The Essential Tools series include resource guides, practice guides,
policy guides, and other guides to increase the capacity of organizations
involved in secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.
These guides include many ready-to-use handouts, overheads, forms,
and other tools that can be used in a variety of settings, including
meetings, classrooms, and employment settings.
- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Implications for Transition Personnel (October 2005)
This Essential Tool summarizes current research on transition issues and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) youth with disabilities. It also offers information on how transition personnel can effectively support these youth by building on their strengths and enhancing natural supports available within their families and communities. Also included are several practical tools, and information on further resources.
- Community Resource Mapping (May 2005)
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on understanding, planning, and engaging in the coordination of community resources that support the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Designed for use at the federal, state, and local levels, it provides numerous practical tools and resources for initiating a resource mapping process.
- Handbook for Implementing
a Comprehensive Work-Based Learning Program According to the Fair
Labor Standards Act (3rd ed.) (February 2005)
By following the information and examples in this manual, school
personnel can proceed with confidence to operate effective work-based
learning programs consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Sample forms, agreements, and supporting documentation required
under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and FLSA are
included in the examples whenever possible. This document also includes
contact information for offices and personnel of the U.S. Department
of Labor Wage and Hour Division and organizations involved in planning
and delivering transition services for youth with disabilities,
as well as information on Supplemental Security Work Incentives
available to transition-aged youth with disabilities.
- In Their Own Words:
Employer Perspectives on Youth with Disabilities in the Workplace (September
Eleven employers from various fields write about how
they became involved in providing work experiences for youth
with disabilities, what made it work, and what they recommend
to individuals and organizations representing youth.
Rates of School Completion: Moving from Policy and Research
to Practice, A Manual for Policymakers, Administrators, and
Educators (May 2004)
A report offering a synthesis of research-based
dropout prevention and intervention strategies,
including information about specific programs
and evidence of their effectiveness.
- Interagency Transition Team Development and Facilitation (January 2005)
This guide, relevant to national, state, and local levels, offers instruction on (a) how to build an effective interagency transition team; (b) how to determine initial roles, responsibilities, and the team vision; (c) how to conduct interagency transition team meetings; and (d) how to determine whether or not your interagency transition team is making progress and meeting its goals. The manual also includes examples of successful interagency transition teams, and further resources.
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