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Transition Initiative Bulletin Board


Transition Initiative Bulletin Board


This page was last updated on Sep 27, 2018 at 8:14 am


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



The 1st International Young Researchers Conference on Deafblindness

The conference will take place in Moscow, Russia. | October 9-11, 2018

This conference is for students, graduate students and young scientists from Europe, Asia, America, and Russia who are interested in visual and hearing impairments.

The main goal of the conference is the exchange of experience between young specialists in deafblindness and the creation of an international network of specialists in the field. 

Web-based Publications


 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.

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.

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.


Unique Technologies Presented at First Deaf-Blind International Conference

In this article, Scott Davert reviews some of the technology shown in the vendor areas of the Deaf-Blind International Conference for the Network of the Americas. Organized by Deaf-Blind International (DBI), and the Perkins School for the Blind, this conference is geared toward children and adults who are, or live or work with, people who are deaf-blind. 

Deafverse -  Interactive Game for Youth  Who are Deaf to Learn Self-Advocacy Skills

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) has created Deafverse, an interactive game that supports deaf youth with the development of their self-advocacy skills as they navigate real-life scenarios based on everyday experiences and setting. Deafverse is based on choosing your adventure games, which offer a safe environment to apply critical thinking skills while engaging in problem-based learning by testing a variety of responses to challenges and conflicts. Deafverse is available in English and ASL and can be played on computers or mobile devices at no cost to players.

DeafBlind Interpreting: Toward Effective Practice 

DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center (DBI)

This publication shares the outcomes of a comprehensive needs assessment whose purpose was to identify the competencies required of interpreters working with DeafBlind individuals. Conducted in 2017 by
DBI staff and the Core Team, the Needs Assessment serves as the first step or component of the larger curriculum effort undertaken by DBI, that being the development and dissemination of a curriculum guide that includes learning objectives, activities, and source materials for use by qualified educators and trainers.

Teachers Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation

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

From Assessment to Practice: A Model for Teachers - NTACT

NTACT has identified instructional practices and predictors for improved post school success based on the best available evidence. This model was developed to provide teachers with a process for incorporating them into the transition planning process; from transition assessment to classroom instruction.

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.  

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.

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.

"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.

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.

Evaluation Toolkit – NTACT

NTACT developed the Evaluation Toolkit to assist transition educators and service providers to improve their programs and services by determining what’s working and what’s not. This toolkit provides specific examples for state and local teams who are developing goals and tasks to improve transition education and services for students with disabilities. The Toolkit provides downloadable documents that can be edited by the user.

Onsite Training


UW-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone)

UW-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) will provide a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have an intellectual disability. With ample supports, specialized instruction, residential living, and community integration, the program will serve a critical need in our region and community. The program will have two components, which includes a Basic Program (2 years) and an Advanced Program (2 years), that are designed to facilitate independent living and employment success for persons with significant cognitive limitations.

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

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.

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.

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

Family Support in Post Secondary Education

This webinar looks at positive ways that families can help support their youth with disabilities in post-secondary education opportunities. 

Transition Coalition & NTACT Online Resource

Provides a guided tour of the online resources on the Transition Coalition and NTACT websites. 

HKNC Training for Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind

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.

Federal Resources

Supplemental 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. 

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.

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