Transition to Adulthood Web & Print Resources

Understanding Transition Part 1 - Power Point Presentation

Transition Part 2, Planning - Power Point Presentation

Transition Part 3, Employment - Power Point Presentation

General transition     

This site at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota has many resources for transition and self-determination.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)  site has information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. This site has links to many general and career exploration resources.

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center is a national site has many topics for youth and their families such as articles on how to get the most out of your IEP and questions to consider when planning for life after high school.  There are lessons plans on a variety of topics such as self-management at the workplace, employability skills, social skills etc.

Pacer is an information and training center for families and youth. Their website has many resources for the student and their family on a variety of transition and self-advocacy topics.

This website has online trainings, materials/publications and resources on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

This KY website provides resources for transition from school to community and positive post school outcomes. Transition newsletters and website list are included. Click on high school to community . 

National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making
Supported Decision-Making is a way people can make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving any help they need to do so as an alternative to guardianship.  This site has information including people and organizations that may be able to help and answer questions. Transition to Adulthood Suite

This suite is made up of 9 webpages of resources on the entire transition and postsecondary process, including transition planning in secondary school, getting students involved in writing their own IEP, independent living, finding adult services, and connections to employment and postsecondary education connections.

This website at the University of Massachusetts has a variety of good information about transitioning to the adult world.

Print Resources:

Journey to Adulthood - a Transition Travel Guide :  This book is a comprehensive transition guide that maps out potential destinations, routes, points of interest and types of services and resources.

Life After High School: The Next Chapter: workbook that helps youth plan for transition

Recreation Manual (HDI): a resource manual for all ages

What's Next: Life After High School: a one page that discusses transition rights and how to start planning

Kentucky Directory of Transition Services: Arc of Kentucky's Directory of Resources and Services: Transition from School to Adult Life : 



The Job Accommodations Network provides free information on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues for people through online chat and/or by phone.  This site has resources specific to a particular disability, and information on products and services.

ODEP is the federal Office of Disability Employment Policy. This site has a variety of resources including information on Customized employment solution for Youth with Disabilities and the publication and video series on Skills to Pay the Bills.

This is the Human Development Institute’s supported employment web site. This site has information that promotes personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to discover personal interests and contributions so they can find or negotiate a job that fits things they like to do.

The National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) is dedicated to improving competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities. This site has free ongoing and archived trainings on a variety of topics.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability site has lots of information about  youth with disabilities and employment including the newsletter Intersection: Navigating the Road to Work.

 O*NET On Line is a site for career exploration and job analysis. This site has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers including students.

This is the state government site of Kentucky’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. OVR exists to assist people with disabilities to find and maintain employment.  Counselors start working with students in the transition years to help them achieve employment goals.

Print Resources:

Going to Work and Keeping Benefits: this book will give you information about supports so you can go to work and still keep your Social security benefits

Students Who are Working after High School: this one page has some basic information 


Post-Secondary Education

The site gives students information on how to get ready for college and motivational content to encourage them to get ready for college.

Supported Higher Education in Kentucky is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help students who have intellectual disabilities to attend participating  post-secondary schools in KY. This site give information about the program and current colleges participating.

The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology Center site promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool.

Print Resources:

504: A College/Vocational School Student’s Guide: This book has information about eligibility, planning, accommodations etc. for students going onto post-secondary education

Students Going to College or Vocational School: this one page has basic information on rights and services


Futures Planning and Advocacy

The Arc’s Center for Future Planning website is to encourage and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families as they plan for the future.

The Kentucky Person Centered Network Home Page.  This site has resources and articles about person centered planning and personal futures planning methods that explain how to use a person centered approach  central to personal choice and self-determination. There is also a facilitators list of people who can help with this process. 

Increase the involvement of youth with disabilities in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and prepare them to take a more active role in planning for their futures.

This site is for self-advocacy for people with ID/DD

This is a website for youth to help them plan for the future.

Print Resources

I Get What I Want: this booklet will give you ideas on how to become a self-advocate

The 411 on Disability Disclosure :  A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. It helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives.

Your Voice, Your Vote: information you need to know about voting in KY.


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