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.

Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic:

For Families & 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.
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 12. Scroll down the page to find the audio of their talks.
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 (NSTTAC)
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 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) 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."
Future Reflections, 2011
Future Reflections is the publication of American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children. This special issue is dedicated to the unique concerns of adolescence, and includes articles about transition.
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

Alliance ACTion
This two-page document offers tips to parents on the transition process. Also available in Spanish. Both require Adobe Acrobat Reader.  
Perkins Webcasts
Dorinda Rife, former Superintendent of Programs and Services at Perkins School for the Blind, discusses the importance of planning for transition by  incorporating necessary skills training into a child's everyday environments, starting from birth.
Prince Edward Island Dept. of Education
Although aimed at Canadian students, this 100+-page booklet is chock-full of suggestions and planning tips that help ease the transition into adult life (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
CalSTAT Technical Assistance and Training
This 172-page information and resource guide covers all aspects of transition.

Internet Resouces & Web-Based Organizations

This entire website is a rich resource for transition planning, goal-setting, training, and much more.

For Students

Resources to assist students in planning for their own future, including information about one's legal rights, and creating teams and support networks.
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.