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Transition Policy Resources

Policy Letters and Program Requirements

  • Coordination Between Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Officials in Your State
    (FY 2013 State Plans, published 10/2012)
    Learn about coordination between special education and vocational rehabilitation (VR) officials in your state through Attachment 4.8(b)(2) in the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation VR Services and the Supplement for Supported Employment (SE) Services.
  • Federal Student Aid
    Learn about exploring careers, choosing and applying to schools, taking required tests, and financial aid.
  • Policy Letter: Least Restrictive Environment Requirements for Transition Work Placements
    Office of Special Education Program’s policy letter regarding the least restrictive environment requirements for transition work placements.
    download file PDF (1.5MB) | Word (45KB)
  • Policy Letter: Regarding post-secondary IEP goals
    download file PDF (839KB) | Word (35KB)
  • Policy report: Promise for the Future: How Federal Programs Can Improve Career Outcomes for Youth & Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions.
    This publication examines various federal programs that can provide assistance in meeting the educational, vocational and basic supports needs of youth and young adults (from ages 16 to 30) with serious mental health conditions (SMHCs).
    download file PDF (1.0MB)
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration Monitoring Reports
    FY 2012 Section 107 Monitoring Reports on vocational rehabilitation programs and transition services in your state.

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Technical Assistance (TA) Resources

  • Brief: What Are the Trends in Employment Outcomes of Youth with Autism?
    This brief shows that youth with autism received similar levels of vocational rehabilitation services and reported similar employment outcomes compared to their peers with other disabilities. However, these outcomes were modest, declining, and substantially different across states, regardless of the types of disabilities.
  • Defining College and Career Readiness: A Technical Assistance Resource Guide
    download file PDF (1.7MB)
  • Learn More About College and Career Readiness.
    Use the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center—Defining College and Career Readiness: A Resource Guide.
    download file Download: PDF (1.7MB)
  • Meeting the Needs of Significantly Struggling Learners in High School: A Look at Approaches to Tiered Intervention
    download file PDF (193KB)
  • Tiered Interventions and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
    download file PDF (634KB)
  • Tips on Core Competencies for Transition Service Providers
    download file PDF (247KB)
  • Universal Design for Learning and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
    download file PDF (276KB)
  • Webinar on the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)
    A Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Department of Labor and Employment and Training Administration Webinar on the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to learn about employment opportunities and employment initiatives for youth with disabilities.
  • What Matters in Staying on Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on Students with Disabilities
    download file PDF (1.5MB)

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Publications

  • Brief: Appealing Features of Vocational Supports for Latino & non-Latino Transition Age Youth & Young Adult Consumers, Study Goals & Methods
    download file PDF (316KB)
  • Brief: Becoming an Adult: Challenges for Those with Mental Health Conditions
    download file PDF (732KB)
  • Brief: Crossing the Divide: Programs that Bridge Child & Adult Mental Health Services
    download file PDF (423KB)
  • Brief: Supported Employment Adapted for Young Adults With Peer Mentors: A Feasibility Study
    download file PDF (1.5MB)
  • Brief: Research to Practice No. 1: Using an iPod Touch to Facilitate Employment for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    download file PDF (355KB)
  • Brief: Research to Practice No. 2: Facilitating Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    download file PDF (341KB)
  • College and Career Ready Standards and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
    download file PDF (454KB)
  • FAQ: Student Loans, For-Profit Colleges, and Traditional Colleges: Some Things You Should Know Before Borrowing
    download file PDF (211KB)
  • Getting a Job: Tools, Techniques, and Trainings
    The Getting a Job! online training was developed and designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who work with them.
  • High School Redesign and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
    download file PDF (1.3MB)
  • Meeting the Needs of Significantly Struggling Learners in High School: A Look at Approaches to Tiered Intervention
    download file PDF (193KB)
  • Paving the Way: Meeting transition needs of young people with developmental disabilities and serious mental health conditions
    download file PDF (5.9MB)
  • Technical Assistance Circular on Developing On-the-Job Training Opportunities
    January 2013: Access the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) related to developing on-the-job training opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Tiered Interventions and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
    download file PDF (634KB)
  • Tipsheet: Young Adults Getting Involved: Participatory Action Research and Transition Age Youth
    download file PDF (297KB)
  • Tipsheet: Strengthening Family Support for Young People with Mental Health Needs in the Transition to Adulthood: A Tipsheet for Service Providers
    download file PDF (301KB)
  • Transition Activities in OSERS
    A document describing OSERS transition activities, including links to more detailed information when available.
    download files MS Word (310KB) | PDF (257KB)
  • Universal Design for Learning and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
    download file PDF (276KMB)
  • What Matters in Staying on Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools: A Focus on Students with Disabilities
    download file PDF (1.5MB)

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Webinars.

  • Webinar: NeuroLeadership in Systems of Care
    Webinar explores recent advances in contemporary neuroscience as they relate to effective youth and adult leadership practices and organization changes in systems of care.
    Archived presentation: download file WMV (1.5MB)
    Presentation: download file PDF (1.5MB)
  • Webinar on the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)
    Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and Department of Labor and Employment and Training Administration webinar on the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to learn about employment opportunities and employment initiatives for youth with disabilities.
  • Connections that Work: Employment and the Transition to Adulthood
    download file PDF (113KB)
  • Engaging Youth in Organizations and Systems: Small Steps to Successful Implementation
    Presentation PDF:
    download file PDF (2.4MB) | Windows Media Player (56.3MB)
  • On the Path to Recovery: Medication, Mental Health Treatment, and the Transition to Adulthood
    download file PDF (572KB) | Windows Media Player (44.5MB)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), Catalyst Project transition planning Webinars. on the following topical areas below:

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OSERS College-to-Career Resources

  • OSERS 2012 Transition Data Fact Sheet
    Read about OSERS 2012 Transition Data Fact Sheet, a quick reference to inform Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) staff and the public about critical grants and data areas related to the transition of youth with disabilities from school activities to post-school activities
    download file PDF (325KB)
  • Project SEARCH
    Project SEARCH provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life.
  • Identifying Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities Using Existing Surveys
    Read about the definitions of disability in transition-age youth from different national surveys.
    download file PDF (668KB)

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ADDITIONAL Links

  • Bullying
    This page was created to empower youth and young adults with knowledge and resources to help put an end to bullying.
  • Eating Disorders
    This page will provide you with eating disorder information and resources to help you learn about the different diseases, specific populations, and guide you or someone you know in the process of recovery.
  • Learn About Your State VR Agency
    Learn about the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency in your state.
  • Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income
    Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) is a cross-agency initiative to foster improved health, education, and post-secondary outcomes for children ages 14-18 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as their families.
  • Young Adult Parenting
    This page is designed for young adult parents who are pregnant or young adults who are already parenting and have a mental health condition.

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