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Autism NOW Transition Planning for Students

This section of the Autism NOW website defines transition planning, highlights transition plan requirements set forth by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and lists factors associated with the successful transition of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

Building the Legacy/Construyendo el Legado: A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004

The Building the Legacy / Construyendo el Legado training curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities understand and implement the IDEA 2004, the nation’s special education law. The curriculum is organized according to five themes central to IDEA with multiple training modules beneath each theme.

The five themes are:

  • A | Welcome to IDEA
  • B | IDEA and General Education
  • C | Evaluating Children for Disability
  • D | The Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • E | Procedural Safeguards under IDEA 2004

Each individual module within each of these themes includes:

  • a slideshow for trainers to use;
  • a Trainer’s Guide explaining how the slides work as well as the content of the slides;
  • and handouts for participants (available in English and in Spanish).

Building the Legacy/Construyendo el Legado was produced by NICHCY at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education.

DCPS Competitive Employment Opportunities Program Washington, DC
202-577-6892 (voice)

Are you a professional working in the District of Columbia who is interested in becoming a youth mentor? Are you a student looking to apply as a participant? Are you just curious as to what the CEO Program is all about? Great, we are happy you stopped by. Use the tabs to find useful resources and answers to your questions. If you would rather just interact with a human being, we’ve got you covered. Please email raymond.hutchison@dc.gov or call 202-577-6892 to get the information you need. If no one is home, leave a message and we will get back to you ASAP.

DCPS Office of Special Education
1200 First St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202 442 4800 (voice) | 202-442-5517/5518 (fax)

Works with schools to ensure that students with disabilities have the services and support they need to achieve success.

DCPS Transition Central

DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information. They encourage all transition related staff to subscribe to Transition Central. Once you have subscribed you will receive all updates automatically. They also encourage staff to comment on all Transition Central pages and would love to hear from you!

District of Columbia Association for Special Education (DCASE)
711-A Edgewood St, NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-615-3070 (voice)

DCASE is a member nonprofit organization composed of nonpublic and charter schools that serve DC students in need of special education services.

A Guide to the Individualized Education Program

The purpose of this guidance is to assist educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities, including preschool-aged children. (This guide does not address the development of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) for infants and toddlers.)

This guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Education, with the assistance of the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY). The Department staff contributing to this guide include: Debra Price-Ellingstad, JoLeta Reynolds, Larry Ringer, Ruth Ryder, and Suzanne Sheridan, under the direction of Judith E. Heumann, Kenneth Warlick, and Curtis Richards.

Editor: Lisa Küpper, NICHCY
Production: Jean Kohanek, NICHCY
Disability Art: Madison, Moore, www.disabilityart.com

Additional copies of this guide are available from:

ED Pubs
Editorial Publications Center
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, MD 20794-1398

(877) 4-ED-PUBS
(877) 576-7734 TTY
(301) 470-1244 Fax

To obtain this publication in an alternate format (braille, large print, audio cassette, or disk), please contact Katie Mincey, Director of the Alternate Format Center, at (202) 260-9895, or via e-mail at Katie_Mincey@ed.gov.

Hamilton Center
1401 Brentwood Pkwy, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-939-3500 (voice)

A school of last resort for DC's 85 most learning-challenged students in grades 3-8, implementing a highly positive program of academic, social and behavioral remediation. Students benefit from a huge battery of extracurricular services, including a team of full-time social workers, a nurse, an art therapist, a speech therapist, a team of behavior technicians, a PE coach, a computer lab instructor, and a fine arts specialist.

HEATH Resource Center
2134 G Street, N.W., Suite 306 , Washington , DC 20052

The HEATH Resource Center gathers and provides information about national, post-secondary education supports for individuals with disabilities. The Center:

  • Participates in national conferences, trainings, and workshops
  • Develops training modules
  • Publishes resource papers, factsheets, guides, directories, and website information on accessibility, accommodations, financial aid, career development, independent living, and rehabilitation
  • Fosters a network of disability professionals

The HEATH Resource Center is managed by George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development in partnership with the HSC Foundation and the National Youth Transitions Center.

High Road Middle Academy of Washington DC
6135 Kansas Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20011
202-291-1883 (voice) | 202-291-1887 (fax)

Serves middle school students with learning difficulties. The program is designed to focus on specific academic strengths, as well as needs, of each student. Each student is able to advance at his/her own pace without the pressure to keep up with a general education classroom environment. Small class sizes, one-to-one instruction, individualized instruction, a behavior management system, and a positive learning environment are all hallmarks.

High Road Upper School
711-B Edgewood, NE, Washington, DC 20017
202-635-7171 (voice) | 202-635-7172 (fax)

Our mission: To build the confidence and competence of children facing learning, language, and social challenges through personalized, academic interventions. To prepare youth to become responsible adults who are able to participate in their communities and lead self-fulfilling lives. To provide leadership and serve as a role model for improving the education of all students. We are committed to maximizing our impact on the nation’s most challenging student populations, with a particular focus on those who have experienced little or no success in the traditional school setting. Our transitional services program enables students to apply academic skills in a “real- world” context in order to gain an understanding of the economic forces in society. This school to work programming emphasizes student preparation for productive employment after graduation. We offer an array of transitional services designed to help the student explore his or her interests and build upon natural talents. As the student matures, we gradually encourage him or her to become more self-reliant. Our transitional services aid in this process by giving the students just the right amount of independence and interaction with the wider community, while still providing the supports necessary for the student to feel secure and confident.

IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network’s (SPAN’S) IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents provides an outline of how to prepare and what to expect at the IEP meeting. You may wish to review this checklist prior to starting your IEP meeting; you may wish to send a copy to your team prior to the meeting so they can use it to prepare. As you go through your IEP meeting, check to make sure that each of the issues on the checklist is addressed by your team. If it is not addressed, ask your team to discuss it.

The IEP Team Process: A Framework for Success

This five-part video series addresses the following topics:

  • IDEA and IEPs,
  • the IEP Team,
  • the Team Process,
  • Getting Ready for the IEP Meeting,
  • and the IEP meeting.

Created and produced by ECAC, the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center, NC's Parent Training and Information Center.

The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center Family-Centered Search Tool

The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center hosts and links to numerous resources relevant to families across the country at its website. The family-centered search feature allows users to filter resources by topic, format, audience, and grade.

The Ivymount School
11614 Seven Locks Rd, Rockville, MD 20854
301-469-0223 (voice)

A nonsectarian, nonpublic special education day school whose integrated approach to learning includes educational programs and therapeutic services for over 200 students, ages 4–21, whose disabilities include developmental delays, speech/language deficits, learning disabilities, health impairments, and autism/PDD.

Job Corps
200 Constitution Ave, NW, Suite N4463, Washington, DC 20210
202-693-3000 (voice) | 877-889-JOBS (TTY)

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

Katherine Thomas School (The Treatment and Learning Centers, Inc.)
9975 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
301.738.9691 (voice) | 301.738.8897 (fax)

High school program using a multisensory, developmental, and language-intensive curriculum tailored to students in grades 9-12, with language and learning disabilities and/or high-functioning autism.

The Kingsbury Center
5000 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-722-5555 (voice)

Kingsbury Day School is an independent K-12 full-time special education school serving the needs of learning disabled students with average to above average cognitive abilities. KDS is an accredited school serving both publicly and privately funded students, and students who graduate earn a high school diploma.

Lab School of Washington Main Campus
4759 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007
202-965-6600 (voice)

The Lab School of Washington®, founded in 1967 by Sally L. Smith, is an innovative, rigorous, arts-based program for intelligent students with moderate to severe learning disabilities.

M&L Special Needs Resources Webpage
5603 Potomac Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
855.344.9771 (voice) | 855.344.9771

At M&L Special Needs Planning, we feel that access to the right information is the key to planning a successful future. In keeping with our goal to keep you informed, and to provide you with the tools to enable you to plan a happy and successful future for your family, we have compiled a list of special needs resources.

Mamie D. Lee School
100 Gallatin St, NE, Washington, DC 20011
202-576-6090 (voice)

Mamie D. Lee School is a citywide special education school which provides an appropriate educational program for students who require non-general education placements. Our students range between the ages of 6 and 22. The elementary and intermediate age students are participants in the Fillmore Arts Program. The school is also actively involved in the DC Special Olympics program through which the students participate in bowling, golf and track & field activities. The Mamie D. Lee School has been in continuous operation since its opening in September 1971. Named after native Washingtonian Mrs. Mamie Dixon Lee, an activist and advocate for individuals with mental retardation and associated disabilities, the school has been at the forefront in preparing students with MR to be productive members of society. Instruction for all students is driven by the DCPS standards, the mandates of IDEIA 2004, the provisions of NCLB and the rubrics of best practices that form the core of instruction for students with mental retardation.

Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute
DC Department of Employment Services Office of Youth Programs, 609 H St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-698-3991  (voice)

The Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute (MYLI) was founded in 1979 as a year-round program to train DC youth in the concepts of leadership and self-development. The MYLI training model emphasizes practical, hands-on experience and a holistic approach to developing leaders for the 21st century. Each year, 250 young people participate in the year-round program and 500 youth participate in the Summer Training Program. Thousands of DC youth have received leadership training to date.

Model Secondary School for the Deaf
800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-651-5781 (voice)

Today, MSSD provides a tuition-free comprehensive day and residential four-year high school program for deaf and hard of hearing students from the United States and its territories. MSSD students are expected to graduate ready for the challenges of adult life. It is our goal to provide students with an academically rigorous program so they will become self-directed, independent, resourceful learners who demonstrate essential knowledge, literacy, and the social and communication skills necessary to be effective, productive, and contributing members of society.

Monroe School
603 50th St, NE, Washington, DC 20019
202-399-8350 (voice)

The Monroe School is a private day school committed to fostering academic excellence in students challenged by language-based learning difficulties. Our program is designed to assist high school students with mild to moderate learning needs who are experiencing inconsistencies between their academic achievement and intellectual abilities in one or more academic areas, such as reading, writing, oral expression, or math.  The Monroe School provides its students with a diploma-based, college preparatory program with courses, activities, and technical skills that will prepare them for transition to college or the work world. The school promotes an alliance among students, parents, faculty, and community organizations to produce self-sufficient, life long learners.**The Monroe School has its Certificate of Approval from the District of Columbia State Education Agency, to serve students with specific learning disabilities and ADHD.

New View, LLC
966 Hungerford Dr, Suite 7, Rockville, MD 20850
240-535-4036 (voice)

New View, LLC establishes relationships with children, young adults, adults, and their families and/or educational support team to determine relevant, individualized, and client-centered recommendations related to education, work, self-care, and leisure. We provide quality therapeutic services across the lifespan to create meaningful life experiences that help to improve independence and confidence in education, work, self-care, and leisure activities. We provide occupational therapy treatment and evaluation in addition to vocational, career guidance, and assessment.

Options PCS
1375 E St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-547-1028 (voice)

Options Public Charter School (PCS) provides a nurturing environment where children LOVE to learn! Our award-winning program builds essential student skills, increases reading and math ability, and improves test scores. Our 5:1 student to adult ratio, state-of-the-art computer technology, therapeutic Special Education program, Vocational Program that offers culinary arts, cosmetology, and JROTC, and outstanding athletics are just a few of the reasons why Options PCS is an exceptional education for exceptional students!

1050 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 727-6436 (voice)

Sets statewide policies, provides resources and support, and exercises accountability for ALL public education in DC.

Parent to Parent of Miami's Online IEP Training Series (Disponible en español)

Parent to Parent of Miami (Florida's CPRC serving Miami, Dade, and Monroe counties) has an online training series about the IEP in three languages. You must be a registered user to access these trainings, but it's easy and it's free. Use the sessions to train new staff or help families learn about the IEP process.

Project Search

Project SEARCH is dedicated to providing education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an innovative workforce and career development model that benefits the individual, workplace, and community. Our primary goal is to secure competitive employment outcomes for each of our student graduates

Prospect Learning Center
920 F St, NE, Washington, DC 20002
202-698-3800 (voice)

Prospect Learning Center is a student-centered, full-time, comprehensive special education school established in 1979. The program provides a supportive and nurturing learning environment designed to assist learning disabled students in academic development by improving organizational and study habits, self-esteem, self-confidence, and social skills-all the keys needed to help our students become successful.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
5335 Wisconsin AVE NW Suite 825, Washington, DC 20015
(202) 448-1450  (voice)

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities is an advocacy organization that is an independent catalyst for change in the lives of people of all ages with developmental disabilities. Quality Trust advocates, monitors, provides legal education, training, and family navigation to residents of the District of Columbia.

The River School
4880 MacArthur Blvd, NW, Washington, DC 20007
202-337-3554 (voice)

Founded in 1999, The River School is proud to provide educational experiences for children and their families by uniting the best practices of early childhood education and oral deaf education, while promoting clinical research and training in child language and literacy. Ages 5-12.

Rock Creek Academy
4401 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-378-1400 (voice)

Welcome to Rock Creek Academy, where we offer full time permanent and interim special education services to students ages 5-22 with a variety of disabilities. Located in Washington, DC, Rock Creek Academy provides an interactive, academically focused, and therapeutic environment that recognizes the daily challenges of students who require alternatives to traditional education.  This is achieved through:  low student teacher ratios; the implementation of sound meaningful instruction, and intensive therapeutic/behavioral interventions and supports. VISION STATEMENT: Rock Creek Academy will be viewed by the educational community as a multi-component program for students with learning and emotional disabilities. It will become the premier choice for educational programs designed to serve special needs students.

School for Arts and Learning PCS - Sail
1100 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036
202-296-9100 (voice)

The School for ARTs in Learning (SAIL), founded in 1998, is a Kindergarten through 8th grade public charter school providing multiple creative environments, opportunities, and experiences for all children through arts-infused academic programs. SAIL works to address the needs of students with learning differences by providing creative learning environments. We have developed a specialized curriculum using the arts to help children learn in ways that match their learning styles. Our focus is on developing the whole child intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially. SAIL is a community of learners and educators who promote Safety, positive Attitude, Intelligent choices, and Leadership – SAIL to Success!

SchoolTalk, Inc
1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20036
202-907-6887 (voice)

Works with parents, schools, and the school system to improve communication and dispute resolution processes that are associated with the delivery of special education services. SchoolTalk works to develop models that can be replicated in school systems nationwide. Partnership: Creation of an online clearinghouse of resources related to secondary transition for youth with disabilities in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.

Seeds of Tomorrow
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE, Suite M1, Washington, DC 20020
202-747-7530 (voice) | 1-866-338-1588 (fax)

A transitional school that offers academic remediation, life skills classes, and a summer program. . Job coaches, therapists, and teachers are available to work on social skills in the workplace and to supervise job experiences for resume building.

SeeForever Foundation/Maya Angelou Public Charter School
1436 U St, NW, Suite 203, Washington, DC 20009
202-797-8250 (voice)

Creates learning communities in lower-income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can reach their potential and prepare for college, career, and a lifetime of success.

Sharpe Health School
4300 13th St, NW, Washington, DC 20011
202-576-6161 (voice)

A DC day school that provides services to students in wheelchairs with cognitive deficits who have complicated medical needs.

The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview (Disponible en español)

This overview is a great place for newcomers to begin understanding what a vital document the IEP is - its big picture and purpose, what information it contains, and who develops it. Parents can use the links throughout to go directly to more detailed explanations of each part of the IEP and each team member's role in the writing and implementing the IEP. Also available in Spanish.

Special Ed COOP
1488 Newton St, NW, #2, Washington, DC 20010
202.232.2288 (voice) | 202.450.3571

Charter school leaders created the cooperative because implementing special education services can be a challenge. Our member schools want to get it right‚ from compliance to parent engagement to innovative practice. Through guidance, information, and resources, our schools get what they need to build and maintain high-quality special education programs. With the cooperative, there is power in numbers, value in a common vision, and results through cooperation. TOOLS: The cooperative is a trusted source for information about special education in DC. Member schools can access our weekly newsletter, discussion groups, blog, helpline, and collection of links to state and federal policies, national, and local resources on disabilities, and best instructional practices and online tools. ADVOCACY: The cooperative helps to ensure the voices of the member schools are heard and their issues are addressed at the state level.

Special Factors in IEP Development

IDEA lists five special factors that the IEP team must consider in the development, review, and revision of each child's IEP. Those factors are: behavior, limited English proficiency, blindness or visual impairment, communication needs/deafness, and assistive technology. Does the child have one or more of these special factors to be considered---and addressed in the IEP?

St. Coletta
1901 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20003
202-350-8680 (voice) | 202-350-8699 (fax) | 202-350-8695 (TTY)

Public charter school that serves children up to age 22 with cognitive disabilites (autism, mental retardation, multiple disabilites) and their families. Partnership: Support to distribute goods and services to transitioning youth through the LEAP Award program.

Standards-Based Individualized Education Program Examples

This National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) document presents a seven-step process to be used in developing a standards-based IEP. Each step is followed by guiding questions for the IEP team to consider in making data-based decisions. Two student examples are provided to illustrate application of the components of a standards-based IEP.

Students for Disability Awareness, Western Washington University Washington, DC

For youth who might want to attend college

Transition Academy at Shadd
5601 East Capitol St, SE, Washington, DC 20019
202-671-6290 (voice)

David A. Clarke School of Law, Bldg 38, 2nd Floor, 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008
202-274-7400 (voice)

UDC School of Law students and faculty supervisors in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic represent children and parents (or guardians) primarily in special education matters. Over the past sixteen years, the clinic faculty pioneered and developed a nationally-acclaimed approach to addressing the problems of delinquency by supplementing traditional delinquency representation with, where appropriate, advocacy to address the special education needs of the children who are the subject of those delinquency proceedings.

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