The goal of this site is to provide information and resources to the educational teams of youth with visual impairments, including those with additional disabilities, as they make the transition from school to adult life.
We hope that this site will be helpful to all members of the transition team, including the target individual, the family members, teachers, adult service providers, and specialists. It takes the whole community to ensure a successful transition for youth with visual impairments, and no one person can do it alone. Typically the family works closely with a case manager or teacher, but others are often involved at different points in the process.
Members of the team may include an occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, orientation and mobility specialist, low vision specialist, rehabilitation counselor, social worker, job developer, and others, depending on the student’s needs, as well as the available resources in a given district. It is important to collaborate closely, as no single person will have all of the answers!
In addition to the members of the student's educational team, other members of the community often participate as well. For example, a cafeteria worker or secretary may be involved if the student is working with them in the school. Or a store manager or potential employer should be included in discussions about vocational placements. The specific people who are active in the transition process will vary according to the individual situation, but be creative and think broadly in who to include.
We are most grateful to The Gibney Family Foundation (TGFF) and the William M. Wood Foundation for their support of the development of this site.