Reference to these resources is not intended to be an endorsement by DCDT of any specific organization or developer.
National Longitudinal Transition Study-2
Wave 3 2005 data tables of the parent and youth interviews are now available on the study website. NLTS2 has recently updated the website and features a keyword search function to help access topics of interest in the many reports currently available on the site.
IDEA (2004) Regulations Related to Secondary Transition
On August 14, 2006, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released the official regulations for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA, 2004). This document is designed to provide a quick reference to regulations, comments, and discussions related to secondary transition. Also see www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/idea2004.html#final-regs for additional information.
The Department of Education
This Department of Education site is designed to help pursue the President’s initiatives, including No Child Left Behind, and advance the mission of the Department – to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans. It also supports the work of ED offices, led by senior ED officials.
The Office of Special Education Programs
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts and administering the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). OSEP’s IDEA 2004 News, Information, and Resources page lists helpful information on the implementation of the Act including the final regulations for Part B.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees formula and discretionary grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) administers Career and Technical Education, commonly known as vocational education, is a massive enterprise in the U.S. Thousands of comprehensive high schools, vocational and technical high schools, area vocational centers, and community colleges offer vocational education programs.
Department of Labor
Getting people back to work is what this Department does. Giving people hope in their future is its job. Comprehensive Regional Laboratories.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
Social Security Administration
SSA’s Work Site offers employment support for people with disabilities by providing a focus on matters affecting the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities. There is a separate page for youth.
NCSER and Government
- National Center for Special Education Research
- Western Regional Resource Center (WRRC)
- National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators (NCITE)
- Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP)
- Policymaker Partnership for Implementing IDEA ’97
- Center on Education and Work (CEW)
- Office of Disability Employment Policy (DOL)
- National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC)
- Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)
- National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY)
- National Council on Disability (NCD)
- The Federal Resource Center for Special Education
- Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
- Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
- Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF)
OSEP National Assessments
- Original NLTS
- Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS)
- National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS)
- The HSC Foundation
- The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- HEATH Resource Center
- WCD Foundation for Education
- Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT)
- Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)
- The New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE)
- LD Online
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- Easter Seals
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
- American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)
- The Arc of the United States
- National Down Syndrome Congress
- National Down Syndrome Society
Autism and Related Disorders
- Autism Society of America
- Autism Resources
- Center for the Study of Autism
- Autism Society of Wisconsin
- Division TEACCH – Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder)
- American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
- Organizations Supporting Students with Visual Impairment
- National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Deafness and Hearing Impairments
Speech and Physical Impairments
- Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
- National School Board Association
- PACER Center’s Kids Against Bullying
- LD Online
- CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources
- Family Voices
- National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
- National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
- Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)
- Discover Technology
- Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
Other Educational Organizations
- American Association of School Administrators
- American Federation of Teachers
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- American School Counselor Association
- American School Health Association
- Association for Career and Technical Education
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Center on Disabilities Studies
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Council for Administrators of Special Education
- Council for Chief State School Officers
- Council for State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)
- Institute on Community Integration
- National Association of Pupil Services Administrators
- National Association of School Psychologists
- National Association of Secondary School Principals
- National Association of State Boards of Education
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education
- National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
- National Community of Practice on Transition
- National Council on Independent Living
- National Mental Health Association
- On-Campus Outreach
- School Social Work Association of America
- The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
- Transition Coalition
- Transition Solutions
- The Youthhood
Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
Youth at Work
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s website for Youth provides detailed information in English and Spanish about youths’ responsibilities and rights in the workforce. Making sure that youth have access to information about is one important step in culturally responsive transition planning.
Publications and Products
There are many publications regarding the topic of transition. In making your decision to use specific materials, consider the audience to which the product is targeted, who developed the materials, the publication date of the materials, and how relevant the materials are to your specific purposes.
Early Career Awareness and Development for Students with Disabilities in Elementary and Middle School
An Overview of Early Career and Transition Programs. (2002). Shanley, J. & Gerver, M. Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center (EMSTAC) at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, DC. Microsoft Word version. (PDF)
Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate…
Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs. (1992). National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.
University Programs and Personnel Preparation
Learn about university programs that can prepare you to become a transition educator or specialist. Talk with students and faculty affiliated with the college program to learn more about the quality and requirements of the program. Ask questions about the program’s accreditation and the licensure requirements in the state in which you want to work.
There are many programs at colleges and universities around this country that offer a specialty in school to work transition. Visit the National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education (NCPSE) at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) website to learn more about these university programs.