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Employment Connections

Resources updated, February 2019 Oh, the world of work! For many youth with disabilities looking ahead to life after high school, employment will be an immediate and serious consideration. And the time to consider it well and thoroughly is during the high school years, during transition planning, and through transition services that are carefully matched […]

Independent Living Connections

Resources updated, March 2019 Independent living is about life, isn’t it? It’s about choice, seeing to your own affairs, and pursuing your talents, interests, passions, and selfhood as independently as possible. We all would like to see our young people grow to adulthood and find their place in the world, doing for themselves to the […]

Fostering Youth Transitions

(2018, November) | Useful to Parent Centers, organizations, and policy makers working with youth in foster care. ___________ Fostering Youth Transitions: Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice Decisions (10 pages) comes from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The brief discusses: the challenges that young people face while in and exiting care; how foster youth are […]

Priority | Best Practices in Self-Advocacy Skill Building

Links updated, March 2019 The Parent Center network has a common list of 14 priority topics we are expected to address. The list comes to us from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. Welcome to the Hub page that focuses on the priority topic of “best practices in self-advocacy skills building.” […]

Transition “Starters” for Everyone

This page is designed to connect you with basic information about transition planning. We’ve included articles, guides, and online trainings designed for specific audiences, because we all process and use information from the vantage point of why we want to know and what we’re going to do with the info.

Charting the LifeCourse Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help caregivers understand the value of respite, learn from real life examples, and create a respite plan that enhances the lives of all family members. It’s meant for family caregivers of a child or adult with a disability, chronic condition, or functional limitation (or professionals who work with family caregivers). The toolkit, which is available in English and Spanish, is built upon the Charting the LifeCourse Framework, which was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages: (a) develop a vision for a good life, (b) think about what they need to know and do, (c) identify how to find or develop supports, and (d) discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Transition Planning

Transition planning is a gigantic topic and a very important one for youth with disabilities, their families, and IEP teams. CPIR’s Hub of Resources offers a virtual mountain of information about the subject, including articles written expressly for students themselves, school personnel, and parents. Here, in this article, however, we’ll keep it short and focused on what IDEA requires in the IEP for transition-aged students.

Ten Tips That May Help Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood

This resource from PACER provides tips on helping plan for a child’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. The tips outline how, as youth begin to take on more responsibility, parents can find new ways to provide support, encouragement, and guidance along the way.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Final Rules

The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), (Pub. L. 113-128), signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, represents the most significant reform to our public workforce development system in nearly 20 years. Find out more about WIOA in these two publications, which contain information on a set of final regulations implementing WIOA that encourage customer-centered, job-driven strategies, such as career pathways, business engagement systems, sector strategies, and work-based learning; and emphasize a commitment to high-quality services for all populations, including individuals with barriers. to employment.

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