For information on employment and other community living
topics, click here.
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
U.S. Department of Education Pamphlet:
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
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
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).
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
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.
Career Development Web Page from Diversity World
- Diversity World, an organization that works to
enrich workplaces and reduce employment barriers, has created
a career development page on its Web site about employment
issues for persons with disabilities. The page includes a list
of links to career development resources, scholarships,
internships, and awards.
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.
Introduces Free Syndicated Content About Tackling Disability
Employment Issues - On June 28, 2004,
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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)
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.
Compiled by Linda J.
Transition Planning: A Team Effort -
Transition Services in the IEP -
Transition Summaries in the IEP -
School Based Job Coach Manual -
National Transition Network -
Nebraska State Contacts and Resources (transition) -
NDE Transition Page -
Full Life Ahead -
Reflections on Friendship -
Community Resource Mapping/transition -
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition -
Model Transition Project/Transition Systems Changes -
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.
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.
Transition 101: A Basic Course on the Transition Requirements of IDEA
'97 (May 2000, Guidebook) - The Western Regional Resource
Center has developed a guide for States, Districts, Schools,
Universities and Families on transition requirements. The guide offers
information on a variety of topics that include: intentions of
transitions services, content of the individualized education program,
and federal and state monitoring systems for transition requirements.
Available in HTML and PDF formats.
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."
Check out this listing of state Transition programs (Post-school
Gates to Adventure:
Online Transition Training for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of
Hearing (Training Resource) - This program is designed for
students who are deaf and hard of hearing, ages 14-adult. The
instructional goal of the training is to enhance students'
understanding of skills needed for successful transition from
secondary to postsecondary education. Sponsored by the Postsecondary
Education Programs Network (PEPNet).
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
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.
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.
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. Just to give you an idea of where
we are, we invite you to find out if there is a site in your area by
checking our Youth Programs map at
The Transition Services Project (TSP) has developed a new
listserv. The list is
TSPNews@match.org. It is an open list meaning anyone can join by
sending an e-mail to
email@example.com and putting the following in the body of the
message: Subscribe tspnews firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com 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
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 -
their own business:
class builds skills as it builds sales
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
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
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
Question: 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
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
Re-evaluation is completed after the necessary trainings. This is done
in a vehicle with dual controls, with a Driver Rehabilitation
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
On the Road Evaluation - $375.00
For more information call: 248-655-5800 or fax 248-655-5801