Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults
Kentucky Transition Collaborative
- Kentucky Transition Collaborative Home Page. This site is dedicated to students with disabilities and their families, as they make the transition from school to life in the community. It provides information and resources to students, families and professionals as they move, or help someone to move, from school to their desired post-school outcomes.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
- NCSET Home Page. Creating Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities to Achieve Successful Futures.
- Technical Assistance Communities of Practice. The Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, has instituted a new technical assistance initiative called Technical Assistance Communities of Practice (TA Communities). The TA Communities 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 using a Web-based forum.
- Technical Assistance Community of Practice Part B: Exiting. How to improve state and community capacity to prepare all students for successful school completion and successful postschool outcomes such as postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.
- Technical Assistance Community of Practice: Leveraging Resources. How to build state and community capacity to prepare all youth for successful school completion and postschool roles.
- Technical Assistance Community of Practice: Postschool Outcome Data. How to build state and local capacity to collect data on the postschool outcomes of youth with disabilities and how to use this information to improve these policies and practices at the state and local level.
- Technical Assistance Community of Practice: Transition to Postsecondary Education. How to ensure that ALL youth with disabilities, including youth with intellectual disabilities, have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in postsecondary education.
- Youth to Work Coalition (YWC). The Youth to Work Coalition was established to assist businesses in creating or enhancing internships and mentoring programs for youth with disabilities. The YWC connects and strengthens public and private sector programs supporting internships, mentoring, and school-to-work transition; partners with business associations and nonprofits serving youth and disability groups; collects best practices and model programs around the country; and provides technical assistance to businesses that plan to establish or strengthen programs to serve youth with disabilities. YWC evolved from the Federal Agency/Foundation Initiative, a joint effort of the Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation.
- Career Planning Begins with Assessment: A Guide for Professionals Serving Youth with Educational and Career Development Challenges. This November 2004 report from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth provides guidance to adolescents and young adults in successfully making the transition from school to adult life and the world of work. The report discusses the best decisions and choices made by transitioning youth, which are based on sound information including appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values and aptitudes of each individual. The sample instruments and tools are particularly useful.
- Casey Family Resources
Casey Family Services Transition to Adulthood for Foster Care Youth. Casey Family Services is committed to helping foster children make the transition to independent adulthood. A successful transition to independence is a challenge for any young person, but for many foster children that challenge becomes nearly insurmountable when they are abruptly cut off from services or required to leave foster care at age 18 (or when they graduate from high school). We help foster children prepare for a successful transition and provide them with necessary support once they "emancipate" from the system. In most cases, the key elements of a successful transition are completing school, making plans for the future and finding an affordable place to live. Casey Family Services helps young adults make these and other critical short- and long-term decisions by providing a variety of services from tuition and housing assistance to counseling and training.
- Check & Connect: A Model to Engage Students in School and Prevent Dropout. Information about current field studies to reduce dropout rates and increase school completion for youth with and without disabilities in grades K-12 in urban and suburban communities is available on this website. It also offers information on recent presentations and workshops, related products, and program impact. This project is located at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities).
- Connecting to Success: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement. Connecting to Success is an electronic mentoring program, begun in 1999, designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic mentoring, also called e-mentoring, uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults. This project is located at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities).
- Deafblindinfo.org Youth and Transition Resource Guide. This site contains resources for the deafblind, including general information and information on transition, disability rights, support and advocacy, communication and technology, recreation, and financial assistance.
- National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). NCEO researches, provides technical assistance, and engages in extensive dissemination activities on the participation of youth with disabilities in national, state, and district assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements. Visitors can link directly to state information on accommodations, accountability, alternate assessments, graduation requirements, out-of-level testing policies, participation information, and aggregated state reports.
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) for Youth. NCWD for Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities. Their mission is 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. Created in late 2001, NCWD/Youth 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.
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