"Going to Work" Video Series--#1: Meet the Characters
The first installment of the Wisconsin Youth First "Going to Work" video series introduces 6 Wisconsin youth and young adults with disabilities who have transitioned to competitive employment.
"Going to Work" Video Series--#2: Understanding Your Disability and Self-Advocacy Skills
Part 2 in a 5-part video series from Wisconsin Youth First, highlighting the stories of 6 Wisconsin youth and young adults with disabilities who have transitioned to competitive employment.
"Going to Work" Video Series--#3: DIsclosing Your Disability
Part 3 in the Wisconsin Youth First video series, highlighting 6 Wisconsin youth and young adults with disabilities who have transitioned to competitive employment. This video focuses on disability disclosure.
"Going to Work" Video Series--#4: Job Interview Skills
Part 4 in the Wisconsin Youth First "Going to Work" video series, highlighting 6 Wisconsin youth and young adults with disabilities who have transitioned to competitive employment. In this episode, the youth discuss the job interviewing skills they had to utilize to gain employment.
"Going to Work" Video Series--#5: Asking for Accommodations on the Job
Part 5 in the Wisconsin Youth First "Going to Work" video series, highlighting 6 youth and young adults with disabilities who have transitioned to competitive employment. This episode focuses on asking for accommodations in the workplace.
18-21 Program Elements Summary
Summary of survey results of current 18-21 programs. Shared at Steve Gilles' presentation at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
18-21 Program Elements Summary--BLANK FORM
Blank form for use as an assessment for 18-21 program elements at the local level.
2011 Wisconsin State Trend Data for DPI, DVR and DHS
The purpose of this document is to use our state data to assist in sharing information, improving transition planning, creating improved communication, identifying services, collaborating in activities, interagency planning and data driven targeted technical assistance.
21st Century Skills
Link to the website for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which includes resources for teachers regarding this new initiative.
411 on Disability Disclosure
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. This workbook 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. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities - NGA
The National Governor's Association initiative aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the initiative will focus on the employment challenges that affect individuals with intellectual and other significant disabilities and the role that both state government and business can play in facilitating and advancing opportunities for these individuals to be gainfully employed in the competitive labor market.
A New Way of Thinking
A New Way of Thinking is a guide for educators and students with disabilities. The purpose of the guide is to assist students to develop self‐accepting attitudes, combat negative thinking, and rediscover themselves.
This guide will help students to better understand their disability, think positively about themselves, make choices related to their interests, gain self‐advocacy, and develop self‐determination skills— all of which helps create effective Transition Planning.
A Student's Guide to the IEP
Guidebook from NICHCY walking students with disabilities through the IEP process.
A Systemic Approach to Arming Students and Job Seekers with Disabilities and Their Advocates in Securing Meaningful Employment
A publication from the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, that seeks to help those working with people with disabilities understand both the social context within which members of the disability community must be viewed and the various support network elements that have been put into place to enable them to reach their full economic potential.
Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education
Article from Accreditedonlinecolleges.org that provides tips for people with disabilities regarding choosing a school and arranging accommodations.
ACT in Wisconsin Updates
A review of the ACT and ACT Aspire assessments in high school.
Adolescent Autonomy Checklist
Developed by the Youth in Transition Project (1984-1987) University of Washington Division of Adolescent Medicine and based on a
Model developed by the Children's Rehabilitation Center at the University of Virginia, this resource provides skills to learn in a wide variety of situations.
This document shows the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) currently in place or development in Wisconsin.
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Resource List
List of free transition assessment resources compiled by WSTI.
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit--NSTTAC
Guide to Transition Assessment from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones (A.L.A.S.)
English and Spanish language website that promotes the development of children and young adults with special needs via resources, education, training, advocacy and referral for individuals, families, caregivers and the community with the goal of improving their quality of life.
An Individualized Approach to Providing Access to Employment for Students with Significant Disabilities
Presentation by Edward Sheehy at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth
Anti-Bullying Toolkit for Special Needs
The Anti-Bullying Toolkit is specifically designed to help the special needs audience navigate all aspects of bullying. Comprised of three separate modules: For Parents, For Educators, For Students
This song about ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts) is a companion piece to the New Way of Thinking program.
Applying for a Job: Young Adult's Guide
Includes information on finding, getting and keeping a job, as well as a sample job application.
Apprenticeships: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Apprenticeships with related links.
Strategies for Collaborating with Community Employers---presentation by Michelle Uetz at the 2012 Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
User ratings and reviews for transition assessment tools, compiled by the Transition Coalition.
Assistive Technology: The Answer--Or Is It?
Presentation by Laura Plummer to the November 28, 2012 Transition Coordinator Network meeting.
Autism in the Workplace--Youth Fact Sheet
Fact sheet about people with Autism in the workplace, written by youth, for youth.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Guide--for WI Technical College Staff
Guidebook on ASD written for WTCS staff, including accommodations and strategies, transition planning, and student scenarios.
Best Practice Guidelines for Job Coaching on Hourly Basis
Overview of new resource memo issued by DHS for use in Family Care Managed Care Programs. Presented by Tammy Hofmeister at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Best Practice Recommendations for County Provided Aftercare: Toolkit for Youth Leaving a Juvenile Correctional Institution
The Division of Juvenile Corrections has implemented a three phase best practice model for successful re- entry of youth back to their home communities. As of November 1, 2005, youth from counties who purchase state aftercare, now receive a new re-entry program that provides them with a structured 90-day Transition Phase. The Transition Phase includes collaborative Transition Team meetings and reach-in services designed to connect youth with service providers and informal support systems prior to their departure from the Juvenile Correctional Institutions.
Budgeting and Financing for College Students
Includes college budgeting worksheets, tips for budgeting and saving in college, budget calculators, financial aid resources, and scholarship resources.
Building Work Skills in Educational Settings
Presentation at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth, highlighting the Stoughton public school program.
Burlington High School business
Presentation on school business for Burlington High School at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Can They Ask Me That under ADA?
What can/cannot be asked or required as condition of employment.
Career Clusters Inventory
Brief Career Clusters interest inventory, adapted with pictures and guiding questions.
Career Exploration: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Career Exploration with related links..
Website for Wisconsin Career Pathways, which provides information to help educators and students build meaningful courses of study.
Link to video created by Pathways for Independence showing different adults with disabilities in a variety of jobs and how they overcame stereoptypes.
CBTO - Community Based Transition Options
Effective 18-21 Year Old Program Options Guide
Centers for Independent Living
Information on Independent Living Centers from the Department of Health Services
Checklist for Paid Job Placements in the Community
A checklist for use by Transition Coordinators and Job Coaches for data collection on paid community job placements. Presented by Brian Kenney at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Child Labor Laws and Student Learners
Handout from Jim Chiolino and Amy Phillips' presentation to Transition Coordinator Network October 2012.
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CHYSHCN)
Link to information regarding the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs program through the Department of Health Services.
Collaborations for Mental Health: One County's Approach
Example of Wood County's collaboration of school districts and agencies to address mental health needs of students in that county, including information on values, strategies, needs and funding.
College and Career Readiness: National High School Center Quick Fact Sheet
Fact sheet highlighting statistics regarding college and career aspirations, preparation for college and work, costs and benefits of attending college, and implications for underserved populations.
College and Career Ready Standards and Secondary Transition Planning for Students With Disabilities: 101
Resource from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) providing basic information on how the College and Career Ready standards can be integrated into transition planning for students with disabilities.
Common Core Essential Elements---Parent Brochure
This brochure is intended to help parents and community members understand the purpose of the Common Core Essential Elements and how the standards relate to instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Community Based Education and Learning for 18-21 Year Old Students
White paper describing 18-21 year old services and community-based education and learning programs.
Community Based Programs for 18-21 Year Old Students
Presentation by Steve Gilles at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Community Services Option for 18-21
Presentation regarding the Community Services option for 18-21 year old programming.
Community Services Option Guide for 18-21
This guide is a framework for school districts and communities to explore and develop the community services option for 18-21 year old students with disabilities. Included are guiding questions to determine need and expectations for such a program.
Document explaining the consent requirement for invitation of outside agencies to IEP meetings.
Coordinated Services Teams Roles and Responsibilities
This document has been assembled by White Pine Consulting Service, Inc. as an educational tool for sites developing Coordinated Services Team (CST) Initiatives in Wisconsin. It outlines roles and responsibilities of parents, youth, and service providers in this system. Presented at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health.
Core Values of a Coordinated Services Team (CST)
List of the values driving the establishment of Coordinated Services Teams via the Department of Health Services. The CSTs deliver supports and services for families involved in multiple systems of care, such as: substance abuse, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and special education.Presented at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health.
Creating a Path to Employment: Tips for Parent of Children with Disabilities
A 2-page reference from the Office of Disability Employment Policy for parents of youth with disabilities to provide beginning steps encouraging employment. Reference includes additional resources.
Creating a Transition Improvement Plan (TIP) Using the Predictors of Post School Success
And introduction to the Transition Improvement Plan and the Predictors. A review of how to use these predictors and Post School Outcomes.
Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools
This PowerPoint provides an overview and tools to address behaviors from a trauma informed lens. How does trauma impact a child? What resources are available? What are the signs and how does your school/community provide for a traumatized child?
Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Examples of trauma-sensitive classroom strategies to reinforce the concepts of trust, safety, empowerment and choice. Presented by Sara Daniel at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health.
Customized Employment: Put it to Work for Your Business
A resource that helps describe the concept of customized employment to prospective employers, including examples of customized employment in different work settings.
Customized Employment: Works Everywhere vignettes
A series of short examples of customized employment in action across the country.
Cyber Transition Experience: A Life 4 Me
An interactive site for youth in upper elementary and middle school that lets them look at different careers, prepare for high school, etc. Similar to the SIMS: you choose a character that visits different workplaces and asks questions. There also is helpful info for families.
DCDT Fast Facts--Vocational Education
Information for educators and parents to familiarize them with Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the role it plays in planning for students with disabilities.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Transition Tools: College Visit Planning Questionnaire
A questionnaire developed by PEPNET to help D/HH students ask the right questions when visiting a college campus.
Department of Health Services
This is a link to the website for the WI Department of Health Services (DHS), where you can find information on DHS programs, including Long-term Care and Mental Health.
Department of Public Instruction
This is a link to the main webpage for the WI Department of Public Instruction. Information on all education programs, including special education, can be found here.
Department of Workforce Development
This is a link to the main web page for the WI Department of Workforce Development, which includes information for businesses and individuals.
Developmental Perspective on College and Workplace Readiness
This report provides a developmental perspective on what competencies young people need to be ready for college, the workplace, and the transition to adulthood.
DHS Transition Update
Updated information on the Children's Waiver, ADRCs, Managed Care Organizations and IRIS shared at the October 2012 Transition Coordinator Network (TCN) meetings.
DHS Update: Benefit Specialist Web Location Changed (Effective July 31, 2014)
Please note that benefit specialist program information has a new location on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website. If you link to any of the benefit specialist programs on your website or in your list of ‘Favorites,’ please update your systems with these new links.
DHS Waivers Managed by Wisconsin Counties
A link to a list of COP and Medicaid home and community-based waivers managed by Wisconsin counties. Includes CIP, COP, Brain Injury Waiver and Children's Long-term Support.
DHS: Updates TCN Meeting 10 08 2013
Summary of DHS & DVR Service updates from TCN Meeting in Wausau, WI on October 8, 2013. Includes ADRC, IRIS, Children's Long-Term and Managed Care information.
This presentation reviews what a community - parent, teachers, family, friends - can do to support students with disabilities. Discover what a difference each member can make in a student's life.
Disability and Employment: Business Resource Guide
This guide was developed to provide both public and private business, human resource personnel, hiring managers and supervisors with relevant federal, state and local level information around their legal obligations, along with resources that can assist in identifying, paying for, and implementing effective accommodation strategies, in hiring and/or retaining qualified employees who experience a disability.
Presentation by Andrew Berlin and Rhonda Lewan at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Disability Documentation for Postsecondary Education
This Guide will assist organizations to determine their role in understanding needed documentation for students with disabilities transitioning from PK-12 to Wisconsin postsecondary education. Last update 2011.
Disability Service Coordinators--UW System
Link to a list of Disability Service Coordinators for each campus in the University of Wisconsin System.
Disability Service Coordinators--WI Technical College System
List of Disability Services staff for each campus in the Wisconsin Technical College System, updated for 2012-13.
Disability-Friendly Colleges: A Guide for Students with Physical Disabilities
An online college guide for students with physical disabilities containing interactive charts of 75 colleges that go beyond ADA including: accessibility, personal care, transportation, adaptive sports, academic rank, contact information and how the Ivy League stacks up, High school vs. college comparison.
- Features comprehensive information from 22 federal agencies, as well as educational institutions, non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Topics covered on the site include: benefits; civil rights; community life; education; emergency preparedness; employment; health; housing; technology; and transportation.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
This is a link to the main page for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), part of the Department of Workforce Development providing services for people with disabilities.
DPI/DVR DHS Interagency Agreement
This interagency agreement has been revised from the July 2007 interagency agreement to now focus on both students with disabilities transitioning from high school as well as adults with disabilities, who have an expectation for integrated competitive employment. This agreement represents the intent to fully coordinate all of the activities and programs within each agency, for every internal and external stakeholder who is striving to achieve employment for citizens with disabilities.
Driver's Education Handbook Audio Files
This is a link to audio files for each page of the driver's education booklet for the State of Wisconsin for students with disabilities who would benefit.
DVR Application form
This is a downloadable application for DVR services.
DVR Director and Supervisor Contacts
List of Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Directors and Supervisors by Workforce Development Area.
DVR On the Job Hiring and Training Initiative for Families
Information sheet on DVR's On the Job Hiring and Training Initiative. This initiative provides an opportunity for ALL DVR consumers in
transition to work for wages before exiting high school. It provides a
longer timeframe (up to 500 hours) and a higher wage subsidy (up to 100%
reimbursement) to allow an employer to offer competitive employment to a
youth with disabilities.
DVR Order of Selection Checklist
A consumer checklist to help determine where a client might fall in the DVR order of selection for services.
DVR order of selection FAQ
Frequently asked questions regarding the DVR order of selection.
DVR order of selection information sheet
Brief information sheet explaining DVR waiting lists.
DVR Order of selection process
This resource describes how serious functional limitations are determined for placement of DVR applicants in the 3 order of selection categories.
DVR Process flowchart
A one-page flowchart showing the process of DVR participation, from referral to end of services.
DVR Release of Information form
A downloadable release of information form for DVR services.
DVR Statewide Transition Action and Resource Team (START)
List of DVR Counselors who focus on Transition by WDA--current as of May 2011.
DVR Update: TCN
Handout from the DVR Update at the Transition Coordinator Network, October 2012.
DVRs Picture of Transition
A review of what DVR is and how it can help your child through the IEP process, job training, and employment.
Early Warning System High School Tool
The National High School Center's Early Warning System (EWS) High School Tool enables schools and districts to identify students who may be at risk of dropping out of high school and to monitor these students’ responses to interventions.
Early Warning System Middle Grades Tool
The National High School Center's Early Warning System (EWS) Middle Grades Tool enables schools and districts to identify students who may be at risk for academic failure and to monitor these students’ responses to interventions.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum Outline: Self-Advocacy for the 9th grade student
Outline of the Ellsworth School District's self-advocacy curriculum.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum: Explaining Your Disability - EBD
Worksheet for use by students with EBD to explain their disability, accommodations and modifications to teachers.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum: EBD Worksheet
Fact sheet for students regarding EBD characteristics and strategies.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum: Explaining Your Disability - Autism
Worksheet for use by students with Autism to explain their disability and needs in terms of accommodations and modifications to teachers.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum: Explaining Your Disability - CD
Worksheet for students with Cognitive Disabilities to discuss their disability, accommodations and modifications with teachers.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum: Explaining Your Disability - LD
Worksheet for students with Learning Disabilities to explain their disability, accommodations, and modifications with teachers.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum: Steps in Considering Accommodations
A student-directed step sheet for students to review and establish classroom accommodations.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy Curriculum: The Self-Advocacy Questionnaire
Sample self-advocacy questionnaire to collect data on those skills in students with disabilities.
Ellsworth Self-Advocacy curriculum: Your Life After High School
Worksheet to help collect information from students on preferences and interests regarding life after high school.
Employability Skill Standards: Overview of Work-Based Learning in Wisconsin
Presentation by Sara Baird from DPI at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Employability Skills Certificate Program Assessment
Assessment form used to evaluate students who participate in the WI Employability Skills Certificate Program.
Employment - Public Awareness Campaign Project Toolkit
Developed by NEW Partnerships for Employment, an action-oriented coalition focused on improving community employment opportunities of people with disabilities in Northeast Wisconsin, for the purpose of sharing materials with other individuals and groups interested in promoting increased awareness of the contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. The toolkit contains information and materials aimed at increasing the recruiting and hiring of candidates with disabilities. The materials can be adjusted to meet the specific needs in your area.
Employment and Disability Employer 30-Second Training Series
A complementary Employer Resource Guide developed with an employer focus and designed to educate employers, hiring managers and supervisors about proven strategies and easy-to-use resources that can assist in retaining and accommodating existing employees who experience onset of a disability. These tools (e.g. 30-Second Trainings and Resource Guide) will also provide valuable information and sources of support to employers in hiring qualified employees who experience a disability, including strategies and resources that can assist in effectively accommodating all employees in achieving their maximum potential and productivity level.
Employment First Initiative
Keep up to date on Wisconsin’s efforts to make community jobs the number one priority for individuals with disabilities:
•Learn about the Wisconsin Employment First movement
•Learn about exciting innovative employment efforts happening in Wisconsin
•Learn about employment events happening in Wisconsin
•Learn about promising practices in community employment
• Hear from individuals with disabilities working in the community
• Hear from businesses hiring people with disabilities
• Connect with others who are passionate about employment
•Access valuable state and national employment resources, tools, and data
•Get the latest updates on employment “hot topics” effecting individuals with disabilities
•Find out about employment efforts happening in your local community
•Find out how you can become a member of the Wisconsin Employment First Coalition
The website is sponsored by: The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WI-BPDD), Wisconsin Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE), and People First Wisconsin.
Employment First Wisconsin
Presentation by Rick Hall at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Employment is Possible
Presentation by DHS at the WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Encouraging Independence and Self-Reliance
Looking at the ability and not the disability. Taking steps through the process of growing and learning.
Engaging Employers: Moving From a Handshake to Hands-On Opportunities for Youth
Link to resources and a webinar from the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability geared to helping school staff and youth with disabilities build relationships with employers to create more opportunities for work exploration and experiences.
Enhancing Home Involvement to Address Barriers to Learning: A Collaborative Process
Research report from the School Mental Health Project at UCLA. If schools are to enhance home involvement, they must take the lead in developing a culture of authentic collaboration among all stakeholders, must establish standards that promote a welcoming and supportive climate for students, their families, school staff, and community connections, and must establish processes that counter inherent inequities in power and resources.
Enhancing Participation in Employment Settings Through Augmentive and Alternative Communication (AAC)
This website provides on-line multimedia resources to support your journey in successfully achieving vocational goals through more independent communication.
Essential Skills to Getting a Job: What Young People with Disabilities Need to Know
Resource from the Office of Disability Employment Policy describing and providing resources regarding the development of soft skills.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Being an Adult...But Were Afraid to Ask
Transition program for young adults with disabilities. From the Centers for Independent Living of WI.
Evidence-based Practices Users Guide
- Developed by an IDEA Partnership cross-stakeholder group of practitioners and Technical Assistance Center personnel to provide efficient access to and use of research and materials located on the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center website.These tools reference educational practices and specific strategies supported by rigorous educational research which have yielded evidence of positive results for students. Included in this Users Guide are a glossary of terms and a PowerPoint with presenter information. Highlighted throughout are various materials regarding transition research synthesis, lesson plan starters, and professional development resources.
Example PTP: Kevin
Kevin is a 20 year old young man. He has small signing vocabulary. He uses an iPad with individualized picture communication boards to make requests and give greetings.
Example PTP: Lucy
Lucy is a 19 year old young lady. Lucy is mobile and semi-independent in her daily care, but continues to need direct assistance for toileting.
Example PTP: Tony
Tony is a 19 year old student in a small rural town.
Examples of Measurable Postsecondary Goals
This document provides examples of measurable postsecondary goals for students with all levels of disabilities. It looks at the students strengths and interests and combines them to make relevant transition goals.
Expanding Mobility Options for Persons with Disabilities: A Community-based Transportation Planning Practitioner's Guide
A resource for transportation professionals, staff of human service and workforce development agencies, those serving the disability community, community activists, and all others seeking to conduct a community-based process to adequately plan for new, more and improved transportation options in their community.
FAFSA - Federal Student Aid
The official website of US Department of Education - Office of Federal Financial Aid. This is the site to go to in order to submit application for financial aid.
Family Engagement Newsletter Submission Form
Form to use when submitting articles/information for inclusion in the Family Engagement newsletter published by WI FACETS.
Famous People Matching Game
Activity worksheet from the Disability Disclosure presentation at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth. Match famous people to their disabilities and descriptions.
February 2013 WSTI E-News
Full copy of February, 2013 edition of the WSTI E-News
Federal Funding for Youth Employment-Related Transportation
Describes programs available through the US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development, and Justice that may assist in providing funding for youth employment-related transportation.
Financial Aid/Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Comprehensive listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national financial aid opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award.
First Year of High School: National High School Center Fact Sheet
Statistics highlighting trends of students during their first year of high school and the impacts of those trends. Includes 9th grade transition strategies
Fourteen Things Congregations Can Do To Include Youth With Disabilities
Tips for including youth with disabilities in spiritual-based community activities.
Frequently Asked Questions about Community Employment Experiences for Students with Disabilities
High School Students can begin to seek employment at age 14 in Wisconsin. When it comes to employment for high school students with disabilities, many businesses, families, and school staff have questions about providing these opportunities, including work experiences and internships. These questions might be about safety, liability, and legal considerations. There are protections to ensure that everyone involved is covered.
From Where I Sit
--A video series of eight California State University students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. A variety of disabilities are represented.
Future of Our Children: Transition to Adulthood
On April 27, The Future of Children, a joint project between Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, hosted an event to release a new journal, “Transition to Adulthood,” that is devoted to research and analysis of the challenges young people face in making the transition to adulthood in modern America. The event focused on describing and analyzing second-chance programs that aim to help high school drop-outs, and featured presentations by and discussions among researchers, community program operators and Obama administration officials.
Get Moving!: A Fact Sheet by Youth, For Youth
Fact sheet on mobility and transportation options for youth with disabilities. From WI Youth First.
Group Contingency/Differential Reinforcement of Lower Rate Behavior
Document describing the Group Contingency process, the Student/Teacher game, and the Check In/Check Out system for students with behavioral challenges.
Guardianship of Adults
This handbook from the Department of Health Services, Division of Long-Term Care, provides an overview of guardianship of adults in Wisconsin who meet the standards for a finding of incompetence, alternative ways of providing decision-making support, and ways to tailor guardianships to individual needs. It also tries to respond to questions that are often asked about the nature, purpose and effects of guardianship of adults, about guardianship procedures, and about the powers and duties of guardians of adults. It is aimed primarily at people involved in trying to assist adults who need support in decision- making due to impairments in their ability to receive and process information, including family members, advocates, support service providers, and educators. It is not legal advice or a guide to bringing a guardianship action in court.
Guardianship Support Center- Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
This web link has numerous resources on guardianship, advance directives, health care power of attorney, financial power of attorney and protective placement.
Guide: A Comprehensive Approach to Transition
Guide and workbook detailing best-practices in transition of youth to postsecondary options. A companion publication to “A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood” from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities
High School Redesign and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
Resource from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) providing introductory information regarding the relationship between high school redesign and transition planning for students with disabilities.
HIgh Schools in the US: National High School Center Fact Sheet
Fact sheet providing information on demographic distribution of high school students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, schools, high school student achievement, school funding, graduation rates, graduation requirements, and transition to college.
An online tool that helps employers to calculate the cost and benefits of hiring a person with a disability.
Hiring Workers with Disabilities - Rules for
Barbara Otto, CEO of Think Beyond the Label’s Health & Disability Advocates, answers common diversity hiring questions and discusses what questions employers can ask and what policies apply when recruiting jobseekers with disabilities.
How to Build an Assessment Toolkit
Powerpoint presentation describing the goals of assessment and providing some examples of specific assessments.
How to Build Partnerships for Career Exploration: Using Job Shadows to Explore the World of Work
This guide is written for high schools who want to collaborate with an organization to plan and carry out a Job Shadow Day. For purposes of example, we assume your partner is a college or university. The guide describes the preparation tasks that take place at the high school and those that take place at the college, then provides details for the Job Shadow Day itself and follow-up activities. There is a suggested task timeline in the back that may be helpful as a planning tool.
How to request testing accommodations on College Board tests
Every student requesting accommodations must submit a request to the College Board and provide detailed information relating to the student's name and address, disability, past testing, and accommodations received at school.
How to Use Paid Work and Training Options in DVR
DVR’s updated guidance on paid work and training options can help youth, schools and families think about how DVR can support a youth on the job. There are a number of options that can be used in combination that may provide training along with paid work.
The DVR policy does several things:
1. Clarifies how and in what types of settings DVR-funded options can be used.
2. Clarifies wage expectations for someone receiving VR services.
3. Clarifies how various services can be combined to support someone in a competitive wage, integrated job.
This website from the Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project has lesson plans, checklists, curricula, etc. on building self-determination and self-advocacy skills in youth, as well as strategies for supporting youth in running their own IEPs.
Important info for DVR applicants
Document addressing Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
Improving Employment Opportunities for Students in Transition
This PowerPoint has been created by DVR and DWD to provide an overview of services and supports provided by DVR, how youth can receive on the job training, and find employment.
Link to the Wisconsin DPI's information on State Performance Plan Indicator #13, including training materials and resources.
Individualized Career Planning for Students with Significant Support Needs Utilizing the Discovery and Vocational Profile Process, Cross-Agency Collaborative Funding and Social Security Work Incentives
The Individualized Career Planning Model is designed to enable students with disabilities – particularly those with a significant impact of disability – to transition from school to work and from student services to adult services without incurring significant loss in employment opportunities, funding, services, or supports.
Individualized Career Planning Model
This project from the University of Montana Rural Institute focuses on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.
Innovation to the Future
This PowerPoint reviews what transition looks like in rural communities. It outlines the problems we are facing and possible solutions. Innovation to the Future walks you through what should occur at a grade by grade level, and beyond.
Institute on Community Integration
Housed at the University of Minnesota, the Institute on Community Integration is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice.
Integrated Employment Toolkit (US Dept. of Labor--Office of Disability Employment Policy)
The Toolkit offers a collection of resources, reports, papers, policies, fact sheets, case studies, and discussion guides from a variety of sources to accommodate the full range of users and increase capacity and understanding about the value and potential of integrated employment. It is organized by different audiences or perspectives. Within each audience, there are key, commonly-asked questions to guide the user to the appropriate materials.
Interactive Accommodation Process Module
With the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, employers have moved past the definition of disability and on to providing accommodations. The key to successful accommodations is having an effective interactive accommodation process. This 23 minute training module and accompanying transcript and handout provides a sample step-by-step process that employers can use in their own workplaces to help them successfully accommodate applicants or employees.
Internships: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Internships with related links.
Involving Youth with Disabilities in Extra-Curricular Activities
Here are some tips for boosting participation by youth with disabilities in extracurricular activities through the use of natural supports.
Iowa Transition Assessment Planning Resources
A Matrix for Transition Assessment includes hyper-links to recommended assessment methods and tools. The Matrix includes a framework for gathering necessary information for living, learning, and working relative to a student's interests and preferences, basic skills, attitudes, habits, self-awareness, and critical thinking and application skills. Third, the method and tools section offers formal and informal assessment tools, including various descriptions of the formal tools and information on how to obtain them. The updates allow users to search for and rate the assessments they use.
Is Your District Represented?
This handout gives a director's guide on Wisconsin County Community on Transition (CCoTs). It outlines improving outcomes for youth with disabilities through interagency collaboration.
iTransition: It's All About Me!
An online transition curriculum to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school.
Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
Job Centers in Wisconsin
Link to information on regional Job Centers in Wisconsin.
Job Coach Memo
This resource memo is intended to offer best practice guidance for authorizing Supported Employment job coaching for Family Care members. This memo also defines and explains: 1) The appropriate use of trained job coaches for stabilization monitoring to
prevent job loss if on-the-job supports have been faded completely; 2) The appropriate use of workplace personal assistance for those MCOs
contracting for this service as a long-term on-the-job support to follow job coaching. These guidelines are intended for MCOs that are purchasing Supported Employment services based on units of service, are consistent with the vision and the requirements of Family Care and Family Care Partnership; and are consistent with the program goal of providing the most cost effective services to support members’ outcomes.
Job Coaching Progress Report
Progress Report form for use by job coaches in evaluating student performance in employment settings. Presented at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Job Coaching Progress Report
Example of a report form for job coaches to use to track student progress in work environments.
One page job journal for students to reflect on their work experiences. Presented at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Job Readiness Class
Class outline for Job Readiness, implemented at River Falls High School. Presented at 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Job Readiness Readings
Handout from Michelle Uetz' presentation at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth. Includes information on professionalism, job hunting tips, resume' building, and social media.
Job Shadowing: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Job Shadowing with related links.
Kenosha Seamless Collaboration
A local-level demonstration of interagency collaboration in transitioning students with disabilities
An open source technical system designed to facilitate the exchange of data behind the scenes, and an open community of resource creators, publishers, curators, and consumers who are collaborating to broadly share resources, as well as information about how those resources are used by educators in diverse learning environments across the Web.
LGTW Parent Transition Survey
Parent survey form developed by Let's Get to Work and the Wisconsin BPDD. This survey is designed to gauge parent involvement, knowledge, and concerns in transition planning for students with disabilities.
Long Term Care
This document from the Bureau of People with Developmental Disabilities provides an overview of Medicaid long-term care programs available for adults with disabilities and frail elders in Wisconsin.
Making the Most out of iPads and Tablets
An overall review of how iPads and tablets can be used in the classroom and day to day living.
Making the Move: Transition Strategies at California Schools with High Graduation Rates
The American Institutes for Research (AIR), as a partner in the California Comprehensive Center (CA CC) at WestEd, was approached by the K-12 Office of Innovation and Improvement (formerly the Middle Grades Improvement Office) of the California Department of Education (CDE) to help identify programs and policies leading to successful transition between middle grades and high schools. Specifically, CDE sought to identify schools with strong transition programs to provide case study examples of California schools experiencing high levels of success with such transitions.
Medical Home Toolkit for Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs
In this Toolkit, Wisconsin physicians and families share their stories and insights on creating a Medical Home Partnership. They will guide you through the key steps of quality improvement – the small steps that can make big differences for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.
Mental Health Transition Resources
A list of compiled resources for students with mental health and emotional and behavioral difficulties in transition.
Mental Health Units of Instruction: Mental Illness Awareness
A curriculum available from the WI DPI to address mental health awareness with students.
Mentoring: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Mentoring with related links.
My "Must Have" Papers
A tip sheet for students with disabilities listing important papers that students should retain copies of in a safe place.
My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College
A workbook for middle and junior high school students exploring college or technical school options, including examples of careers that require degrees from different types of postsecondary education.
NAMI--Parents and Teachers as Allies
Presentation by Patti Jo Severson at the 2011 WSTI Academy on Mental Health, detailing early warning signs of mental illness in children and what teachers can do to understand family reactions to mental illness
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. NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth)
Your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities, includes resources, fact sheets, and other publications.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
We serve the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Here, you’ll also find easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education. Our State Resource Sheets will help you connect with the disability agencies and organizations in your state.Read and freely share our many articles and publications, sign up for our newsletter, and write or call us for more personalized assistance. We are here to help.
National High School Center
Millions of high school students - particularly those with disabilities, with limited proficiency in English, or from low-income backgrounds - need additional support in order to succeed. To address this challenge, the National High School Center promotes the use of research-supported approaches that help all students learn and become adequately prepared for college, work, and life.
The National High School Center identifies research-supported improvement programs and tools, offers user-friendly products, and provides technical assistance services to improve secondary education.
Natural Supports for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the Workplace
Session presented at the 2012 WSTI Academy on Employment for Youth.
Navigating College: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults
A guidebook written by adults with Autism to help students with Autism navigate the world of higher education. Offers unique perspectives, tips and strategies for youth with Autism entering college.
Navigating College: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
Website and blog designed as a companion to the handbook: Navigating College: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults
November 2012 WSTI E-News
The November 2012 Edition of the Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative E-News.
Opening Doors Series (fillable order form) - English
A printable or fillable order form to order printed copies of each of the booklets in the "Opening Doors" series from the WI DPI.
Opening Doors Series (Fillable Order Form) - Spanish
A printable or fillable order form to order printed copies of each of the booklets in Spanish in the "Opening Doors" series from the WI DPI.
Opening Doors to Adult Services
Handbook created by DPI to help students and families understand the range of adult services available and how to access them.
Opening Doors to Adult Services--SPANISH translation
Handbook created by DPI to help students and families understand the range of adult services available and how to access them. This version has been translated into Spanish by WI FACETS and the SPDG grant.
Opening Doors to Employment: Planning for Life After High School
This booklet from the Department of Public Instruction provides students, parents and teachers valuable information on career exploration, job preparation, job search strategies, as well as many other useful resources about employment.
Opening Doors to Employment: Planning for Life After High School - SPANISH
This booklet from the Department of Public Instruction provides students, parents and teachers valuable information on career exploration, job preparation, job search strategies, as well as many other useful resources about employment. This version has been translated into Spanish by WI FACETS and the SPDG grant.
Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education
This booklet from the WI DPI has been created to assist students with disabilities, parents, school counselors, and others on the IEP team in planning for the student's postsecondary experience. It includes information to help students understand their strengths and identify the support and resources they will need to be successful at the postsecondary level. This booklet contains fillable forms for you to use.
Opening Doors to Postsecondary Education - SPANISH
This booklet from the WI DPI has been created to assist students with disabilities, parents, school counselors, and others on the IEP team in planning for the student's postsecondary experience. It includes information to help students understand their strengths and identify the support and resources they will need to be successful at the postsecondary level. This booklet contains fillable forms for you to use. This version has been translated into Spanish by WI FACETS and the SPDG grant.
Opening Doors to Self-Determination--SPANISH version
This booklet provides information and guidance to students with disabilities as they explore how to develop self-determination skills to prepare for the transition from high school. This version has been translated into Spanish by WI FACETS and the SPDG grant.
Opening Doors to Self-Determination: Planning for Life After High School
This booklet provides information and guidance to students with disabilities as they explore how to develop self-determination skills to prepare for the transition from high school.
OSEP Toolkit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities
A compilation of current information that will move states forward in improving results for all students with disabilities. The Tool Kit will be added to over time to include more information designed to support states’ efforts and to communicate the results of research on teaching, learning, and assessments.
OSERS Transition Fact Sheet
A quick reference to help inform OSERS staff about critical data areas related to the transition of youths with disabilities from school activities to post-school activities. For the purposes of this document, “transition” is defined as the passage from school to participating in postsecondary education, training or both, engaging in meaningful employment, living within one’s community, exercising self-determination and contributing to society as productive citizens.
Overview of Coordinated Services Teams (CSTs)
The Coordinated Family Services process centers decision-making by the family team. The team supports the child, family, and each other throughout the process. Both planning and interventions rest on the combined skills and flexible resources of this diversified, committed group of individuals. The strengths and resources of the child, family, natural supports and providers are the key to selecting interventions and supports most likely to meet the identified needs. Presented at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health.
Overview of the Let's Get to Work Quick Guide on Transition to Employment
The Let’s Get to Work (LGTW) Quick Guide on Transition to Employment is a collection of project materials and related resources complied for teachers and school staff supporting the transition to integrated, community employment for students with disabilities. The LGTW Quick Guide will help you implement the 5 C’s of Best Practices in Transition to Employment.
Paid Employment: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Paid Employment with related links.
Parent Survey of 18-21 Program Elements
A survey to use with parents to gain information from them regarding desired elements of a local 18-21 program.
Parent/Youth PTP Guide
This guide is to inform parents and youth of the new Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP). It describes the new PTP application, how parents and youth can participate in the new PTP during an IEP team meeting, and gives a list of resources.
Planning for Employment After High School - And Creating Full Days
Practices for transition programs (students 18-21) that are designed to match best practices and lead to the outcome of integrated employment also facilitate the creation of full lives for youth with disabilities that will last beyond school services.
Planning for Postsecondary Education: High School Timeline
Resource from PEPNET for D/HH students to plan their high school experience to best prepare them for postsecondary education.
Post High School Outcomes brochure for students
A brochure developed to remind students with disabilities about the WI Post High School Outcomes survey.
Post High School Outcomes Rap Song Video
A video created to show students in preparation for the WI Post High School Outcomes Survey.
Postsecondary Resources for ASD
Tips for what K-12 educators, parents, families and students can do to support students with Autism preparing to participate in postsecondary education.
Postsecondary Transition Plan--Effective Practices
This is the powerpoint presentation addressing how to incorporate effective practices into the transition plans written via the PTP (Postsecondary Transition Plan). This presentation is being provided at CESAs during the 2012-13 school year.
Preparing For and Supporting Disclosure of Mental Health Experiences - WISE Basics
WISE is a statewide collaboration of organizations and individuals. This PowerPoint will go through the WISE Stigma Basics Honest, Open and Proud. It offers insights, resources, and support for stigma reduction.
Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Out of High School Timeline
Planning checklist from PEPNET for D/HH students who wish to enter postsecondary education after exiting high school for a time.
Presentation: A New Way of Thinking
The presentation that corresponds with the New Way of Thinking guide, which is a self-advocacy program focusing on disability awareness and eliminating Automatic Negative Thoughts regarding disability in students.
Preventing Challenging Behavior--Dr. Rick Van Acker
Keynote presentation from the 2011 WSTI Academy on Mental Health. Details proactive strategies for addressing challenging behavior.
PROMISE Grant Overview for Schools
Wisconsin is one of six sites participating in the US Department of Education’s demonstration of a promising path to success for youth receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Wisconsin PROMISE will help youth and their families meet their school and work goals in order to better their income and financial stability reducing poverty. Wisconsin Promise will enroll 2,000 youth (between the ages of 14-16) receiving SSI and their families.
PROMISE Partners: Innovation, Collaboration and Independence
A review of what PROMISE is and how it supports students with disabilities. By working with the schools, families and community to ensure students and graduates are productive and self-sufficient.
PTP: Career Clusters and Pathways
This chart mirrors the WI Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) Application in the Measurable Employment Goal step. It lists each Career Cluster and the Pathways included in each category.
Questions and Answers Document on Secondary Transition: OSEP
FAQ document from the Office of Special Education Programs answering questions about secondary transition, specifically the Summary of Performance (SoP).
Questions and Answers on Special Education and Homelessness
White paper from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education that provides information to special educators, early intervention providers, and homeless assistance coordinators about some of the requirements of the IDEA and the McKinney-Vento Act that apply in serving homeless children with disabilities.
Reading-Free Career Interest Assessments
List & comparisons some career interest assessments that can help kids with very limited reading or language skills begin to choose their own career exploration paths.
Reality Bites: Living in an Adult World
Presentation by Laura Plummer and Cindy Pichler at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth. Discusses IDEA/ADA, accommodations, assistive technology, and disability services.
Reentry Programs for Students with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Four State Approaches
Evidence strongly supports the notion that juvenile offenders, both with and without disabilities, are significantly more likely to experience successful reentry into their home schools and communities if appropriate programs and supports are in place. In spite of this, comprehensive state-level reentry programs for youth are few and far between. The first section of this document defines reentry, describes recent federal efforts to support successful reentry for youth, discusses the prevalence of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, explains why reentry programming matters and summarizes recommended strategies for successful reentry. The second section describes four states’ efforts to support the successful reentry of juvenile offenders into their home schools and communities. Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) completed this document as part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
Registration form for 18-21 programs
Information sheet to collect statewide data on the existence and components of 18-21 year old programs in Wisconsin.
Researchers Help Teachers Facing Spike in Student Autism Rate
In March, the Center for Disease Control reported sharp increases in the prevalence of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)—especially for 14-17 year-olds, whose rate has more than doubled over the last 5 years. As the new school year gets underway, scientists at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) have released a multimedia manual that provides strategies for secondary school teachers whose classrooms now include students with ASD.
Resource Locator Map from The IRIS Center Peabody College Vanderbilt University
Video Vignettes—videos complied from a wide variety of sources—are about individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates, teachers, and service providers. Some focus on the history of disabilities, while others demonstrate the implementation of evidence-based practices in educational settings. We believe that college faculty, PD providers, and independent learners alike will find something in this collection to enhance their instruction. In the months ahead, be sure to watch for more announcements and more videos.
Resource Roadmap for the Difficult Child
Resources for parents of children with challenging behaviors.
Resources Available to Support the Mental Health Needs of Students with Disabilities
Presented by Nic Dibble at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health. Provides examples of online resources, webcasts, screening tools and professional development available from DPI to address the mental health needs of students with disabilities.
Resources, Programs and Tips for People on the Autism Spectrum Planning for Post Secondary Education
Presentation by Daniel Parker from DPI--2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth
Sample PTP - "Hannah"
Here is a sample PTP for a 17 year old student with developmental delays.
Sample PTP - "Kevin"
Here is a sample PTP for a 20 year old student wanting to open his own business.
Sample PTP - "Ruth"
Here is a sample PTP for a 15 year old homebound student.
Sample PTP - "Tony"
Here is a Sample PTP for a 19 year old student who is non-verbal.
Sample Student Accommodation Card
Have students create their own accommodation cards and help them start the discussion on their own, with your support, about what they need in their regular education classes. Check out these two samples courtesy of Holmen High School and Sauk Prairie High School.
This guide is designed for school officials and business leaders who are interested in engaging in school-business partnerships. Though the types of partnership activities can vary widely, the common goal of virtually all school-business partnerships is to improve the education experience.
Secondary Transition Collection
Collection of materials on secondary transition from the IDEA Partnership, also known as the National Community of Practice on Transition.
Secondary Transition Toolkit
The Secondary Transition Toolkit is a combination of research, best practices, and available resources on secondary transition related issues. The Secondary Transition Toolkit offers practical information and assistance for administrators, service providers, teachers, parents, and families to provide high quality transition services for students with disabilities. The information for the Secondary Transition Toolkit is organized using the Taxonomy for Transition Programming (Kohler, 1996).
Self-Advocacy and Employment: Youth Fact Sheet
Fact sheet on self-advocacy skills and resources, created by WI Youth First.
Self-Advocacy and IEP Unit
A review of the Self-Advocacy and the IEP Unit course.
Self-Advocacy and the IEP
This presentation reviews how students can use self-advocacy skills to help learn about, write about, and run their own IEP meeting.
Self-Determination Guide: Promoting Findings and Strategies from a Survey of Wisconsin Paraprofessionals
This strategy guide is a collection of user-friendly tips that paraprofessionals can use to promote the self- determination of students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels. It is organized by the seven domains of self-determination used in the survey and includes definitions, examples, and practical resources.
Eight-week Self-determination program to use with students who are at-risk or need to develop those skills. Handbook includes activities and plans. Developed by Mary Ann Beckman, Laura Owens and Jessica Steuer
Self-Determination: It's Not Easy (Powerpoint)
Dr Jamie Van Dycke, a professor at Oklahoma State University, interviewed high school students across Oklahoma regarding their opinions about participating in their own IEP meeting. She developed the "It's Not Easy" automated PowerPoint slide to disseminate the results of her interviews. It demonstrates the importance of providing students the opportunity to actively participate in their IEP meetings.
Self-Directed Employment Planning Modules
These learning modules were developed by Shannon Munn-Huff and Nancy Farnon-Molfenter through inControl Wisconsin with funding made available from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
This on-line series was designed to help people with disabilities think about their integrated employment options, understand employment supports, and create a plan to achieve their integrated employment goals.
Self-Directed Transition Planning Tool
Planning tool from Let's Get to Work and the Wisconsin BPDD. This planning tool was created to help students and their support teams come together to talk and think about employment goals
Service Learning: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Service Learning with related links.
Setting Higher Employment Expectations for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities
Research data from the NLTS-2 connecting involvement in employment to improved outcomes.
Severe disabilities examples
Link to resources from NSTTAC specifically geared for assessment and transition planning for students with significant disabilities.
Sexuality and Disability Bibliography
A bibliography of websites and print materials that deal with the topic of sexuality and disability, compiled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
Shaping Tomorrow's Workforce: Including Talents of Young People with Disabilities
Resource from the Office of Disability Employment Policy that provides information to employers on the recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities.
Shift Your Perspective: Trauma-Informed Care
Presentation by Elizabeth Hudson at the 2011 WSTI Academy on Mental Health, addressing the concept of Trauma-Informed Care in schools.
Skills to Pay the Bills--Academy
Transition Academy presentation by Pam Jenson on ODEP's "Skills to Pay the Bills" curriculum, including videos.
SLD Data Graphing Tool
DPI has made available a graphing tool for use in summarizing progress monitoring data collected during the implementation of intensive interventions for establishing the insufficient progress criterion for the new SLD criteria.
SLD Technical Guide for Eligibility Determination
This guide is intended to assist schools in the implementation of the SLD rule. It includes the requirements and criteria for initial SLD evaluations and reevaluations; definitions associated with the new rule; and how to apply the SLD rule, including ideas for Individualized Education Program (IEP) team discussions. The department’s website (http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/) houses additional resources educators and parents may find helpful in understanding and applying the SLD rule.
Social Relationships: Youth Fact Sheet
Describes social interactions at work and in the community and how to build those skills. Fact sheet developed for youth by WI Youth First.
Social Security Disability Benefits Basics
A review of the basics for Social Security benefits and resources.
Social Security PASS Plans (Plans for Achieving Self-Support)
This page provides general information on the Plan to Achieve Self-Support or PASS. It is an SSI provision to help individuals with disabilities return to work.
Social Security Spanish website
Link to the Spanish-language version of the Social Security Administration's website.
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills
"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills--TCN
Handout from presentation on ODEP "Soft Skills to Pay the Bills" curriculum for Transition Coordinator Network, October 2012.
Statewide Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)
Link to the SPDG website, which includes "hubs" for transition, parent leadership, early childhood, personnel development, and higher education
Strength of Us
StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support and to build connections for those navigating the unique challenges and opportunities in the transition-age years. StrengthofUs provides opportunities for you to connect with your peers and offer support, encouragement and advice and share your real world experiences, personal stories, creativity, resources and ultimately, a little bit of your wonderful and unique self. It is a user-generated and user-driven community; so basically it's whatever you make it.
Student Assistive Technology Transition Resource Portfolio
This guide developed through the WSTI project is a transition planning and record-keeping tool for students, with an emphasis on recording use of assistive technology at school and on the job. All fields in this document are fillable, so students can download the guide and type in their information as they see fit.
Summary of Performance (SoP) Fillable form---Effective Practice
This is the final copy of the revised WiTIG effective practice SoP form as of 3/24/15.
Summary of Performance Survey report---Spring 2011
Summary of data collection efforts around the Summary of Performance completion and use in Wisconsin.
Supporting Young Veterans' Transition to Civilian Employment
When it comes to transitioning from military service to civilian employment, many young Veterans need assistance from youth service professionals and other workforce development service providers. This blog looks at some of the challenges that young Veterans with and without disabilities face and some strategies and resources for assisting them.
Teens on IEPs: Making My Transition Services Work for Me
Tip sheet for students regarding IEP development, roles and responsibilities.
The Wisconsin Telework Loan Program is a statewide, alternative loan program that allows Wisconsin residents with disabilities to purchase computers and other equipment needed to work from home or from other remote sites away from the office, such as work on the road or at a telework center.
Ten Things Employers Can Do To Support Youth With Disabilities
Tip sheet for use with employers as they work with students with disabilities. From the Waisman Center.
Ten Things Social Organizations and Associations Can Do To Include Youth with Disabilities
Tip sheet for clubs and other groups to effectively include youth with disabilities.
The "Action Signs" Project
A toolkit to help parents, educators and health professionals identify children at behavioral and emotional risk.
The 5 C's of Evidence-Based Practices in Transition for Students with Disabilities
Tip sheet describing the most commonly identified best practices in transition for increasing employment outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Compiled by the Wisconsin BPDD and Let's Get to Work.
The 5 C's of Evidenced-Based Practices in Transition
The most commonly identified best practices in transition can be condensed into the Five C’s of Evidence-Based Transition Programming to Increase Employment Outcomes for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Coordination, Coursework, Career Goals, Community and Collaboration.
The 6 Steps of Providing Employment Supports to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The process of providing assistance to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in seeking employment and succeeding at a job can be outlined in 6 steps: Assessment, Planning, Job Search, Job Training, Fading Support, and Ongoing Support.
The Birthday Party
Students with disabilities hear their teachers and parents talk about their IEP meetings, they hear about goals, and they hear about what they are doing wrong and the problems that they are having. They hear about plans and services and who will work on each job. They hear about who will attend the IEP meeting. But students rarely receive invitations to attend when they first begin to hear about these meetings.
The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-based and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum.
CSESA is a five year project that brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with high schools, families, adolescents with ASD, and community members.
The Let's Get to Work! Quick Guide based on the 5 C's of Transition Practices
This presentation reviews the 5 C's: Coordination, Classes, Career Goals, Community Work, and Collaboration.
The Power of Peer Influence: Are You Tapping Into It?
Blog entry from the NCWD-Youth website highlighting different peer mentoring programs involving students with disabilities.
The WI Technical College System (WTCS) Disability Services Webpage
The WI Technical College System (WTCS) Disability Services Webpage that includes Key Contact List, Guides, and Resources
Things to Put in the Transition Portfolio
A review of items each child should have in their Transition Portfolio.
Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities.
Think College College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities
This website about college options is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others.
Think-Plan-Do Encourages Self-Determination
The State of California Department of Developmental Services guide, designed to help people with developmental disabilities to have self-determined lives; To learn simple ways, using supports, everyone can participate in directing their futures. Includes guides and videos
Tiered Interventions and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
Resource from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) providing basic information on the role tiered interventions can play in secondary transition planning.
Tiered Interventions in High Schools
In response to the high school practitioners’ need for information and guidance, this report—the initial work of the High School Tiered Interventions Initiative (HSTII), a collaborative project of three federally funded technical assistance centers—summarizes what we have learned thus far and how those lessons learned can advance the ongoing discussion about effective RTI implementation in high schools. This report is grounded in available research and the professional wisdom of leading researchers and practitioners, including staff members from eight high schools implementing tiered interventions.
TIP Self-Assessment Ratings Key and Predictor Categories
A review of Implementation Ratings and Evidence Ratings in relation to the Post School Outcomes.
Tips for Job Development and Pre-Employment Status
Tip sheet for educators working in job development for students with disabilities. Presented at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth. Includes a work progression for students with different disabilities across 4 years.
Tips for Using Career Clusters in the PTP
The Transition Improvement Grant has put together a tip sheet to assist specifically with utilizing Wisconsin Career Pathways and the Career Clusters within your PTP development. Check out this informative sheet to find examples of how to best align career clusters for transition planning!
Tips to Develop Youth Leadership Skills
Tip sheet from the Waisman Center on developing youth leadership skills.
Toward Gender-Sensitive Approaches with Adolescents
Presentation by Flo Hilliard at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health. Gender differences for adolescent males and females show themselves in:
behavioral expression of trauma
Transition Academy: Employment of Youth---Program
This is the program and description of breakout sessions for the November 2012 Transition Academy on Employment of Youth.
Transition Action Guide--Full Version
Full version of the guide developed to assist in the improvement of communication, coordination, and services for students with disabilities transitioning from school to work. It was designed to be useful for all persons and agencies (stakeholders) involved in the transition process. Developed to support the DPI/DVR/DHS Interagency Agreement
Transition Action Guide--Short Version
This newly-revised document outlines the roles and responsibilities for stakeholders in the IEP planning process for employment as determined by the DPI/DVR/DHS Interagency Agreement.
Transition Basics from TransCen
Self-paced online modules covering work-based experiences, youth empowerment, health and social service linkages, family supports, and interagency collaboration.
Transition Coordinator Job Description
Example from Milwaukee Public Schools
Transition E-News: September 2012
WSTI Transition E-Newsletter for September 2012.
Transition from High School to College (Podcast part 1)
The Disability Law Lowdown website has posted a podcast called Transitioning from High School to College for Students with Disabilities. Interviews are conducted about facts, myths, and tips for students with disabilities transitioning from high school to college.
Transition from High School to College (podcast part 2)
The Disability Law Lowdown website has posted a podcast called Transitioning from High School to College for Students with Disabilities. Interviews are conducted about facts, myths, and tips for students with disabilities transitioning from high school to college.
Transition Guide for WI Deaf/Blind Youth
Private Rehabilitation Agencies for Deafblind, State Educational Resources, National Educational Resources, State Government Programs, Parent Organizations, Technology, Community Partners, Regional Partners, National Resources, Glossaries Vision and Hearing Terms, Articles & Publication Resources
Transition Healthcare Checklist: Preparing for Life as an Adult
This is a resource to help youth and young adults with special health care needs and disabilities make a successful transition to adult living that includes education, health and community living
Transition Literature Education
Listing of various transition websites and publications.
Transition Planning for Families
The postsecondary transition planning process can feel overwhelming unless you know what agencies are available to support your child, where to get the help you need, and have a solid transition plan in place with your child’s school. It is important to begin to think and plan for life after high school as early as possible.
Transition Planning for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Presentation materials for creating effective transition plans for students with moderate to sever disabilities.
Transition Planning Worksheet
The Transition Planning Worksheet is a two page document that breaks down each component of the transition plan into fillable parts. This worksheet is a great tool to use when preparing for an IEP team meeting. Students, parents, and educators can fill in their thoughts, ideas, and concerns prior to the meeting to help enrich the discussion about transition.
Transition Services Examples
This booklet was developed to assist educators, parents and students in writing and implementing the transition services of the IEP. It includes suggested activities that may be very useful when planning a student’s transition from high school. Keep in mind these are activities that specific team members (including students and parents) are responsible for completing while the student is still in high school to help him/her be successful as he/she transitions to adulthood.
Transition Specialist Job Duties
Example from Marathon County area
Transition to Adult Care Assessment and Action Plan (Spanish version)
Checklist to help students with disabilities plan for the move to adult healthcare systems.
Transition to Independence Process Model (TIP)
Background on the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model, which was developed for working with youth and young adults (14-29 years old) with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD) to engage them in their own futures planning process; provide them with developmentally- appropriate, non-stigmatizing, culturally-competent, and appealing services and supports; and involve them and their families and other informal key players in a process that prepares and facilitates them in their movement toward greater self-sufficiency and successful achievement of their goals related to relevant transition domains.
Presented by Dr. Rusty Clark at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health.
Transitions: Building Better LIves for Youth Leaving Foster Care
A resource from the state of Arizona describing the challenges of youth leaving the foster care system. Includes case scenarios and transition plans for a variety of situations.
Transportation Challenges for Youth
Youth Employment Brief discussing developing transportation options for youth in employment.
Trauma-Informed Care in Schools: Changing Policy and Practice
Presented by Christine Dunning at the 2011 WSTI Transition Academy on Mental Health. This presentation identifies what it means to be a “compassionate”, "trauma sensitive or trauma-informed“ school, explains how psychological trauma causes brain injury in children affecting memory and behavior; explains the connection between trauma experience and school performance; and allows an opportunity to discuss school policies and practices to dysfunction caused by traumatic experience that impedes learning.
U.S. Department of Education Q & A on Secondary Transition
OSERS issues this Q&A document to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties with information regarding secondary transition for students with disabilities. This Q&A document represents the Department’s current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. This guidance does not impose any requirements beyond those required under applicable law and regulations. This Q&A document supersedes the Department’s guidance, entitled: Questions and Answers on Secondary Transition, Revised June, 2009.
Ubuntu: Building a Responsive Classroom Community
A review of the learning objectives: Responsive to all learners, ability to define culture, ability to definie community, and a call to action.
Ubuntu: I Am Poem
This is a great activity to use with students and adults. What kind of poem can you create?
Ubuntu: Keys to Successful School, Family, And Community Partnerships
A review of Epstein's Six Types of Involvement: Parenting, Communicating, Volunteering, Learning at Home, Decision Making, and Collaboration.
Understanding Ticket to Work
Brochure describing the Ticket to Work program through the Social Security Administration.
Universal Design for Learning and Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: 101
Resource from the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) providing examples of how concepts of universal design can be incorporated into transition planning.
University of Wisconsin System
Main webpage for the University of Wisconsin System
Presentation by Tracy Hogden to the Transition Coordinator Network, March 2013. This presentation outlines the creation and use of visual resumes for job seekers.
Vocational Futures Planning and Support
Overview of the Vocational Futures Planning process. Presentation by Dan Johnson, Shannon Munn, and Mary Ridgely at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth
Vocational Futures Planning and Support Spotlight
Flyer from the Paths to Employment Resource Center (PERC) outlining training and materials available for Vocational Futures Planning.
We Connect Now
We Connect is dedicated to uniting college students with disabilities in access to higher education and employment issues. The website provides information on state chapters, stories about persons with disabilities, a focus of the month, blogs, events, news, links, laws, and job.
What Can You Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment
Through its national “What can YOU do?” public outreach initiative, the Campaign for Disability Employment reinforces the reality that people with disabilities want to work and that their talents and abilities positively impact businesses both financially and organizationally. Several unique tools characterize the “What can YOU do?” initiative, including the Campaign’s Web site, WhatCanYouDoCampaign.org, which offers users the chance to learn, express their commitment to disability employment efforts and share what they “can do.” The site also features tools and tangible ideas for supporting the Campaign’s goals, such as Discussion Guides, posters, CDE support badges that users can display on their own Web sites and blogs, and ready-to-publish news briefs for publications and social media platforms.
Also featured on the site are video public service announcements (PSAs) that challenge assumptions about people with disabilities and employment.
What Did You Do for Disability Mentoring Day? Programs & Youth Share What They Did & Learned
Blog entry from NCWD-Youth giving ideas for Disability Mentoring Day activities.
What do the New Graduation Rate Calculations Mean for Students with Disabilities?
There are both state and federal laws that specify the rights of children to a free and appropriate public education. This article written by staff at the Department of Public Instruction will aid in the discussions about graduating students with disabilities at the appropriate time for the individual student.
What Happens After School? Creating a Meaningful Day for Ages 18-21
This presentation reviews the principles of self-determination, relationships and IRIS basics.
What You Should Know about Wisconsin Law: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities
Formerly "On Being 18" publication from the Wisconsin Bar Association, discussing the rights and responsibilities for youth as they turn 18.
Who Am I? Self-Determination Questionnaire
This is an easy to use transition assessment that focuses on the student's preferences, interests, strengths, and needs.
WI Community on Transition
Information on the Wisconsin Community on Transition, a collaboration of stakeholders interested in the transition of youth with disabilities and special health care needs to adulthood.
WI Statewide Parent Educator Initiative
Link to information regarding WSPEI--the Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative.
WI Transition Assessment Guide
The Wisconsin Transition Assessment Guide has been laid out as a tool for teachers to use in both monitoring the transition skills of their students and determining further assessment of skills. The guide is divided in three portions to mirror the three areas for writing measurable postsecondary goals: Education and Training; Employment; and Independent Living.
WI Youth Apprenticeship program
Information on the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program, associated with the Department of Workforce Development.
Wisconsin Disability Benefits Network
The WDBN provides training, technical assistance and a professional forum for Benefit specialists throughout Wisconsin. The WDBN seeks ways to reach out and better serve people with disabilities, their supporters and professional service providers regarding the impact of employment on government benefits.
Our mission is to provide and broaden opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families, with emphasis on support for under-served families in the community.
Wisconsin Post HIgh School Outcomes Survey
Website for the Wisconsin Post High School Outcomes Survey, including all the resources and materials school districts need to conduct their surveys. Previous data collection reports can also be accessed.
A review of the Wisconsin PROMISE Grant. Wisconsin is one of six sites participating in the US Department of Education's demonstration of a promising path to success for youth receiving Supplemental Security Income.
Wisconsin Skill Standards Certificate Programs
Flyer providing information about the the Wisconsin Cooperative Education Skill Standards Certificate Program.
Wisconsin Skill Standards Certificate Programs
This flyer provides basic information on the Wisconsin Skills Standard Certificate programs available through DPI.
Wisconsin Summer Camps for Students with Disabilities
2014 updated list of Summer Camp offerings for students with disabilities in the Wisconsin Area.
Wisconsin Technical College System
Link to the main website for the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).
Wisconsin Work Based Learning Programs
Full brochure from DPI explaining the WI Youth Apprenticeship Program, the Employability Skills Certificate Program, the Cooperative Education Skill Standards Certificate Program, job shadowing, internships, work experience programs, youth leadership skill standards certificate program, cooperative education programs, assistant child care teacher program, infant toddler skills certificate, service learning, school-based enterprise, and supervised agriculture experience program.
Wisconsin Youth Option Program
Link to DPI website information on Wisconsin's Youth Options programs, which allow some high school juniors and seniors to take post-secondary level classes.
Wisconsin's Family Engagement Newsletter--January 2013
January, 2013 edition of the Wisconsin Family Engagement Newsletter, published by Wisconsin FACETS.
Wisconsin's Let's Get to Work Project
Presentation on Wisconsin's Let's Get to Work Project, presented at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth
Link to the web archives of WisKids Journal, a publication of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Inc.
Work Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship
Presentation given by Sarah Baird and Kevin Miller to the Transition Coordinator Network, October 2012.
Work Incentives Benefits
This resource provides information on how to find a benefits specialist and why benefits advice is an essential part of getting and keeping a job.
Work Reflection Page
Work reflection form for students to use when reflecting on their performance in job placements. Presented by Burlington High School at the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy.
Work Sampling: NSTTAC/Youth to Work Coalition
In depth resources to improve work-based learning practices. Focus on Work Sampling with related links.
Work-based Learning Programs
This white paper defines the differences between paid and unpaid work experiences and gives examples and resources for each.
Workforce Investment Act--Youth Programs
Link to DWD website for WIA Youth Programs
Working, Learning, and Becoming an Independent Adult
Presentation from the 2012 WSTI Transition Academy on Employment of Youth by Pulaski High School.
Worksheet for Community-based Learning
Worksheet for teams to use to determine need for 18-21 programs in their area, including planning for the goals of such a program.
WTCS Accommodations Guide
This guide is to assist technical college staff and faculty in providing accommodations in instructional activities and various service areas without fundamentally altering the essential criteria/functions of a program, course, or activity. The use of this Guide can lead to student success if students and staff/faculty are offered assistance that promotes understanding of our laws and identifies the roles and responsibilities of college staff, students and others.
WTCS Guide for Student Records Confidentiality
The following guidelines have been designed to assist the WTCS districts developing procedures for confidentiality of student records. A committee composed of representatives from district Student Services, Special Services, and WTCS did extensive research and exploration of past and present practices used by districts to safeguard student records.
WTCS Key Contacts
Current list of Disability Services contacts for each campus in the Wisconsin Technical College System.
You Can Work Brochure from WI DHS
Youth in Transition can work. They can bring home more money and keep their health care benefits. They can make a business better.
You Can Work with Benefits
What is a Work Incentive Benefit Specialist and how can students/adults with disabilities work with benefits? This provides summaries and resources for employment.
Youth at Work: Talking Safety
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health is pleased to present Youth@Work: Talking Safety, a foundation curriculum in occupational safety and health. This curriculum is the culmination of many years’ work by a consortium of partners dedicated to reducing occupational injuries and illnesses among youth.
This curriculum is meant to be used in a classroom or other group training setting. The entire curriculum includes instructions for teachers and a step by step guide for presenting the material
Youth Development and Leadership Facilitator Guide
The Youth Leadership and Development Training for Wisconsin was designed to encourage the professionals who work with youth, with or without disabilities, to support youth in leadership and development activities. The concept of “Nothing About Us, Without Us” is evident throughout this training. The training is designed as a three-hour work session.
Youth Employment Data---National
Link to the Office of Disability Employment Policy's data on the national youth employment rate.
Youth Employment Rates
From the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), 2012 data on monthly employment rates for youth with and without disabilities.
Youth Leadership Forum
Delegate application for Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum
Youth Transition Toolkit--California
Web link to California's Youth Transition Toolkit.
Interactive website for youth with disabilities to explore different components of life after high school.
Website from U.S. Department of Labor. YouthRules! is an initiative to promote positive and safe work experiences for teens by distributing information about young workers to youth, parents, employers and educators. Components of the initiative include a website, printed materials, outreach events, training seminars and partnering activities