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New Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted - Through the Looking Glass and its National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities are proud to announce the release of the first comprehensive resource guide for parents who are blind or partially sighted. The new 212 page "Hands-On Parenting: A Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted" provides a wide range of practical information, adaptations and resources for parents who are blind or partially sighted.

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring  - Mentoring is recognized as one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. This excellent and comprehensive guide provides the framework for setting up a successful mentoring program.

U.S. Department of Education Pamphlet: Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities - This document provides information on the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who plan to attend a postsecondary institution. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of postsecondary schools to provide academic adjustments to ensure that they do not discriminate on the basis of disability. Copies can be ordered by calling (877) 4-EDPUBS or on-line ordering at


Monday Bulletin on Services to Youth Focus on Transition (PDF 6/06)


Growing Up and Staying Healthy! - This new e-Newsletter, from the Healthy & Ready to Work National Center (HRTW), contains information on health and transition issues of those with special needs, along with employment, accessibility issues, adulthood, health care, and more.


Tips for a Successful Transition - Planning for the future of your child with special needs is an ongoing process. What is perhaps most difficult to consider is that the child or teen you see before you today will grow to become an adult with capabilities and needs in the areas of work, housing, personal finances, transportation, recreation, friends and the many other areas we all face as adults. Here are some beginning tips and thoughts.

US Department of Education Clarifies Transition Related Changes in IDEA - This FOCUS on Results document introduces the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services' (OSE/EIS) priority for transition during 2005-2006 and addresses language changes to transition provisions from the newly reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Inside you will find data, explanations, and resources relating to secondary transition.


The Transition Planning Process - The transition from school to young adulthood can present challenges for youth served by special education, but the transition period also entails opportunities for educators and practitioners to provide young people with experiences that lead to success. In the two decades since transition planning entered the special education lexicon, changes in service delivery have helped shape the implementation of the transition planning process in schools for students with disabilities (National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, 2004).


Serving Up Skills - Marcos Gomez made a lasting impression when he walked into Chicago's Deep Dish 'n Dogs restaurant to look for work. The 21-year-old from Ada had just graduated from Goodwill Industries' Hospitality Food Service program that offers job training to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. He showed up ready for work and a paycheck. The enthusiasm showed.


IDEA 2004: Transition Services & IEPs

from Wrightslaw

IDEA 2004 changed the definition of "Transition Services" and included new language about "post-school activities, post-secondary education. The new definition reads: "The term 'transition services' means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that-- (A) is designed to be a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation; (B) is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests..." 20 U. S. C. 1401(34).

Transition Services for Education, Work, Independent Living - this short article describes changes in the definition of transition services in IDEA 2004.

More articles about changes in IDEA 2004 from Wrightslaw.


Dr. Mel Levine: How to Prep Your Child to Become An Adult - In his book ‘Ready or Not, Here Life Comes,’ pediatrician and author Dr. Mel Levine addresses why some kids make a successful transition into adulthood while others do not. "Most parents wonder if their child will be prepared to tackle adulthood when they grow up. Now, after decades of observing children grow into young adults, nationally known pediatrician and author Dr. Mel Levine addresses why some youngsters make a successful transition into adulthood while others do not.”


IDEA 1997 and H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004) - Major changes between IDEA 1997 and H.R. 1350 (IDEA 2004) concerning transition services are identified in a side-by-side chart.


Guardianship Q & A from Calhoun County, Michigan - click here (PDF; includes clickable hyperlinks). This informative thirteen-page document contains questions and Answers on Guardianship accessed from the Calhoun County Courts website.


Transition Planning: Putting Interagency Agreements into Action - This brief from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition discusses the essential components of successful interagency agreements when developing and implementing transition plans for secondary students with disabilities. Kelli Crane, Meredith Gramlich, & Kris Peterson, Putting Interagency Agreements into Action, NCSET Issue Brief, Sept. 2004.

eSight Introduces Free Syndicated Content About Tackling Disability Employment Issues - On June 28, 2004, eSight Careers Network launched a new service, the eSight Disability Employment Web, which offers disability organizations high-quality free syndicated content that can be added to their web sites.


Dependent Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Guide for Judges (PDF) - The Juvenile Law Center announces a new publication to guide judicial decision-making in cases involving older youth in foster care. This 8-page publication includes analysis of the Foster Care Independence Act, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and special concerns affecting older foster children. It shows how judges, child welfare agencies and children's lawyers can ensure that youth have safe passage to adulthood by ensuring their access to education, physical and behavioral health care, housing, and other services. Includes checklists for ensuring comprehensive decision-making in these areas: Permanency; Independent Living Skills; Education and Vocational Training; Physical Health, Mental Health and Other Needs; Youth With Disabilities; and Discharge of Youth On or After Age 18.


TX Secondary Experience: More Schools Providing Job Training - Even though Kevin Hitchel had never worked in a construction zone, he wanted to be a civil engineer the day he walked into his high school's construction class. "I didn't know what I would be doing, but I knew it would help me," said Hitchel, who graduated last month from Clear Lake High School. By then, the 18-year-old knew how to draw a blueprint, fix a baseball-size hole in a wall, outfit a room with electrical wires and recite the names and functions of more than 100 hand tools and household fixtures. As business owners request more experience from their entry-level employees, the nation's high schools are beginning to train -- not just educate -- students such as Hitchel.


New Accommodation Ideas Paper For Workplace Personal Assistance Services Created - For some people with disabilities, Personal Assistance Services (PAS) may be needed to successfully maintain gainful employment. A new paper describing accommodation ideas for workplace personal assistance services (PAS) has been created by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a Center partner from the Institute for Community Disability Information at the University of West Virginia. This publication discusses PAS in the workplace. It provides a definition of PAS; information about using PAS to accommodate people with sensory, cognitive, mental health, and motor impairments; a discussion about PAS and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and a list of resources for additional information.


The Individual Transition Plan — An Overview - The transition from high school to young adulthood is a critical stage for all teenagers; for students with learning disabilities (LD), this stage requires extra planning and goal-setting. Factors to consider include post-secondary education, the development of career and vocational skills, as well as the ability to live independently. The first step in planning for a successful transition is developing the student’s Individual Transition Plan (ITP). An ITP is available only for students enrolled in special education who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). In this article, we will define and describe the ITP and how it can be utilized to maximize your teenager’s future success.

MI Student Takes Different Path to University - Social worker Janice Fialka warns that a child's high school graduation can be bittersweet, but especially so for the parents of developmentally disabled children. Fialka should know: Her son, 19-year-old Micah Fialka-Feldman, is a special education student. As his graduation drew near last year, it felt more like a dead end than an open road.


The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) Information Brief: Supporting Dynamic Development of Youth with Disabilities During Transition: A Guide for Families - This brief provides information about healthy adolescent development for youth with disabilities, focusing on the role of parents and families in supporting the successful transition to adult life.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) Information Brief: Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition - The expression, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is never more true than when talking about a child with a disability. Young people with disabilities need a support system that recognizes their individual strengths, interests, fears, and dreams and allows them to take charge of their future. Parents, teachers, family members, and friends in the community who offer informal guidance, support, and love can create the “village” for every child.

Guide for Employing People with Disabilities - In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ED released a guidebook suggesting ways that businesses can find qualified workers with disabilities, put disability & employment research into practice, & learn from successes in integrating individuals with disabilities into the workforce.
Transition Websites
Compiled by Linda J.

Transition Planning: A Team Effort -

Transition Services in the IEP -

Transition Summaries in the IEP -

School Based Job Coach Manual -

Nebraska State Contacts and Resources (transition) -

Full Life Ahead -

Community Resource Mapping/transition -

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition -

IEP and Transition Planning -

IEP and Transtion Planning Frequently asked questions -




"My Future My Plan" Curriculum - We have just been informed that the new My Future My Plan Curriculum developed by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) and State of the Art, Inc. will be profiled on Oprah this coming Monday October 20th, 2003. It will be included as one segment that is part of a show on the larger issue of discrimination.


Designing Personalized Learning for Every Student: Activity Based Assessment (ABA) Inventory and Other Forms - Today's students are more diverse than ever before—in cultural backgrounds, learning styles and interests, social and economic classes, and abilities and disabilities. How can schools accommodate these differences while also dealing with other demands for change, from the push for tougher standards to the call for more discipline in the classroom? This book offers answers—and challenges schools to reinvent themselves as more flexible, creative learning communities that include and are responsive to a full range of human diversity.

VA Beyond Special Education, a Fragile Future: Virginia Budget Gaps Diminish Transition Options - Ted Nigh wants his friends to know that life in the nursing home is all right and that they shouldn't hesitate to visit him. He is getting good care and gets along well with the staff.  The problem is, he has difficulty relating to most of the other residents.


Driver's Education Q and A: Are there any driver's ed schools that work well with kids who have Asperger's and High Functioning Autism?  Click here for the answer.


Report from the GAO - Special Education: Federal Actions Can Assist States in Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth (July 31, 2003, pdf) - "Senator Kennedy - [Y]ou asked that we provide information on: (1) the proportion of IDEA students completing high school with a diploma or alternative credentials, and what is known about their postsecondary education and employment outcomes; (2) the types of transition problems that have been reported and actions taken by state and local education agencies to address them; and (3) the types of transition services provided by the vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs, the Workforce Investment Act youth program (WIA), and the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency (Ticket) program, and the factors affecting the number of IDEA youth using them."

The National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) has released its first report, "Youth with Disabilities: A Changing Population" (based on parent interviews). The report details changes in disability classification, demographics, household profiles, services, and outcomes from the first NLTS in 1987 to the second begun in 2001. Many positive changes are recorded, but challenges remain such as a significant increase in negative behaviors among youth with emotional disturbances and other health impairments including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Click on "Info and Reports" to download the full report or executive summary.


Prepare for Your Career: Participate in an International Exchange Now by Studying Abroad


Full Life Ahead - Go to this web site and scroll to the bottom to order "Full Life Ahead: A Workbook and Guide to Adult Life for Students and Families with DisAbilities" (February, 2001).  It is a great resource that you can purchase.

Featured Website: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability - NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.

High School High Tech - Welcome to the Youth Programs of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor.  We welcome you to join our exciting Youth Leadership Forum and High School/High Tech Programs.  Our goal is to establish our programs in every state in the Nation.

The Transition Services Project (TSP) has developed a new listserv. The list is It is an open list meaning anyone can join by sending an e-mail to and putting the following in the body of the message: Subscribe tspnews name@site.domain (name@site.domain is the person's e-mail address).  Information will be posted regularly regarding upcoming events, grant opportunities, etc on this list. You can also post information, ask questions, network ,etc by using this list serve. Please pass this information along to your community partners.  You can learn more about Michigan TSP by visiting them at


Employment - National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth: Navigating the Road to Work: Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities and Employment:


The Department of Special Education at the University of Maryland has received a three-year (2002-2005) OSEP funded outreach grant designed to support personnel serving students ages 18-21 with significant disabilities in postsecondary settings - read more.


Commentary: Training Disabled Students


NY Special Ed Flunking


WA Minding their own business: A special-ed class builds skills as it builds sales


Read the article "Teachers step out" - Roseville Union instructors working as interns hope to bring back new insights and skills to the classroom.


From the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, "E-News" is a free, monthly electronic newsletter designed to keep you informed and updated with current news on transition and secondary education.  Sign up today by visiting them at  


Read the Detroit Free Press article on transition "Website blankets education in state"


The following information is related to the services provided by the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.  You can find them on the web by clicking here.


The Department of Special Education at the University of Maryland has received a three-year (2002-2005) OSEP funded outreach grant designed to support personnel serving students ages 18-21 with significant disabilities in postsecondary settings. This project, On-Campus Outreach, will provide access to resources and information via a website, create web-based training modules, pilot a Guide for Transition Services in Post-secondary settings, produce and distribute products, training, and information on practices and evaluation methods for supporting students with significant disabilities in post-secondary settings. For more information on this project please contact Dr. Meg Grigal, at (301) 405- 498 or email her at



Driver's Education Programs
Are there any driver's ed schools that work well with kids who have Asperger's and High Functioning Autism?

Answer: Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak has a program that addresses primarily visual spatial problems.

Driver Rehabilitation Program Description and Fees: First, a pre-screen is done in the clinic which includes an evaluation of vision-perception, cognition, reaction time, strength, coordination, range of motion, defensive driving, driving rules and regulations and equipment needs.

An on-the-road-evaluation is performed in a vehicle with dual controls and a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.

Copilot driving is done in the hospital vehicle with the Driver Rehabilitation Specialist as the driver and the patient as the passenger.

Re-evaluation is completed after the necessary trainings. This is done in a vehicle with dual controls, with a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.

Please be aware that most insurance's do not cover this service.

Beaumont will assist with finding funding services that may be available. Some funding is available through Michigan Department of Career Development (MCDC). A file is usually opened during a student's junior year, although it may be possible to open a file earlier making it possible to get a students' license during the same timeframe as peers.

Prescreen- $385.00
On the Road Evaluation - $375.00
Training $106.00/hr
Reevaluation- $375.00

For more information call: 248-655-5800 or fax 248-655-5801

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