Transition Resources A – Z

Assistive Technology

Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access http://www.catea.org/

CATEA is an established interdisciplinary research and design center devoted to applications of technology to alleviate problems of human need, providing service, research and education under the auspices of a world-class academic institution. Multiple Web resources, teleconferencing and new media production allow Center staff to provide technical assistance and information dissemination across the globe.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) http://www.resna.org/

RESNA is an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Their purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. They serve that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.

Abledata (http://www.abledata.com)

ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, they can help you locate the companies that do.

Job Accommodation Network (http://www.jan.wvu.edu)

JAN, a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options.

The American Network of Community Options and Resources

ANCOR is a nonprofit trade association representing private providers who provide supports and services to people with disabilities. ANCOR is distinguished in this industry by its balance of leading practices resources and advocacy for member agencies and the people and families they serve and support. ANCOR’s efforts in the area of public policy, federal legislative and regulatory initiatives, judicial results, state-level initiatives and the culling of leading practices have uniquely positioned it as the national presence for private providers.

The American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services

The American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services (ACCSES) is a national, nonprofit organization of vocational rehabilitation service and community supports committed to maximizing employment opportunities and independent living for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

The Center provides an independent source of analysis for reform and innovation in policy-making and employs cutting-edge research and evaluation projects to identify best practices in workforce development and employment and workplace policy. It is also engaged in significant partnerships with the private sector to design effective education and training programs and is committed to assisting job seekers and workers attain the information, education, and skills training they need to move up the economic ladder.

The National Center on Workforce and Disability

The National Center on Workforce and Disability is geared for assisting Adults and youth. It is a comprehensive technical assistance resource that can assist organizations and professionals who provide workforce development and employment related services to people with disabilities. They provide training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve acc The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD-Y) is a comprehensive technical assistance resource to assist the workforce development community to address issues affecting the employment of youth with disabilities. The NCWD-Y includes partners with expertise in disability, education, employment and workforce development issues. The Collaborative strives to ensure that youth with disabilities are provide full access to high quality services in integrated settings that maximize employment and independent living opportunities for all in the workforce development system.

Career Exploration and Assessment Tools

ACT (Work Keys tests and profiles of occupational requirements). http://www.act.org

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose: helping people achieve education and workplace success.

Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Career Information for Students: http://stats.bls.gov/k12

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. With the strongest commitment to integrity and objectivity, the BLS will be premier among statistical agencies, producing impartial, timely, and accurate data relevant to the needs of our users and to the social and economic conditions of our Nation, its workers, and their families.

CareerInfoNet: http://www.acinet.org

CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy.

Major-to-Career Converter: http://jobshadow.monster.com/converter/

Job Shadowing is led by the National Job Shadow Coalition and is supported through a national sponsorship by Monster and co-sponsorship by News Corporation.

Marketing Education Resource Center: http://www.mark-ed.com

They are a not-for-profit center, designed to help all who are preparing students for their futures in the business world. A consortium of 43 state education departments operates this center.

O*NET on-line. Making occupational information interactive and accessible for all. Includes occupation and skills search, details and crosswalks for individual careers. http://online.onetcenter.org

The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations. The O*NET database houses this data and O*NET OnLine provides easy access to that information. O*NET online makes occupational information interactive and accessible for all. It includes occupation and skills search, details and crosswalks for individual careers.

Center for Learning Connections. http://www.learningconnections.org

The Center for Learning Connections (CLC) designs training and manages projects to help individuals and helps organizations respond to change and improve quality. We are especially effective in working with educators (at all levels and locations), welfare and workforce development professionals, and community based organizations. The CLC is a self-supporting office located at, and legally part of, Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington.

Work Values, rating satisfactions from work: a self-evaluation: http://www.uwplatt.edu/counseling/career/values.html

How do your skills relate to careers and occupations? Online evaluation form to help you identify what careers are best for your skills.

Career Development Manual. http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.net/career-development-manual/

This site has an eManual that has been organized into six "steps" to help you manage your career development process.

Disability specific information

ADHD: http://www.chadd.org

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing: http://www.pepnet.org

PEPNet's national network of regional centers provides resources, information, in-service training, and expertise to enhance educational opportunities for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

Learning Disabilities: http://www.ldonline.org

Ldonline is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month. LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Heath Resource Center http://www.heath.gwu.edu

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center Clearinghouse has information for students with disablities 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.

Find your state vocational rehabilitation office: http://www.workworld.org/wwwebhelp/state_vocational_rehabilitation_vr_agencies.htm

WorkWORLD™ is decision support software for personal computers designed to help people with disabilities, advocates, benefit counselors, and others explore and understand how to best use the work incentives associated with the various Federal and State disability and poverty benefit programs. It automates the computation of benefits, and takes into account the complex interaction of income, benefit programs, and work incentives.

Know Your Rights.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

Office for Civil Rights http://www.ed.gov/ocr

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. They serve student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR's technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination.

Disability Discrimination: http://www.ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/disability.html

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

“Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities” http://www.ed.gov/ocr/transition.html

The information in this pamphlet, provided by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U. S. Department of Education, explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

Transition overview

The Post-outcomes network: http://www.ncset.hawaii.edu/

The Postoutcomes Network is one of four networks at the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET).

The National Center for Secondary Education and Transition: http://www.ncset.org/

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.

Outside the US

United Kingdom – Resource page http://www.ability.org.uk/support_groups_disability.html

The Ability Project aim is to show that quality of life is related to how free a person is to make their own choices and for a significant number of disabled people computer technologies and the Internet holds the keys to those choices. Ability understands that, despite the daunting task many disabled persons and disabled groups etc. face when using the Internet as a means of obtaining information or down loading related software, it is still the preferred place to find information.

Association for Children with Disabilities – Australia http://www.acd.org.au/home/index.htm

They are an information, support and advocacy organization for children with disabilities and their families, in Victoria, Australia.

Canadian resources (Manitoba): http://www.umanitoba.ca/outreach/linkd/families/associations.shtml

As you may already know, assistive technology and augmentative communication may play a very important role in the lives of children with disabilities and their families. This site provided links to these valuable resources.

Parent education and support

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights: http://www.pacer.org/

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.

PACER Center Projects related to Transition: http://www.pacer.org/tatra/index.htm

This national project 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 rehabilitation services.

Preparing for college

Documenting disabilities http://www.ahead.org/resources/bestpracticesdoc.htm

Student support groups

Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers: http://www.c3online.org/

Project C3 is an innovative partnership between several Minnesota state agencies and PACER Center, a nonprofit agency serving Minnesota families of youth with disabilities. The goal of Project C3 is to help young adults become successfully employed or to continue their education in high school, colleges or universities.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students: http://www.neads.ca

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students is a consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities. NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education, which is their right. The Association provides information on services and programs for students with disabilities nationwide, publishes a regular newsletter, and conducts research on issues of importance to its members. Members include disabled students, educators, organizations and professional service providers.

Understanding IDEA

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) web site on IDEA 2004: http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/idea2004.html

ED’s purpose is to establish policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds. Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Council for Exceptional Children: http://www.ideapractices.org/

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for disabled children.

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education: http://www.fape.org/

The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The project is designed to address the information needs of the 6 million families throughout the Country whose children with disabilities receive special education services.

WrightsLaw, Special Education Law Library: http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/index.htm

IDEA Wrights Law includes information about IDEA topics such as child find, eligibility, evaluations, reevaluations, high stakes testing, IEPs, IEP teams, IEP meetings. accommodations, alternate assessments, placements, transition, parental rights, and more.