Resources

Transition (Secondary)

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Handouts are available in either print or digital format. Printed handouts are free to keep. Digital materials are available to download at your convenience.

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Lending Library - Books (9)

Lending Library - DVDs (11)

Handouts (13)

Online Resources (22)

Books

Be Prepared! Guiding Students with Disabilities Through Transition From High School to College
by LRP Publications
The transition from high school to college is a difficult one for most students. But it's much harder for students with disabilities. Years of depending on parents as advocates, following Individualized Education Plans and determining rights and services under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act come to a screeching halt. There are three intertwined issues that college-bound students with disabilities need to understand in order to successfully transition to their new learning environment.

Begin the Between
by PACER Center, Inc.
This publication booklet is on planning for the transition from high school to adult life for your child with developmental disabilities. It reviews basic issues related to a successful transition from high school to adult and community living for students with developmental disabilities. (ages 16-18)

College Transition: A Critical Thinking Approach
by Schapiro & Marinelli
Designed to help students make a successful transition to college, this book develops the organizational and critical thinking skills essential to performing will in both high school and college. Covering everything from test-taking tips to goal-setting ideas, from task management skills to decision-making guidelines.

Make the Day Matter!: Promoting Typical Lifestyles for Adults with Significant Disabilities
by Pamela M. Walker and Patricia Rogan
Adults with disabilities enjoying active, rewarding, and meaningful daytimes in their communities - that's the reality when service providers and programs tap into innovative support strategies that really work. That's just what they'll do with this invaluable book, the first to compile all the best, most current knowledge on helping adults "make the day matter."

Planning for Your Transition from High School to Adult Life
by Ellen Condon & Kim Brown
The purpose of this workbook is to help youth to take the lead in planning for their adults lives. The workbook shares important information, encourages youth to begin thinking about life after high school, and offers ideas they can use to plan routes to reach their goals.

School Districts' Guide to Postsecondary Transition for Students with Disabilities
Andrew Tatgenhorst
Avoid disagreements with parents and stay on the right side of compliance with clear guidance on the IDEA's procedural and substantive requirements for appropriate transition planning. From FAPE considerations to implementing proper services, you learn how to create comprehensive transition plans that link assessments, goals and services in a way that meets students' individual needs.

Transition Handbook, The: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work!
by Carolyn Hughes & Erik Carter
Teachers, employment specialists, families, and students themselves will love the handbook's easy-to-use, menu style format that lets them turn to the relevant strategies they need without having to read the entire book. Perfect for training special educational teachers and for guiding IEP teams, this user-friendly resource enables teachers and families to become interactive partners with their students as they help them make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

Transition Teaming: 26 Strategies for Interagency Collaboration
by Pattie Noonan
Schools and community agencies must work together to provide transition services to secondary students with disabilities. Effective transition requires the resources and expertise of adult service agencies, community groups, employers, families, school transition specialists, teachers and other practitioners. This book provides a step-by-step process and concrete strategies by which secondary special educators can build collaborative relationships with service agencies and others in the community to provide transition services. 26 strategies are broken down into specific activities to bring the needed groups and individuals to the table and into transition teams, and communicate effectively to plan and deliver transition services that are collaborative, effective, and sustainable.

What Every Teacher Should Know About Transition & IDEA 2004
by Carol Bryant
Using side-by-side frameworks, this book explains the connections between transition services and standards-based education, as well as the connections between IDE 2004 and the No Child Left Behind Act. the book provides an introduction to the new summary of Performance (SOP) that is required by every school district for all youth with disabilities who have IEPs, and will present a first of its kind template for a nationally ratified SOP available to state and local education agencies.

DVDs

Being With People: Being with A Date/Being with Authority Figures #2
James Stanfield Company Inc.
The objective of this series is to identify a set of appropriate behaviors and skills for asking for a date & to recognize appropriate and inappropriate examples of asking for a date and on authority figures students will be able and name examples of authority figures in their lives and communities and to identify and model an appropriate a set of skills and behaviors for relating to authority figures.

Being With People: Being with Friends/Being with Housemates #1
James Stanfield Company Inc.
With the "Being With People" series, you'll teach the essential social skills needed to establish positive relations with friends, dates, housemates, authority figures, strangers and much more.

Community Man: Promoting Full Use of Community Resources
James Stanfield Company Inc.
In the "Community Man" program, your students will discover the broad range of services their community provides, receive a helpful introduction, overview and valuable tips from expert practitioners, find out the best ways to access the services and gain the confident they need to use these services in a way that will let them enjoy safer, healthier, happier, more independent lives.

First Job Survival Skills: Integrity At Work
James Stanfield Company Inc./Module 5
In Module 5 you'll teach your students how the importance of being honest and truthful with an employer cannot be overestimated. Employees are seldom given a second chance to prove themselves trustworthy.

First Job Survival Skills: Learning & Doing The Job
James Stanfield Company Inc./Module 3
In Module 3 students will see how many new employees underestimate the importance of listening to instructions, being realistic with co-workers and the boss about their skills and showing a willingness to do the job "right".

First Job Survival Skills: No Whining, No Excuses
James Stanfield Company Inc./Module 4
In Module 4 you'll show your students how taking responsibility for making a mistake communicates to the employer that you understand what you did wrong and thus are not likely to make it again. Whining, making excuses and blaming others for the problem tells the boss he had better look for someone else!

First Job Survival Skills: The Foundation: A Positive Work Ethic
James Stanfield Company Inc./Module 1
This set is a 3-part overview of the work ethic in practice. In Part 1 2 workers at the same work site display two very different attitudes toward their jobs throughout the day. Part 2, we look at 2 roommates at home, one of whom "gets it" that how he prepares himself for work in his off time affects his job performance and one of who is clueless. In part 3 all the obnoxious behaviors students have mastered in 13 years of schooling are on display in the workplace. Your students will learn that all the stuff they've been getting away with for years will not be tolerated in the work world.

First Job Survival Skills: The Interview: Getting Your Foot In The Door
James Stanfield Company Inc./Module 6
Module 6 is an essential part of First Job Survival Skills series. You'll teach students the often forgotten fact that the interview starts the moment you enter the employer's door. It's not uncommon for the boss to ask the front office staff for their impressions of the interviewee. Students will learn what waiting room behaviors give a favorable impression and what behaviors do not.

First Job Survival Skills: Workplace Manners & Boundaries
James Stanfield Company Inc./Module 2
Module 2 looks in detail at workers who are disrespectful, rude or who invade the personal space of others -- workers who don't last long. Part 1 teaches your students the importance of expressing good workplace manners and courtesies such as taking the time to greet co-workers when arriving at work, responding to small talk, respecting personal space, avoiding sexual harassment and keeping their private lives to themselves by leaving their problems at home, Part 2 students will learn why the boss wants socializing kept within boundaries, how older workers should be treated with respect and in Part 3 students will learn how vital it is to show enthusiasm on the job and why bosses are equally intolerant of employees who treat customers or co-workers with disrespect.

Home Of Your Own: Cooperative Living Training Program
James Stanfield Company Inc.
The purpose of this curriculum is to teach cooperative living skills. Cooperative living skills are broadly defined as the skills that facilitate living and getting along with others. The following broad content areas are covered in this curriculum: borrowing & lending; sharing expenses, responsibilities, and common areas; community involvement and safety; and solving problems and conflicts.

Voting: It's Your Right
North Dakota Secretary of State
A DVD to help people with disabilities understand their voting rights in North Dakota.

Handouts

Accordion File - Transition
Pathfinder Services of ND
Accordion file filled with specialized folders to organize your important documents. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #25

Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Fact Sheet
DCDT/NSTTAC
Questions and answers about Age Appropriate Transition Assessment. (English)
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Checklist to Help Plan for Transition From High School
Pathfinder Services of ND
Every young person deserves to have a life worth living after high school. We encourage you to dream and plan what that might look like. Then create a path to help you realize those dreams. Sometimes there are steps to be taken that a parent or student may not think about unless someone tells them. This checklist will help you think about those steps and decide which ones you need to take. (English)
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Differences Between High School and College for Students with an IEP
Pathfinder Services of ND
This document details the differences between high school and college for students with an IEP, including special education services, accommodations and modifications, behavior supports, and more. (English)
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Laws Affecting Transition
Utah Parent Center
This fact sheet will introduce laws that impact the transition of individuals with disabilities from school to adult life. (English)
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Middle School Transition - For Your Child With Special Needs
Channing Bete
Supportive guide provides parents with an overview of federal laws designed to serve children with disabilities, individualized education programs (IEPs), least restrictive environments (LREs), physical education, and transition services. Offers tips on supporting homework success, helping children build social connections, responding to bullying, and much more. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #83

Questions and Answers on Secondary Transition
OSERS
OSERS issued this Q&A document to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, advocacy organizations, and other interested parties with information regarding secondary transition for students with disabilities. This is one of a series of question and answer (Q&A) documents prepared by OSERS to address some of the most important issues raised by requests for clarification on a variety of high-interest topics. (English)
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Special Education In High School - A Guide To Success And Transition Planning
Channing Bete
Designed for parents of high school students receiving special education services, this handbook offers information about the evolving role of special education during the teen years. Discusses special education laws relating to teens, IEPs, and the transition after high school. Offers insight into developing a transition plan, setting goals, and achieving academic success. Also provides helpful advice on encouraging independence, preparing for the workplace, discussing social challenges, and more. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #40

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Fact Sheet: Youth Program
US Department of Labor
This fact sheet provides information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. WIOA presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation’s workers and jobseekers through an integrated, job-driven public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. (English)
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Transition Planning - Getting Ready For Life After High School - What Parents Need to Know
NDDPI
This brochure from NDDPI for parents gives information about IEP planning meetings and setting goals for their child's future beyond high school. (English)
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Transition Planning - Getting Ready For Life After High School - What Students Need to Know
NDDPI
This brochure from NDDPI for students gives information about IEP planning meetings and setting goals for their future beyond high school. (English)
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Transition Planning for Students with IEPs
GreatSchools.org
A transition plan is required for students enrolled in special education who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This article will define and describe transition planning and how it can be utilized to maximize your teenager’s future success. (English)
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Your Role in the Transition Process
Pathfinder Services of ND
This resources lists the role of students, families, schools, and adult service providers in the transition process. (English)
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Online Resources

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
Document

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) presents this transition guide to advance their efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st Century workforce.

This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to postschool activities:

• Transition planning: opportunities and programs;

• Transition services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act;

• Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and

• Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

Bill Calendar
Article

Do you find yourself surprised by bills or unsure if you'll have enough money to cover them each month? It's important to remember that you’re still in control of your finances and budget, even when bills are piling up.


 

The first step in getting a handle on your debt is to understand what you owe. You can use this bill calendar from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to organize all of the bills you pay in a month. Here's how it works:

  1. Gather all of your monthly bills.
  2. Fill out the bill calendar to keep track of your monthly bills and expenses. Be sure to write down what the bill is for, the amount, and the due date.
  3. Put the bill calendar in a place where you can check it every day.

Getting and Keeping the First Job
Webinar

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. In this PACER webinar, youth and parents will learn about preparing for and keeping a job.

Getting Ready for When Your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority: A Parent’s Guide
Article

Age of majority is the age when children legally become adults. At this time, they gain the rights of adults, which include the right to vote, marry, apply for a credit card, make medical and financial decisions for themselves, sign contracts, live independently, and much more.

HIT
Agency/Organization

HIT provides a variety of services to people with disabilities in western North Dakota. HIT is always seeking ways to fill unmet needs for people with disabilities and ways to improve upon the services they currently offer.

Hitting the Open Road After High School
Document

Co-written by teens for teens, this resource can help youth with disabilities think about their options for life after high school. It provides information on post-graduation options and guides students in making choices that are right for them, finding activities that can help them get ready now, and accessing supportive services.

Launch My Life North Dakota
Website

Your journey as you transition from high school to the world of work has begun. You will be making decisions about your education, what kind of a job you will look for, and how to get involved in your community. Launch my Life ND can help you do just that. Whether you have a disability or not, Launch my Life ND gives you the knowledge, tools, resources, and connections to help you achieve your goals.

Making My Way through College: A Guide for Youth with Disabilities
Document

Making My Way through College is aimed at helping students with disabilities navigate postsecondary education. The guide provides information and resources on preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work that will be relevant to any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. The content includes:

  • information on getting oriented to college life and one’s school;
  • exploring career interests and making an individualized plan aligned to personal goals; and
  • taking advantage of various opportunities and support to ensure college and career success.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
Website

NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities.

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Fargo
Agency/Organization

A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Grand Forks
Agency/Organization

A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Minot
Agency/Organization

A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Williston
Agency/Organization

A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
Website

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

Parent Toolkit (En Español)
Website

Esta guía lo ayudará a orientarse con el camino académico de su hijo desde pre-kinder hasta la escuela secundaria. Está diseñado para ayudarlo a hacer un seguimiento del progreso en cada etapa y apoyarlo. (This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.) Also available in English.

Parent Toolkit - A Web Resource
Website

This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage. Also available in Spanish. (También disponible en español.)

Rehab Services, Inc. (RSI)
Agency/Organization

Rehab Services, Inc. (RSI) is a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Transición a la Vida Adulta (Transition to Adulthood)
Article

La vida está llena de transiciones, y una de las más notables ocurre cuando los estudiantes se preparan para salir de la escuela secundaria y entrar al mundo como adultos jóvenes. Cuando el estudiante tiene una discapacidad, la planificación para el futuro es especialmente importante. De hecho, la ley IDEA lo requiere. (Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.

Transition ND (Android App)
App/Software

This app is for high-school aged students with disabilities with an IEP. An IEP (Individualized Education Program) details your special education services. After completing a brief 10 minute survey, the app produces an individualized “Draft Transition Plan,” based on your answers. This app is intended to serve as a guide to North Dakota students, parents and educators on transition planning based upon requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and North Dakota state law. This app was designed by North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project (NDP&A).

Transition ND (iOS App)
App/Software

This app is for high-school aged students with disabilities with an IEP. An IEP (Individualized Education Program) details your special education services. After completing a brief 10 minute survey, the app produces an individualized “Draft Transition Plan,” based on your answers. This app is intended to serve as a guide to North Dakota students, parents and educators on transition planning based upon requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and North Dakota state law. This app was designed by North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project (NDP&A).

Transition ND (Web-based App)
Website

This web-based app is for high-school aged students with disabilities with an IEP. An IEP (Individualized Education Program) details your special education services. After completing a brief 10 minute survey, the site produces an individualized “Draft Transition Plan,” based on your answers. This site is intended to serve as a guide to North Dakota students, parents and educators on transition planning based upon requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and North Dakota state law. This site was designed by North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project (NDP&A).

Transition to Adulthood
Article

Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. In fact, IDEA requires it.

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