RANSITION FROM THE SCHOOL SETTING COMPLETES OUR WORK. Students in the process of transition need to know all about functioning as adults.

A new site! This guide from Casey Family Programs provides special education teachers, social workers, child welfare administrators, tutors, mentors, and advocates with valuable strategies and resources for helping students prepare for college and be successful in it, with an emphasis on students from foster care, students with disabilities, and independent students. However, the guide is useful for working with any students who need guidance and assistance to prepare for and be successful in college.

A new site! The Starting a job can be difficult for any one. If you happen to have a hidden disability, such as a mental health impairment, a new workplace can be overwhelming.  If you have ever felt this way, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44 is major depressive disorder.  Youth may have questions about when and how to disclose a disability. They may wonder if it is appropriate to ask for modifications in a new work setting. The fact sheet on this site provides guidance to create a successful transition into the workforce by answering questions regarding disclosure, accommodations and resources.

A new site! Finding a good job is a challenge for everyone -- including people with learning disabilities. LD OnLine presents "Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front", an article filled with practical strategies to help people with learning disabilities get ready for work and find good jobs. Young people need to clarify their strengths, needs, interests, and dreams. They should develop a resume and use their social and school network to find a job. Volunteer experiences can also help.

A new site! offers people with disabilities Facebook-like social-networking opportunities as well as medical news and career advice. The site's founder, J. Glen House, a quadriplegic who graduated from medical school, also aims to help advertisers more efficiently reach people with disabilities.

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy maintains an online database of national Training Programs to assist educators, parents, students and others in gaining personal finance knowledge and skills. Major topics in the Jump$tart program include INCOME, MONEY MANAGEMENT, SAVING AND INVESTING, and SPENDING, including consumer credit. The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults. Jump$tart's purpose is to evaluate the financial literacy of young adults; develop, disseminate, and encourage the use of standards for grades K-12; and promote the teaching of personal finance. The Jump$tart Coalition believes that all young adults need to have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions. Some sample lesson plans include: A Gift for Mama: Lesson Plan, Auto Service Contracts, Basics of Saving and Investing, Bingo Brown and the Language of Love and many more!

Too many young people lack the "soft skills"--teamwork, conflict resolution, communication, and leadership--needed for success in the workplace, according to this America's Promise Alliance brief. What's more, youth have few opportunities at school, home, and through real-world activities to learn and practice these skills. This brief offers some suggestions for solving this problem.

If you want to begin exploring your financial aid options and get an early start on the financial aid process, FAFSA4caster is for you! By using FAFSA4caster, you and your family will receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. This Web site provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships.

Students who drop out of school face a difficult future. For students with disabilities, the risks are intensified. Their dropout rate is about 40 percent--more than twice that of their peers without disabilities. Families can play an important role in making sure their student with or without disabilities graduates. This Brief provides information and practical tips to help parents do this. Published in collaboration with PACER Center.

Mentoring is one of the most important strategies for helping youth make a successful transition into adulthood, but very little information exists about mentoring youth with disabilities or about career-focused mentoring of older youth. This guide from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth specifically addresses the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.

Lesson Planning Teaching Research & Scholarship
Grants updated Statutes, Regulations & Case Law Contact Lawmakers
Government Agencies Read E-Journals, Newspapers & Magazines Provide Parental Support
Employment Organizations Support for People with Disabilities
Free Stuff Behavior Management Inclusion
IEPs Learning Co-Teaching
Early Childhood Transition Data

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