether you want to work in a crime lab or you have plans to pursue the FBI, you can benefit from having a good education. Listed on the site are the top 30 criminal justice programs of 2014.

Top Medical Assistant Schools

Features links and resources for students interested in Medical field.  Information includes Medical schools by state state, affordablility, scholarship program.

USNews.com: Education

The publisher of U.S. News and World Report has produced one of the most outstanding guides to educational information on the Web. Dedicated sections of this site focus on college, community college, graduate school, e-learning, and financial aid; and each is filled with quality news, information, and resources. USNews.com also lists the annual rankings of colleges and graduate schools.

DATA RELATING TO TRANSITION OUTCOMES

National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2)

The National Longitudinal Transition Study, funded by the U. S. Department of Education, documents the experiences and outcomes associated with a national sample of students who were in special education and have exited school.

Special Education: Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes For Youth

The U.S. General Accounting Office report provides information on the proportion of IDEA students completing high school with a diploma or alternative credential and their postsecondary status. It also describes the transition problems being reported and state and local actions addressing them.

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership on educational assessments and accountability systems that monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency.

Work Support.Com

The purpose of the Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC on Workplace Supports and Job Retention is to study supports that help individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. The primary stakeholders for this project are persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on those who are unemployed, underemployed or at risk of losing employment.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

This web site provides access to the most recent data about children with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These data are collected annually by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs in accordance with Section 618 of IDEA. They are provided in the form of tables produced for the Annual Reports to Congress.

CAREER-RELATED INFORMATION

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting todays rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.

What skills are necessary for success in the workplace? The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Society for Human Resource Management collaborated on this study that documents what corporations say tomorrows workers will need in terms of skills. The resulting report offers insight into what teachers need to do to help their students to become employable.

Career Profiles: The Premier Career Search, Information, Job Descriptions & Education Guide Making educated decision about a potential career can be a daunting and time consuming endeavor. For years CareerProfiles.info has been assisting career minded professionals, job seekers and students make better, more informed career choices by providing them with highly relevant, reliable and up-to-date career information and job search resources. With many thousands of regular website visitors CareerProfiles.info is now one of the premier career and job search websites on the Internet.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN): The Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN) provides federal and private employers with free consulting services and resources to support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of people with disabilities. EARN connects employers with national networks of available job seekers through relationships with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In addition to providing these linkages, EARN also provides high quality up-to-date online information and technical assistance to promote the inclusion of employees with disabilities in the workplace.

Occupational Outlook Handbook For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: The training and education needed; earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job-search tips, links to job market information, and lots more.

Explore Your Options as a Social Security Beneficiary

Choosing to work can change your life. If you have a disability and want to work, the Ticket to Work program may be right for you. We will connect you with the right people to help you explore your options, prepare for work, or gain experience while staying in control of your benefit choices. If you are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you already qualify. As you explore your work options, you may be asking:

How will work and income affect my benefits?What will happen to my health insurance coverage if I choose to work?What will happen if I try to work, but have to stop working because of my disability? Get answers to your questions, access information and resources, and receive expert advice on Work Incentives and the Ticket to Work program.

Training & Education Center from CareerOneStopIn this resource users can find information on degree programs, specialty training opportunities, financial aid, certification and accreditation, and licensing for the various states. You can also learn how career information can help with education and training plans. There are links to additional training and education information and articles on how to ensure the quality of the training before signing up for a program. CareerOneStop is the new gateway site for employment and career information from the US Department of Labor and the state employment services.Self-Assessment

FEDERAL RESOURCES

Federal Resource Center (FRC)

The FRC is funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to assist state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. It is the coordinating organization for six Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) which offer consultation, information services, technical assistance, training, and product development. The Regional Resource and Federal Centers (RRFC) Network is made up of the six Regional Resource Centers for Special Education (RRC) and the Federal Resource Center (FRC). The network shares a single-portal website

IDEA (2004) Regulations Related to Secondary Transition

On August 14, 2006 and released by the U.S. Department of Education released the official regulations for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA, 2004).

The National State Policy Database (NSPD)

The database contains the federal special education regulations issued in August 2006 and state special education regulations from all states and the District of Columbia with the following exceptions: (1) California special education statutes are entered since that state is not using special education regulations, and (2) the state special education regulations in Mississippi have been repealed and new regulations are being developed. The database is designed and maintained through a collaboration between the RRFC Network and NASDSE's Project Forum.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is a component of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) within the U. S. Department of Education. OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEPs) IDEA website

The site provides a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA): Promising Practices for Basic VR Agencies Helping Transition Age Youth - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education

These RSA identified promising practices provide useful samples of programs and services that promote youth with disabilities transitioning from school to employment. Contact information is provided for each practice.

U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The American with Disabilities Acts Home Page offers background information and access to resources related to ADA.

Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (Dept. of Labor)

The Workforce Recruitment Program connects employers to motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND RELATED SERVICE PROVIDERS

Ablenet

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Deaf Blindness Technical Assistance Resources

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), NCDB builds on the technical assistance activities of NTAC, the information services and dissemination activities of DB-LINK and adds a third focus related to personnel training. NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness, The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University, the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC), and the Hilton/Perkins Program at Perkins School for the Blind. NCDB works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training.

The HSC Foundation

The HSC Foundation works to improve access to services for individuals with special needs who face social and health care obstacles. One of the foundations four areas of focus is the Youth Transitions Initiative which provides assistance to youth with disabilities as they move from school to adulthood.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc.

NASDSE operates for the purpose of providing services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities. It is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports education programs and related services for children and youth with disabilities in the United States and outlying areas.

National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development (NCIPP)

NCIPP offers a number of resources relating to professional development. NCIPP is an Office of Special Education Programs-funded center which aims to improve teacher quality and increase commitment to teaching students with disabilities by:

  • informing special education policy and practice on induction and mentoring
  • identifying and recommending induction and mentoring implementation strategies

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities. The NCWD/Youth, created in late 2001, is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership. NCWD/Youth strives to ensure that youth with disabilities are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings in order to maximize their opportunities for employment and independent living.

To accomplish our mission, we have established three distinct goals:

  1. Supporting state and local policies that promote full access to high quality services for youth with disabilities;
  2. Strengthening the services provided by organizations responsible for delivery of workforce development services; and,
  3. Improving the awareness, knowledge, and skills of individuals responsible for providing direct services to youth.

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

We serve the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices. NICHCY's Transition Summary series focuses on preparing youth with disabilities to move from high school to the adult world.

National Consortium On Leadership and Disability for Youth Web Site

The National Consortium On Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD-Youth), housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership and funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, recently launched a new Web site. NCLD-Youth is a youth-led resource, information, and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities. The project focuses on the five areas o youth development: learning, connecting, thriving, working, and leading.

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD)

NDPC-SD supports states in assisting local education agencies to increase school completion rates and decrease dropout rates among students with disabilities. A major goal of NDPC-SD is to provide effective technical assistance activities to "scale up" the use of research-validated programs and interventions in dropout prevention.

National High School Center

The National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) serves as the central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for states, districts, and a national network of U.S. Department of Education-sponsored Technical Regional Centers. The High School Center identifies research-supported improvement programs and tools, offers user-friendly products, and provides technical assistance services to improve secondary education.

National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO)

The National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO) is funded by OSEP to assist States in collecting and using data on postsecondary education and employment status of youth with disabilities. The center develops practical, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable strategies for collecting and using data to improve secondary, transition, and postsecondary outcomes for youth with disabilities, as well as identifies state needs and provides technical assistance that will result in improved systems for post-school outcome data collection and use. The website includes information regarding participation in an e-mail discussion forum, data collection tools, and other resources.

The National Standards and Quality Indicators: Transition Toolkit for Systems Improvement

This comprehensive document, compiled by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), includes the standards and quality indicators, information on supporting research and best practices, and specific system tools to support state and community interagency planning groups. The system tools include a self-assessment process for identifying state and local needs, a process for building consensus and setting priorities in relation to specific identified needs, and a process to support state and community-level action planning.

Pass It On Center

The Pass It On Center works at a national level to help coordinate efforts to reuse assistive technology resources.

Regional Resource Centers for Special Education (RRCs)

The six RRCs are funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to assist state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. These centers offer consultation, information services, technical assistance, training, and product development. Each RRC maintains a website which can be accessed through the network of RRCs single-portal website.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA): Promising Practices for Basic VR Agencies Helping Transition Age Youth

These RSA identified promising practices provide useful samples of programs and services that promote youth with disabilities transitioning from school to employment. Contact information is provided for each practice. http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/rehab/promising-practices/transition-age/index.html

The Transition Coalition

The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for youth.

Work Support.Com

The purpose of the Virginia Commonwealth University RRTC on Workplace Supports and Job Retention is to study supports that help individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. http://www.worksupport.com/

PARENT ORGANIZATIONS

Bridges 4 Kids This site is sponsored by a non-profit parent organization providing a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life. Bridges4Kids also supports non-profits that share our mission with web design, data collection, telephone referral services and technical assistance.

Common Sense Media The Common Sense Schools Parent and Teacher Media Education Program is a free program that gives parents positive, practical information about 21st century issues such as cyber-bullying, social networking, video games, and online safety. It also provides customizable, action-oriented online, print and video materials organized by grade level, and offers content that complements schools' E-Rate efforts.

The PACER Center The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) and other Parent Information and Training projects help families learn how they can help youth with disabilities prepare for independent living, access adult service systems, and work effectively with professionals.

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) This national project, funded through the PACER Center, provides training, information and materials to parent center staff across the country who are helping the families of youth with disabilities learn about transition, independent living and vocational

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) Founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California TLG is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. Their mission is "To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture."

RESOURCES FOR YOUTH

The 411 on Disability Disclosure A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities The 411 is for youth and adults helping them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability. The workbook does not tell a young person what to do. Rather, it helps them make informed decisions about disclosing their disability, decisions that will affect their educational, employment, and social lives.

Association of Youth Leadership Forums (AYLF) The purpose of the Association of Youth Leadership Forums (AYLF) is to improve employment and independent living outcomes of youth with disabilities transitioning from high school by promoting the replication of the California Model: Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF). This site provides contact information of state contacts that hold summer forums providing leadership training though this model.

Autism Hangout Autism Hangout is an online discussion forum that reports news, compiles facts and community-submitted personal experiences and invites ongoing discussion to discover insights on how best to deal with the daily challenges of autism. It is a dedicated resource serving the autism community with training and jobs for individuals with autism looking for employment.

College Gate College Gate is important site for students who want to go to college. This site features sample essays and writing tips for those important entrance applications. You can even hire a professional editor to review your essay before you turn it in!

Do It Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. -

Entry Point This is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and some fields of Business.

Handling your psychiatric Disorder at School and Work This site is an interactive and informative web site for people with a psychiatric condition. The site provides insight into how best to address issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school. This is the only site designed exclusively to provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment and education issues for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Health and Ready to Work National Resource Center Success in the classroom, within the community, and on the job requires that young people with special health care needs stay healthy. To stay healthy, young people need an understanding of their health and to participate in their health care decisions. This site focuses on understanding systems, access to quality health care, and increasing the involvement of youth. It also includes provider preparation plus tools and resources needed to make more informed choices. http://www.hrtw.org/

Helping Young People Get a Headstart on Careers The website offers online resources that cater to ages 11-15, seeking information about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Funworks was created by the Gender, Diversity, and Technology Institute at Education Development Center. http://www.thefunworks.org/

Hospital for Sick Children Foundation The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face challenging social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs

How to do a Job Search It takes a lot of planning and research to land the right job for you. Whether this is your first job, start here and get organized.

Question to Consider When Thinking About College Maia, a college student, is just finishing her freshman year at a major university. Before she chose to go there, she did a lot of research to find out is this was the right school for her. Maia shares some of the questions she thinks it may be important to ask. Use her, and add your own!

The Youthhood The Youthhood is a website for high school students, teachers, and parents of high school students. The site provides resources that assist in planning for post secondary experiences, including polls for students to express themselves about getting ready for adulthood. The links are divided into The High School, The Job Center, The Community Center, The Hangout, The Government Center, The Health Clinic, and The Apartment

How to Get the most out of your IEP Tyler Feist, a ninth grader in North Dakota, tells his story about getting his IEP followed.

National Youth Leadership Network The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders. The NYLN promotes leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among young leaders representing the diversity of race, ethnicity and disability in the United States. NYLN fosters the inclusion of young leaders with disabilities into all aspects of society at national, state and local levels and communicates about issues important to youth with disabilities and the policies and practices that affect their lives. http://www.nyln.org

Partners in Employment Partners in Employment is a six hour self-study course designed to help people with developmental disabilities find meaningful jobs and plan a career. Course participants create a resume or portfolio of their strengths, skills, and interests; learn how to network and identify potential employers; prepare for an interview; and understand the hiring process. There are NO registration fees. http://www.partnersinpolicymaking.com/employment/index.html

Try a Sport Disabled Sports USA is the nation's largest organization providing year-round sports and recreation activities to children and adults with physical disabilities. In conjunction with its nationwide network of chapters serving people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, Disabled Sports USA offers such activities as snow skiing, water skiing, bicycling, white water rafting, horseback riding, mountain climbing, sailing, camping, and track and field. Visit Disabled Sports USA's website for the telephone number of a local chapter near you.

University of Georgias Regents Center for Learning Disabiliites Many high school seniors with disabilities are preparing to graduate and transition to postsecondary institutions. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004), secondary programs are required to provide each student with disabilities a Summary of Performance (SOP) as their primary disability documentation. Unfortunately, many times the SOP does not match the documentation requirements at postsecondary institutions or for entrance level examinations. The student with disabilities cannot access accommodations at a postsecondary setting or on high-stakes examinations (e.g. SAT, ACT, GED, Compass) without the support of specific documentation requirements. The UGA RCLD specializes in providing comprehensive psychological evaluations and the documentation necessary to access accommodations at postsecondary institutions.

Work Support.Com - Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (RRTC)

The purpose of this RRTC is to study supports that help individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. The site provides links to training events developed and designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals, families, and persons working in business and industry.

Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace Why, When, What, and How** Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?" This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. This site serves as a guide through this process. http://www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/fact/ydw.htm

Youth Empowerment Alliance: "Take Control of Your Life" - (YEA) – Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

This site provides access to a leadership program designed to engage youth and young adults with disabilities, as emerging leaders, in activities that will help them transition from school to the adult world. It contains four units on self-advocacy, IEP process, services/resources, and employment.

Youth Information Centers Youth Information Centers are youth-driven technical assistance centers that help youth with disabilities exercise greater choice, self-determination and to engage in leadership activities in their communities. This website has links to national as well as local and regional YICs http://www.addyic.org/

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Communities In Schools (CIS)CIS is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization aimed at being the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: Teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning..

Division on Career Development and Transition The DCDT website provides links to resources related to IDEA, Vocational Education, School-to-Work, Workforce Investment and Rehabilitation, Community Independence, and Resources for Participatory Democracy. The site includes information related to joining DCDT. A professional development calendar is available. Information related to transition resources and model programs are provided.

Easter Seals Easters Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition NASET is a national voluntary coalition of over 40 organizations and advocacy groups, including representation of special education, general education, career and technical education, and parents.

National Organization on Disability The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, everyone can work toward closing the participation gaps.

RTI NetworkThe RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. Their goal is to guide educators and families in the large-scale implementation of RTI so that each child has access to quality instruction and that struggling students including those with learning disabilities are identified early and receive the necessary supports to be successful. The RTI Action Network is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, funded by the Cisco Foundation and in partnership with the nation's leading education associations and top RTI experts.

Self-Determination Technical Assistance Center Project (SDTAC) Three related projects and resources are available through one portal. The Self-Determination Synthesis Project (SDSP) was funded by OSEP from 1998 2002 and followed by the Self-Advocacy Synthesis Project (SASP) from 2002-2004 to conduct a review and synthesis of the knowledge base and best practices related to self-determination and self-advocacy interventions in order to improve, expand, and accelerate the use of this knowledge by the professionals who serve children and youth with disabilities and the parents who rear, educate, and support their children with disabilities. The SDSP project identified 6 exemplar sites, four of which are the focus of a currently OSEP funded technical assistance project to replicate their programs in their regions and states (SDTAC). The websites include research-to-practice lesson plans for self-determination, detailed descriptions of model programs, curricular and literature resources, as well as links to parent, advocacy, and research organizations.

Summary of Performance This Brief Policy Analysis is based on a survey of all state education agencies (SEAs). Findings include information regarding the variation among states as they establish policy and staffing patterns for administering the summary of performance requirement in IDEA 2004. An SOP policy exists in 25 of the 40 responding SEAs. Staff with dedicated time to oversee the policy implementation are employed in 23 SEAs. Half of the SEAs report that overseeing this policy is a challenge. SEAS also show variability in who receives and when they receive the SOP. Most states also provide general technical assistance on the implementation of the SOP primarily for LEA staff. The survey protocol and individual state SOP websites are included as appendices.

Technology and Media (TAM) The Technology and Media Division of CEC supports educational participation and improved results for individuals with disabilities and diverse learning needs through the selection, acquisition, and use of technology. The secondary purpose is to provide services to members and other units of CEC, to federal, state, and local education agencies, and to business and industry regarding the current and future uses of technology and media with individuals with exceptionalities.

We Are Teachers (WAT) has partnered with special education resources provider PCI Education to give special education teachers their own forum for interacting and sharing methods and ideas. Through this partnership, said a spokesperson for WAT, a micro community for special education teachers has been created to facilitate the sharing of best practices. Members can interact through subject interest circles, forums, blogs, webinars, and other Web 2.0 social networking tools. In addition, teachers can apply, via the community, for special micro grants specifically geared toward special education projects.

COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE RELATING TO TRANSITION

Disability Scoop

The Disability Scoop offers up to date information on policy and related materials affecting people with disabilities.

Shared Work

This site is designed to support and facilitate the shared work that occurs among individuals, organizations and agencies at the local, district, state, and national levels.

Technical Assistance Communities of Practice

This site gives information and links to TA Communities. These are groups of state and local administrators, educators, and TA providers who share their expertise, issues, and solutions to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families.

POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION RESOURCES

Affordable Colleges Online: College Guide for Students with Disabilities

A complete guide to college financing for students with disabilities. Find expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for disabled students, as well as resources to help with the job search after graduation.

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. http://www.ahead.org/

College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees

The College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees page offers college-bound, graduate school-bound, and career school bound students of all ages information easy access to information about a wide variety of subjects which include: Free college scholarship and financial aid searches; SAT and ACT test preparation tips; information on colleges and universities throughout the U.S.; and information relating to online degree programs and distance education.

Gates to Adventure

is a free online transition curriculum created by the Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Gates to Adventure is designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages 14 through 21, but can be used with any students. The instructional goal of the training is to enhance students' understanding of skills needed for successful transition from secondary to postsecondary education.

George Washington University HEATH Resource Center

The HEATH Resource Center Clearinghouse has information for students with disabilities on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. We have information on financial assistance, scholarships, and materials that help students with disabilities transition into college, university, career-technical schools, or other postsecondary programs.

Online College Database - Directory of U.S. Colleges

A complete guide to distance learning for students with disabilities. Learn how to work with disability services, employ assistive technology, evaluate online programs, and succeed in the virtual classroom.

PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network

PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is the national collaboration of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for Individuals who are Deaf and hard o Hearing. The Centers are supported by contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The goal of PEPNet is to assist postsecondary institutions across the nation to attract and effectively serve individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Preparing for College: An Online Tutorial

Produced by DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), college-bound youth should begin preparing for postsecondary education and beyond while they are still in high school by selecting appropriate classes and earning good grades. Transition from high school to college is a big step for everyone. Students with disabilities have even more things to consider than their peers. This publication shares a few Internet resources for college-bound teens with disabilities.

Transition to College

This website provides links to internet resources and answers to frequently asked questions related to developing or expanding services for students with intellectual disabilities in college settings. http://www.transitiontocollege.net/

The College Navigator

This website offers easy-to-use features to help students and parents learn about colleges and universities. The site has information on nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

ThinkCollege.net

This website provides resources for students, families, and professionals supporting youth with intellectual disabilities exploring postsecondary education options. http://www.thinkcollege.net/index.php

Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction Resource on Postsecondary Education and Training

Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction has just put out a useful resource on postsecondary education and training. While some of the information relates to WI residents, there is a number of useful activities and resources in the resource. You can access the resource, along with other helpful information, at the following link (toward the bottom of the home page).

SCHOOL TO WORK RESOURCES

America's Career Resource Network - Counselors help students stay on track as they choose classes, explore their talents and interests and plan for the future. This site provides access to a variety of resources relating to the world of work, including Guidelines from the National Career Development Association, a Career Development Toolkit, and a Career Decision Making tool. The American Career Resource Network sponsors the site.

Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessments (ACLSA)Here you will find free and easy to use tools to help young people prepare for adulthood. The life skills assessments provide instant feedback. Customized learning plans provide a clear outline of next steps, and the accompanying teaching resources are available for free or at a minimal cost.

Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational & Career Development Challenges

Career One Stop Career One Stop resources include videos on such topics as occupations (over 450 specific ones) and skills (explanation of various skills and what jobs require them). This is an ideal place to start if you are you looking for a way to help your students learn about skills or jobs?

Disability Resources on the Internet Click on Plushundreds of other resources and scroll to Transition. This site offers numerous transition-related resources and resources tailored to youths.

DCDT Fact Sheet: Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment The Council for Exceptional Childrens Division on Career Development and Transition developed this document. It provides a definition of age-appropriate transition assessment, descriptions of various formal and informal transition assessment measures, and guidance to plan and conduct transition assessment.

Edutopia The George Lucas Educational Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation and is not a grant-making organization. They encourage visitors seeking grants or grant information to check the resource list below. You might also consider contacting local community foundations, service organizations and businesses in your area, or your state department of education, which may provide school site-based grants in support of educational technology.

Employer Assistance Referral Network The Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) is a free service that connects employers looking for quality employees with skilled job candidates. Discover what employers across the nation have learned: hiring people with disabilities is a great business strategy!

High School/High Tech Program Guide - National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, (NCWD/Youth)

This guide includes information on lessons learned as High School/High Tech (HS/HT) has evolved from a locally-administered to a state-administered national program model based upon the Guideposts for Success. It includes information and materials used by HS/HT programs throughout the United States.

Izzit.org Izzit.org provides more than 150,000 teachers, 44,000 schools and 14 million students with compelling educational DVDs, current events lessons, and unique games and contests.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities. It provides individualized solutions for worksite accommodations, technical assistance regarding the ADA, and other disability-related legislation.

Making Tracks to Transition Program Resources This page lists resources from the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. The page offers supports for transition-age youth with disabilities and their families. Its three-stage program creates a medical home for youth, creating relevant goals and working with schools and community agencies to meet objectives.

Mobility International USA Since 1995, MIUSA has served as the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), a project sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and managed by MIUSA to: educate people with disabilities and related organizations about international exchange opportunities; increase the participation of people with disabilities in the full range of international volunteer, study, work and research programs; advise international exchange organizations about the Americans with Disabilities Act; and facilitate partnerships between people with disabilities, disability-related organizations and international exchange organizations.

MT Rural Institute The MT Rural Institute has an excellent Work Experience Manual. The Manual includes a variety of resources and guidelines for school and community-based work experience programs. You may also want to check out their other resources at http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHY) NICHCY stands for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.

The National Resume Database This website has been developed with the goal of bringing together top talent with disabilities and Americas top employers in the private and public sector. This service is provided free of charge to job seekers with disabilities and open to applicants who have earned or are expected to earn a two or four year degree within the next six months or have completed equivalent technical training.

O*NET Resource Center The O*NETTM Resource Center, the nation's primary source of occupational information. Here you will find news and information about the O*NET program. This site is your source for O*NET products, including O*NET data, career exploration tools, and reports.

Community Resource Mapping - The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on understanding, planning, and engaging in coordinating community resources that support the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Designed for use at the federal, state, and local levels, it provides tools and resources for initiating a resource mapping process.

The Self-Determination Technical Assistance Centers Project (SDTAC) This site provides resources and information for promoting self-determination practices for students with disabilities. Information for this site was gathered from four program sites identified as providing "exemplary practices" for promoting self-determination for students ages 11 to 21 with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities.

Social Security Online The Redbook This site is a link to a summary guide to employment support for individuals with disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. http://www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook/eng/main.htm

Special Education in Plain Language This is user-friendly interactive handbook on special education laws, policies, and practices (Wisconsin specific but much of it applies nation wide).

State Implementation of Scaling-up Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) The purpose of the SISEP Center is to help States establish adequate capacity to carry out effective implementation, organizational change, and systems transformation strategies to maximize the academic achievement and behavioral health outcomes of students statewide.

Summary of a GAO Conference The summary report Helping California Youths with Disabilities Transition to Work or Postsecondary Education is available. This report, based on panels of students and young adults with disabilities, provides an excellent overview of the various concerns they are experiencing in accessing adult services, including Vocational Rehabilitation and various Social Security Programs. The Summary Report also provides feedback on how to improve high school programs in terms of preparing youth for post-school employment.

Teaching Self-Determination in Alaskan Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers The kit has been developed for teachers, parents, students and other professionals who are interested in promoting self-determination within home, school and community settings. If students with disabilities are to be successful in maximizing opportunities for self-determination in adulthood, they need to be equipped with the knowledge, beliefs, and skills that lead to self-determination in their educational programs. http://www.alaskachd.org/toolkit/

Tools for Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency The National Association of State Directors of Special Education and the National Disability Rights Network have undertaken a project to address the problem of the disproportionate number of children with disabilities in contact with the juvenile justice (JJ) system, including those with special education (SE) needs. The so-called JJ/SE Shared Agenda project has produced this compendium of best practices for promoting the educational stability of youth with disabilities and at-risk youth. Designed for teachers and educational administrators, Tools for Success includes research-based effective practices for meeting the needs of children and youth, including early identification and intervention.

Transition Assessment and Planning Guide for students with significant disabilities This tool assists youth and their families, schools, and support staff to conceptualize and plan for a young persons transition from school to adult life by taking a strengths-based, student-centered approach. In using the guide, teams can identify postsecondary goals, relevant skills and experiences that will lead to the achievement of those goals, the students present levels of performance within environments that they find meaningful, and accommodations and supports that are currently successful for the student.

Transition to Adult Living: An Information and Resource Guide The guide helps students and their families, local education agencies, teachers, communities, and state agencies facilitate the movement from school to post-school activities. It supports compliance with federal and state law by showcasing research on best practices in secondary transition. The goal to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities is best reached through coordination between secondary education and post-school endeavors.

Tunnels and Cliffs: A Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers serving Youth with Mental Health Needs - National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)

This guide was developed for youth service practitioners and policymakers to help improve employment services and systems for youth with mental health needs. It provides practical information and resources for youth service practitioners. In addition, it provides policymakers, from the program to the state level, with information to address system and policy obstacles in order to improve service delivery systems for youth with mental health needs

Virtual Field Trips are More Than Just Money SaversVirtual field trips debuted in the early days of the Internet with great promise but often their execution was underwhelming. Now a new generation of trips is merging highly interactive Web sites with engaging storytelling, vibrant art, and curricula tied to national standards, creating a compelling way to explore the natural world without leaving campus.

What Can You Do Campaign The What Can YOU Do? Web site is the centerpiece of the Campaign for Disability Employment, which seeks to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Through outreach and public education, the Campaign aims to encourage employers and others to recognize the value and talent that people with disabilities bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.

WatchKnow The co-founder of Wikipedia has launched a Web site with free access to thousands of education-related videos for students ages 3-18. It is both a resource for users and a non-profit, online community that encourages everyone to collect, create, and share innovative, educational videos. The new site allows students and teachers to sort through a library of online videos by content, and pick out what they need. Topics range from math and science to history. The site is meant to house and organize videos that are free and available online, yet which most people don't know how to find.

Your Employment Selections (YES!) is a motion-video, internet-based job preference program for youth and adults with disabilities. This program allows youth and adult participants with limited or no reading skills to watch videos of jobs, listen as a narrator describes key tasks in each job, and select preferred ones. The program shows motion video for 120 different jobs. the program is produced by the Technology, Research, and Innovation in Special Education (TRISPED) Project at Utah State University.

The Washington Initiative The Washington Initiative for Supported Employment is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities 

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Anything that you can do with food gets the kids interested. Of csroue you have to buy it yourself, but sometimes it is worth it. You can use the food to divide and make fraction problems. Maybe bake a cake (less expensive) and have them figure out how to cut it so there are enough pieces for everyone. That of csroue is a basic thing, but useful in everyday life. (And it is not expensive to bake your own cake).As for games, you can make a simple board game on paper. Then make a set of problems and cut them apart and put them in envelopes. Have the kids play in small groups of 4. They can use coins or torn pieces of paper as markers. In order to move the # of spaces that they roll they have to get the answer right. Give candy to the winner; or a homework pass.Fly swatter game; put several random answers on the board. Prepare problems ahead of time so that you have answers that will match them. Get 2 different colored fly swatters. Give a problem that they can solve in their head, or give them a section on each side of the board to work it out. The first person to swat the correct answer scores a point for their team. Remind them that they cannot hit each other, and that you are the sole judge in determining who was first. When it doubt call it a tie! Give candy to the winning team.I have 6 rows in my class. Have them go up 1 member from each row. Give a problem. The first to solve it correctly gets a point and gets to try to make a basket (buy a basketball hoop and foam ball at the dollar store). It is really hard to make the baskets so I give 2 bonus points to the team if they make it. Give candy to the winning row. I have the kids work the problems at their seats too and hand it in. That way ALL are actively involved instead of just talking to each other and not paying attention.Make a checker board with problems. In order to move to a spot they have to give the solution. If they are wrong then they cannot move there. Makes the game more interesting. I bought inexpensive bingo chips and keep them in plastic bags, sorted.I have a whole list of ideas at school; this is all that I could come up with off the top of my head. I pull out my list when I need to come up with something new for my classes. Email me if you need more ideas.Hope these work for you!One more; concentration on the overhead. Use sticky notes to cover them up; have problems on one side and solutions on the other. They have to match up the problem to the solution. If they are right their team gets a point.

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