This is a historical time in America, when we are seeing the first generation of children who have been privileged to grow up under the protection of Americans with Disabilities Act. “The ADA Generation” grew up with legally required access in our education and we were told, over and over again with absolutely no doubt and pride by the parent generation, that “we can.” We can have access. We can have education. We can be independent. We can succeed. Now, we are starting to see large numbers of the “ADA Generation” graduate from higher education and this bulge is hitting the workforce in huge numbers. We did not build this generation up to have them experience discrimination, typecasting, and frustrations in their career experience. We set up all youth with disabilities to succeed.
Jefferson Sheen writes the CIL Youth Transition Blog for centers for independent living. The blog is a resource for centers as they implement and strengthen programs that help young adults with disabilities transition to adulthood, become involved in the independent living movement, develop leadership skills, and achieve greater independence. The blog highlights best practices in involving youth in their own transition process as well as engaging them in community advocacy to improve the transition process and supports for their peers.
Disability.Blog, the official blog of Disability.gov, features weekly posts from subject matter experts who answer questions and address important topics for people with disabilities, their families and others. Aligning with the mission of its managing partner, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, Disability.gov uses its blog to provide leadership and to promote full inclusion in the workforce and communities nationwide. Once a month, Disability.gov asks community leaders to answer reader-submitted questions about employment, as part of its Career Connection Series.
If you’re a parent or mentor of a young person with disabilities, Life After IEPs is for you. Whether your child is an elementary student or a high school graduate, you’ll find information, resources, and support you’ll need along the way.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) – Indicator 13/Secondary Transition
Information on Indicator 13 and Resources to support Transition services for Youth with Disabilities
National Health Care Transition Center – Youth Information
NSTTAC is a national technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP, CFDA# 84.326J11001) from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014.
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center ( NSTTAC ) is directed and staffed by the Special Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in partnership with the Special Education Program at Western Michigan University. NSTTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders to (a) implement and scale up evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implement policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieve 100% compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13 (I-13).
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. OSEP, directly and through its partners and grantees, develops a wide range of research-based products, publications, and resources to assist states, local district personnel, and families to improve results for students with disabilities.
This web site is designed to provide easy access to information from research to practice initiatives funded by OSEP that address the provisions of IDEA and NCLB. This web site will include resources, links, and other important information that supports OSEP’s research to practice efforts. Please continue to check the web site for new information that will be posted as it becomes available.