Tools to Use

Families as Partners in Transition  – This helps you understand why families play such a critical role in transition and how you can more actively involve families. LGTW Parent and Teacher Education Series  – These videos and resource tools will help you and the parents you work with understand key activities and considerations with transition planning.

Supporting Families to Expect EmploymentNEW!  The most powerful force in changing transition outcomes for youth with disabilities is the expectations parents have for their children.  Learn how to develop partnerships, talk about options and better coordinate with partners. 

Engaging with Policy-Makers on EmploymentNEW!  Great ideas to help policy-makers understand the employment needs and goals of youth with disabilities to create a positive impact on local and state-level policy decisions.  

Parent Transition Interview Questions  – Use these to conduct in person or phone interviews with parents about their experiences with transition.

Parent Transition Survey – Use this survey find areas where transition can be improved and information that parents need about transition.

Parent Transition Focus Group Questions  – Use these questions when holding focus groups with families to improve your schools transition practices.

Ideas for Hosting a Transition Night – This helps you understand the elements of an effective Transition Night and how to go about organizing one. List of Acronyms – To help you navigate through the alphabet soup.  

LGTW Tips for School and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Collaboration – This gives you strategies to use to increase collaboration with DVR.

DVR’s On the Job Training Initiative – Information on a new initiative from DVR that allows for a higher wage subsidy for an employer to offset increased training costs for youth with more significant barriers to employment.

Guidance for Schools Providing Student Information to DVR – Use this checklist to gather and submit student information when a student applies for DVR services.

What’s After High School Parent Education Video Series – A 3-part video series for educators and parents on the transition process, person centered planning and integrated employment.  Or, visit the What’s After High School webpage

What is a Community Conversation? – Helps you understand the benefits and outcomes of having a community conversation about increasing employment opportunities for youth with disabilities.

12 Ways to Connect with More Employers – NEW!  Helps you consider your approach with employers and how to build partnerships with them. 

Amazing Race to Employment – A fun and creative activity to help students and teachers connect to the business community. 

Ideas to Increase Employers at Community Conversations on Employment – NEW!  Every pilot school site held at least one Community Conversation – many of them held one each year of the project.  This tip sheet is a compilation of successful strategies used by the schools to get more employers to attend their outreach events. 

Launching Inclusive Efforts through Community Conversations  – Use this step by step guide to plan your community conversation. Community Conversation Planning Form  – Use this form with the group you are working with to create the steps for you community conversation plan.

Sample Community Conversation Invitation 

Sample Community Conversation Questions  

Sample Community Conversation Agenda

Sample I Am Willing Cards

Description of Table Host Responsibilities

Cafe Etiquette and Process Cards

Sample Community Conversation Evaluation Form

You Can Work and Keep Your Benefits: Work Incentives Benefits Counseling 101 – Helps you, your students, and families to understand about Work Incentives Benefits Counseling and how to access this important service. Work Incentives Benefits Counseling Checklist – Use this checklist when connecting students to Work Incentives Benefits Counseling services.

Braiding Resources for Transition – Helps you understand how schools, DVR and Children’s Long Term Support Programs can work together and braid resources to support successful transition. 

Children’s Long Term Support Fact Sheet for Teachers – Gives you just the basics on the CLTS program. 

Transition Action Guide – To assist in the improvement of communication, coordination, and services for students wtih disabilities transitioning from school to work.  It is designed to be useful for all persons and agencies involved in the transition process.