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Youth Transitions Collaborative Survey

(posted September 29, 2014)

The Youth Transitions Collaborative is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Together they are developing a tool to help young adults with disabilities find resources and information on how to manage their health care and pursue their career goals. Please complete the below survey for youth and young adults, families or youth service professionals.  Your input is greatly appreciated.
Survey for Youth and Young Adults
Survey for Families
Survey for Youth Service Professionals

Upcoming Webinar: What does it take to be College and Career Ready?

(posted September 24, 2014)

Join Dr. Mary Morningstar, Director of the Transition Coalition & Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, Department of Special Education and Dr. Allison Lombardi, Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut for this upcoming webinar. Preparing students with disabilities for college and careers requires educators to consider a broad array of skills and experiences. The presentation will describe six academic and non-academic constructs needed to prepare students for the transition to adulthood. October 16, 2014 at 3:00pm CST Recording of Webinar Coming Soon - Transition Planning Guide

(posted September 22, 2014)

Visit for guidance on how to ease the transition from high school to adulthood for youth with disabilities. Topics addressed include choosing a career and finding the right college. Click on the “quick links” for a wealth of resources, including tips on making the transition to independent living and guidance on maintaining or acquiring disability benefits.

Rethinking College: The Film

(posted September 15, 2014)

This short film aims to increase awareness of the importance to include students with intellectual disabilities in higher education. Interviews with parents, students, educators, and policy makers address the benefits of attending college for all people, including those with disabilities. In addition, Rethinking College illustrates how colleges and universities can provide an inclusive higher education setting.  WATCH MOVIE

President Obama signs Autism CARES Act into Law!

(posted September 03, 2014)

The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act of 2014 includes, among other topics, addressing the needs of adolescents and adults with autism as they transition from school-based services and into adulthood.  The law tasks the federal government with researching and assessing the needs for services and support for youth with autism. READ MORE

Are You in a HOT Career?

(posted August 27, 2014)

A recent US News and World Report article identified Transition Specialist as an up-and-coming career based on increased demand for them in the field of education. Read the full article here.