Transition Planning (for children ages 14-22)
MetroWest Center for Independent Living – Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) – Any high school student within our 26 town service area who is between ages 14-22, receives special education services and desires to learn independent living and self-advocacy skills, is eligible for our free Transition to Adulthood Program! They are looking for input, students, and to collaborate with people interested in promoting independent living services for youth with disabilities, addressing common issues and goals such as:
• Self-esteem, self-advocacy, relationships and social skills;
• Increasing job readiness and searching for jobs;
• Providing social and recreational opportunities;
• Learning to navigate the transportation system;
• Increasing independence-building skills such as budgeting and nutrition planning;
• Assisting with the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Transition Plan (ITP) processes;
• Finding housing;
• Accessing adult services post-transition;
• Achieving any other independent-living goals set by the youth or theirfamilies.
If you are interested in setting up a meeting, have collaboration ideas or
if you’d like to make a referral on behalf of a student you work with,
Kelly A. Carter
Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) Coordinator
MetroWest Center for Independent Living
280 Irving Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education page on Transition
Transition from School to Adult Life http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/links/transition.html
Disability Law Center Inc.’s Planning for Life After Special Education in Massachusetts Manual Second Edition (December 2012) is now available at http://www.dlc-ma.org/_manual/LASE_manual.htm
Transition from School to Adult Life – Time Lines – http://www.arcmass.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=jvat0pVvj1E%3d&tabid=36
IDEA 2004: Transition Services for Education, Work, Independent Living – http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/art/defs.transition.htm
Transition Planning Form (TPF) http://www.fcsn.org/pti/topics/transition/tools/tpf.pdf
Transition Web Resources list from FCSN http://www.fcsn.org/pti/topics/transition/websites.pdf
The Arc of Massachusetts list of links to Transition info
Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/family_services/transition.php
Transition to Adulthood from National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilitieshttp://nichcy.org/schoolage/transitionadult
Transition, Transition Services, Transition Planning – http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/trans.index.htm
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. http://www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=1431http://www.ncset.org/publications/default.asp#top – lots of publications on transitions
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve youth with disabilities. The NCWD/Youth is composed of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues. NCWD/Youth is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
Through the Department of Labor (DOL) The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
NSTTAC assists states in building capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities is a mentoring program that matches adolescents and young adults with people who have similar disabilities. http://www.pyd.org/
Info for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments college guide
www.thinkcollege.net – find a college, find a resource, for students section. Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with an intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education is providing the information in this pamphlet to explain the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools.
transition for healthcare
www.GotTransition.org helps with transition from pediatric to adult healthcare transition resources.
transition and assistive technology
Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning – This 50 page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. Individuals may order one free copy of the guide. Additional print copies are available for $10. A discount is available for bulk orders. To request one or more print copies go to www.fctd.info/show/fig_summary
NOTE: F-SEPAC is providing the information above for educational purposes as a public service.
References to any treatment, program, or professional are not endorsements.