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transition from childhood to adulthood is difficult for most
teens. Those with disabilities encounter additional challenges
as they move from the protective environments of youth to independence
in postsecondary programs, colleges or careers. These resources
provide valuable information for young adults and their families.
- Adolescent Health
separate sections for professionals, parents, and teens, this
useful website provides information about many transitional issues.
A "transition timeline" and many additional resources
HEATH Resource Center is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary
education for individuals with disabilities. Its web site includes
an electronic newsletter and other articles, commonly asked questions
(such as what is the best school for students with learning disabilities,
how can I file a grievance, and where can I find financial aid),
and other resources. Don't forget to check out the publications
sections on the Center's gopher site; it's chock full of useful
Center for Youth with Disabilities (NCYD)
is "an information, policy and dissemination center for
youth with disabilities." Check out its newsletter and bibliographic
also maintains the National
Resource Library, a comprehensive database of sources of
information related to youth with chronic or disabling conditions
and their families, with a special focus on transition.
Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities (NTA)
NTA is a federally funded program designed to promote the transition
of youth with disabilities toward desired postschool experiences,
including gainful employment, postsecondary education and training,
and independent living. NTA's web site includes a series of "School
to Work Fact Sheets" on legislation, disability information
and etiquette, and a school to work transition checklist; an
"Employer Toolkit" with practical resources for employers
and service providers; and the Alliance Newsletter. There is
also a resource section, databases, and model program information.
(The resource section contains links to transition resource sheets
by state, downloadable in Adobe Acrobat format.
- Quit Holding Your Breath
- It's Time to Exhale
to serve those of us coming of age with disabilities." this
anonymous personal web site features topical discussion forums
Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA)
is a federally program that provides technical assistance to
six Rehabilitation Act Parent Training Projects which are designed
to inform individuals with disabilities and their families about
the Rehabilitation Act and vocational rehabilitation and independent
living services. The web site features articles, conference announcements,
links, and the TATRA newsletter, Point of Departure.
- Education, Higher
- Just for Parents
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