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Transition Initiative Bulletin Board


Transition Initiative Bulletin Board


This page was last updated on Jul 8, 2019 at 4:54 pm


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

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

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

Check back often to see what’s new in transition services. Older resources are moved to the Bulletin Board Archive.

Upcoming Events



Overview of Labor Laws and Employment Related Issues

July 18, 2019 3:00 PM (EST)

During this webinar, targeted for professionals who are involved with obtaining and providing work experiences for youth and young adults with disabilities, information will be presented on the Fair Labor Standards Act and how these laws apply to youth with disabilities. Participants will learn how federal and state laws affect work experiences for transition age youth aged 14-21.

newWIOA State Plans and Labor Market Information (LMI) Best Practices

July 11, 2019 2:00 PM ~ 3:00 PM (ET)

This hour-long webinar will be a discussion on best practices found in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plans and Labor Market Information (LMI) Plans. It will be moderated by Employment and Training Administration (ETA) staff.

Maximizing WIOA and non-WIOA Performance Data

July 23, 2019 1:00 PM ~ 2:30 PM (ET)

Join staff from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and several state representatives, during this event, to learn how to develop a plan for maximizing your state's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and non-WIOA performance data.

Webinar Series | TransCen, Inc. 

This 3-part webinar series will provide methodologies, strategies, and tools for Employment Consultants to manage the employer engagement process to achieve stronger employer relationships. The information in this series is based on the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office on Disability and Employment Policy’s (ODEP) Employer Economic Impact Study. This national study provided employers’ perspectives on the benefits and economic impact of employment services when hiring workers with disabilities.

Part 1: How Employment Programs Economically Benefit Employers

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Cost: $35 per registration for webinar access.

This webinar shares employer perspectives on how employment programs that support job seekers with disabilities economically benefit businesses. Employers describe how customized employment has had a direct economic impact on their overall operation. Specific, measurable benefits that Employment Consultants can use to describe their services will also be presented.

Part 2: Approaching Employers and Developing Long Term Partnerships – Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Part 3: Assessing the Economic Impact and Benefit of Your Employment Programs – Tuesday, August 6, 2019

All Sessions are 90 minutes and begin at 2:00 PM Eastern. You must register individually for each session.

Web-based Resources 


From Assessment to Practice: A Model for Teachers | NTACT 

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

Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit – NTACT 

Updated by NTACT in 2016, this toolkit describes the process for conducting age-appropriate transition assessment. It includes sample tools to help with this process.

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program - Blog 

This blog post provides useful information on funding work experiences for students with disabilities. 

Interagency Agreement Toolkit - WINTAC & NTACT

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

Middle School Transition Planning Practices | NTACT 

The purpose of this Annotated Bibliography is to identify and summarize (a) what interventions have been used based on experimental studies about preparing students in middle school (ages 11-13) for transition to post-school environments and activities, (b) what else educators are doing now based on descriptive and correlational studies, and (c) what might educators do base on discussion articles.

Paths to Transition | Perkins

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

Pathways to the Future

 This is a tool-collection website developed by West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services. This website provides resources for school service professionals, students with disabilities in transition age, and their families. You can find printable transition-related materials, including transition guide, sample lessons, and work exploration program manual.

Pre-employment Transition Services - A Checklist for State VR Agencies - WINTAC

This checklist was developed to assist States with the implementation and provision of pre-employment transition services.

Preparing transition-age youth with disabilities for work: What school leaders need to know about the new legal landscape

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) 

This policy brief is intended to inform school leaders about their responsibilities under recent case law to prepare youth with disabilities for work and careers. It may also be helpful to students, families, vocational rehabilitation and developmental disability agency personnel, and community rehabilitation providers.

Quick Guide: Career and Technical Education & Secondary Students with Disabilities | NTACT 

This Quick Guide provides an overview of Career and Technical Education and its benefits for students with disabilities. It provides resources to assist with planning, access, and success for various audiences. 

Quick Guide: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth Secondary Transition - NTACT

This guide provides a brief description of issues and opportunities related to transition planning for post-school success for students with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Students with Disabilities and Post-College Employment: How Much Do We Know?
National Center for College Students with Disabilities 
This research brief provides an overview of the employment landscape for individuals with disabilities and career development considerations for college students with disabilities. This brief also offers recommendations and strategies for improved support to students as they plan their careers. 

Transition Resources for VR Counselors | NTACT 

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

Usher Syndrome Coalition's Young Adult Corner

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

Teachers Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation

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

"Updated" A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

This guide, recently updated by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, covers transition planning, services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act; education and employment options for students after high school; and supported decision-making.

Onsite Training

HKNC Services for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind With Additional Disabilities

HKNC is offering expanded services in its on-campus program to deaf-blind individuals with additional and intellectual disabilities who are seeking opportunities to discover vocational interests, strengths and abilities and benefit from community work-based learning to gain skills for future employment. Individuals who would benefit from this program are those who can manage the demands of a training program with minimal behavioral supports.  The assessment and training experiences are tailored to the needs of the individual with an emphasis on a person-centered, functional approach leading to the development of a preferred lifestyle in the domains of work, home and community.

Online Training

Advocacy in the Deaf-Blind World

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)

Designed for consumers, family members and providers, this web-based training series will increase awareness and knowledge of how to effectively self-advocate for equal access to communication, transportation, mobility, print/media and technology application.

Getting a Job! Module

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

Map It: What Comes Next? Module

Map It: What Comes Next is a free, online, interactive training designed for transition-aged students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The training utilizes three questions:

  • Who Am I?
  • What Do I Want?
  • How Do I Get There?

Video vignettes signed in ASL with spoken English and written transcription, self-assessments, and a series of interactive questions guide students as they identify their goals and develop strategies to achieve them.

Working with Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind: A Course for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Other Professionals

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)

This course provides VR counselors and other related professionals with information and resources that will guide them in supporting individuals who are deaf-blind to find and maintain fulfilling employment that leads to an increased quality of life.

12 Credits/$149.99

Recorded Webinars


WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services Topic Area Update Webinar

When: This Webinar is pre-recorded and available on demand, participants can view this recording at any time.

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

WIOA, Career Pathways, & Pre-Employment Transition Services Webinar

When: This Webinar is pre-recorded and available on demand, participants can view this recording at any time.

This training provides a brief overview of career pathways and pre-employment transition services as outlined in WIOA. Also provided is an introduction to the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) project in Virginia, and how all three work together to support the vision for individuals, especially students with disabilities in WIOA.

Using Post-School Outcome (PSO) and Career & Technical Education (CTE) Data to Address Student Outcomes

Webinar slides

Presenters share their successes in working across state agencies to improve outcomes for youth with disabilities accessing CTE in Oregon. The team shares examples from the field, process, data, lessons learned, and suggestions for implementation.

WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services Webinar: WIOA & IDEA Performance: Transition Planning & Aligning Outcomes

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

WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services Webinar: Overview of Pre-Employment Transition Services

This is a pre-recorded webinar providing an Overview of Pre-Employment Transition Services. This WINTAC webinar is hosted by The George Washington University, Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education. This 1.5 hour pre-recorded session can be viewed at any time, and provides an overview, includes applicable definitions, outlines the scope of services, providing or arranging for pre-employment transition services, required, coordination and authorized pre-employment transition service activities.

HKNC Training for Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind


Youth Programs

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

Independent Living 

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

Vocational Training 

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

HKNC Training for Professionals 

Employment: Real Outcomes for People Who are Deaf-Blind

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

Federal Resources

Calling All Young Adults with Disabilities

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

Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) workgroup – What to Know About Youth Transition Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities 

This fact sheet was created to address the compatible outcome goals and policy priorities identified in The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy and provides a quick glance of available resources. Click on the links to learn more about each fact.

Supplemetal Security Income: SSA Could Strengthen Its Efforts to Encourage Employment for Transition-Age Youth 

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

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