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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 05/12/2016

Internet Safety, Social Networking, and Technology

Individuals with autism are just as interested, if not more interested, in using the internet as a connection to mass amounts of information and millions of people. To ensure the safety and success of internet usage, it is critical that individuals with autism learn how to protect themselves online, and that they understand what is and is not appropriate on the internet. Some organizations have specific classes to teach individuals with autism safe and fun ways to use the internet. Parents should closely monitor their young adult's internet use and constantly make sure that their internet activity is safe and appropriate.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Mental Illness and Mental Health in Adolescence

As any parent, youth worker, or young adult can verify, mental health in adolescence may be characterized by a roller coaster of emotional and psychological highs and lows. This fact sheet provides a very brief introduction to mental health with a focus on definition, assessment, and mental health disorders, then offers perspectives on the role youth development approaches may play in promoting positive mental health and protecting against mental health disorders.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Mental Illness and Mental Health in Adolescence

As any parent, youth worker, or young adult can verify, mental health in adolescence may be characterized by a roller coaster of emotional and psychological highs and lows. This fact sheet provides a very brief introduction to mental health with a focus on definition, assessment, and mental health disorders, then offers perspectives on the role youth development approaches may play in promoting positive positive mental health and protecting against mental health disorders.

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 05/12/2016

Social Networking Sites: Consider the Benefits, Concerns for Your Teenage

Social networking sites have become an integral part of today's culture, especially for teens. While teen use of social networking sites poses certain safety concerns, it can help teens with disabilities development skills they need to move towards independence and adult life. One obvious benefit is that youth can expand their circle of friends and even communicate more often with extended family. Understanding that you have a personal network of friends and family may someday help a young person use that network to find a job. Drawing on one's own personal network is one of the most effective strategies for finding employment.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Successful Transition Models for Youth with Mental Health Needs: A Guide for Workforce Professionals

This InfoBrief from ODEP (Office of Disability Employment Policy), describes service barriers faced by youth with mental health needs as they reach adulthood, while highlighting new models and strategies designed to break down those barriers and help them to transition successfully into the workplace. Through thoughtful systems change at the local and state levels, and the adoption of promising new program models promoting collaborative networks for care more youth and young adults with mental health needs can become self-sufficient adults who experience personal and employment success.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Supporting Families of Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education:

Learning from the Voices of Families

This Information Brief is intended to assist administrators as well as faculty and staff in postsecondary education settings to better understand the value of engaging families of students with disabilities as partners in their students' success. In response to input received during a national online dialogue in 2015, ideas and resources are provided about actions postsecondary institutions can take to better assist these families in supporting their young adult children's education and career development efforts.  

Posted on 05/12/2016

Supporting Functional Communication in High School

Students on the autism spectrum sometimes have ways of communicating that are different from students without autism. Challenges sometimes appear in three main areas: comprehension, expressive communication, and interacting with others. This article was designed to support high school staff and family members in understanding and improving the communication skills of adolescents on the autism spectrum. Examples are provided in the context of academic course and teacher and peer relationships.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Teaching Students with Disabilities about Online Safety

Many parents and teachers of children with disabilities are well aware of the potential for in-class bullying and make efforts to stop bullying before it starts; but what about the exclusion and harassment that teachers and parents don't see? Therefore, preparing all students for safe interactions online is important, and it is all the more critical to examine the special risks and issues that students with disabilities face online. Learn from these tips and strategies to help your students meet the standards for digital citizenship and to guide your students to use technology and digital media in a safe and responsible way.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Ten Tips That May Help Your Child's Transition to Adulthood

Planning a youth's transition from adolescence to adulthood is one of the most important things you can do to pave the way to a successful future. Youth will start learning new skills side-by-side. As youth begin to take on more responsibilities, you will find new ways to provide support. Regardless of physical or cognitive ability, youth can play an active role in the transition journey, and in determining his or her own life, if you provide encouragement and guidance along the way.

Posted on 05/12/2016

The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going

People with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD) have long faced significant and persistent barriers in health care access and outcomes. This issue brief analyses the implications of the ACA for people with I/DD, with particular emphasis on both the impact of ACA's implementation to date and systems change opportunities with respect to parts of the law scheduled to come into effect over the course of the next several years. This resource will outline the effects of ACA-mandated policy reforms to Medicaid, private insurance and other aspects of our nation's healthcare system.

Posted on 05/12/2016

The Guideposts for Success: A Framework for Families Preparing Youth for Adulthood

This lnfoBrief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, is an introduction to the Guideposts for Success, a set of resources to help youth as they transition from school to postsecondary activities, including further education and work. Resources include general information for families supporting young people making the transition as well as specific information about mental health needs, learning disabilities, and postsecondary education. This information will also be helpful to professionals seeking strategies to effectively partner with families, and to advocates looking to empower families in the transition process.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Transition to Adulthood: A Health Care Guide for Youth and Families

Although approaching adulthood is an exciting time in any young person's life, it is also a time of uncertainty. This guide is intended to help young people with disabilities and their families plan for the transition to adulthood in health care contexts. It includes information on how to ensure that young adults have the support they need to make healthcare decisions, how to access continued healthcare coverage and decide which kind of coverage to get, and how to find an adult-oriented doctor.

Posted on 05/12/2016

Transition to Adulthood: A Healthcare Guide for Youth and Families

Although approaching adulthood is an exciting time in any young person's life, it is also a time of uncertainty. Like all youth approaching adulthood, people with disabilities and their families need to plan for the future. How can families make sure young adults are prepared to make their own decisions? How can young adults and their families ensure that their basic needs will still be met after they reach adulthood?

Posted on 05/12/2016

Transition: The Passage from Youth to Adulthood

For students with disabilities, the key to a smooth transition to adulthood lies in recognizing the possibilities unique to their gifts and goals. Transition, which usually takes place between the ages of 14 and 22, can be much more successful if a student has access to all the supports and services that permit him or her to live as fully and independently as possible. This handbook is designed to help you understand what services are available and how to gain access to them. 

Posted on 05/10/2016

Mental Health Surveillance Among Children

Mental disorders among children are described as "serious deviations from expected cognitive, social, and emotional development" (US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, and National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health; 1999). These disorders are an important public health issue in the United States because of their prevalence, early onset, and impact on the child, family, and community, with an estimated total annual cost of $247 billion. A total of 13%–20% of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year, and surveillance during 1994–2011 has shown the prevalence of these conditions to be increasing. Suicide, which can result from the interaction of mental disorders and other factors, was the second leading cause of death among children aged 12–17 years in 2010. Surveillance efforts are critical for documenting the impact of mental disorders and for informing policy, prevention, and resource allocation. This report summarizes information about ongoing federal surveillance systems that can provide estimates of the prevalence of mental disorders and indicators of mental health among children living in the United States, presents estimates of childhood mental disorders and indicators from these systems during 2005–2011, explains limitations, and identifies gaps in information while presenting strategies to bridge those gaps.

Posted on 04/01/2016

Growing up Together

Teens with autism

Growing up together is a helpful resource to share with teenages struggling with their disability identity. 

Posted on 02/19/2016

Building a better economic future for Americans with disabilities

This document gives insight of the real economic impact for the 1 out of every 5 Americans living with a disability, especially for the 1 in 3 Americans with disabilities living in poverty.

Posted on 02/19/2016

Cents and sensibility

This resource is about how to manage your money, instead of letting your money manage you. Everyone needs financial skills to make smart decisions about money. As a person living with a disability, there are some additional things you need to know to be sure you can get what you need to live independently.

Posted on 02/19/2016

Financial and Future Planning for Siblings with Special Needs and Disabilities

This report describes the finds from two focus groups and other research on how families address financial and future planning for adult family members with special needs or disabilities.

Posted on 02/19/2016

Planning Ahead: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

This resource paper provides an overview of student financial aid and discusses the roles and responsibilities of those who play a significant part in the process of providing aid to students with disabilities.

Posted on 02/19/2016

Understanding Disability - Planning for Financial Well-Being

A disability can affect a family in so many ways: physically, emotionally and financially. Dealing with these pressures can put added stress on the financial well-being of an individual, their family and their caregivers.

Posted on 02/04/2016

The Autism Toolbox

Autism Toolkit!

Posted on 02/02/2016

Adults Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

This article tackles some issues facing adult siblings of individuals with disabilities.

Posted on 02/02/2016

College Guide for Students with Disabilities

There is a wealth of information available to students with disabilities. So much information is available, in fact, that it can be overwhelming to wade through it all. To aid in the process of gathering and sorting information, CFNC has put together some topics that may be of interest to students with disabilities and their families.

Posted on 02/02/2016

Disability Awareness Activities

Disability Awareness Activities

Posted on 02/02/2016

Prepare your students with disabilities to use public transportation

Public transportation plays a large role in ensuring that students with disabilities can access their communities. This resource brings awareness to considering mobility specialists to assist with transportation issues for youth with disabilities

Posted on 02/02/2016

Promoting Inclusive Physical Activity Communities for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities face substantial health risks associated with a physically interactive lifestyle. This document speaks volume to why the participation of young and older individuals with disabilities in physical activities must become one of the highest priorities for public and private organizations.

Posted on 02/02/2016

Transition Health Care Checklist: Preparing for Life as an Adult

A resource to help youth and young adults with special health care needs and disabilities make a successful transition to adult living that includes their education, health and community living.

Posted on 02/02/2016

Understanding the long-term challenges of disability

Over 20 million American families today have at least one member with a disability. Government, non-profits, and the private sector have put into place many services to aid them. This document discusses that while awareness and appreciation of the diversity of our population is growing, the day-to-day struggles of these families often go unrecognized by others.

Posted on 01/13/2016

A parent's guide to autism spectrum disorder

Helpful resource for parents caring for a child with autism spectrum disorder. 

Posted on 01/13/2016

Adolescent Mental Health in the United States

Adolescence is a critical period for mental, social, and emotional wellbeing and development. During adolescence, the brain undergoes significant developmental changes, establishing neural pathways and behavior patterns that will last into adulthood.

Posted on 01/13/2016

ASAN: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

This issue brief will analyze the implications of the ACA for people with I/DD, with particular emphasis on both the impact of ACA’s implementation to date and systems change opportunities with respect to parts of the law scheduled to come into effect over the course of the next several years. We will outline the effects of ACA-mandated policy reforms to Medicaid, private insurance and other aspects of our nation’s healthcare system. 

Posted on 01/13/2016

Assistive Technology Consideration Resource Guide

The following information is provided to assist educational teams in considering assistive technology in the development, review, and/or revision of a student’s Individual Educational Plan. This document provides a framework for identifying relevant tasks within instructional areas as well as appropriate accommodations, modifications, and technology solutions. 

Posted on 01/13/2016

Assistive Technology Laws

There is a wide range of assistive technology (AT) services and devices to which a child may be entitled. It is important for families to understand how Federal laws affect their child’s right to AT. Provided below are brief summaries of laws that impact the provision of assistive technology and special education services.

Posted on 01/13/2016

Asstistive Technology and Learning Disabilities

Helpful assistive technology toolkit.

Posted on 01/13/2016

Asstistive Technology and Learning Disabilities

Helpful assistive technology toolkit.

Posted on 01/13/2016

Autism spectrum disorders in adolescence and early adulthood: Characteristics and issues

Much has been written about the diagnostic characteristics that distinguish autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from other disorders of childhood for toddlers and elementary school age children. There is a paucity of description of the characteristics and needs of youth and young adults with ASD.

Posted on 01/13/2016

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning

The FCTD Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning includes the following sections: An Introduction to Transition Planning and Assistive Technology, How Make a Successful Transition with Your Assistive Technology, Laws Governing Accommodations and Transition in Birth-12 & Postsecondary Settings, Glossary of AT and Transition Terms, Additional AT and Transition Resources. 

Posted on 01/13/2016

Interventions for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders

Individuals with ASD have significant impairments in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behavior. As noted, some people with ASD also have impaired cognitive skills, atypical sensory behaviors, or other complex medical and psychiatric symptoms and conditions.

Posted on 01/13/2016

List of Assistive Technology

The purpose of this list is to provide you with resources and to support the products used or referenced in our presentation. It is not a comprehensive list. It does not endorse one product or vendor as being better than another. Assistive technology is determined by the team and the student based on trialing and data results.

Posted on 01/13/2016

Mental Health Disorders

Fast facts about mental health disorders in youth. 

Posted on 01/13/2016

Mental Illness and Mental Health in Adolescence

e. While the mental health field offers essential options for treating disorders, the profession is only beginning to explore ways to build optimum health. This fact sheet provides a very brief introduction to mental health with a focus on definition, assessment, and mental health disorders, then offers perspective on the role youth development approaches may play in promoting positive mental health and protecting against mental health disorders.

Posted on 01/13/2016

National Resources for Parents of Children and 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.

Posted on 01/13/2016

Parents Supports and Recreation Programs for Children, Teens,and Young Adults with Disabilities

Helpful accessibility resources in New York. 

Posted on 01/13/2016

Sleep strategies for teens with autism spectrum disorder

This booklet is designed for families of teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Many people with ASD have trouble with sleep throughout their life.

Posted on 01/13/2016

Student Voices

A study of young adults with learning and attention issues

Individuals with learning and attention issues (LAI) are just as smart as their peers. Many describe them as out-of-the-box thinkers who approach challenges in unexpected ways and who, with access to the right kinds of accommodations and supports, use effective and often highly creative strategies for learning and solving problems.

Posted on 01/13/2016

technical Assistance Guide

Assistive Technology for Children & Youth with Disabilities

The Technical Assistance Guide Assistive Technology for Children and Youth with Disabilities IDEA Part B is designed to assist Oklahoma Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and IEP teams in providing assistive technology (AT) devices and services to students with disabilities as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Posted on 01/13/2016

The State of Learning Disabilities

It’s necessary to define what a learning disability (LD) is in order to understand how Americans with learning disabilities are functioning today in schools, colleges and workplaces. For the school-age population, the most commonly used definition is found in the federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA uses the term “specific learning disability (SLD).”


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