These materials cover the topic of transition. Most are on the transition to adulthood, but some materials address transition between infant programs and school.

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Adolescents on the autism spectrum : a parent's guide to the cognitive, social, physical and transition needs of teenagers with autism spectrum disorders Chantal Sicile-Kira.
Description: "... a complete guide to the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of preteens and teenagers with autistic disorders, ranging from the relatively mild Asperger's Syndrome to more severe ability impairment. Using clear examples, practical advice, and supportive insights, this book covers: health risks such as seizures and depression; treatments, therapies, and teaching strategies; teaching skills to cope with puberty, self-care, and social skills; teenage emotions, sexuality, appropriate relationships, and dating; middle school, high school, and developing an Individual Educational Program; preparing for life after high school."

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Alaska transition outcomes project : transition assessment training SERRC. SERRC, 2010.
Description: Information on IDEA, IEPs, planning for work and college. Includes forms and checklists.

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Asperger syndrome [videorecording (DVD)] : transition to college and work. Coulter Video, 2001.
Description: Details how people with Asperger's syndrome prepare for college or find and hold a job. With college preparation checklist at end of tape. Includes interviews with Peter Gerhardt, Ed. D., and Ann Binder and Mary Beth Berry, special needs providers.

Assessing the transition needs of young adults with dual sensory and multiple impairments Jane M. Everson. GLARCDB, c1996.

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Autism adulthood : strategies and insights for a fulfilling life Susan Senator. Skyhorse Publishing, 2016.
Description: "Autism Adulthood features thirty interviews with autistic adults, their parents, caregivers, researchers, and professionals. Each vignette reveals firsthand a family’s challenge, their circumstances, their thought processes, and their unique solutions, and plans of action. Sharing the wisdom that emerges from parents’ and self-advocates’ experiences, Senator adds her own observations and conclusions based on her long-term experience with autism. Told in Senator’s trademark warm, honest, and approachable style, Autism Adulthood paints a vivid and thought-provoking picture of many people grappling with grown-up, real-life autism. Senator’s is the only book of its kind, as real families share their stories and their creative solutions,"

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Autism and the transition to adulthood : success beyond the classroom Paul Wehman, Marcia Datlow Smith, and Carol Schall. P.H. Brookes, 2009.
Description: "Autism diagnoses in young children increased dramatically in the 1990s—and now those children are young adults on the verge of a challenging transition to the real world. Every school and program will be ready to help with this groundbreaking practical guide, straight from the author of the acclaimed bestseller Life Beyond the Classroom and two community- based autism experts. Professionals who work with young adults will get hard-to-find information on how specific social, behavioral, and cognitive characteristics of people with autism affect the transition to adulthood, exploring potential challenges and traits that can be powerful assets. Then they'll get a complete guide that walks them through every aspect of transition planning, including planning for employment and postsecondary education: conducting skillful assessment to determine a young person's individual career goals, job- related strengths, and independent living skills ; using well-designed instructional supports, routines, and spaces in inclusive classrooms ; implementing positive behavior support to help young adults with autism succeed in school and at work ; providing community-based instruction at naturally occurring times, so it's easier for students to learn and generalize new skills ; showing students and their families how to make the most of SSA disability benefits ; assisting students with college preparation, from choosing a college to managing academic and social demands ; using supported and/or customized employment strategies to help young people establish satisfying careers that play to their strengths ; helping young people develop critical life skills they'll use across settings ; unlocking the benefits of community services and programs, such as vocational rehabilitation programs and Centers for Independent Living"

The autism transition guide : planning the journey from school to adult life Carolyn Thorwarth Bruey & Mary Beth Urban. Woodbine House, 2009.
Description: This must-have transition planning resource provides ideas and strategies to prepare students with autism for life beyond high school.

Best kept secret [videorecording (DVD)] directed by Samantha Buck ; produced by Danielle DiGiacomo ; written by Zeke Farrow, Samantha Buck, Francisco Bello ; co-produced by Samantha Buck, Zeke Farrow. BKS Film, 2013.
Description: JFK High School, located in a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years. When they all graduate, they will leave the security of the public school system forever. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. The clock is ticking to find them a place in the adult world--a job or rare placement in a recreational center--so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets. A documentary about transition.

Blueprints for success : mentoring models Equity Outreach Project. Montana State University Billings, Montana Cener on Disabilities, 2008.
Description: Book and CD. Contents on CD (in PDF format): Module 1. Policies and introduction -- Module 2. Self-advocacy -- Module 3. Self-determination -- Module 4. Career exploration and non-traditional careers -- Module 5. Work preparedness and networking.

Brigance transition skills activities. Curriculum Associates, 2012.
Description: Lessons aligned with IDEA transition planning guidelines and key skill areas assessed in the TSI, including Post-Secondary Opportunities (both education/training and employment), Independent Living, and Community Participation.

Transition skills inventory. Curriculum Associates, 2010.
Description: " ... research-based, age-appropriate assessments that support formal transition planning for students with special needs preparing for life after high school."--p. 8.

CO.A.C.H. : self advocacy and transition skills for secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing Lynne H. Price. LH Price, 2014.
Description: The transition from high school to college is a significant turning point in life, but it can come with unique challenges if you are a student who is blind or visually impaired. The revised and updated College Bound helps students prepare for their new life in college, develop useful skills, and negotiate for and coordinate appropriate services. This large-print, full-color guide also includes strategies for organization, time management, research, studying, and self-advocacy. You’ll also find information about college application procedures, navigating the web, and assistive technology. College Bound provides a roadmap for a successful journey through college life.

College bound : a guide for students with visual impairments Ellen Trief, Ed. D. AFB Press, American Foundation for the Blind, [2017]
Description: The transition from high school to college is a significant turning point in life, but it can come with unique challenges if you are a student who is blind or visually impaired. The revised and updated College Bound helps students prepare for their new life in college, develop useful skills, and negotiate for and coordinate appropriate services. This large-print, full-color guide also includes strategies for organization, time management, research, studying, and self-advocacy. You’ll also find information about college application procedures, navigating the web, and assistive technology. College Bound provides a roadmap for a successful journey through college life.

Complete guide to special education transition services : ready-to-use help and materials for successful transitions from school to adulthood Roger Pierangelo, Rochelle Crane. Center for Applied Research in Education, 1997.
Description: This book is intended to provide a comprehensive guide to the transition of students from special education programs into adulthood. The 13 chapters address the following specific issues, with sample sub-topics indicated in parentheses: (1) fundamentals of transition services (self-determination, importance of keeping records); (2) transitional Individualized Education Plans (who determines what services are needed, adult service providers, and a transition planning timeline); (3) vocational education planning (assessments, rehabilitation services, supported employment, employment rights); (4) living arrangements (residential models, housing subsidies, respite care); (5) transportation concerns (travel training, paratransit systems); (6) recreational and leisure options (mastering leisure skill activities and leisure resources); (7) social skills (acquiring social skills, fostering relationships); (8) sexual issues (sexuality education, how particular disabilities affect sexuality); (9) communication and assistive technology (computer access, current technologies for specific impairments); (10) postsecondary educational options (financial aid, accommodations for specific disabilities, distance learning); (11) estate planning for parents (guardianship, the letter of intent, and wills); (12) insurance issues for parents (insurance policies, Medicare and Medicaid); and (13) financial concerns (Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance). Twelve appendices provide a comprehensive directory of additional resources. (DB)

Coping in young children : early intervention practices to enhance adaptive behavior and resilience Shirley Zeitlin and G. Gordon Williamson. Brookes, 1994.
Description: Early intervention professionals will turn to this informative book for a deeper understanding of how young children cope or adjust to the stresses of daily living. Based on the premise that effective coping facilitates effective learning, this essential guide explains how to integrate a child's developmental skills with daily functional living. Step by step, this comprehensive guide shows how to assess coping behaviors, develop coping-oriented IFSPs through collaborative decision making implement individualized intervention strategies, and support parent-selected activities that enhance coping abilities. Also included are detailed case examples, sample forms, and well-organized charts—all designed to help support the efforts of those serving young children.
Do-IT series.
Do-IT series.Two books and 9 DVDs describe practices to help students transition from high school to college. Discusses careers, self-determination, technology and more.

Curriculum and assessment for students with moderate and severe disabilities Diane M. Browder. Guilford Press, 2001.
Description: ... a complete guide to designing and implementing personalized curricula for students with moderate and severe disabilities. The author delineates a comprehensive assessment model that provides a framework for pinpointing educational priorities, planning instructions in specific areas, and evaluating student progress. Emphasizing the values of self-determination, family-centered planning, multicultural awareness, and educational accountability, the strategies presented are teacher-friendly and data-based. Case studies in every chapter illustrate the educational needs and accomplishments of students with a variety of disabilities, including autism, mental retardation, severe behaviour disorders, and multiple disabilities. Further enhancing the practical utility of the volume are sample assessment notes, reports, and instruction plans; inventories of key skills in different domains; and descriptions of commercially available instructional resources.

DISH : deafblind intervention strategies for the home : a resource for parents of children with deafblindness Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Deafblind Services Division ; edited by Corry Hill. The Division, 2010.
Contents: Introduction -- Basic course -- Behavior -- Biobehavioral states -- Communication -- Concept development -- Family issues -- IFSP/IEP and teams -- Movement -- Paperwork -- Routines -- Senses -- Social/sex education -- Transition -- Multiple disabilities -- USDB information.

The down syndrome transition handbook : charting your child's course to adulthood Jo Ann Simons. Woodbine House, 2010.
Description: "...helps parents prepare their child for independent adult life. It's full of practical tips and step-by-step instructions to help families envision their child's future, develop a transition plan, and implement it. There's also a wealth of information about adults in their twenties or thirties living at home who are still struggling with finding a job, locating housing, or establishing a meaningful life in their community, and who could achieve more independence with the right guidance and supports."--publisher's website.

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Essentials of transition planning Paul Wehman. PH Brookes, 2011.
Description: Synopsis: For young people with disabilities, crossing the bridge to adulthood will be empowering instead of intimidating-when their support teams know the essentials of effective transition planning. Now all the fundamentals of well-crafted transition plans are collected in one concise quick-guide, straight from one of the top authorities on helping young people live fulfilling adult lives. The keystone of an innovative new series of practical transition guides, this down-to-earth guidebook is a must for educators, service providers, and all others navigating the complex process of transition planning. With their clear research-based guidance, vivid examples, and ready-to-use checklists and tools (see box), Paul Wehman and a select group of expert contributors help readers: plan transition at both individual and community levels; develop individualized curricula; strengthen students' academic and functional skills; improve access to the general curriculum; write and implement effective transition IEPs; overcome barriers to service coordination; engage students with more significant support needs; make the most of community agencies and resources; determine eligibility for vocational services and funding; choose from vocational support service delivery models; support students who pursue higher education; conduct assessment and ongoing monitoring of student progress; promote family involvement; understand relevant law and policy. To make key concepts come to life, the book gives readers realistic case studies of students with a range of disabilities, analyzing both success stories and situations in which a different approach could have led to better outcomes. And with the "fast facts" in every chapter, readers will have quick insights from current research to inform their students' transition plans. An invaluable one-stop guide to the basics of transition planning, this book is a must-own for anyone supporting young people with disabilities as they navigate life beyond the classroom. Includes practical tools such as: "My Future" worksheet; Transition Planning checklist; Post-High School Services checklist; Academic and Career Plan form; Social Competencies worksheet; Employment Exploration activity form; College Discussion worksheet; Job Observational Self-Assessment form and more!

Evals [kit] evaluating visually impaired students using alternate learning standards emphasizing the expanded core curriculum. Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2007.
Description: Evaluation of students with visual impairments is a complex, multi-faceted process of gathering information using appropriate tools & techniques. Informal evaluation should be considered an essential supplement to the use of formal measures and published instruments. In order to determine curricular focus and plan effective instructional programming for students, the staff must know a student's levels of functioning in all areas of academic and unique need. By conducting appropriate evaluations, students' specific needs related to accessing the general curriculum, as well as the areas identified in the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) can be identified. EVALS is a 5-part set which is contained in a convenient file box with a handle and snap tight buckle. It will include: Two books of evaluations for the ECC areas ; One book of evaluations for academic subject areas for Practical Academics and Basic Skills students ; Independent Living Skills Assessment and On-going Evaluation ; TAPS Comprehensive Assessment and On-going Evaluation. Many of the evaluations have been aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) -- Website

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The everything parent's guide to children with Asperger's syndrome : help, hope, and guidance William Stillman. Adams Media, 2005.
Description: While children with Asperger's are generally of average or above average intelligence, they experience challenges with social skills, communication, and coordination, among other issues. The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Asperger's Syndrome is an informative resource that helps parents to recognize areas in which their child needs support. Filled with helpful hints and practical guidance, this authoritative work is designed to provide parents with the latest information on the best treatments and therapies available, education options, and ways to make life easier for parent and child on a day to day basis. Parents learn how to begin the process of seeking diagnosis, introduce their child to social settings, build positive relationships inside and outside the family unit, prepare their child for adolescence and adulthood.

The first IEP [videorecording (DVD)] : parent perspectives Deborah Chen, Annie Cox. PH Brookes, 2005.
Description: First step in the IEP process, this DVD facilitates collaboration between professionals and parents as they help young children make the critical transition from early intervention to preschool. Guiding parents and training new and future practitioners, this resource answers common questions and concerns about IEPs, gives viewers an accurate picture of the process, and promotes dialogue between families and professionals.

Going places : transition guidelines for community-based physical activities for students who have visual impairments, blindness, or deafblindness Lauren J. Lieberman ... [et al.] American Printing House for the Blind, 2006.
Description: Going Places is a resource guide for introducing teens and young adults to community-based, independent physical fitness activities. Designed to help foster independence and self-advocacy, it outlines a step-by-step process for choosing and participating in sports and other physical activities outside of school. Using the acronym PLACES, Going Places guides the user through this process: Preferences (what do you like to do?) ; Leisure, sport, and fitness activities (here's what you might do) ; Awareness (how can you find out where and how to do it?) ; Choices (how do you decide in what to participate?) ; Exploration (how can you get the most out of it?) ; Skill development (how can you get better at it?) With over 40 activities listed, the guide includes a description of the activity, modifications or accommodations that may be necessary, and suggestions for developing needed skills. For many activities a rating chart is included, offering evaluation for that activity on social, exertion, inclusiveness, and participation levels. Included throughout the guide are real-life stories from individuals who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind who participate successfully in a sport or physical activity.Going Places meets the six national content standards on physical education established by the National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE). In addition, Going Places contains specific advice and information for the user who is deafblind. Eight appendices include additional information on activities to do at home, nutrition, worksheets, and profiles of famous athletes who are visually impaired or blind.

Going to college : expanding opportunities for people with disabilities edited by Elizabeth Evans Getzel and Paul Wehman.PH Brookes, 2005.
Description: A college education can open the door to greater participation in the workplace and community. ... readers will learn what they can do to make this crucial opportunity available to young people with a wide range of disabilities. Professionals who work in high schools and colleges&mash;including disability service coordinators, guidance counselors, administrators, and general and special educators—will use this important resource to help students make all of the necessary preparations, including selecting a college, applying, determining eligibility for services, and securing financial aid ; create welcoming college classrooms through the use of universally designed instructional strategies, assessment methods, and accommodations and supports ; address the specific needs of students who have psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD, and developmental disabilities ; promote the important concept of self- determination to aid students in their transition to college life and professional life learn students' rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act help students practice for and make the transition to the working world, using resources such as internships, career centers, and business partnerships Filled with case studies, best practices, program guidelines, and strategies, this is a required resource for anyone who educates or coordinates services for individuals with disabilities. Readers will discover their part in helping young people gain access to a meaningful college education--;one that promotes independence and responsibility, sharpens social skills, and builds a strong foundation for a successful career.

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Grandparenting a child with special needs Charlotte E. Thompson. Jessica Kingsley, 2009.
Description: ... provides guidance on how to grandparent a child with special needs and give every grandchild the love and care they deserve and parents the added support they need. From coming to terms with a diagnosis, to helping with the transition from adolescence to adulthood, the book gives clear advice on grandparenting a child with special needs throughout their life. The author covers the medical, emotional and practical aspects of being a grandparent and explores important issues such as researching resources for specialized care, accessing financial and legal resources and, just as importantly, how to have fun and spend quality time with a grandchild with a disability. The book also addresses how to handle the diagnosis of a serious accident or progressive illness.

A guide to special education advocacy : what parents, clinicians, and advocates need to know Matt Cohen. Jessica Kingsley, 2009.
Contents: Introduction -- An overview of legal protections for children with disabilities -- Eligibility -- The evaluation and reevaluation process -- Free appropriate public education and the IEP process -- Special education and related services -- Least restrictive environment -- Private placement -- Behavior management and discipline -- Special issues concerning transition and graduation -- Procedural safeguards, mediation, and due process -- A comparison of the IDEA and Section 504 -- The psychology and politics of special education : a context -- How laws work : who has trump? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Appendix A: Important Web sites -- Appendix B: Acronyms commonly used in special education -- Appendix C: Sample letters.

Homeschooling the child with autism : answers to the top questions parents and professionals ask Patricia Schetter and Kandis Lighthall ; foreword by Jeanette McAfee. Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Description: ... answers parents' and professionals' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. The book helps parents decide whether to homeschool and guides them through the process of beginning and maintaining an effective homeschool program. All the essential questions are addressed, such as: How do you know if homeschooling is right for you and your child? Which homeschool program is best for the child's learning style and needs? How should a family get started? What is the best way to address social, behavioral, and organizational skills when teaching a child with ASD? When should you transition back to a traditional public school setting? The book also contains tips and suggestions from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD and includes lists of helpful resources for homeschoolers.

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How to use augmentative and alternative communication Billy T. Ogletree, Thomas Oren. PRO-ED, c2006.
Contents: From the editor -- Introduction -- Overview of AAC and ASD -- AAC facts -- ASD and communication impairment -- What makes AAC a fit for persons with ASD? -- AAC and individuals with ASD -- Promoting effective practices -- Guiding principles -- Juan's AAC story -- Identification through early intervention -- Preschool to third grade -- The later school-aged period -- High school to adult transition -- Adulthood -- References -- About the editor and authors.

Informal assessments for transition planning Gary M. Clark, James R. Patton, L. Rozelle Moulton. Pro-Ed, 2000.
Description: "... an assessment resource that school-based personnel can use to determine or confirm transition strengths, preferences, interests, and needs for appropriate transition planning in the IEP. This resource can be used as a way to extend and/or confirm information derived from the Transition Planning InventoryÐSecond Edition (TPI-2) or as a stand-alone material to do initial probes of strengths, preferences, interests, and needs that will engage students and parents in the process of self-assessment and planning for their IEP meetings."--publisher's website.

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The integrated self-advocacy ISA curriculum : a program for emerging self-advocates with autism spectrum and other conditions Valerie Paradiz ; foreword by Stephen Shore. AAPC, 2009.
Description: A curriculum to teach and practice self-advocacy skills for students with autism spectrum and related disorders. Specifically designed for middle-and-high school-aged students, young adults in transition, and adults with high-functioning autism and related conditions, it includes adaptation ideas for elementary-school students and other disability groups. 2 volumes, 1 CD.

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It's never too early, it's never too late : a booklet about personal futures planning : for persons with developmental disabilities, their families and friends, case managers, service providers and advocates written by Beth Mount and Kay Zwernik. Minnesota Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, [1989].
Description: This booklet introduces personal futures planning as a problem-solving process and provides a rationale for using it and a basic understanding of its components. The first chapter overviews the process and compares this approach with methods that have been used in the past. The second chapter focuses on finding capacities in individuals and explains how the "capacity perspective" differs from a "deficiency perspective." The third chapter outlines how to plan a future and how to ensure that the plan will be implemented. Building a person-centered team to make connections in the community is the focus of chapter four. The final chapter compares the traditional Individual Habilitation Plan team approach to the Personal Futures Planning approach and demonstrates how they can be used in concert with each other.
Life skills : vocational & work maturity, transition SESA Multiple Disability Specialists ; [compiled by Idamarie Piccard]. SESA, 2008.
Description: "The information included in this manual has been compiled, edited, modified, and up-dated from the Life Skills manual used by the Secondary Life Skills classrooms ; the Community based Vocational Program, and the Adult Program in the Anchorage Life Skills Program. Information, materials, and sample forms have been used with the permission of the district. It can serve as a guide and provide a format or structure for other Life Skills classrooms and can be modified to fit local needs and resources. -- Idamarie Piccard, Multiple Disabilities Specialist"--Table of contents page.

Make the day matter! : promoting typical lifestyles for adults with significant disabilities Pamela M. Walker and Patricia Rogan with invited contributors. PH Brookes, 2007.
Description: From the Publisher: Adults with disabilities enjoying active, rewarding, and meaningful daytimes in their communities-that's the reality when service providers and programs tap into innovative support strategies that really work. That's just what they'll do with this invaluable book, the first to compile all the best, most current knowledge on helping adults "make the day matter." A call to action and an in-depth guide to the most effective strategies, this illuminating resource gives service providers proven ideas for supporting adults with significant disabilities as they make a smooth transition from school to adult life; find or create employment that fits their goals and desires; pursue their individual interests and hobbies; participate in postsecondary education; develop social relationships and community connections; explore opportunities for paid self-advocacy and systems change work; maintain active, healthy lifestyles as they age. Throughout the book, detailed case stories from across the country combine with practical guidelines to show professionals how to replicate success stories in their own communities. And with the extensive discussion of organizational change, programs will have a blueprint they can use to make the critical shift from facility-based to community-based services.

My new school : a workbook to help students transition to a new school Melissa L. Trautman ; foreword by Brenda Smith Myles. AAPC, 2010.
Description: "For many students with autism spectrum disorders, even relatively minor changes to their daily routines and schedules are overwhelming; imagine how traumatic moving to a new school would be! Written by somebody who truly knows kids, this interactive book addressed directly to the student takes a practical and honest approach to this anxiety-provoking subject by acknowledging the difficulties transferring to a new school can bring and engaging the students in a series of proactive activities designed to lessen his fears by resulting in tangible steps to take, to-do lists, checklists, etc. Whether the transfer is due to a typical transition between school levels, a family move, divorce or whatever, this book is sure to make the transition smoother."--Publisher's website.

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Parenting on the autism spectrum : a survival guide Lynn Adams. 2nd ed. Plural Publishing, 2013.
Description: "...offers a collection of practical, real-world information and insights to help parents do just that: plan for their childs needs. ... combines current research and literature reviews with the experiences gleaned by the author as she has worked with families impacted by ASD for the past twenty years. Most books on autism address school needs, but parents want to know how they can make their home lives most functional. This book provides that information, down to how to arrange rooms in the home for the most positive outcomes. This resource can also be used by professionals as they work with and support families with children on the autism spectrum. For the second edition, the author has updated the text and added content to make the book even more valuable to parents. New features include: a new chapter on children with the Asperger syndrome label ; a new chapter on young adulthood and transition issues ; more hands-on activities that will allow parents to help their children develop communication skills."

A parents' guide to special education for children with visual impairments Susan LaVenture, editor. AFB, 2007.
Description: Special education services : what parents need to know / Susan LaVenture with Carol B. Allman -- Start at the beginning : the importance of early intervention / Mary Zabelski -- Assessment : identifying your child's needs / Jane N. Erin and Tami Sue Levinson -- The individualized education program : blueprint for services / Carol Allman -- Related services : addressing additional needs / Carol B. Allman -- Accommodations and adaptations : gaining access to the curriculum / Donna McNear -- From regular classroom to specialized programs : exploring the options for your child / Jane N. Erin -- Additional disabilities : special considerations for classroom and community / M. Beth Langley -- Transition : planning for the world beyond school / Karen E. Wolffe -- Negotiation and advocacy : parents as key players / Mary Zabelski.

Peer buddy programs for successful secondary school inclusion Carolyn Hughes and Erik W. Carter. PH Brookes, 2008.
Contents: Benefits of inclusion of all students. The importance of inclusion and student interaction. Legislative and policy initiatives supporting inclusion. Philosophical support for inclusion. Research basis for inclusion. Challenges to secondary school inclusion. Overview of the service-learning movement. What is a service-learning peer buddy program? -- What does a peer buddy program look like? Case example: the Metropolitan Nashville Peer Buddy Program. Program variations. How to use the rest of this book -- Laying the groundwork. Importance of establishing a base of support. Developing a credit service-learning course -- Recruiting participants. Encouraging student participation. Ways to recruit peer buddies. Strategies for screening students. Strategies for matching students -- Developing procedures and communicating expectations. Developing program implementation procedures. Communicating expectations to peer buddies through orientation sessions. Compiling peer buddy handbooks -- Supporting peer buddy participants. Addressing peer buddy support needs. Communicating with peer buddies. Helping peer buddies assist students with disabilities. Communicating with and supporting school staff. Showing appreciation for peer buddy program participants -- Implementing peer buddy programs inside and outside the classroom. Including students in general education classrooms. Including students in noninstructional school, extracurricular, and after-school activities. Including students in community-based instruction. Helping students make the transition from special to general education classrooms -- Evaluating, sustaining, and expanding a peer buddy program. Evaluating peer buddy programs and incorporating participant feedback. Working with advisory boards to sustain programs. Expanding a peer buddy program.

The power to spring up : postsecondary education opportunities for students with significant disabilities Diana M. Katovitch. Woodbine House, 2009.
Description: ...a guide to postsecondary education (PSE) opportunities and vocational and life skills training, is her answer to making sure they do. The Power to Spring Up makes it clear that education and learning after high school are both possible and beneficial for students with significant disabilities, giving them better job opportunities and more fulfilling lives. ... designed for students ages 14 and up with a variety of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, their families, advocates, and secondary school professionals. Beginning with the transition planning phase, Part One discusses the benefits of various programs and what special education law does and does not support as children move into adulthood. Part Two profiles a dozen specific programs to show the many different types of options, ranging from a modified academic program on a university campus, to a vocational residential program designed specifically for students with special needs. Readers learn what to look for and which kind of program is best suited to their child's or student's abilities. Part Three offers nitty-gritty advice to students, parents, and teachers on preparing for the demands of postsecondary education--everything from learning about and practicing self-advocacy skills and financial planning to the application process, and how to support a child while he or she is attending a PSE program. Not only does the author provide important practical information and guidance, she also inspires families, giving them renewed hope in their child s future and the possibilities for them to continue learning and gaining independence into adulthood.

Preparing students with disabilities for college success : a practical guide to transition planning edited by Stan F. Shaw, Joseph W. Madaus, and Lyman L. Dukes, III. PH Brookes, 2010.
Description: For students with mild to moderate, non-visible disabilities, navigating a college education without the support team they had in high school can be challenging. Help students become effective self-advocates and maximize their postsecondary possibilities with this cutting-edge book, which balances current research with the most practical guidance to date on this topic. Readers will discover how to: help students find the right college and navigate the admissions process ; teach students how to ask for what they need to succeed ; determine student eligibility for services and accommodations ; explain what the laws mean for students leaving high school ; provide comprehensive academic and behavioral supports ; implement school- wide supports that promote the development of students' academic and social skills within the general education curriculum ; work with families to foster effective transition planning ; equalize access and increase opportunities with self-determination ; select supportive technology. Readers will learn how early, coordinated, student-centered planning helps students develop the academic and personal skills required to successfully transition to college. User-friendly checklists, tip boxes, activities, and illustrative vignettes translate extensive research into immediate practice with students and families.

Reach for the stars : planning for the future : a transition process for families of young children developed by Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Diane G. Haynes ; illustrations by Nita Kaufman. large print American Printing House for the Blind, 1999.
Description: Reach for the stars is a person-centered planning process designed to facilitate the development of educational plans that will lead to inclusive education programs for young children with disabilities. Could be part of a child's functional assessment to facilitate the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

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Rural transition strategies that work / Phebe Schwartz. American Council on Rural Special Education, Western Washington University, 1987.

Secondary school success strategies for students with autism & Aspergers [videorecording (DVD)] Geneva Centre for Autism ; Parashoot Productions, Inc. AAPC, 2008.
Description: "Equipped with effective transition strategies and informal support systems, many students with Asperger Syndrome have demonstrated that secondary school can be a rich and productive experience! Success Strategies offers a practical framework of commonsense solutions for supporting students through such strategies as reduced course load, a designated place to de-stress, and the use of laptops and other technologies. These accommodations can mean the difference between opting out and thriving in secondary school and beyond"--Publisher's description.

SET for life : special education transitions for life Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. Alaska EED, 2002.
Description: This guide is "the result of the collaborative effort of a number of agencies throughout the State of Alaska." Agency representatives identified categories and resources that might be useful to those in the field that are implementing the secondary transition process.
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Straight talk about autism [videorecording (DVD)] : with parents & kids [IEP Resources] Attainment Company, 2008.
Description: Features interviews with kids with autism and their parents. They examine the key issues encountered during childhood and adolescence. "Childhood issues" covers the difficulty of getting an accurate diagnosis, parental acceptance of the disability, dealing with communication deficits, and beginning school. "Adolescent issues" features hypersensitivities, splinter skills, teasing, Circle of Friends programs, social skills, school-to-work transition and independent living.

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Students with Asperger syndrome : a guide for college personnel Lorraine E. Wolf, Jane Thierfeld Brown, and G. Ruth Kukiela Bork ; foreword by Fred Volkmar, and Ami Klin. AAPC, 2009.
Description: For many students with autism spectrum disorders, getting admitted to college is the easy part. Surviving and succeeding can be quite another, as these students transition into a system that is often unprepared to receive them. Accommodating students whose disabilities very likely fall in social and self regulatory areas is a particular challenge for disability services providers who are not used to reaching out into so many areas of student life. This comprehensive book offers disability services professionals practical strategies for accommodating and supporting students in all phases of college life and beyond.

Successful kindergarten transition : your guide to connecting children, families & schools Robert C. Pianta, Marcia Kraft-Sayre. PH Brookes, 2003.
Description: Perfect for preschool and kindergarten teachers, administrators, and family support specialists, this practical guide is built around a model that has been adopted in many diverse schools and communities. Step by step, the book helps professionals and caregivers develop a solid transition plan. Readers will learn how to form a collaborative team; foster strong social connections among children, families, and professionals; create a menu of transition activities that can be tailored to each child's needs; and establish a timeline for putting the transition plan into action. Implement the plan. Readers will discover how to anticipate barriers; keep families involved; and conduct ongoing assessment, evaluation, and revision of transition activities. ... Readers will learn from the experience of others with insight from real families, educators, and school personnel, plus sample menus of activities they can use in their own homes and classrooms.
Supporting young adults who are deaf-blind in their communities : a transition planning guide for service providers, families and friends edited by Jame M. Everson. PH Brookes, 1995.

Tasks galore : for the real world Laurie Eckenrode, Pat Fennell, and Kathy Hearsey. Tasks Galore, 2004.
Description: A tool for preparing older elementary students, adolescents, and adults for independence in the home, school, community, workplace. Categories include domestic skills, vocational skills, independent living skills, job sites and school transition ideas.

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TEACCH program for teachers [videorecording (DVD)] : treatment and education of autistic children in NC. WPS, 2002.
Description: Shows the TEACCH program for autistic children developed by Eric Schopler in operation and demonstrates the emphasis on collaborations between professionals and parents. Deals with older children entering the school system. Curriculum emphasis is on functional education and survival skills that will allow them as adults to make a transition into the vocational world.

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TEACCH transition assessment profile [kit] Gary Mesibov ... [et al.] Pro-Ed, 2007.
Description: "This comprehensive test was developed for adolescent and older children with autism spectrum disorders, particularly those with transitional needs."--Publisher's website.

Teachable transitions : 190 activities to move from morning circle to the end of the day Rae Pica ; [illustrations, Kathy Dobbs]. Gryphon House, 2003.
Description: Turn everyday transitions into valuable learning experiences! As children pretend to trudge their way through knee-deep marshmallow fluff, or zoom around like a vacuum cleaner, even cleaning up the classroom becomes an enjoyable experience. Thanks to transitions that are both fun and educational, the minutes between planned activities become moments that children actually look forward to. With Teachable Transitions, each and every preschooler will be engaged and interested all day long! Filled with movement activities, games, fingerplays, chants, and songs, Teachable Transitions offers a variety of ways for your preschoolers to move through their day. Organized by categories such as "Arrival," "Outside," "Snacks & Lunch," and "Cleanup," each transition will hold the children's attention as they go from one activity to the next. The "Ready, Set, Go," format turns ordinary, everyday transitions into stress-free learning moments.


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Teaching everyone [electronic resource] : an introduction to inclusive education. Brookes. 2013.
Description: Instructor materials available. Enhance your courses with student activities, discussion starters, instructor notes, Power Point slides, and more! The new generation of teachers needs a new kind of special education textbook-one that focuses on children, not labels. That's why Whitney Rapp & Katrina Arndt developed ... the first text that fully prepares teachers to see past disability labels and work with all students' individual needs and strengths. Accessible and forward-thinking, this inclusive special education text will get K-12 teachers ready to work effectively.

Teaching self-determination to students with disabilities : basic skills for successful transition Michael L. Wehmeyer and Martin Agran and Carolyn Hughes. PH Brookes, 1998.
Description: "Here are versatile instructional methods for teaching basic self-determination skills to students with disabilities. Carefully developed, validated, and applied in classrooms, these techniques are field tested and proven to help students learn the specific skills they need for more satisfactory, self-directed life; skills like: decision making, problem solving, self-advocacy, self-management, self-awareness, goal setting, assertiveness. ... assists teachers in meeting IDEA requirements and planning transition programs according to student preferences. The abundant hands-on activities provide a variety of ways to promote autonomous behavior and reinforce the learning and practice of self-realization ... ."

Teaching transition skills in inclusive schools Teresa Grossi, Ph. D. and Cassandra M. Cole, Ed. D, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Indiana University Blooming. PH Brookes, 2013.
Description: "... introduces a unified framework for transition services in an integrated, cohesive process that gets all students ready for college, careers and citizenship. With six model lesson plans aligned with Common Core State Standards this guidebook helps educators and transition specialists make key improvements to transition services and instructional practices. You'll learn the basics of : raising expectations for all students through rigorous, personalized, and standards-based instruction ; improving access to the general curriculum for students with special needs ; developing meaningful transition IEPs based on students' strengths, preferences, and needs ; blending quality transition services and quality instructional practices into one integrated approach ; weaving in additional adaptations and accommodations for students with more significant support needs ; connecting academic content to practical, real-world contexts. To help you strengthen your practices right away, you'll get practical tips and activities, specific examples of embedding transition skills into good classroom instruction, and recurring case studies that follow two students with different support needs and interests. And the included forms— assessment tools, student profile sheets, self-evaluations, and more—will help you gather and organize key information on each student."--publisher's website.

Transition : school to work Fred Jay Krieg, Peg Brown, John Ballard. National Association of School Psychologists, 1995.

Transition and individual futures planning : for people with deaf-blindness and developmental disabilities and their families / prepared by The Arc-King County and Common Ground. The Arc

The transition handbook : strategies high school teachers use that work! Carolyn Hughes and Erik W. Carter. PH Brookes, 2000.
Description: In this handbook, the authors compile what they found over 500 research-based, teacher-based, transition support strategies that have been proven to work by leading researchers, educators, and practitioners.'

Transition magician : strategies for guiding young children in early childhood programs Nola Larson, Mary Henthorne, Barbara Plum. Gryphon House, 1994.
Description: Gives creative ideas and suggestions to turn difficult situations and borings transition times into magical moments for children in the classroom.

Transition planning for culturally and linguistically diverse youth Gary Greene. PH Brookes, 2011.
Description: "Too often, culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) youth with disabilities have a tougher road to adulthood than their Caucasian peers with disabilities. ... the first guide to easing the complex transition process for CLD students with a wide range of special needs. Combining [the author's] 25 years of experience with the latest research on cultural and linguistic diversity, this evidence-based quick- guide teaches readers key skills and best practices in culturally responsive, family-centered transition planning. Professionals who work with young adults from ages 14 to 22 will understand the special challenges CLD families may face during the transition process, including cultural biases, immigration issues, and limited English proficiency develop culturally responsive transition IEPs prepare the IDEA-required Summary of Functional Performance (SOP) documents minimize conflict and strengthen communication with CLD families encourage students' active participation in transition planning collaborate closely with families throughout the whole process provide effective cultural competence training to school personnel implement successful parent support programs conduct transition assessments to determine a student's individual needs discover how teacher leadership can improve transition services make the most of the transition services available in high school and beyond. To help readers apply best practices, this book gives them case studies of professionals successfully helping students and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Readers will also learn from revealing interviews with transition specialists and other experts, discover proven tips and strategies for every part of the transition process, and get photocopiable forms and tools they can use right away."-- publisher's website.

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Transition portfolios for students with disabilities : how to help students, teachers, and families handle new settings MaryAnn Demchak, Robin G. Greenfield. Corwin Press, 2003.
Description: Introduction -- Gathering information to create a transition portfolio -- Collecting personal information about the student -- Including medical information in a portfolio -- Educational programming -- Adaptations and supports -- Special considerations for students with physical impairments -- Communication -- Behavior support and reinforcement strategies -- Teaming, problem solving, and keeping notes

Transition strategies for adolescents & young adults who use AAC edited by David B. McNaughton and David R. Beukelman ; [foreword by Bruce R. Baker]. PH Brookes, 2010.
Description: To make a smooth transition to a fulfilling, self-determined adult life, young people who use AAC need effective services that meet their individual needs and make the most of advances in technology. Professionals will provide these critical supports with the help of this book, the first complete guide to supporting the journey to adulthood for people who use AAC. Combining the best research-based practices from diverse fields—including special education, vocational rehabilitation, and communication disorders—this essential resource covers every aspect of transition planning for young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Professionals will get the knowledge and strategies they need to help young people who use AAC strengthen literacy skills, so they can access educational, vocational, and social opportunities ; succeed in secondary school, participating fully in both academic and social arenas ; make the transition to postsecondary education, advocating for the accommodations and supports they need to access the core curriculum ; achieve self-determination by developing skills such as self- knowledge, decision making, and communication ; secure employment and enjoy a positive workplace experience ; increase autonomy and build friendships through community recreation and leisure activities ; communicate effectively with personal assistants to ensure that their support needs are met ; navigate the complex move from pediatric to adult medical and health services.

Transition to adulthood : a resource for assisting young people with emotional or behavioral difficulties edited by Hewitt B. Clark and Maryann Davis. PH Brookes, 2000.
Description: In this guidebook--from the premier researchers, educators, and practitioners in the field--you'll discover proven methods for helping young people with emotional or behavioral difficulties move into the world of career-oriented education, work, and independent living. With young adults bringing their own experience and perspective to each chapter as co-authors, the book guides you through interventions for key issues, including drug and alcohol use, changing peer and family relations, anger and impulse management, crime, and school dropout.

The transition to kindergarten edited by Robert C. Pianta and Martha J. Cox. PH Brookes, 1999.
Description: Today's kindergarten is the onset of formal schooling for children-the first time families, schools, teachers, and communities come together to form an educational partnership. In this thought-provoking, issues-focused book, the experts examine the latest research on early schooling and give you a starting point with which to reexamine your beliefs, policies, and practices regarding the first years of school. Scholars, researchers, and other professionals will discover why early school transitions need to be improved and how these critical transitions affect children's future educational success. You'll find out the latest on readiness assessment entrance ages grade retention classroom structure family-school-community partnerships cultural diversity children with disabilities children in poverty.

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Universal design for transition : a roadmap for planning and instruction Colleen A. Thoma, Christina C. Bartholomew and LaRon A. Scott, with invited contributors. PH Brookes, 2009.
Description: "Apply the principles of universal design for learning to transition for students with disabilities with this groundbreaking guidebook. Schools across the country already use universal design for learning to improve all students' access to the general curriculum and tap each learner's individual strengthsÑand now they'll have a practical book that takes this powerful teaching approach one step further for students approaching the transition to adult life. Transition specialists and educators will discover how to apply universal design for transition (UDT)during the critical middle- and high-school years, using its guiding philosophyÑpresenting information in multiple formats and mediaÑto help students achieve academic goals, make sound decisions about their future, and make a successful transition to adult life."--Publisher's website.

The way to work : how to facilitate work experiences for youth in transition Richard G. Luecking ; with invited contributors. PH Brookes, 2009.
Description: Employment is one of the biggest contributors to quality of life for people with disabilities—and that means well-planned work experiences should be an integral part of transition preparation for every secondary and postsecondary school aged youth. Make that happen with this practical guide, developed to help educators, transition specialists, and employment specialists facilitate individualized, person-centered work experiences and jobs for high school students and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Readers will get the specific, ready-to-use guidance they need to: uncover students' strengths, needs, and interests through formal and informal assessments ; recruit and retain employer partners who gladly host youth in their workplaces ; help students decide when and how to disclose a disability to an employer ; guide students in advocating effectively for accommodations on the job ; support students and employers in making the most of work experiences ; involve families in supporting the work experience ; collaborate with other professionals to develop and sustain work experiences and much more. To help with every step of facilitating meaningful employment, readers will get examples of model programs, stories that illustrate what works and doesn't work, more than a dozen photocopiable tools and forms, and end-of-chapter "Learning Labs" with reflection questions and thought-provoking activities. Teachers and transition specialists will rely on this strategy-filled guidebook to connect students with the early work experiences they really want—and make lifelong career satisfaction the rule, not the exception, for people with disabilities. Includes helpful tools & forms.

Updated March 2017