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Transition from school to the community can mean many things: finding a job, starting a certificate program, entering community college, attending a four-year program etc. Transition also means changes to supports, such as health care, social security benefits, where to live, and many other areas of life. Most importantly, it means making decisions for one's self and self-determination. You will find resources on all of these topics and more in this section.


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Posted on 10/20/2017

Transition Activities in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

This 2017 publication describes present and upcoming OSERS transition activities, such as projects supporting students and youth with disabilities served by State agencies, written products offering technical assistance (TA), and presentations at conferences facilitating the exchange of information among transition partners. It is intended to be used as a reference tool to broaden awareness of OSERS transition activities.

Posted on 04/11/2017

New Opportunities to Improve Economic and Career Success for Low-Income Youth and Adults:

Key Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

In July 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) after it passed with virtually unanimous bipartisan support in Congress the first update to the nation’s core workforce training programs in the 16 years since the passage of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). A lot has changed since 1998 and our workforce system hasn’t kept up. Low skilled and low income workers face more barriers than ever to securing an education and getting a good job.

Posted on 04/11/2017

The Institute Brief

WIA is Now WIOA: What The New Bill Means For People With Disabilities

With the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Congress has reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), including the Rehabilitation Act, through 2020. Commenting on the bill’s passage, President Obama stated that the bill “will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future.

Posted on 03/20/2017

Annual Progress Report on National Disability Policy

The National Council on Disability (NCD). has released the 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress report. The 2014 Progress Report focuses on seven key areas: the convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion. subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy.

Posted on 05/12/2016

National Resources for Parents of Children & Youth with Disabilities

Parents of youth with disabilities have unique opportunities to promote their successful transition to postsecondary education, employment and full adult participation in society. Families can assist in the transition process by providing adolescents direction in their exploration of interests, guidance in career and college planning, and encouragement as they pursue their dreams. The following resources may be helpful in assisting parents as their children prepare for college and careers.

Posted on 03/18/2015

Handbook for Implementing a Comprehensive Work-Based Learning Program:

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an effective approach in delivering career and technical education and training to youth with disabilities. The WBL approach provides these services in community workplace settings rather than in conventional school environments. Because, WBL activities take place in workplace settings, they must comply with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) administered through the U.S. Department of Labor and state labor laws.

Posted on 03/18/2015

Providing supports to youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood:

Case descriptions from the Youth Transition Demonstration

Post-school employment rates for youth with significant disabilities remain intractably low. An important policy concern is whether youth who receive disability cash benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are obtaining the necessary supports to make a successful transition to adult life. The SSA initiated the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) projects in an attempt to develop services and supports to assist youth in making a successful transition into adulthood. This article provides a detailed description of the intervention components for the YTD projects and presents three case descriptions to illustrate how youth can potentially benefit from these services. The selected cases in this paper illustrate the potential for youth with disabilities to leverage project services and move into employment.


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