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Education

AIM for Families | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
From cast.org
http://aim.cast.org/learn/aim4families
Access information and resources for families and students on topics such as AIM (accessible instructional material) at home and at school, assistive technology, and alternate-format learning materials.

Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
From ncwd-youth.info
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ld-guide
This Guide is intended to help practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in secondary and postsecondary education programs, transition programs, One-Stop Career Centers, youth employment programs, and community rehabilitation programs to improve services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. This Guide includes numerous quick reference charts, tables, and tools for counselors, career advisors, and other professionals who work directly with youth. In-depth information is provided on a variety of topics, including the types and impact of learning disabilities, needed supports, and research-based interventions. This Guide is intended to increase awareness of the fact that the workforce development system serves many youth who have learning disabilities that may never have been identified and many others who may know they have a learning disability but choose not to disclose. Although focusing primarily on youth with learning disabilities, many of the strategies and approaches advocated in this Guide, which are premised on universal design, may be of practical use for other youth.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations
From TASH
http://www.gucchdgeorgetown.net/NCCC/CLCADO/

The National Center for Cultural Competence is pleased to announce its newest self-assessment instrument and guide.  We thank TASH and other partner organizations for providing resources, wise counsel, and enthusiasm  in the development and pilot test process. Please disseminate within your networks.

Overview
While there are many tools and instruments to assess organizational cultural and linguistic competence, few have been developed to address the cross-section of organizations concerned with disability. The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations (CLCADO) was developed specifically for this purpose.

The CLCADO is intended to support organizations to (1) plan for and incorporate culturally and linguistically competent values, policies, structures, and practices in all aspects of their work; (2) enhance the quality of services, supports, and advocacy provided to diverse and underserved communities; (3) effect change in education, training, technical assistance, research, and public policy; and (4) advance cultural and linguistic competence as an essential approach to address racial and ethnic disparities and promote equity for people who experience disabilities and their families.

Extraordinary Minds
From Extraordinary Minds
Web Site
Organization that provides support for families and educators of youth with autism in Montgomery County, Md

Health Services for Children with Special Needs
From Health Services for Children with Special Needs
http://www.hscsn-net.org/
Organization that coordinates health, social, and education services for children in Washington, D.C. who receive SSI

I'm Determined
From Virginia State Department of Education
http://www.imdetermined.org
Project whose goal it is to teach students with disabilities skills associated with self-determination at the elementary school

IDEA Federal Regulations (2004)
From U.S. Dept. of Education
http://idea.ed.gov
Provides information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
From U.S. Government Printing Office
http://idea.ed.gov/download/statute.html
Text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
From National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
http://www.nsttac.org
Organization that aids states in building, improving and maintaining successful transition plans

NCWD/Youth Spanish Page
From ncwd-youth.info
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/node/1430
NCWD/Youth recently launched a single web page with links to all of its resources in Spanish. These documents include NCWD/Youth's Guideposts for Success ( Guia/Estandar para el Exito) and Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families ( Ayudando a los Jovenes a Desarollar Habilidades Sociales para Tener Exito en el Trabajo: Consejos para los Padres y las Familias). The page also houses Spanish versions of key resources by NCWD/Youth partners.

OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD
From ocali.k12.oh.us
Web Site
OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD now available in web-based booklets!   The current OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD has been revised and formatted into a series of free web–based booklets. Each booklet focuses on one aspect of the transition from school to adult life. Four booklets are now available on the OCALI website: ·      IEP Components of the Transition Process ·      Considerations for School Programming ·      Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment ·      Employment   Each booklet offers information about the subject area, implications for individuals with ASD, examples, and resources. Many direct links to more in-depth information are available in each booklet. While these guidelines discuss issues surrounding ASD and transition, much of the information is appropriate for any transition-age youth served through the IEP process. 

OSSE Training and Technical Assistance Unit
From OSSE
Web Site
Provides training to educators in DCPS in teaching, working with and accommodating students with disabilities

Pacer Center
From Pacer Center
http://www.pacer.org
Network of parents of students with disabilities founded to increase their children's and other students' with disabilities education opportunities

Preparation for Postsecondary Life for Students with Disabilities
From projectforum.org
Web Site
This brief policy analysis was designed by Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) to identify collaborative strategies that states have implemented to address the needs of students with disabilities whose IEP transition services specify postsecondary career and technical education, vocational rehabilitation, and/or immediate employment upon departure from secondary school.

Promoting Individualized Learning Plans
From ncwd-youth.info
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ilp/how-to-guide
A new online guide for schools, educators, and other professionals who assist youth with college and career readiness and transition planning. This guide was developed in response to feedback from schools indicating a need for curriculum and implementation guidelines to support whole-school buy-in for implementing individualized learning plans (ILPs). A key goal of the guide is to help schools develop a bridge between college and career readiness efforts through the use of ILPs and help youth achieve prosperous and productive lives. The career development activities and resources in this guide are also useful for youth service professionals in the workforce development system.

Transition in Texas
From Transition in Texas
http://www.transitionintexas.org
Provides students with disabilities and their friends and family with information on transition resources in Texas

Wrightslaw
From Wrightslaw
www.wrightslaw.com
Provides information and literature on disability laws as well as advocacy resources to students with disabilities and their parents

Employment

Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities
From ncwd-youth.info
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ld-guide
This Guide is intended to help practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in secondary and postsecondary education programs, transition programs, One-Stop Career Centers, youth employment programs, and community rehabilitation programs to improve services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. This Guide includes numerous quick reference charts, tables, and tools for counselors, career advisors, and other professionals who work directly with youth. In-depth information is provided on a variety of topics, including the types and impact of learning disabilities, needed supports, and research-based interventions. This Guide is intended to increase awareness of the fact that the workforce development system serves many youth who have learning disabilities that may never have been identified and many others who may know they have a learning disability but choose not to disclose. Although focusing primarily on youth with learning disabilities, many of the strategies and approaches advocated in this Guide, which are premised on universal design, may be of practical use for other youth.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
From The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/
Provides guides, resources, and other literature on the employment of youth with disabilities

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
From National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
http://www.nsttac.org
Organization that aids states in building, improving and maintaining successful transition plans

NCWD/Youth Spanish Page
From ncwd-youth.info
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/node/1430
NCWD/Youth recently launched a single web page with links to all of its resources in Spanish. These documents include NCWD/Youth's Guideposts for Success ( Guia/Estandar para el Exito) and Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families ( Ayudando a los Jovenes a Desarollar Habilidades Sociales para Tener Exito en el Trabajo: Consejos para los Padres y las Familias). The page also houses Spanish versions of key resources by NCWD/Youth partners.

OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD
From ocali.k12.oh.us
Web Site
OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD now available in web-based booklets!   The current OCALI Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Individuals with ASD has been revised and formatted into a series of free web–based booklets. Each booklet focuses on one aspect of the transition from school to adult life. Four booklets are now available on the OCALI website: ·      IEP Components of the Transition Process ·      Considerations for School Programming ·      Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment ·      Employment   Each booklet offers information about the subject area, implications for individuals with ASD, examples, and resources. Many direct links to more in-depth information are available in each booklet. While these guidelines discuss issues surrounding ASD and transition, much of the information is appropriate for any transition-age youth served through the IEP process. 

Preparation for Postsecondary Life for Students with Disabilities
From projectforum.org
Web Site
This brief policy analysis was designed by Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) to identify collaborative strategies that states have implemented to address the needs of students with disabilities whose IEP transition services specify postsecondary career and technical education, vocational rehabilitation, and/or immediate employment upon departure from secondary school.

Quality Mall Employment Store
From Qualitymall.org
Web Site
The Employment Store features noteworthy practices in the many different areas of employment and jobs. It hosts information on employment policy, employment tools, information for employers, self-employment and business ownership information.

Social Security Online - Work Incentives - General Information
From Social Security Administration
Web Site
Explains what a social security work incentive is and who qualifies for it

Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act
From Pacer Center
http://pacer.org/tatra/
Provides transition resources for parents of youth with disabilities

Health

Legal & Advocacy

Extraordinary Minds
From Extraordinary Minds
Web Site
Organization that provides support for families and educators of youth with autism in Montgomery County, Md

I'm Determined
From Virginia State Department of Education
http://www.imdetermined.org
Project whose goal it is to teach students with disabilities skills associated with self-determination at the elementary school

IDEA Federal Regulations (2004)
From U.S. Dept. of Education
http://idea.ed.gov
Provides information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
From U.S. Government Printing Office
http://idea.ed.gov/download/statute.html
Text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Pacer Center
From Pacer Center
http://www.pacer.org
Network of parents of students with disabilities founded to increase their children's and other students' with disabilities education opportunities

A Primer on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the District of Columbia
From The ARC of DC
http://bit.ly/bfq7PS.
The Arc of DC has prepared this primer to educate and inform the public about the history and current status of services for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

Wrightslaw
From Wrightslaw
www.wrightslaw.com
Provides information and literature on disability laws as well as advocacy resources to students with disabilities and their parents

Transportation

Recreation

Social Development

Health Services for Children with Special Needs
From Health Services for Children with Special Needs
http://www.hscsn-net.org/
Organization that coordinates health, social, and education services for children in Washington, D.C. who receive SSI

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
From National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
http://www.nsttac.org
Organization that aids states in building, improving and maintaining successful transition plans

Independent Living

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
From National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
http://www.nsttac.org
Organization that aids states in building, improving and maintaining successful transition plans

Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act
From Pacer Center
http://pacer.org/tatra/
Provides transition resources for parents of youth with disabilities

Government

HEALTH REFORM RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES
From UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration
Web Site
Two new documents published by the UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration are informing people who live with psychiatric disabilities about how the health care bills passed by Congress in 2009 might affect them. The documents, "Will Health Reform Help People with Mental Illnesses?" and "If I Have a Psychiatric Disability, Will Health Reform Help Me?" examine the health reform bills and their impact on opportunities for community integration for people with psychiatric disabilities.

A Primer on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the District of Columbia
From The ARC of DC
http://bit.ly/bfq7PS.
The Arc of DC has prepared this primer to educate and inform the public about the history and current status of services for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

Social Security Online - Work Incentives - General Information
From Social Security Administration
Web Site
Explains what a social security work incentive is and who qualifies for it

Technology

AIM for Families | National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
From cast.org
http://aim.cast.org/learn/aim4families
Access information and resources for families and students on topics such as AIM (accessible instructional material) at home and at school, assistive technology, and alternate-format learning materials.


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