Transition for Youth with Visual Impairments

In making the transition from the school years to adult life, students who are blind or visually impaired need information and advice specific to their needs. In this section you'll find resources for students, parents, families, and professionals.
Perkins School for the Blind
This interactive site includes background information on transition planning, preparing for work, and independent living, as well as activities, resources, and blog posts related to a range of transition topics.

For Families & Professionals

Provincial Centre: Special Education Technology
The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) produced this 17-minute video to highlight their transition services for students. Transition teams, including students and families, address issues including career choices, independent living skills, housing, transportation, budgeting, recreation and leisure, post-secondary options and employment.
Provincial Centre: Special Education Technology
Seven young adults, all of whom are blind or visually impaired, were invited by PRCVI to share their experiences and insights about life before and after grade.
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center NSTTAC)
This Report summarizes the findings of the May 6 – 7, 2012 NSTTAC Focus Group to identify key challenges and solutions to transition issues.
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
Identifies various types of transition assessment, guidelines for conducting an assessment, and criteria for selection of assessment tools.
ERIC Digest
This 8-page brief provides an introduction to the transition process, including taking an early, long-range approach to planning, developing a comprehensive plan, an overview of participants in developing the transition plan, transferring rights at the age of majority, and putting it all together.
U.S. Department of Education
The portion of IDEA that specifically focuses on secondary transition is addressed here, outlining the "significant changes from preexisting regulations to the final regulatory requirements regarding secondary transition."
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
This page "provides information on strategies to support students, families and professionals to participate in developing a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) and transition plan."
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Reflections, the publication of American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, produced this special issue in 2011, dedicated to the unique concerns of adolescence.
Perkins eLearning
This collection of webcasts and webinars addressing transition planning can be viewed at no charge, or can be used to earn 40 ACVREP credits for a fee.
American Foundation for the Blind
This brief introduction defines transition and identifies key elements in the process, emphasizing individual initiative and the importance of planning. There are numerous links on the AFB Career Connect site for families and friends, teens, professionals, job seekers, and employers.

Tips for Transition Planning

PACER Center
This two-page document, available in English and in Spanish, offers tips to parents on the transition process.
Perkins Webcasts
Dorinda Rife, Superintendent of Programs and Services at Perkins School for the Blind, discusses how transition planning is incorporated into a child's everyday environments, from early education through school-age.
Transition Coalition
This 2-page brochure was created "to assist families in understanding the basics of transition planning, including its purpose, who is involved, and the process as a whole."
National Transition Network
This 4-page Parent Brief offers a basic introduction to transition services, including the IEP, graduation, how to begin, and a transition checklist. Authored by the National Transition Network. This link takes you to the ERIC database. (PDF release of this document is pending.)
CalSTAT Technical Assistance and Training
This site includes an online 172-page information and resource guide, covering all aspects of transition. In addition, there are links to three training modules: one for service providers, one for administrators, and one for families.

Students planning for the transition to adult life need information and support to help them prepare the groundwork. Most of the necessary information applies to all students with disabilities, including those with blindness, visual impairments, deafblindness or multiple disabilities. In this section students, parents, families and professionals will find a wealth of resources to aid in planning for the future, understanding the laws, one's legal rights, and creating teams and support networks.

For Students

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
This fact sheet outlines ways in which students can be involved in their IEP process, specifically through the Self-Advocacy Strategy and the Self-Directed IEP.
Institute for Community Inclusion/Children's Hospital, Boston
This 44-page booklet covers four major areas of adulthood: health care, education, employment, and recreation. It includes a Health Care Skills Checklist, planning checklists, an explanation of SSI work incentives, a summary of the laws related to adolescent transition, a glossary of terms, and extensive resources.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has compiled a selection of fact sheets on topics related to transition-age youth with serious mental health issues.

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