TRANSITION POST SECONDARY EDUCATION

Transition refers to moving from the world of school to the adult world. It includes thinking about planning for the student’s future. Transition planning has to legally begin at age 14½ for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The resources found on this page will help you better understand how to help families through this stage in their lives.

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nsttac-logoAGE APPROPRIATE TRANSITION ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT

This document was produced under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H326J050004. Dr. Marlene Simon-Burroughs served as the project officer. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Department Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service, or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. This product is public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted. http://nsttac.org/content/age-appropriate-transition-assessment-toolkit-3rd-edition

city-of-chicago-logoTHE MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities’ Youth Employment Programs are aimed a proactively combating the high unemployment rate of working-age Chicagoans with disabilities, which is approximately 65 percent, according recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics. http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mopd.

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DHSlogoILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DISABILITY & REHABILITATION

Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our state’s residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29727

 

Access Living LogoACCESS LIVING

The services Access Living offers are changing not only how society views the disability community, but how people with disabilities view themselves. From peer-based support groups, to independent living training, helping people with disabilities take charge of their lives speaks to the passion and dedication Access Living has for service, advocacy, and social change.

Access Living
115 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 640-2190 (v)
(312)640-2102 (tty)

http://www.accessliving.org/index.php?

 

Access Living’s Programs for Youth:

Disability Justice Mentoring Collective!(DJ/MC) (Ages 16-18)

DJ/ MC is about young people with disabilities and adults working together one-on one.  Parent or guardian consent is required.  Contact Candace Coleman at 312-640-2128 or email atccoleman@accessliving.org.

(A.Y.L.P.)Advance Youth Leadership Power

This advocacy group of young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 30 meets weekly at Access Living. Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP) members are generally youth who have gone through Access Living’s leadership training program, and understand how to use grassroots organizing techniques to press for social change. The group organizes for social change on behalf of young people with disabilities. Contact Candace Coleman at 312-640-2128 or email at ccoleman@accessliving.org.

The Empowered FE-FE’s

The Empowered Fe Fes is a support and action group of young women with disabilities ages 16 to 24. The Fe Fes represent all “Fe Fe” is slang for “female.” The group meets on Fridays and discuss issues like being disabled and a girl, dating, job hunting, sexuality, family conflict, getting an apartment, independence, power, our rights and making our communities better.  Contact Fulani Thrasher at 312-640-2190 or email atfthrasher@accesslivng .org

Reaching Our Dreams

Many young people with disabilities need assistance in the same areas: time and money management; dealing with their parents; and some basic issues like communication skills and hygiene. Reaching Our Dreams was developed as a way to help youth develop skills that will enable them to become independent and more invested in planning for their futures. Contact Carlenda Johnson Independent Living Skills Coordinator (312)640-2159 or email at cjohnson@accessliving.org

 

Pepnet logo  PEPNET 2 (HEARING IMPAIRED)

Pepnet2 (pn2) recognizes the full range of postsecondary education and training options available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities, and strives to enhance the capacity of those institutions to appropriately serve this diverse student population.  Pn2 is a national collaboration of  professionals with expertise in a broad array of content areas and  a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media production, and technical assistance.  http://www.pepnet.org/resources

 

 Great lakes logoTHE GREAT LAKES ADA CENTER’S

The Great Lakes ADA Center’s mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources, including the federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the ADA. http://www.adagreatlakes.org/

 

mapping-your-future logoMIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, PREPARING YOURSELF FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL RIGHTS OF STUDENTS IN POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

Mapping Your Future is your free resource for career, college, financial aid, and money management information. Our goal is to help individuals achieve life-long success by empowering students, families, and schools with web-based information and services.Here you can explore careers, prepare for college (help with selecting a school and applying for admission), pay for college (financial aid), and manage your money (student loans and more).http://mappingyourfuture.org/MiddleHighSchool

 

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Social Security:

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10026.pdf

 

 

 

 

Equip For EqualityEFELogo Equip for Equality administer the federally mandated Protection & Advocacy System for the state of Illinois.  State Protection & Advocacy Systems serve as a legal advocate for people with disabilities and as an independent watchdog.  To carry out our responsibilities under federal law, we are granted broad, federal statutory powers. http://www.equipforequality.org/about/mission/

 

Ability Links: Ability Links Logo Ability Links is a nationwide, web-based community where qualified job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities. https://www.abilitylinks.org/