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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.

Deaf Linx
From deaflinx.com
http://www.deaflinx.com
Deaf Linx is your resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) and all other related topics. Deaf Linx firmly believes that deafness is not a disability, but a condition that produces a sub-culture that should be celebrated. Many people are unaware of all the accomplishments that deaf individuals have made and the unique ways in which they have come together to create a distinctive identity. Whether you are a deaf person or someone with hearing loss, looking for other individuals in your area, or you just want to learn about deaf culture or deaf society, our resources on deafness are for you.

Disability Friendly Colleges
From disabilityfriendlycolleges.com
http://www.disabilityfriendlycolleges.com/
Provides a list of and information on the most physical disability-friendly colleges in the United States

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

Heath Resource Center
From George Washington University
http://www.heath.gwu.edu
The HEATH Resource Center is a web-based clearinghouse that serves as an information exchange of educational resources, support services and opportunities. The HEATH Resource Center gathers, develops and disseminates information in the form of resource papers, fact sheets, website directories, newsletters, and resource materials. HEATH Resource Center is a collaborative effort among a network of professionals in the areas of disability, counseling, transition and postsecondary education.

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

Impact Newsletter
From ici.umn.edu
Web Site
Postsecondary education is a primary goal for the majority of high school students with transition plans, according to the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2. However, according to that same study, only about 3 in 10 young adults with disabilities have taken classes since high school. And among those with the lowest rates of participation are students with intellectual disabilities.  This "Impact" issue explores what we know, and what we still need to know, about what works to support increased participation of students with disabilities - especially those with intellectual disabilities - in postsecondary education, and why that participation is important. 

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. 

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

Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network
From Pennsylvania Department of Education
http://www.pyln.org
Advocacy/leadership organization for students with disabilities

Plan for College and Careers
From DCPS
http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/College+and+Careers
Provides resources on college/career preparedness to DCPS students and their families

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.

Think College Illinois
From thinkcollegeillinois.org
http://thinkcollegeillinois.org
This website is meant to serve as a blueprint/toolkit for Illinois post secondary education (PSE) institutions in developing inclusive programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is also meant to support existing programs in ongoing efforts to become more "inclusive" according to the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) standards. The background information and resources available on the site are intended to be used by students and families, as well as a general audience e.g. disability service providers. Feedback is always welcome. It is also our goal to maintain this website as a dynamic tool with current information so please feel free to submit additional content and/or updates to your programs, etc. at any time.

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

We Connect Now
From weconnectnow.wordpress.com
http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com
Our Mission – We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

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

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. 

Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network
From Pennsylvania Department of Education
http://www.pyln.org
Advocacy/leadership organization for students with disabilities

Plan for College and Careers
From DCPS
http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/College+and+Careers
Provides resources on college/career preparedness to DCPS students and their families

The Riot!
From hsri.org
Web Site
E-newsletter written by people with disabilities

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

Think College Illinois
From thinkcollegeillinois.org
http://thinkcollegeillinois.org
This website is meant to serve as a blueprint/toolkit for Illinois post secondary education (PSE) institutions in developing inclusive programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is also meant to support existing programs in ongoing efforts to become more "inclusive" according to the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) standards. The background information and resources available on the site are intended to be used by students and families, as well as a general audience e.g. disability service providers. Feedback is always welcome. It is also our goal to maintain this website as a dynamic tool with current information so please feel free to submit additional content and/or updates to your programs, etc. at any time.

Health

A Primary Care Quality Improvement Approach to Health Care Transition
Web Site
This article from the May issue of Pediatric Annals will help health care providers and families of adolescents with the following objectives: 1. Learn about the new AAP/ ACP / AAFP clinical report and the GotTransition Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition. 2. Discuss the quality improvement approach to implementing health care transition supports in practice settings including lessons garnered from a learning collaborative. 3. Discover tools to start and support improvements in health care transition.

Clinical Reference Report
Web Site
The AAP, AAFP, and ACP will soon release a joint clinical report on transition for adolescents with and without special health care needs; it contains a guiding algorithm describing transition steps for all adolescents based on relevant diagnoses.

A Consensus Statement on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults
Web Site
The goal of transition in health care for young adults with special health care needs is to maximize lifelong functioning and potential through the provision of high-quality, developmentally appropriate health care services that continue uninterrupted as the individual moves from adolescence to adulthood. This policy statement represents a consensus on the critical first steps that the medical profession needs to take to realize the vision of family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, and compassionate health care transition.

Legal & Advocacy

Deaf Linx
From deaflinx.com
http://www.deaflinx.com
Deaf Linx is your resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) and all other related topics. Deaf Linx firmly believes that deafness is not a disability, but a condition that produces a sub-culture that should be celebrated. Many people are unaware of all the accomplishments that deaf individuals have made and the unique ways in which they have come together to create a distinctive identity. Whether you are a deaf person or someone with hearing loss, looking for other individuals in your area, or you just want to learn about deaf culture or deaf society, our resources on deafness are for you.

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

The National Federation of the Blind
From The National Federation for the Blind
http://www.nfb.org
Advocacy organization for the blind and visually impaired.

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

Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network
From Pennsylvania Department of Education
http://www.pyln.org
Advocacy/leadership organization for students with 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.

The Riot!
From hsri.org
Web Site
E-newsletter written by people with disabilities

Transportation

Recreation

Disabled-world.com
From Disabled-world.com
http://www.disabled-world.com
From persons who are newly disabled to those born with a disability; Disabled World provides a free Disability Community, resources, information, and assistance.

The Riot!
From hsri.org
Web Site
E-newsletter written by people with disabilities

Social Development

Deaf Linx
From deaflinx.com
http://www.deaflinx.com
Deaf Linx is your resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) and all other related topics. Deaf Linx firmly believes that deafness is not a disability, but a condition that produces a sub-culture that should be celebrated. Many people are unaware of all the accomplishments that deaf individuals have made and the unique ways in which they have come together to create a distinctive identity. Whether you are a deaf person or someone with hearing loss, looking for other individuals in your area, or you just want to learn about deaf culture or deaf society, our resources on deafness are for you.

The Facts of Life and More
From Leslie Walker-Hirsch
Web Site
Book on the topic of couples with disabilities

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

Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network
From Pennsylvania Department of Education
http://www.pyln.org
Advocacy/leadership organization for students with disabilities

The Riot!
From hsri.org
Web Site
E-newsletter written by people with disabilities

Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters with Intellectual Disabilities
From Karin Melberg Schwier and Dave Hingsburger
Web Site
Book that aids in the social/sexual development of a person with intellectual disabilities

We Connect Now
From weconnectnow.wordpress.com
http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com
Our Mission – We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

Independent Living

Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network
From Pennsylvania Department of Education
http://www.pyln.org
Advocacy/leadership organization for students with disabilities

The Riot!
From hsri.org
Web Site
E-newsletter written by people with disabilities

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

We Connect Now
From weconnectnow.wordpress.com
http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com
Our Mission – We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

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.

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.

Family Center on Technology and Disability
From fctd.info
http://www.fctd.info
Provides a wealth of information on different types of assistive technology


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