Transition Resources

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.

In this recorded webinar, Steve Perreault talks about issues related to transition for students with deafblindness.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This site is a resource for parents, featuring a range of articles and links on communication, socialization, orientation and mobility, and transition, and more. Also in Spanish.

Source: Family Connect

This section of the Family Connect site is a gold mine for parents and other family members who are looking for information and resources on children who have additional disabilities.

Source: FamilyConnect

Dedicated to improving postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities, NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

PACER’s NPCTE provides "high quality assistance and support to parents, youth, and professionals on transition topics." The Resource Library has a wealth of downloadable information on transition and employment for youth with disabilities.

Source: Pacer Center

NTACT assists state and local education agencies, and vocational rehabilitation professionals in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in post-secondary education and employment.

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.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

This 27-page handbook for students, school counselors, teachers, and parents provides an overview of transition to postsecondary education, including information on laws and regulations, planning and preparing, definitions, and resources. It also contains an exploration worksheet for examining choices, selecting, and applying for postsecondary education. Also available in Spanish.

Source: Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction

American Foundation for the Blind maintains a list of organizations offering financial support for qualifying individuals and academic programs.  Browse them here.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

This two-page document offers tips to parents on the transition process. Also available in Spanish.

Source: PACER Center

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.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This page provides an overview of Person Centered Planning, with a significant number of online resources.

Source: Pacer Center

NCDB offers an overview of Person Centered Planning, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and research.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

This document is written for parents and provides an overview of Person-Centered Planning, including action steps, young adult participation in the process, and developing natural supports. There are numerous links to additional resources.

Source: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

This webcast, presented by David Wiley from the Texas Deafblind Project at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, presents an overview of the Person-Centered Planning process and how this tool can benefit students and their families as they prepare for the transition from school-to-work. Two parents also discuss their experiences with the transition process.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

NCDB provides links to articles and publications, bibliographies, and Internet resources related to postsecondary education for students who are deafblind.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Brazilian trainers share their expertise in “Professionals and Parents--Partners in Habilitation and Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired Children: A Successful Experience”; in Portuguese.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

An extensive list of rehabilitation facilities and agencies in the U.S. and a few other countries. Organized by zip code order.

Source: Duxbury Systems

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.

Source: Prince Edward Island Dept. of Education

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.

Source: National Federation of the Blind