Transition Time Connecting with Internet Resources That Support Transition Planning

by Dale Pennell, C.A.S.

The world wide web provides a variety of resources designed to facilitate transition planning for secondary students with disabilities. The sites listed below offer information, assessments, and materials that support transition planning for these students from high school to adult life.

Guidance and Career Counselors' Toolkit - Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options http://www.heath.gwu.edu/assets/33/toolkit.pdf  [pdf]
This 192-page manual published by the Heath Resource Center at George Washington University is intended to help school counselors assist high school students with disabilities in transitioning into postsecondary education and employment.

The Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment (ACLSA) http://caseylifeskills.org
The ACLSA is an evaluation of students' independent living skills. The instrument consists of statements about life skills to which the youth and his or her caregivers respond. Life skill areas assessed include:

Career Planning

Self Care

Communication

Social Relationships

Daily Living

Work Life

Home Life

Work and Study Skills

Housing & Money Management

 


The Transition Health Care Checklist
http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?A=179&Q=243876
This assessment, developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, guides professionals through a checklist of skills necessary for youth with disabilities to transition successfully to adult health care services. The following areas of skills students need for independence are assessed:

Communication

Managing Appointments

Vision/Hearing

Pharmacy

Equipment/Treatments

Transportation

Activities of Daily Living and Safety

Nutrition

Managing Medical Information

Fitness

Self-Advocacy

Self-Awareness

Job Search

Medications

Educational Considerations

 

 

Areas of assessment of students' knowledge of benefits and services include:

Locating Adult Service Providers

Considering All Options/Limitations

Understanding Insurance Plans Have Approved Providers

Exploring Benefits and Services

Knowing How Each Benefit Is Identified

 

Hands on Banking http://www.handsonbanking.org/
This financial education program presents the basics of smart money management in an easy-to-use format. Topics include budgeting, the importance of saving, bank accounts and services, borrowing money, establishing credit, and investing. The curriculum is customized for four age groups from fourth grade through adults.

The P.R.O. Filer Personal Portfolio and Filing System http://ici.umn.edu/index.php?products/view/53
The P.R.O. Filer is a personal portfolio and filing system designed to help students learn how to organize important documents, keep records of school and community learning opportunities, and create a personal portfolio to showcase their accomplishments. The P.R.O. Filer includes a manual and 11 file dividers with the following headings:

Accomplishments

Residence

Education

Support Services

Financial

Transportation

Medical

Vocational

Personal

Other

Recreation/Leisure

 

 

Date: February/March 2007