Transition Resources

Resource Description/Link
Aspergers 101

A website with information on Aspergers Syndrome as well as High-Functioning Autism.

Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit

Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of our updated Transition Tool Kit, a guide to assist people with autism and their families as they navigate the journey from adolescence to adulthood.  New version of Transition Tool Kit       Employment Options

Career Development Strategies for Youth in Transition

The Career Development Strategies for Youth in Transition webinar provides strategies and tools for families and professionals to engage youth in career development. 

Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth: The What, Why, and How

This website is an article focused on career counseling for young people with disabilities.

Disability Starter Kits

This website is a resource offered by the Social Security Administration that provides information for people with disabilities who are applying for benefits for the first time.

Elements of a WIA Youth Program

This module of Focused Futures: Youth Development System Builder provides information and tools on each of the 10 required WIA youth program elements to help local youth councils, administrators, and service providers.

First Step: A Youth Practitioner's Resource Guide to Supportive Services

First Step: A Youth Practitioner’s Resource Guide to Supportive Services:  Provides quick and easy access to a wide range of programs and services at the state or local level and helps program staff identify potential partnerships that can maximize services to youth.

Going to College

This website is a resource for teenagers with disabilities. It includes information on how to select the proper college, as well as how to plan for the transition.

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA)

This website leads to an organization that encourages the practice of self-advocacy among youth with disabilities.

National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability: Professional Development

A website that provides information, resources, and online training modules to enable staff to better coach young people with disabilities on the transition into adulthood.

National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability: Transition

A website that provides a number of informative resources on the topic of the transition of persons who are disabled from youth to adulthood.

NCWD Youth

This website leads to the branch of the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability devoted to youth. Provides information about employment and youth with disabilities.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities

A website published by the U.S. Department of Education that provides a variety of information pertaining to youth who are transitioning from high school to college, or from college to career.

Parent and Family Support of Young Adults for Success in Employment

The Parent and Family Support of Young Adults for Success in Employment webinar provides an insight into the various aspects of engaging and building family support in the process of employment for youth in transition. 

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Offers youth development professionals a curriculum for workplace interpersonal and professional skills that targets youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. Created by USDOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Start Early: Transition and the Importance of Preparation

The Start Early: Transition and the Importance of Preparation explores some of the skills and abilities needed to successfully transition from high school to work or higher education. Additionally, supports needed for students entering the world of work and higher education and challenges students face in both areas are discussed.

Start Early: Transition and the Importance of Preparation Webinar

The Start Early: Transition and the Importance of Preparation webinar explores some of the skills and abilities needed to successfully transition from high school to work or higher education. Additionally, supports needed for students entering the world of work and higher education and challenges students face in both areas are discussed.

Student Earned Income Exclusion Webinar

The Student Earned Income Exclusion Webinar provides details on Social Security rules and work incentive that support the student to successfully learn work skills, earn money and build toward sustainable employment.

Texas Career Check

The Texas Career Check website provides information regarding careers and educational opportunitites for youth.

Texas Parent to Parent

Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs. TxP2P empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to-parent support, resource referral, and education.

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program Reference Tool

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program Reference Tool provides a quick "one-stop" reference for youth workforce system staff covering all the basics on the WIA Youth Program.  Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), it is also a resource to assist in training new staff and workforce investment board members on the WIA youth program.        

Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education

This website leads to a guide that prepares high school educators to answer questions that students who are disabled may ask about their transition from high school to postsecondary education.

U.S. Dept. of Labor Division of Youth Services

ETA's Division of Youth Services is primarily responsible for coordinating all youth-related workforce activities, providing leadership, policy direction, program administration, technical assistance and guidance, and support activities for youth programs authorized under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.

Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of Family

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), the Office of Disability Employment Policy's youth technical assistance center, recently published a new InfoBrief entitled Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of Family. This InfoBrief introduces families, including families of youth with disabilities, to a new way of looking at career development for youth. This brief discusses the three phases of career development, highlights Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) as a tool for facilitating the career development process, and offers strategies on how families can support the young people in their lives as they pursue lifelong learning and skill-building in preparation for entering the world of work.

What's My Next Move Guide

What’s My Next Move Guide: USDOL developed this resource to connect young people to its online career exploration resources.  The guide encourages students to think about and make decisions about their future and to engage with career counselors, workforce professionals, teachers, and parents/guardians.

Youth Council Resource Guide

This is a compilation of best practices providing a snapshot of cooperative youth service strategies  underway in Minnesota's 16 workforce service areas.

Youth on the Move

This website is a resource that provides transition guidance for people who provide transition services to youth with disabilities.

Youth Pathways to Post-Secondary Employment

This site brings together five different National Youth-Focused Training and Technical Assistance Centers. These five centers are working together to provide technical assistance and training to state/local agencies and programs to build successful pathways to postsecondary education and employment opportunities for youth and students with disabilities.