State and National Transition Resources for Students with Disabilities

State Resources

  • Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI): is a service for parents, educators, and others interested in parent-educator partnerships for children with disabilities.
  • Wisconsin FACETS: Our mission is to provide and broaden opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families, with emphasis on support for underserved families in the community.
  • Wisconsin Post High School Outcomes Survey: assesses the outcomes of individuals with disabilities one year after they have exited high school. Former students are contacted for a telephone interview to assess areas independent living, participation in postsecondary education, employment, and high school IEP planning.
  • Transition Resources For Youth: Youth, families, educators, and adult agencies will find the Resources Collections and Additional Features especially useful. Districts and educators will use specific district username and passwords to utilize the Transition Tools. And, anyone can create a tr4y Toolbox.
  • State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG): The Wisconsin Personnel Development System (WPDS) is a comprehensive, personnel development system grant funded through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for special and regular education stakeholders. Trainings funded through this grant foster growth and development for special educators, general educators, paraprofessional, parents, administrators, youth and related service providers. Regional centers called “Hubs” provide ongoing support to sustain and evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities on student success and alignments with the State Performance Indicators for both Parts B and C.
  • Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative: The overarching purpose of WSTI is to improve transition programs and services so that students with disabilities can make a successful transition from high school to postsecondary education or training, employment and/or independent living.
  • Wisconsin Community on Transition (WI CoT): The mission of the Wisconsin Community on Transition (WI CoT) is to build and support sustainable community partnerships that ensure youth and young adults with disabilities and special health care needs will transition successfully to adult life.

National Resources

  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities listing of Wisconsin State Resources. Search for state organizations by type or state.
  • National Community of Practice on Transition. After signing in to the Community of Practice, click on Wisconsin to get an overview of the Wisconsin Community and current practice groups and activities.
  • National Post–School Outcomes Center: Our Mission is to help state education agencies establish practical and rigorous data collection systems that will measure and profile the post-school experiences of youth with disabilities (i.e., Indicator 14).
  • National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities: The ultimate goal the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities is to provide high quality, evidence-based technical assistance to help states build and implement sustainable programs and best practices that will yield positive results in dropout prevention, reentry, and school completion for students with disabilities.
  • National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC): In order to ensure full implementation of IDEA and help youth with disabilities and their families achieve desired post-school outcomes, NSTTAC will help states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities and disseminate information and provide technical assistance on scientifically-based research practices with an emphasis on building and sustaining state-level infrastructures of support and district-level demonstrations of effective transition methods for youth with disabilities.
  • National High School Center: based at the American Institutes for Research, provides the latest research, user-friendly tools and products, and high-quality technical assistance on high school improvement issues.
  • Division on Career Development and Transition: The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.

Transition Resources from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

These resources from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, describe legal rights and responsibilities that will affect students with disabilities as they transition from high school to institutions of postsecondary education.

  • Dear Parent Letter (March 2007). Describes differences between the services required to be offered to students with disabilities in elementary and high schools and the services required to be offered to students with disabilities by schools and institutions of higher education and vocational training.
  • Dear Colleague Letter (March 2007). Describes the legal obligations of postsecondary schools toward students with disabilities.
  • Transition Document for High School Educators (March 2007). Questions and answers and other information designed to inform high school educators about possible challenges students with disabilities might face when applying for admission to colleges, universities, and technical schools. High school educators can assist their students with disabilities prepare themselves to be self advocates, to document their disabilities, and to request needed accommodations to do their academic work.
  • Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities (September 2007). Questions and Answers and other information about the responsibilities of the student who is in transition between high school and higher education or postsecondary training. The document considers documentation of disabilities, the affect of a disability on a student’s admission process, the timing of a student’s decision to reveal that he or she has a disability and the timing of requests for accommodations needed by the student to complete academic work or vocational training.