Welcome to Transition Services
The Southeast TACE Transition Services Network is for those interested in youth with a focus on developing a career, and offers opportunities to learn about and share your experiences on youth and employment, strategies to employ youth or help them start a business.
- Down Syndrome Takes Center Stage On Fox's 'Glee'
Source: Disability Scoop
In a candid conversation with Disability Scoop, actress Lauren Potter, who has Down syndrome, chats about life on set and what's next for Becky
- Evidence Lacking On Transition Programs
Source: Disability Scoop
A federal report suggests that far too little is known about the effectiveness of various types of transition programs in preparing students with disabilities for adulthood.
- Think College resumes its series of College Stories
This week, we feature Courtney Vinson, a graduate of the Pathway program at UCLA.
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- Transition to Employment for Students: Strategies for Success
All youth can work! Work should be an important feature of secondary education and transition programs for youth with disabilities – and it should be the outcome. Research shows us that having high expectations of youth, paid employment before graduation, and collaborative funding for work, all lead to higher rates of employment for youth with disabilities after they graduate from high school. This session will illustrate how schools and communities are incorporating these strategies into successful transition programs.
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- With Training, Most With Autism Land Jobs
When offered intensive, specialized training, a new study finds that young people with autism – even those with challenging behaviors – can be highly successful on the job.
- It’s not about “Them” -- It’s about All of “Us”
Empoyment First blog by Barbara Brent
- Building Successful School to Work Programs – The Braiding of Systems and Success Criteria as Well as Funding
Empoyment First blog by Marsha Threlkeld, Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE)
- Resource Integration and Alignment for Youth in Transition (Part I)
Empoyment First blog by Richard Luecking, TransCen, Inc.
- TASH Upcoming Live Training Opportunities
Throughout the year TASH offers a number of training opportunities on current topics impacting the disability community. Each training session features leading experts, research and analysis, compelling personal stories and real world examples that participants can use to relate each session to their work or life.
View schedule and description of upcoming TASH trainings
- Make Your Path (MY Path) promotes long-term financial stability for low- to medium-income youth
VRCs, particularly those who carry a transition caseload, are acutely aware that many young people with disabilities do not have the financial knowledge or skills to deal with an increasingly complex financial system. Yet many counselors are not comfortable providing financial information during counseling and guidance. My Path is an innovative approach that combines the use of financial products with teachable moments such as receiving your first paycheck. A recent working paper on Increasing Financial Capability among Economically Vulnerable Youth: MY Path describes the program and research findings, and provides information that could assist a counselor when working with transition students.
Read more about the program and download the paper
- Just released by the Transitions RTC: Policy Analysis on Transition Age Youth by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Promise for the Future report examines various federal programs that can provide assistance in meeting the educational, vocational and basic supports needs of youth and young adults (from ages 16 to 30) with serious mental health conditions (SMHCs). It briefly examines the breadth and scope of available assistance and offers recommendations to improve state, local and federal policy.
Going to College
- Survey Data Recap: College Students with Disabilities
Virginia Commonwealth University's Project Empowerment latest topic sheet presents a study that explores the issues that are known to negatively affect all college students in order to examine how these issues also affect college students with disabilities
- Getting Accommodations at College: Tools for School
Are you a college student with a mental health condition, or know someone who is? Did you know that you can ask for certain accommodations in the classroom that will help you succeed? Transitions RTC has a tipsheet that can help you figure it out.
Check out the Tools for School: Getting Accommodations in College tipsheet here!
- Think College - Training and Technical Assistance Database
This database contains resources for those developing or enhancing a Post Secondary Education initiative for students with Intellectual Disabilities. Source: http://www.thinkcollege.net/databases/tta-database
- 2011 TASH Employment of Youth in Transition Conference Archives Available
The 2011 TASH Conference included a special learning opportunity on the Employment of Youth in Transition. This conference within the conference featured the best practices in youth transition that result in integrated employment for young people perceived as the most challenging to serve.
- More Students With Disabilities Heading to College
- Transition Specialist Competencies
- When to Contact a Benefits Planner [PDF file]
How many of your clients have quit their jobs, worked below Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) or refused to work after receiving fours years of education due to misinformation about the impact of working on benefits? Are you unsure about the rules of SSA benefits and working?
- Employment Activities and Outcomes of College-Based Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
By Meg Grigal and Amy Dwyre
- Customized Employment Publications
Practical solutions, process, timelines, and evaluation for customized employment success and policy.