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Transition to Adulthood

There is a wealth of internet resources for families of children with disabilities. The numbers decrease when the subject turns to transition to adulthood. When children with disabilities reach adolescence, questions about post-secondary education, employment opportunities and independent living arise. The sites on this page address some of these issues.

Education and Transition

AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability)

Directed toward educational professionals, this site is valuable to families chiefly for its "Links" page, which includes, among other things, links to various college disability services offices.

Autism After 16

Autism After 16 is dedicated to providing information and analysis of adult autism issues, with the emphasis on analysis. Anyone can Google "autism + adults" and discover a vast array of programs, documents, and products. Our intention here is to try to help adults with ASD and their families make sense of what's out there. Our big focus out of the gate will be Transition issues, since so many of you are struggling with Transition right now.

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

AUCD's mission is to advance policy and practice for and with people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities by supporting our members in research, education, and service activities that achieve our vision.

Career Investigations for Transitioning Youth (C.I.T.Y.)

The Career Investigations for Transitioning Youth (C. I. T. Y.) Program is a partnership among the George Washington University, the Kingsbury School, a school for students with learning disabilities, and the HSC Foundation. The C. I. T. Y. Program was developed to provide a “how to” model for schools and universities to positively impact the transitioning of youth with high incidence disabilities.

The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities' My Health Passport

The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities’ My Health Passport  is a document that was designed to be shared with many types of healthcare providers, in clinic and hospital settings to provide pertinent information to those who are not very familiar in providing care to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Download English and Spanish versions at no cost, or find hard copy ordering information on the website.

HEATH Resource Center

HEATH Resource Center is a national clearinghouse of information on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities. The site features articles, HEATH's publications, FAQs and an excellent "Links" page.

LD Online -- Postsecondary Education

LD Online's special section on Postsecondary Education contains valuable publications and links to resources for students with learning disabilities who are moving on to college or university.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

This is the site to visit for information about transition. NCSET offers publications and links to resources on the subject. The Site Tour is a helpful starting place.

This website provides guidance and information for students considering post-secondary education. It includes resources for families and professionals, as well.


TransCen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that since 1986 has been developing creative and innovative projects in school to work transition, education systems change, and employment for people with disabilities. We were founded and named to be a "Transition Center", convening parties involved in promoting the successful transition of youth with disabilities from school to work and adult life.

Transition Assessment Matrix Timeline

The ND Transition Assessment Matrix tool was developed to provide assistance to professionals when selecting the types of transition assessments to use for evaluating student's skills related to the student's postsecondary goals. { IDEA 2004 Regulation 300.320(b) Transition services . Beginning not later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 16, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Team, and updated annually, thereafter, the IEP must include—(1) Appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and where appropriate, independent living skills…}

Transition Coalition

Providing online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

Transition Link

Transition Link is a helpful resource for those seeking information about transition issues. Among its features are a list of resources and the opportunity to download articles from a variety of sources.

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Employment and Independent Living

Institute on Community Inclusion

The Institute on Community Inclusion focuses on the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities in "all aspects of the community." The site provides links to publications and resources regarding transition, post-secondary education, employment, person-centered planning and a host of other topics.

Institute on Community Integration

The focus of this organization, and the site, is on the integration of individuals with disabilities into their communities. The Institute on Community Integration produces a truly fabulous newsletter, Impact, guides, reports and videos. You can review these on this site and connect to resources.

Job Accomodation Network (JAN)

For employment-related resources for individuals with disabilities, JAN's website is indispensable. The home page is a little confusing, but hitting the "Enter" button will bring you to a long page of important links to resources.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

MIUSA provides programs for individuals with disabilities to participate in international exchange opportunities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability -- NCWD For Youth

This site is a good starting place for information and resources regarding youth with disabilities and employment. It includes links to resources, publications and websites.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - Integrated Employment Toolkit

The Toolkit offers a collection of resources, reports, papers, policies, fact sheets, case studies, and discussion guides from a variety of sources to accommodate the full range of users and increase capacity and understanding about the value and potential of integrated employment. It is organized by different audiences or perspectives. Within each audience, there are key, commonly-asked questions to guide the user to the appropriate materials.

Travelin' Talk

Travelin' Talk provides travel and access resources for individuals with disabilities. The site offers the opportunity to join their network and share travel experiences with others.

WE Include

WE Include aims to open the door to opportunities and raise awareness of resources that address the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities in order to enable them to live a fulfilling and purpose-filled life through inclusion in opportunities such as employment, education, independent living and financial empowerment.

What Can You Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work. People with disabilities can and do make important contributions to America’s businesses every day. By implementing good workplace practices, like maintaining a flexible and inclusive work environment, businesses can capitalize on the talents of qualified people with disabilities, benefitting everyone.

The resources on these pages are for your information. These listings are not necessarily comprehensive, nor are they an endorsement. If you find that any information is incorrect, if you would like to offer feedback or if you know of additional resources that may be helpful to include, please contact us.

This page was last updated July 18, 2014 .

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