Transition Resources

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Transition Planning

For a number of Texas Education Agency  resources related to Transition, go to:


Texas Project FIRST (Region 9 ESC):





Transition in Texas (Region 11 ESC) - A project of the Texas Secondary Transition/Post-School Results Network in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency. This website provides information and Quick Links relevant to the secondary transition process to help students with disabilities toward attainment of their postsecondary goals. Transition resources include:


The Legal Framework for the Child Centered Special Education Process (Region 18 ESC) - Transition Services / Servicios Relacionados y Transición


Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism (Region 13 ESC):


Region 13 TV: Families - In this video series, transition specialists discuss various transition topics of importance to families, including Medicaid Waivers, SSI:Medicaid Eligibility, Guardianship, Relationship Talks, Family Consortium and Futures Planning. (See also Region 13 TV: Transition to Adulthood videos.)




Adolescent Health Transition Project - Parents and members of the IEP team may understand the importance of health but be uncertain about how to include these important issues in the IEP. The website’s Health in the Individualized Education Plan discusses how to address health-related needs as part of the student’s transition plan. 


Career and Technical Special Populations Training & Resource Center – Instructional videos on TEA & Texas Agrilife Extension Services Career & Technical Education, Educational Resource Library, parent resources.


Center for Parent Information & Resources – See the Transition to Adulthood  series.  Also available in Spanish - Transición a la Vida Adulta.

Cutting EdJ Online Resources – The website of Cutting EdJ Consulting features a resource listing of documents, organizations and videos on transition planning and post-school outcomes.


Disability Is NaturalRevolutionary Common Sense Articles used with permission of Kathie Snow 


Florida Health & Transition Services (HATS) - This “tool box” features a variety of skill building videos, readiness checklists and care plans, and informational guides to assist youth and their families as they transition from pediatric to adult healthcare. The following workbooks from the Institute for Child Health Policy at Univ. of Florida are designed to help teens and young adults take charge of their healthcare planning – Since You’re Not a Kid AnymoreNow That You’re in High School, When You’re 18 and Envisioning My Future (available in both English and Spanish).


Got Transition – This website focuses on improving transition from pediatric to adult health care. Look under Transitioning Youth to Adult Healthcare Providers for  links to sample assessment tools, including Transition Readiness Assessment for Youth and Transition Readiness Assessment for Parents/Caregivers (available in English and en Español).


Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Other Disabilities Policy Brief (pdf) - This U.S. Department of Labor policy brief explores how moving from pediatric healthcare to adult healthcare can affect a young person’s ability to find and maintain employment.

Heath Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center – Here you can find the Guidance and Career Counselor’s Toolkit, which students and parents are encouraged to use to help guide transition planning for college and career.

Helping Educators, Parents, and Other Stakeholders Understand Post School Outcomes, Course of Study, and Coordinated Set of Activities (2009) by Ed O’Leary & Wendy Collison - This document explains IDEA transition requirements and includes sample transition activities and strategies that can be used by the IEP team to determine needed transition services to address the student’s postsecondary goals.


Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center - Finding Age-Appropriate Transition Assessments

IRIS Star Legacy Training Modules - The Facilitating Transition for Students with Disabilities from HS to Post School Settings module provides information for counselors and other education professionals to assist high school students with disabilities in the transition from the school environment to a post-school setting.


Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALIResources include Transition to Adulthood Guidelines for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Transitions Webcasts, and Customized Employment Guide.


Minnesota Department of Human ServicesIntroduction and Guide to Supported Decision Making (You Tube)

National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition - The National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is a national voluntary coalition of more than 40 organizations and advocacy groups representing special education, general education, career and technical education, youth development, multicultural perspectives, and parents. Their goal is to identify what youth need in order to achieve successful participation in postsecondary education and training, civic engagement, meaningful employment, and adult life.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition - The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth - NCWD works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living. They have a variety of Youth Tip Sheets to help with transition. Topics include: Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate; Leading Your Transition PlanningLearning Disability HistoryGetting Involved in VolunteeringServing on Decision-Making Boards; and Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences. Click here for a list of all Tip Sheets, found under Publications.


National Down Syndrome Assn.Transition & Beyond / Planificación de las Transición

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition - NTACT assists State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.  Transition planning resources include Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit, Indictor 13 Checklist Forms and Effective Practices.

Next Steps New Hampshire - Here you will find a variety of transition and career development resources for Students and for Educators & Parents.

Office of Disability Employment Policy - ODEP works to influence national policy and promote effective workplace practices to ensure that today's - and tomorrow's -workforce is inclusive of all people, including people with disabilities. As a result, one important policy focus area is youth transitioning from school to adulthood and the world of work.


One Place for Special NeedsGuide to Disability Driving Resources

PACER National Parent Center on Transition and Employment - PACER provides information, resources, and technical assistance to parents of young adults, 14 through 21, with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.  Their transition and employment website features excellent transition planning resourcesvideos and success stories


Social Security Work Incentives - Social Security’s work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you if you are interested in working. Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. And, if you cannot continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again—you may not have to file a new application. Work incentives include:

  • Continued cash benefits for a time while you work;
  • Continued Medicare or Medicaid while you work; and
  • Help with education, training and rehabilitation to start a new line of work.

Note: The rules are different under Social Security and SSI.


Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities -


Texas Department of State Health Services - Transition Resources, Transition Toolkit and Tools to help with permanency planning and transition. (Para ver esta página en español

Texas Parent to Parent : Pathways to Adulthood - This program provides support, information and tools for transition planning. The Pathways to Adulthood Transition Inventory by Rosemary Alexander, PhD, is a good starting point for parents to use in assessing resources and making plans for the future.

Transition Coalition (University of Kansas) - Provides online information, support and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

Understood - Leaving High School (Terminar el bachillerato) transition resources for students with learning and attention issues.  

University of Montana Rural Institute Transition & Employment Projects  - The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Their transition activities promote Customized Employment, use of Social Security work incentives, transition planning, self-employment and self-determination, and they have a number of Articles and Products to download and use to assist with the transition process.

U.S. Dept. of Education/Office of Civil Rights - Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your  Rights and Responsibilities – Questions and Answers on the differences between Section 504 and Title II of ADA regarding postsecondary education; your rights and responsibilities as a postsecondary student; and the responsibilities of postsecondary schools.


Your Rights, Your Voice: A Guide for Youth with Mental Health Concerns Transitioning into Adulthood - This Transition Guide from Disability Rights Texas helps transition-age youth learn about their rights and provides tools to help them successfully move into adulthood. Topics include special education services, post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation services, employment, mental health care, community living, and alternatives to guardianship.

Youthhood - NSET’s youth website features a free web-based curriculum that can be used by teachers, community service providers, parents, and mentors to help young adults develop skills, increase knowledge, and implement a personal plan for life after high school.


Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment - The Zarrow Center at University of Oklahoma facilitates successful secondary and postsecondary educational, vocational and personal outcomes for students and adults with disabilities.  Resources include Self Determination Assessment ToolsTransition Education MaterialsTimeline of Transition Activities, and Transition Resources for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities.


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