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School to Adult Life
Transition is a formal process of cooperative planning that will assist students with disabilities to successfully move from school into the adult world. The following resources may be used to support schools, families, students, and others in developing effective transition plans.
Colorado's Sequencing of Services
Colorado’s state agencies, education partners, families, and service providers have collaborated to develop a shared vision and shared student outcomes for students with disabilities during their transition before, during and after high school.
The vision of the Sequencing of Services Framework is to demonstrate what programming and services, across a continuum of ages, are available to students and how different entities can all work together.
Post-Secondary Education Resources
In this section you will find virtual platforms, information, and opportunities to help explore the requirements, options and resources to prepare for a successful transition from high school to post-secondary education settings.
- Virtual College Campus Tours (Learn about your possible college campus online, to see what life as a student will be like)
- My Colorado Journey
- Career Guide for People with Disabilities
- Autism Speaks Family Resources
- Financial Aid Opportunities for Disabled Students
- College Living Experience
- Think College! College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities
- Speech Disorder Resources for College Students
Independent Living Resources
Having independent living skills is essential for all youth as they prepare for adult life. The skills needed for a person to function independently in life may include such areas as cooking, transportation, budgeting, safety, technology, housing, time management, social, etc.
Adult Agencies: Adult and Community Agency Websites
Each agency decides who is eligible for services. There is no law that guarantees an adult will receive services from an agency. Services and supports always depend on eligibility guidelines and the availability of resources.
- Agency partnerships and Sequencing of Services
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
- Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment (CDLE)- Workforce Centers
- Independent Living Centers
- Community Centered Boards
- Social Security Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)
- Office of Behavioral Health
School to Work and Work-Based Learning
In collaboration with internal and community partners/agencies youth with disabilities should have opportunities to develop vocational awareness, career exploration, and experience career and employment opportunities to become competitively employed and to achieve successful outcomes. These experiences can be provided during the school day, or through after-school programs, and will require collaborations with other organizations.
School to Work Resources
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Unpaid work experience checklist (PDF)
- Community-Based Unpaid Vocation Training Agreement - Sample (PDF)
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for educators (PDF)
- Transition Guide to Post-Secondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (PDF)
- Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job success: Tips for Parents and families
- Volunteering and Unpaid Word Publication (PDF)
- Transition Planning Checklist for Employment (PDF)
School to Work Alliance Program
- School to Work Alliance Program Technical Assistance Document (English)
- School to Work Alliance Program Technical Assistance Document (Spanish)
School to Work Curriculum
School to Work Assessments
Employment Resources and Websites
- Cooperative Services Handbook for Youth in Transition (PDF)
- Cooperative Services Handbook for Youth in Transition (Spanish) (PDF)
- Cooperative Assessment Guidelines for School Practitioners (Updated June 2014) (PDF)
- Cooperative Assessment Guidelines for School Practitioners (2012) (Spanish) (PDF)
- Disability Employment 101 (PDF)
- Reasonable Accommodation (PDF)
- Career Navigator Toolkit
- Colorado Office of Employment First (Website)
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