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.

Scroll down to Chapter 45. This chapter from David Werner’s book, Disabled Village Children, describes two models of rehabilitation and offers suggestions to help community members organize themselves; also in Spanish.

Source: Hesperian Foundation

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.

Source: National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center

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.

Source: Kansas State Board of Education

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.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

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.

Source: Provincial Centre: Special Education Technology

This one-page tip sheet identifies key components of best practices, including functional age-appropriate curricula, inclusion, behavior issues, transition planning, and parent involvement.

Source: Nevada Dual Sensory Impairment Project

Developed for students ages 3 to 22, this curriculum focuses on developing life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.

Source: Perkins Products

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.

Source: National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

The Transition Coalition provides online information, support, and professional development on topics focusing on the transition from school to adult life for youth.

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.

Source: Perkins eLearning

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).

Source: Deaf-Blind Program, Center for Disabilities, South Dakota

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.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

"The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment."

Source: Office of Civil Rights

Many of the resources designed for transition planning take a Western point of view of post-secondary life or the world of work. Partnering with organizations and associations in Asian nations, Perkins created the Transition Planning Asia website, a community of practice for the subcontinent and Pacific Rim, to share success stories and recommendations. This recorded webinar gives you an orientation to the website.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

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.

Source: Institute for Community Inclusion/Children's Hospital, Boston

This 172-page information and resource guide covers all aspects of transition.

Source: CalSTAT Technical Assistance and Training

This Report summarizes the findings of the May 6 – 7, 2012 NSTTAC Focus Group to identify key challenges and solutions to transition issues

Source: National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)

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.

Source: Perkins eLearning