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Curricula and Classroom Resources
Research to Practice
- Post-secondary & Internship Programs
Assessments for Transitions: tools used by Los Angeles Unified School District.
Envision Your Career: A Language-Free Video Career Interest Inventory (DVD) This inventory is designed to measure career interest in people who have little or no English skills or limited reading and writing abilities. $149.00
Iowa’s State Department of Education website houses a Matrix for Transition Assessmentthat includes links to assessment methods and tools. The Matrix also provides a framework for gathering necessary transition planning information focusing on a student’s interests and preferences, basic skills, attitudes, habits, self-awareness, and critical thinking and application skills.
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) is directed and staffed by the Special Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in partnership with the Special Education Program at Western Michigan University. View their Toolkits:
- Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit
- Collecting Quality I-13 Data
- Evaluation Toolkit
- Transition Institute Toolkit
- Transition Team Leader Sustainability Toolkit
2. Curricula and Classroom Resources
Autism Q and A: Positive Behavior Support can be used to help individuals successfully participate at home, in school, and in their communities. These supports can prevent a behavior from occurring or teach the individual a new functional skill to replace it.
Best Hopes, Worst Fears [PDF] by Kathie Snow suggests a simple strategy that agencies, schools and other organizations can use to move toward inclusion.
Beyond High School:Transition Planning for Adolescents with Disabilities is a research-based transition program that provides special educators with the tools and resources to prepare their students for life beyond high school. $289.00
Bullying and Disability Harassment in the Workplace: What Youth Should Know defines bullying, describes what it can look like in the workplace, and offers practical strategies for dealing with it.
Connections in the Workplace. Explore relevant, on-the-job social situations in an illustrated, short story format using this contemporary language arts curriculum for transition age students with a Student Reader, corresponding Teacher’s Guide with PDF and software that uses Attainment’s eReader Software to read the stories aloud to students. The software includes many other features including text highlighting, vocabulary word definitions, testing and a management system. $$$
Everything You Need to Know provides tips and techniques to better young people for the many challenges of real life. Topics include: career readiness, money management, overcoming fear and disappointment, dealing with change, avoiding the trap ! Lesson Guide and Intervention Kit is designed for quality intervention within Tier 1, 2, or 3. $$
Learning to Work: A Collection of Stories About Life and Work (2009) A spiral-bound book and Instructor’s Guide with printable PDFs that provides engaging and age-appropriate reading material for adolescents and young adults who do not read conventionally. The 18 photo-illustrated stories intended to be read with a partner- a same-age peer who is reading at grade level, a teacher or a parent. $59.95
Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young Adults with Disabilities (5thEd) This textbook is in a new fifth edition—updated with the information professionals need in today’s world, as young people with disabilities face financial, family, employment, and educational challenges. New chapter topics include: working with families, multicultural transition planning, teaching social skills, and secondary curriculum options. $79.95
Life Centered Education (LCE) Transition Curriculum from the Council for Exceptional Children View a Sample of the entirely online LCE Platform including 1) LCE Curriculum 2) Assessment Instruments 3) Curriculum Matrix 4) Sample Lesson Plans 5) Why is life skills education important? $$$
Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills -DVD Shows students from upper elementary through high school how to act during some of the most common interactions between people. It features clear, straightforward demonstrations of appropriate and inappropriate behavior — and we added a dash of fun to keep adolescent attention spans engaged. $29.95
Money…What Young Adults Need to Know [PDF] addresses such topics as buying a car, credit tips and traps, identity theft and lending rip-offs.
Practical Assessment Exploration System: Work Development Transition Curriculum. PAES® Provides: 1) Work and Life Skill Training 2) Vocational Work Assessment 3) Work Exploration 4) Appropriate Work Behavior Development 5) Data Collection and Student Reporting $$$
Financial Literacy Resources for all levels: PLAY VISA’S FINANCIAL FOOTBALL GAME, or their Soccer themed game to give your financial knowledge a workout. Test your money management skills by answering financial questions that allow you to move down the field and score. Among the many resources for Financial Literacy are also curricula for 9-12th graders, and an Avengers Comic that teaches money skills and much more.
Project Discovery is a HANDS-ON curricula to provide realistic career education for middle, high school and young adult students – including those at-risk and with special needs.
Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success. This curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. It includes hands-on activities to engage young adults.
Small steps, big skills. 2011.This video game teaches children with autism and/or intellectual disabilities 22 skills for independence by simulating actually doing the skills. It combines applied behavior analysis instructional methods of video modeling and least- to-most prompting. Players watch a video of the skill being completed (video modeling) then practice it in a game format with increasing prompt levels as necessary (least-to-most prompting). The skills are organized in 6 categories: (1) helping in the kitchen, (2) getting ready for the day, (3) helping at home, (4) cafeteria time, (5) my clean room, and (6) time to relax. The software also includes a variety of settings allowing you to customize the program for each individual including response time per step, distractor sounds, percentage correct for mastery, reward games, and videos before the skill session. $89.95
STEP, Inc. Transition Information Made Easy (TIME) STEP staff will provide training and professional development to families who have children with disabilities, transition age students with disabilities, teachers and related service providers who work with transition age youth in TN. For more information download TIME, email email@example.com or call 1.800.280.7837.
TN Student Disability Services Offices list compiled by TN Disability Pathfinder.
Tennessee’s Commission on Children and Youth have resources for youth transitioning from foster care, including this Guide for Planning Transition to Independent Living.
Transition Activities [PDF] in Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (2011).
The Transitions Curriculum is made up of 3 modules:1) Get a plan. 2) Get a job. and 3) Get a life. Transitions Curriculum Includes: 3 Teachers Guides, 300 Teacher-Developed Lessons, 600 Reproducible Handouts, Free Training Videos, 3 CD’s with black-line masters. Click on picture for ordering information. $499
The New Transition Handbook: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work!, a new text written by Carolyn Hughes, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, and Erik Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University. $39
Waypoint Assessment Driven Transition Planning helps students develop Career Goals, and transition from school to post-secondary school, and to the real working world. Waypoint is used in Middle Schools, High Schools, and with Adults – with the capability to start as early as Gradeschool. $$
Workplace Etiquette: Why Being Polite Counts on the Job DVD (2009)There’s a right way and a wrong way to behave in the workplace. Using acted-out scenarios in common workplace settings, plus commentary from real bosses, the video shows teens conducting themselves properly; how to treat customers and fellow employees with respect, using appropriate language, respecting personal boundaries, being punctual, proper telephone manners, proper voice mail and email usage, avoiding gossip, responding appropriately to constructive criticism, and being a good listener. Extensive teacher’s guide contains student handouts, pre- and post-tests for extended learning. 24 minutes. Closed captioned. $139.95
Young Person’s Guide to Getting and Keeping a Good Job, Fourth Edition Ensure young people have the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the job market and retain employment with this best-selling workbook. $19.95
3. Online Resources
Career videos from America’s Career InfoNet show careers, skills, and options. Great for discovery and identifying interests.
College of Employment Services (CES). CES is a series of online classes for employment professionals. The lessons cover best practices around creating job accommodations, disclosing disabilities, building personal and professional networks, and many other topics. This accessible, practical curriculum equips employment professionals to meet and surpass national and agency standards for their field. College of Employment Services course content is created by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Don’t Forget the Soft Skills – Employment Success Requires More than Just Opportunity describes soft skills and why they are essential. The blog post also provides links to videos showing what the six key soft skills look like in practice.
Florida Project 10: Transition Education Network website offers a variety of resources to help school districts and other stakeholders support youth with disabilities to transition successfully to adulthood.
GET THE PICTURE: Post School Life for Students with Significant Disabilities Webinar. Webinar Power Point. Links to SPP/APR can be found on the NPSO website.
I belong! is a web site for young adults with intellectual disabilities and also has resources for family members and educators.
IDEA Partnership website houses a wealth of transition resources from the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at the state and local levels.
Guideposts for Success: Innovative Strategies for Serving Youth: TACE Webinar Presented by: Curtis Richards, Director of the Center for Workforce Development at The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) The successful transition of all youth is dependent on making the right choices at the right times based off the right information. Presenters will offer practical examples using the Guideposts for Success, developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth).
iTransition is a free, online transition curriculum to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school. There are four separate trainings with activities to help students learn about themselves, their career goals, and the skills they need to be successful in the future. Requires log-in.
Involving Siblings in the Transition Process for Young Adults with Disabilities recorded March 13, 2012, Tom Fish and Sarah Hall from the Sibling Leadership Network presented on the important roles that siblings can play in helping their brothers and sisters be successful during the transition process from school to adult life. This webinar will provide tips on how siblings can provide support and guidance in the areas of community living, employment, decision-making, and advocacy. Requires name to view.
ITAC Webinar: What happens after the K-12 years? Transition and Postsecondary Options for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders from 4/10/2010 featuring Dr. Cathy Pratt, Dr. Peter Gerhardt, & S. Michael Chapman.
www.LearnDoEarn.org offers unique curriculum, games, and activities that help middle and high school students of all abilities understand exactly what they need to do to build the academic and behavioral foundations they need for success in college and/or work. LearnDoEarn uses the inherent authority of the business community as future employers to create a clear roadmap for students, making students, targeted adult learners and job seekers want to work harder.
OSERS Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities transition-oriented webpage features news and resources for youth with disabilities, their families, and the educators and employment professionals who support them.
Reality Check! Chances are you’ll be surprised at how much your so-called dream life will cost.
STEP, Inc. Information Packets provide Tennessee-Specific guidance to families about Conservatorship, Special Needs Trusts, and Wills, DIDD, Vocational Rehabilitation, Assistive Technology and more.
Summer Opportunities for Youth from FINDYOUTHINFO.GOV provides information and links to resources that can help youth can learn to gain real world experience and contribute to their community
Tennessee Post-Secondary Alliance is a great website with all the latest on post-secondary programs for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in TN.
Washington state has produced four Transition Booklets: 1) Going From Tween 2 Teen2) Your Life, Your Health, Your Way 3) Young Adults Transition Plan: Your Future/Your Life4) Planning for a Healthy Transition: A Family Transition Plan
Youth at Work: Videos, and tip sheets to educate working-age students about different types of workplace discrimination, including sexual harassment and disability discrimination under the laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Youth on the Move Massachusetts’ new transition website.
Youth to Work Coalition website houses resources organized across eight work-based learning experience categories: career exploration, job shadowing, job sampling, service learning, internships, apprenticeships, paid employment, and mentoring. From National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center.
4. Research to Practice
Career Exploration in Action: An Innovative Strategies Practice Brief This Innovative Strategies Practice Brief provides practical examples and resources used by promising and exemplary youth programs to engage youth in career exploration.
Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Disseminating evidence-based practices that contribute to successful employment for youth with disabilities This dedicated website highlights findings of the research, as well as related products, tools, publications, and other resources.
Do promising vocational interventions benefit at-risk youth? [PDF] outlines what is known about transition-to-employment interventions and discusses the gaps in current research knowledge about these interventions.
Engaging Youth in Work Experiences: An Innovative Strategies Practice Brief This Innovative Strategies Practice Brief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) provides practical examples and resources used by promising and exemplary youth programs engage youth in work experiences.
Evaluating the Implementation and Outcomes of Secondary Supported Employment Programs for Students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Supported employment is a valuable way to provide essential support for jobseekers with disabilities who have never worked before or who are considered as not having the potential to succeed. This school-based supported employment program in Virginia generated new knowledge regarding the effectiveness of these programs as an employment-focused transition practice for youth with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.
Getting a Head-Start with Vocational Rehabilitation [PDF] or [Word] from The Arc-TN
Goodwill’s Summer Youth Programs Info about 2012– plan now for 2013.
Helping Youth with Learning Disabilities Chart the Course: A Guide for Youth Service Professionals [PDF] or Word Version describes challenges faced by youth and young adults with learning disabilities as they reach adulthood, while highlighting strategies youth service professionals can implement to help youth to transition successfully into the workplace.
“High School Transition that Works: Learned from Project SEARCH“ What lessons can your program learn from the highly successful Project SEARCH® model—and how can you apply these strategies to improve training and employment opportunities for students with disabilities? $34.95
Using Individualized Learning Plans to Produce College and Career Ready High School Graduates [PDF] [Word Version] a policy brief from The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) summarizes findings and recommendations about individualized learning plans (ILP). An ILP is both a document and a process that students use — with support from school counselors, teachers, and parents — to define their career goals and postsecondary plans in order to inform the student’s decisions about their courses and activities throughout high school.
Individualized Planning for Adulthood: Using Person-Centered Planning for Transition is an online training module designed to teach users why PCP was developed, how PCP is defined and the major features of different PCP methods, steps to implementing a PCP, and how to apply PCP to transition planning.
Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment, a Guide for Students with Disabilities to Getting and Making the Most of an Internship leads young people through the step-by-step process of finding, applying for, participating in and even evaluating an internship. In addition, the guide includes information and tips of specific relevance to youth with disabilities, including finding accessible housing, navigating the transportation system, disclosing a disability, and employing a personal care attendant. Download Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment
Learning How to Learn: Successful Transition Models for Educators Working with Youth with Learning Disabilities. This InfoBrief identifies and explains classroom-based strategies that incorporate strategic learning. It also includes these 3 tables: Possible Compensatory Strategies for Youth with Learning Disabilities; Types of Learning Strategies and Supports: Cognitive and Metacognitive; and Literacy Programs and Learning Strategies.
Linking Youth Transition Support Services: Results from Two Demonstration Projects presents an overview of two projects in the Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration: California’s Bridges to Youth Self-Sufficiency and Mississippi’s Model Youth Transition Innovation. Key outcomes are reported and the successful experiences of one youth in each project are highlighted.
Now What Do I Do? Coaching Tips for Educators of Children with LD and ADHD by Dr. Steven A. Richfield offers five practical tips for coaching students to effectively prepare for and manage the pressures they face while growing up.
Paving the Way: Meeting Transition Needs of Young People with Developmental Disabilities and Serious Mental Health Conditions [PDF] summarizes a number of programs and best practices for serving young adults with dual disabilities
Project Search is a business-led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration.The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is total immersion in a large business. Each day, interns report to the host business, learning employability skills in the classroom and job skills in the workplace as they rotate through 3 − 4 internships/experiences during the program year. it has spread to many other states as well. Research [PDF] has shown it be effective.
Promoting Quality Individualized Learning Plans: A How-to Guide Focused on the High School Years. NCWD/Youth updated Individualized Learning Plan guide is designed for educators and other professionals who assist youth with college and career readiness and transition planning.
Research to Practice Brief No. 4, Project SEARCH Case Studies [PDF] describes the experiences of three students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who participated in Project SEARCH at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Virginia.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Participation Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder reports the results of a study that analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2. Among the findings:
- Young adults with an ASD who attend college are most likely to pursue majors in science, technology, engineering or math
- Young adults with an ASD have one of the lowest overall college enrollment rates of youth with disabilities
- Certain life skills (such as the ability to adapt to changes in routine and exposure to new and larger social dynamics) appear to be important in order for youth to transition from high school to college
Secondary Students with Moderate/Severe Intellectual Disability: Considerations of Curriculum and Post-School Outcomes from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 [PDF] by E. C. Bouck and published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (vol. 56, no. 12, 2012, pp. 1175-1186) reviews the findings of a secondary analysis of the NLTS2 data related to curriculum and educational programming, as well as the relationship between curriculum and post-school outcomes, for students with moderate/severe intellectual disabilities. The analysis showed low student-reported rates for post-school outcomes (independent living, employment and post-secondary education) and that functional versus academic curriculum was not related to the post-school outcomes.
Strategies for Involving Youth in Service-Learning Activities University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison
Students at Greatest Risk for Poor Post-School Employment Outcomes: What Can Schools Do? This issue brief from the Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities summarizes what schools can do.
Tarjan Center (CA UCEDD) Seeks to Fund Inclusive Student-Run Businesses: Application Deadline has passed: July 20, 2012. The Tarjan Center at the University of California Los Angeles, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has partnered with the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) to support inclusive, student-run businesses. The Tarjan Center will provide small grants to help schools and community based programs include secondary school age students with and without disabilities in socially responsible student-run businesses.
Teens on IEPs Great new tip sheet from the Transitions RTC to help teens identify specific transition services that should be included in their IEP. A “must have” for anyone working with transition-age youth.
Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Using TANF Funds to Support Subsidized Youth Employment: The 2010 Summer Youth Employment Initiative [PDF] examines planned and administered summer youth employment initiatives. The report suggests activities worthy of further exploration.
Using Universal Design for Learning: Successful Transition Models for Educators Working with Youth with Learning Disabilities identifies and explains selected classroom-based strategies within the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model.
Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students [PDF] describes the Year 5 work of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education’s Technical Assistance Academy. Recommendations based on the findings from the project include:
- Provide a clear purpose for work-based learning, emphasizing the learning component
- Offer resources and information about components of high-quality programs
- Provide professional development for teachers and coordinators to develop instructional strategies
- Convene meetings with employer associations and labor unions to achieve buy-in
- Provide resources and guidelines for employer mentor selection, training, and continued engagement
- Support teachers to work closely with coordinators and employer mentors to develop detailed student training plans
- Connect work-based learning to classroom learning
- Provide better guidelines for accountability for student learning
- Adequately fund coordinators
- Market work-based learning programs
- Ensure careful consideration of legal issues
- Use consistent definitions and terminology
- Examine ways to leverage various funding sources
Next Steps at Vanderbilt, a 2-year college certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities is accepting applications for the fall semester beginning in August 2013; applications are due February 15th. Young adults seeking admission to Next Steps at Vanderbilt should be between 18 and 26 years old, have completed their high school studies, and have a strong desire to go to college and learn skills that will enable them to live more independently. They need to have families who support this goal. [PDF NextSteps-flier-Dec12]
Next Steps at Vanderbilt Summer Institute (NSSI) will begin accepting online applications on March 15th. NSSI is a week-long (Sunday, July 14-Friday, July 20, 2013) residential summer program that helps young adults explore whether a college experience would be a good fit for them. [PDF NSSI-Flier-Dec12]
Project Opportunity at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt trains young people to work in hospital settings. PROJECT OPPORTUNITY BROCHURE 2013. To be considered for Project Opportunity, applicants must:
- Be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services under their priority criteria. Interested persons should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. If you do not have a counselor or are not sure, call (615) 313-4981.
- After referral by a vocational rehabilitation counselor, complete the application form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) includes 27 campuses across the state. The TTC at Nashville has partnered with the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program to enroll students with intellectual disabilities who are interested in pursuing supplemental certificates in approved technical training areas. To determine if training opportunities like this exist in your area, contact LeAnn Blevins.
TigerLIFE at The University of Memphis will is a 2-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training. The TigerLIFE program is administered by the University of Memphis Institute on Disability (UMID) whose purpose is to assist people with physical and developmental disabilities find meaningful and lasting employment.
University of Tennessee FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program is designed as a two-year nonresidential program culminating in a University of Tennessee FUTURE Program Vocational Certificate and job placement. The program provides individualized academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills to students ages 18-29 with intellectual disabilities and autism in east Tennessee who completed high school without earning a regular high school diploma.