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Secondary Transition Family-Friendly Guides

  • April 30th, 2018
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These family-friendly, 1-page guides are designed to provide concise overviews of prioritized topics that address what parents and family members should consider when supporting youth in preparing for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living.

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Customized Employment
Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. This family-friendly, 1-page guide describes customized employment.

Entitlement vs Eligibility
School-age students with a disability who are receiving special education services are ENTITLED to receive services to access a free appropriate public education as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, ELIGIBILITY for services and supports for youth once they exit school is determined by the requirements of the agency outside the public school system. This family-friendly, 1-page guide describes the differences between entitlement and eligibility for services.

Exploring the Options of a Two- or Four-Year College
When considering a two- or four-year college, it is important for youth to self-advocate for needs and live as independently as possible. This family-friendly, 1-page guide describes considerations for discussions family members may have with youth considering college options.

Financial Fundamentals: Discussion Starters
This family-friendly, 1-page guide describes six topics to discuss with youth to assist them with managing their financial future.

The Importance of Employment: Why Work
This family-friendly, 1-page guide provides family members with discussion topics to review with youth, specific to the importance of employment.

Job Skills: Getting Ready for Work
Learning and practicing job skills while youth are still in schools helps youth with disabilities to be more successful at finding and maintaining employment. This family-friendly, 1-page guide describes skills for youth that lead to success in the workplace.

Post-Secondary Education Expectations
This family-friendly, 1-page guide describes difference between high school and post-secondary education.

Promoting Independent Living While Still in School
There are many aspects of independence for a young person with a disability and family members to consider. This family-friendly, 1-page guide addresses examples of activities in the school, home, and community that parents and family members can discuss with youth.

Preparing for Employment
When family members have high academic and employment expectations for their children with disabilities, the youth experience greater success in those critical areas. This family-friendly, 1-page guide addresses considerations for youth employability and the importance of work for youth with disabilities.

Understanding Self-Advocacy
Self-advocacy means that a person understands her/his rights and responsibilities. This family-friendly, 1-page guide provides family members with basic information to share with youth about self-advocacy.

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