Information on Youth Transition & Related Topics
How should a student with intellectual disability or autism prepare for postsecondary education?
Beginning in middle school, students, their families and educators should have frequent conversations about areas of interest. Each should be engaged in dialogue to answer the following questions:
1) What steps might be necessary to reach the student’s goals for the future?
2) What steps might be necessary to reach the student’s goals for the future?
3) What financial options are realistic for your family after high school?
The California Department of Education developed an information and resource guide to assist students, families, local education agencies and communities in planning and preparation for the student’s’ future by describing practices that promote successful transition.
- To get information on transition planning for adult living go here: Transition to Adult Living: An Information and Resource Guide
- To get training modules for service providers, administrators and families, go here: training modules. (The training modules are intended to be used with the Transition to Adult Living: An Information and Resource Guide).
- To get information specific to preparing for and planning transition to postsecondary education and adulthood for individuals with autism, go here: Life Journey Through Autism: A Guide for Transition to Adulthood
Are K-12 School Districts (High School) required to assist youth in preparing for Transition and postsecondary education?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires schools to help students with disabilities in developing a plan that will lead them to college or the workplace. This remains an area of challenge for students, families and professionals.
- To read an article describing some of the challenges and suggestions for improvement, click here: Charting a Course after High School
Is there a national organization whose focus is secondary education and youth transition?
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
- To explore resources on secondary education and youth transition for youth, families and professionals, click here: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Why is self advocacy an important skill for students?
Self-advocacy is the ability to effectively communicate, convey or negotiate your rights, preferences and choices. The ability to self advocate is important for students as they transition to adulthood and need to speak up on their own behalf to get the accommodations and services they need. One way a student can learn and practice self advocacy skills is through participation in his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting.
- To read an article that describes how self determination goals and its components should be added to a student’s IEP, click here: Promoting Students Self Determination Skills in IEP Planning
- To read an information sheet on how students can take an active role in the development of their IEP, click here: Chart Your Own Future: How Your Individualized Education Program (IEP) Can Help
- To read an article that decsribes the components of self-determination and how students may use them to identify and achieve their goals, click here: Self Determination for Postsecondary Students
What are factors we should think about as we review college programs?
There are a number of factors to consider when applying for college including the type of college (private or public, 2-year, 4 year); campus size, location (rural/urban), distance from home, competitiveness, campus extracurricular offerings, disability services, student body size, residential options and cost. Students and parents will want to be assured that there the program offered is the ‘right fit’ between student interests, goals, support needs and what is offered. Visiting a college is an opportunity to get many of your questions answered about colleges and meeting with faculty, students, taste the college food, see the social scene and get a sense if the campus and program is what you expected.
- To explore a website to help student think more about themselves, what to expect from college, and tasks to complete when planning to go to college, click here: Going to College
How can parents help prepare their young adult?
Parents play an important role in the college selection process. This is a time when you can discuss what is important to your youth, clarify values and choices, and continue to set expectations for success and achievement, provide guidance and support your youth’s choices and decisions.
- To find out what roles parents can play in supporting youth in preparing for and succeeding in postsecondary education, click here: Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs