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Transition Initiative Bulletin Board


Transition Initiative Bulletin Board


This page was last updated on Feb 22, 2018 at 9:51 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


newNTACT | Collaborative Initiatives Across Career and Technical Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education: Three State/Local Stories

March 08, 2018 | 3:00 pm EST

The needs and opportunities have never been greater for students with disabilities to gain access to - and succeed in - career and technical education (CTE) programs. The purpose of this webinar is to bring together representatives of Special Education (SpEd), CTE, and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) from three states to share their collaborative initiatives and outcomes around engaging students with disabilities in CTE programs. Join NTACT for a lively discussion to learn about strategies at systems- and classroom- levels as well as resources you can use to enhance or begin your state’s efforts around this critical partnership.


VR and Post-Secondary Education: Understanding the Obstacles and How To Overcome Them
National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-determination and Employment (RAISE)

               March 13, 2018 | 2:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT  

Vocational rehabilitation agency’s (VR’s) willingness to pay for a client’s post-secondary education can sometimes be a major point of contention. Issues can range from the willingness to approve post-secondary education, particularly for advanced degrees, the level of VR funding, and implementation of the reasonable accommodations needed to reach that goal. Strategies to overcome common obstacles will be discussed.

Assistive Technology that Supports Independent Living for Young Adults with Disabilities

PACER Center – Live Stream Event Page

Thursday, April 05, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

There is a wide range of assistive technology (AT) that can be used to support young adults with disabilities that want to gain independence and live on their own. These include devices to manage medication or practice healthy habits, as well as apps for a smartphone or tablet that help to manage tasks, keep track of money, or find transportation. Join us to learn about the many kinds of AT that can help teens and young adults to develop the skills needed to live more independently.


NTACT 12th Annual Capacity Building Institute 2018

Denver, Colorado | May 15, 2018 to May 18, 2018

Mark your calendars! Here is the reservation link to make your online room reservations:  

Conference registration will open soon.

Web-based Publications


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.

Transition Planning Tips for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Youth with Disabilities

PACER has also developed a new resource on working with culturally diverse youth.

HKNC Onsite Training


Employment: Real Outcomes for People Who are Deaf-Blind

HKNC A Two-Part Hybrid Course

Part 1 Online — April 9-13, 2018  Online participation required for course completion

Part 2 On-site — April 25-27, 2018 at the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, NY

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.

COST: $900 Includes online and onsite training, training materials, CRC credits and three days lodging and meals.

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.

Secondary Transition: Student-Centered Transition Planning

This module will help users to better understand the benefits of student-centered transition planning, identify ways to involve students in collecting assessment information and developing goals, and be able to prepare students to actively participate in their own IEP meetings. Estimated completion time is 2 hours.

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/$199.

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. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes for Students Participating in a Model Seamless Transition Program 

This session: 1. describes a seamless transition model that features research based service components; 2. compares vocational rehabilitation service elements, service costs, and vocational rehabilitation (VR) closure statuses of youth served through this model with a matched sample of youth who received other services; and 3. offers implications for transition and VR practice with students and youth with disabilities, especially in the context of transition 

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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