Transition

Talk it out

When students with disabilities embark on their college journey, they will need to manage their disability and their accommodations without the help of teachers or family. This will require some good-old-fashioned communications skills. Communicating effectively can be tricky business, so students who have the opportunity to practice and hone their skills during high school will be at an advantage when ...

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Employment for All

This week we’re wrapping up National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). What a great observance! In special education, this is what it’s all about: preparing students for happy, fulfilling, and productive lives. In honor of NDEAM, this week’s FREE tool is a nifty community response form. Distribute it to local employers to promote and gauge their interest in working with ...

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It’s Academic: The Transition to College

The transition to college is full of exciting changes for all students. New friends, a new home, and so many new things to learn! To help you make sure your students with disabilities are ready to meet the higher academic demands they’ll encounter in college, this week’s FREE tool is a table listing typical college academic requirements. Read about course ...

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Template for Transition

Successful transition to life after school can often hinge on solid partnerships with community organizations that can offer support, services, or employment. To help you reach out to agencies in your community and get them involved in transition planning for your students, this week’s FREE tool is a letter template you can use to invite community representatives to participate in ...

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Finding Friends in Your Community

Plan, plan, plan! That’s the ticket to an effective transition to post-school where youths have the chance to become involved members of their communities. The best transition plans are masterworks of collaboration that connect students to the community resources they need after high school. But how to find and vet these community resources? This week’s FREE tool is a handy ...

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A transition team checkup

Successful transition teams are complex, high-functioning units, so this week’s FREE tool is a process checklist to help you and your transition team keep all your ducks in a row. The list will prompt you to reflect on common indicators of success for high-functioning teams. Does your team represent the community and reflect its needs? Do you have ground rules? ...

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Building Family Partnerships

For this week’s FREE tool we’ve got something for the bulletin board in your office. It’s a Family Partnership Model to remind you of ways you can include families in the transition planning process. From developing a shared vision all the way to reflecting on and celebrating achievements, families can provide a wealth of resources and supports for teachers and ...

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Integrating Transition Planning Into the IEP Process

Graduation brings many exciting changes for students with disabilities who are moving into a life after high school, so the groundwork for success needs to be laid early on. This week’s FREE tool is a table to help you and your interagency transition team identify team goals and choose activities to help you meet them well before graduation. From methods ...

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Footsteps Toward the Future

This week’s FREE tool is a Communication Assessment Form to help you determine the communication skills needed for a student to fully participate in a particular activity. The conversational and communication skills required at different stages of a given activity can sometimes be overlooked. The form asks you to break the targeted activity into steps to help reveal these hidden ...

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Providing Collaborative Transition Services Across Tiers

Can you believe it’s already March? Before you know it, spring will be upon us. With time marching by, we don’t want high school graduations to catch you by surprise, so this week’s FREE tool is a table, Providing Collaborative Transition Services Across Tiers. It offers teachers who are preparing students for life after high school an at-a-glance look at ...

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