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Transition

This section includes materials, websites, and resources you can use to enhance your transition program or transition planning for individual students. 


2015 Transition Liaison Application - The Transition Coalition with sponsorship from Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is recruiting school personnel to join the team of secondary Transition Liaisons. All applications will be considered, however filling Liaison vacancies in Regions 2, 5, 6, 7,8 are a priority.  Missouri Transition Liaisons devote time and energy to increasing the capacity of local level secondary special educators and districts. They work within their own districts to enhance transition programming and reach out to other districts to engage them in opportunities to enhance their practices and programs. Liaisons disseminate information at both the district and regional level to develop a collaborative network of colleagues around issues related to secondary transition of youth with disabilities.


Transition Resources Toolkit  - This resource toolkit assists in transition planning for youth with disabilities transitioning from high school to live and work more independently in their homes and communities. This resource aims to enhance joint service delivery and collaboration between Centers for Independent Living (CIL), Local Education Agencies (LEA), and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

Three main sections walk users through a comprehensive transition planning process: exploration, empowerment, and employment and training. In addition, the toolkit also includes information on disability-related laws, the team approach and other helpful resources including office listing information and helpful links.​


Transition Planning Resource Locator - This document provides recommended resources, services and activities for students with disabilities at all levels as they
prepare for life after high school.


Skills to Pay the Bills Video Series - The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) unveiled a series of videos to compliment its Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success training curriculum — a creative program of interactive, hands-on activities that educators and youth service professionals can use to help young people prepare for employment.

Youth services programs, educators and others helping young job seekers prepare for employment are encouraged to view, display, share and lead discussions about the videos, which aim to help all youth, including those with disabilities, develop and strengthen six essential skills needed to succeed in today's workforce: communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Although employers have identified these skills as being among the most important competencies young workers need, three-quarters of those participating in a survey by the Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Society for Human Resource Management ranked new high school graduates as deficient in soft skill areas. The videos explain what soft skills are, why they matter, and what young workers and job seekers can do to improve them.


Extended Employment — Sheltered Workshops  - A valuable tool in placing students into a vocational environment may be found in your local community. Sheltered workshops and school districts may work together in assisting student to transition into a vocation.


Missouri Transition  - The Missouri Transition website is a one-stop for transition-related activities, networking, training and resources as well as a calendar of activities in Missouri. On www.missouritransition.org you will find the link to the Missouri Community of Practice where you can network with others throughout the state. Create an account to get started on the Missouri Community of Practice.


School-to-Work 
In November 1999, the National Transition Network (NTN), University of Minnesota, published a handbook, "Meeting the Needs of Youth with Disabilities" for implementing community-based vocational education (CBVE) programs according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Handbook is comprised of three sections:

  1. Section I introduces the events and actions leading to the development of CBVE and guidelines promoting this approach consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA);
  2. Section II presents answers to the questions most frequently asked by school personnel in carrying out CBVE programs consistent with the FLSA;
  3. Section III describes the CBVE experiences of eight students between the ages of 14 and 21. Additional resource information is provided in the appendices.
  4. Click here to download the full handbook in PDF format. - For more information on ordering the handbook and/or NTN, please visit their website.​​

Transition Programs - A list of programs and initiatives to assist with postsecondary transition.


Vocational Rehabilitation - If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding or keeping a job, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) may be able to help you.


Social Security Administration and Ticket to Work (TTW) Program Resources

Ticket to Work program official site


Transition Questions and Answers - Answers to many frequently asked questions related to Transition.


Disability.govGovernment site to connect the disability community with information and opportunities


National Longitudinal Transition Study - More than two million children receive federally funded special education services. For youth with disabilities, the transition to adulthood is often marked by challenges that can impede their education, employment, and ability to live independently. This study will help educators and policymakers identify and address the barriers to successful transition. 


101 Transition Tips - These tips were generated by educators, families, and practitioners from across the country.


Transition Resources - This brochure was developed by the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning for the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.


Tunnels and Cliffs - A Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers serving Youth with Mental Health Needs


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) - NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition.  Their website provides numerous resources that teachers, families and students can use to enhance the transition process and programs. 


National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) - The purpose of NSTTAC is to assist states to build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities. A few highlights of their website for practitioners include the Transition Assessment Guide and the Lesson Plan Library.   

  • Students with Disabilities for College and Career Readiness: 101 Documents Secondary Transiton: 'Just in Time' Training Resources These resources were developed as entry level guidance ("101"), intended to synthesize the research, policy, and discussion on topics pertinent to secondary special educators. The topics are each related to secondary students with disabilities accessing and succeeding in the high school curriculum to be prepared for their adult lives.These are "Just In Time" resources to links and materials for new administrators or school level staff in secondary transition, based on professional competencies from the Council for Exceptional Children and its Division on Career Development and Transition.

MPACT - A statewide parent training and information center serving all disabilities. It is a valuable resource for parents in helping them understand the transition planning process. 


National Postschool Outcomes Center - The National Postschool Outcomes Center is working with Missouri to establish a data collection system to measure the post-school experiences of youth with disabilities, and to guide and improve transition services to this population based upon the post-school data. 


National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) - The NDPC-SD is working with Missouri help build capacity to increase school completion rates for students with disabilities through knowledge synthesis, technical assistance, and dissemination of interventions and practices that work. 


IDEA Partnership Secondary Transition Collection

The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. This dedication has been operationalized in the collaborative work on Secondary Transition of 23 partner organization representatives, two technical assistance providers, and a number of state and local organizations and agencies. Members of this Secondary Transition collaborative work group represent a range of roles at all levels of the education system as well as coming from geographic locations from across the United States. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), these partners form a community with the potential to transform the way we work. This site includes goals, guides, fact sheets, presentations, and more.