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Transition Initiative Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Transition Initiative Bulletin Board. This is a place to share new resources, upcoming events, and other information from our partners both within and outside of the deaf-blind network.

You might already be aware of the excellent "Events" page hosted by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). If not, its collection of upcoming meetings, conferences, webinars, and resources is well worth exploring.

Without duplicating the NTACT site, we’ll highlight some of the most relevant items posted there and call attention to other resources in the field.

Check back often to see what’s new!

Upcoming Events

Publications and Websites

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
Revised August 2020  
This guide, recently updated by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, covers transition planning, services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act; education and employment options for students after high school; and supported decision-making.

Pivoting in a Pandemic: An Urgent Response to Deaf Students in Crisis
A National Deaf Center Impact Report

Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit – NTACT 
Updated by NTACT in 2016, this toolkit describes the process for conducting age-appropriate transition assessments. It includes sample tools.

Deafverse - Interactive Game for Youth  Who are Deaf to Learn Self-Advocacy Skills
The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) has created Deafverse, an interactive game that supports deaf youth with the development of their self-advocacy skills as they navigate real-life scenarios based on everyday experiences and setting. It's available in English and ASL and can be played on computers or mobile devices at no cost to players.

From Assessment to Practice: A Model for Teachers | NTACT 
This resource was originally developed (2017) to provide classroom level practitioners with a model for moving from collecting assessment data to identifying strengths, needs, and goals. Then, using the best available evidence for predictors of post-school success and effective practices for instruction, developing transition services and related IEP goals that reflect the research. The model was recently updated to make steps more explicit and provide updated case-study models for the process. 

Interagency Agreement Toolkit - WINTAC & NTACT
This toolkit was developed jointly by the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) and NTACT to provide guidance on the development of interagency agreements between vocational rehabilitation (VR) and state education agencies (SEAs) as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. These types of agreements specify how SEAs and VR agencies will plan and coordinate transition services (including formal pre-employment services) for students with disabilities. Their purpose is to facilitate a smooth path from school to post-school activities.

Middle School Transition Planning Practices | NTACT 
The purpose of this annotated bibliography is to identify and summarize (a) interventions based on experimental studies about preparing students in middle school (ages 11-13) for transition to post-school environments and activities, (b) what else educators are doing now based on descriptive and correlational studies, and (c) what educators might do based on the articles.

iCanConnect Program
Th National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) provides equipment and technology to individuals who have combined vision and hearing loss to a wide variety of ages. Federal income and disabilities guidelines have to be met. Download the iCanConnect Brochure.

Paths to Transition | Perkins
Explore ideas and resources related to the transition from school to adult life for youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or have multiple disabilities.

Pre-employment Transition Services - A Checklist for State VR Agencies - WINTAC
This checklist was developed to assist States with the implementation and provision of pre-employment transition services.

Pre-Employment Transition Services: A Guide for Collaboration Among State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and Education Partners 
This guide, developed by TransCen, WINTAC, and NTACT staff, provides information and resources focused on (a) a shared understanding of transition services, (b) developing local partnerships, (c) collaborative approaches to individualized student planning, and (d) engaging with families. 

Preparing transition-age youth with disabilities for work: What school leaders need to know about the new legal landscape
This policy brief by the Institute for Educational Leadership is intended to inform school leaders about their responsibilities under recent case law to prepare youth with disabilities for work and careers. It may also be helpful to students, families, vocational rehabilitation and developmental disability agency personnel, and community rehabilitation providers.

Serving Deaf Students in Higher Education: A Toolkit for Disability Services Professionals
This toolkit is a combination of information, guidance, and tools to support disability services professionals when working with deaf individuals on campus.

Transition Resources for VR Counselors | NTACT 
This document describes what state vocational rehabilitation counselors who work with students with disabilities need to know to provide effective vocational rehabilitation services to the students they serve. The document outlines critical knowledge and skills that VR Counselors need to assist these students with transitioning from secondary to post-secondary education or competitive integrated employment. 

Usher Syndrome Coalition's Young Adult Corner
The goal of this page is to connect young adults who have Usher syndrome and to provide advice on college, starting your career, self-advocacy, and a better understanding of the ADA relating to Usher syndrome.

Teachers Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation
This guide is intended to assist classroom level personnel in understanding how to partner effectively with vocational rehabilitation professionals to serve students in transition.


Online Training

Planning Transition for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities
The transition from special education to post school life presents significant challenges to students, their families and their educational teams. The challenges multiply when students have visual impairment and multiple disabilities. This course helps members of the educational team become more effective transition team members. Cost: $300.00

Explore Work
WINTAC has worked with Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) to design a series of web-based modules specific to the five required WIOA Pre-Employment Transition Services activities for use with students with disabilities. 

A free transition portfolio tool for high school age students with disabilities, designed in Washington State through the collaboration of the Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Work-based learning experiences is one of the units in this on-line tool, and it includes lessons on informational interviews and job shadowing. 

Advocacy in the Deaf-Blind World
Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)
Designed for consumers, family members and providers, this web-based training series will increase awareness and knowledge of how to effectively self-advocate for equal access to communication, transportation, mobility, print/media and technology application.

Getting a Job! Module
The Getting a Job! online training was developed and designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who work with them. Focusing on the transition from school to work, the training offers a series of activities, supporting documents and topical videos designed to help the job seeker prepare for the world of work. All the videos in the modules are presented in ASL, and are also voiced in English and captioned.

Recorded Webinars

WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services Topic Area Update Webinar
This pre-recorded webinar provides information regarding the pre-employment transition service tools, resources, and products, as well as a brief description of the common activities, outcomes, and impact expectations around pre-employment transition services for State VR Agencies. Presenters also highlight joint collaborative work across the WINTAC topic areas, and partnerships with other TA centers.

WIOA, Career Pathways, & Pre-Employment Transition Services Webinar
: This Webinar is pre-recorded and available on demand, participants can view this recording at any time.
This training provides a brief overview of career pathways and pre-employment transition services as outlined in WIOA. Also provided is an introduction to the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) project in Virginia, and how all three work together to support the vision for individuals, especially students with disabilities in WIOA.

WIOA & IDEA Performance: Transition Planning & Aligning Outcomes
This pre-recorded webinar outlines the VR Performance Measures under WIOA and how VR Performance aligns with IDEA priorities and indicators. This webinar will identify strategies for states to meet the needs of VR performance while taking into consideration the intersection with transition planning and service deliver for students with disabilities.

HKNC Training

Training for Individuals with Deaf-Blindness

Youth Programs
HKNC’s summer programs are for young adults – ages 16-23 who are deaf-blind. The programs provide insight into college and career options. Participants work one-on-one with experts in assistive technology, vocational training, mobility and more, and build relationships with deaf-blind mentors.   

Independent Living 
From cooking and cleaning to budgeting, shopping, and paying the bills, individuals who are deaf-blind acquire the skills they need to live as independently as possible.

Vocational Training 
Working closely with a team of experts, individuals who are deaf-blind identify their strengths and interests, explore assistive technology, and develop skills and strategies to compete and succeed in the job market.

Services for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind With Additional Disabilities  This on-campus program is for individuals with additional and intellectual disabilities who are seeking opportunities to discover vocational interests, strengths and abilities and benefit from community work-based learning to gain skills for future employment.

Training for Professionals 

Employment: Real Outcomes for People Who are Deaf-Blind
This seminar is aimed at preparing vocational rehabilitation counselors and placement specialists as well as job developers and other related professionals with knowledge and skills needed to support individuals who are deaf-blind in finding and maintaining fulfilling employment that leads to an increased quality of life.  Part one is on-line March 25 – 29.  Part 2 on-site (HKNC campus) April 10 -12. Registration deadline March 11, 2019.

Federal Resources

Calling All Young Adults with Disabilities
Graduating from high school and entering adulthood is an exciting time, but you may have questions about how to manage your money. Whether you're planning to work or go to college, this post can help you get a start on financial independence.

Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) workgroup – What to Know About Youth Transition Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities
This fact sheet was created to address the compatible outcome goals and policy priorities identified in The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy and provides a quick glance of available resources. Click on the links to learn more about each fact.

Supplemental Security Income: SSA Could Strengthen Its Efforts to Encourage Employment for Transition-Age Youth 
In May 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to encourage employment for transition-age youth with disabilities. View highlights, recommendations, or the full report on the GAO website. The report is available in an accessible version.