Transition for Students with Multiple Disabilities or Deafblindness

As students with deafblindness or multiple disabilities prepare for the transition from the school years to adult life, they need information and advice specific to their needs. In this section you'll find resources for students, parents, families, and professionals. Information on this page is specific to transition planning.  For broader information related to children with multiple disabilities and deafblindness, visit the category Education for Students with Multiple Disabilities.

For Families and Professionals

California Deaf-Blind Services
This fact sheet looks at some of the elements in successful transitions, such as planning early, social skills, documentation, and networking. Also available in Spanish - document #35. Both require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
California Deaf-Blind Services
This 3-page article (on pp.6-8 of the newsletter) offers strategies for planning an effective transition from school to adult life. It includes information about the members of the team and creating an effective futures plan.
Perkins School for the Blind
In this 30-minute webcast, Mary Zatta describes the purpose and components of a vocational portfolio, and discusses the importance of development processes.
For more information on this topic, see this title from Perkins Publications:
California Deaf-Blind Services
Video resumes are a way to show potential employers a student's abilities and achievements. This 2-page fact sheet lists tips for creating an effective video resume.
Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
In this webinar, Steve Perreault advises educators about issues related to transition for students with deafblindness. CE credit available.
Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
Beth Jordan from Helen Keller National Center provides a roadmap through the array of residential and employment service possibilities that exist and the need for early planning..
Kansas State Board of Education
This guide focuses on the development of student portfolios to document "accomplishments, needed adaptations, modifications, and accommodations, including transition to the next environment or postsecondary environments." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Developed by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network in collaboration with the Perkins School for the Blind
This mini-guide is designed to guide parents through the transition process for youth who are deafblind.
Deaf-Blind Program, Center for Disabilities, South Dakota
Although this guide is designed for youth who are deafblind, much of the information is applicable to other youth as well. The materials in the appendices include a extremely helpful worksheets (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Web-Based Organizations & Internet Resources

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
NCDB is an information clearinghouse on deafblindness. This site provides links to extensive resources, including a specific transition packet, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and related topics.