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Ohio Department of Education Transition Resources

 

 

Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Education’s Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities webpage holds updates and resources for educators and parents who want to learn about transition in Ohio. The information includes resource, information on transition planning, and rules and regulations. Resource Links for Secondary Transition include Understanding the Summary of Performance, the Ohio Longitudinal Transition Study, and the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition.

 

Ohio Transition Support Partnership for Students Age 14

Available from the Ohio Department of Education’s secondary transition webpage is a link to Ohio Transition Support Partnership information, a partnership of the Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to increase the availability of vocational rehabilitation services for students with disabilities beginning at age 14. The Ohio Transition Support Partnership is an innovative collaboration will change the nature and impact of transition services for students with disabilities in Ohio. The new model will help students with disabilities get a head start on becoming job ready and better prepared to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to be successful. As a result of this partnership, 26 dedicated vocational rehabilitation counselors and 13 caseload assistants from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities will work with transition-age youth throughout the state.

For more information, please contact Amy Szymanski, Ohio Department of Education, or Julie Hance, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

Download the Ohio Transition Support Partnership fact sheet (PDF). PDF files can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. For accessibility issues, a plain text version is provided.

 

Career Connections

Career Connections is a joint initiative among the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Board of Regents, OhioMeansJobs and Ohio Department of Education. Career Connections began in 2012 by providing a framework by which students develop a vision and realistic plan for their futures – during K-12 and beyond. Career Connections provides decision-making materials, information and tools that easily fit into classroom instruction at all grades levels.

 

Office for Exceptional Children’s LiveBinder

The Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children constructed the Resources for Essential IEP, Essential ETR, and Post-Secondary Transition LiveBinder filled with resources and information. The post-secondary transition resources include Post-Secondary Goals, AATA and Surveys, Services and Activities, the Summary of Performance, and additional teacher resources.

 

 

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence Transition Resources

 

 

Lifespan Transitions Center

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) Lifespan Transitions Center offers resources, training, technical assistance, and consultation to support the successful transition of individuals with autism and multiple disabilities throughout their school careers and into their adult lives. Resources address community living and employment.

The site offers a series of resources and guides to help educators and other service providers assess and assist students with Autism Spectrum Disorder transition to adulthood.

 

Transition to Adulthood Guidelines

The Transition to Adulthood Guidelines are web-based booklets and printable assessment guides from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI). A critical time for transition planning is in the early years of middle school through the first few years following graduation from high school. This time period is the focal point of the Transition to Adulthood guides and will assist the individual with ASD and his or her team in reviewing the issues of adulthood related to employment, postsecondary education and adult living during these years. Implications for the individual with ASD to consider are highlighted throughout. Identification of resources and many active links to important information are provided. Use this set of guides as a reference and resource and to help frame a way to think about the issues related to adulthood. Currently, the Transition to Adulthood Guidelines includes Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment, Employment, IEP Transition Components, and School-Age Programming.

 

Transition to Adulthood Transition Video/Webcasts Library

The Transition to Adulthood Transition Video and Webcasts Library features short videos discussing transition-related topics relevant to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These videos are appropriate for students, educators or other involved adult service providers and include topics such as Community Support Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities, Employing Individuals with Autism, Guardianship, Job/Career Development and Preparing the Workplace to Support an Employee with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers, The Importance of Internships, Focus on Community Living Issues, Transition to College, and more.

 

Customized Employment Guide

The Customized Employment Guide provides a look at the strategies used in Customized Employment (CE) and links to more information and resources for those who are just beginning to explore CE. It explains how CE might benefit individuals with disabilities seeking employment and students in transition from school to work. CE is based on several evidence based transition practices such as self-determination, using self-advocacy strategies, and providing community based instruction.

 

ASD Strategies in Action: Real-Life, Practical, Evidence-Based

ASD Strategies in Action series gives families and service providers tools to ensure they are equipped to effectively care for, support, educate, employ, or work with individuals on the autism spectrum from early childhood to young adulthood. This video-based series of courses if free to anyone in Ohio and aims to build skills and strategies in regards to working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the following age groups: Toddler and Preschool Age, School Age, and Transition Age.

 

 

Other Transition Resources

 

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition or NTACT is a Technical Assistance and Dissemination project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Cooperative Agreement Number H326E140004. NTACT is funded from January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2019.

Its purpose it to assist state Education agencies, local education agencies, and state vocational/rehabilitation agencies and service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

NTACT’s four major activities include knowledge development, technical assistance and dissemination, leadership and coordination, and evaluation.

 

Youth Development and Leadership Tip Sheets

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth or NCWD-Youth has a series of six tip sheets that provide youth with action steps for dealing with various life transitions and challenges, including self-advocacy, leading one’s own transition planning, getting involved in volunteering, and more. Each tip sheet begins with a series of questions geared toward helping youth determine the degree to which each topic is relevant to their lives. The tip sheets then provide background information on the subject matter, including definitions of key terms and reasons that the youth should consider making progress within that domain. Specific action steps are provided, and the tip sheets conclude with helpful supplementary information, such as additional resources.

 

Setting Sail Transition Advice from Those Who Know

Setting Sail Transition Advice from Those Who Know is a five-minute, subtitled YouTube video that can serve as a good introduction to students and parents concerning what transition means and why it is an important part of the IEP process. Both parents and students discuss what transition means and how it helps guide a student’s experience in school and beyond. This video was developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children.

 

Rights at the Age of Majority

The brochure Rights at the Age of Majority was created to assist families in understanding upcoming changes in their child’s legal status and prepare accordingly through transition planning. The brochure was developed by the Transition Coalition.

 

Worried About What Path Your Child Will Take After High School?

This brochure Worried About What Path Your Child Will Take After High School? was created to assist families in understanding the basics of transition planning, including its purpose, who is involved and the process as a whole. This brochure was developed by the Transition Coalition.

 

Planning for a Healthy Transition: A Family Transition Plan

Planning for a Healthy Transition: A Family Transition Plan is an 18-page booklet, created by the Washington State Department of Health, discusses health issues related to transition and can be downloaded for students and/or parents who are taking such topics into consideration.

 

 

Employment Resources by Name

 

The following is a list of employment resource links by name. External Links are indicated following the resource name. PDF files below can be accessed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

 

Ohio Department of Education Transition Links

 

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence Lifespan Transitions Center

The following is a list of resource links from the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) Lifespan Transitions Center. Viewers can easily locate a resource by name.

 

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence Transition to Adulthood Guidelines

Transition Resource Links

 

This page was updated April 11, 2018