Transition Fairs around NH, and a New Guide

Cover of transition fair guideJune 13, 2017 A transition fair is a practical way to connect parents and students with local transition supports and resources as preparation for life after high school. Although planning one may seem like a daunting task, there is a new resource to help, the Transition Fair Guide (PDF, 12 pages). The NH Department of Education and the Parent Information Center (PIC) collaborated through Next Steps NH to develop the guide.

The easy to follow guide helps educators, families and students plan and host a transition fair in their community. It provides descriptions of essential components of a transition fair, along with planning tools and ideas.  (Read rest of Transition Fairs around NH, and a New Guide)

Smartphones and Smart Ideas

Text from webinar flyer May 31, 2017 This free live-streamed webinar, Smartphones and Smart Ideas, just came across our desks, and looks really intriguing. It’s offered on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm Eastern Time. (It’s from a parent center in Minnesota so the flyer says 6:30 – 8:00 pm because they are on Central Time.) We all know in theory there are tons of smartphone apps out there to help us organize our lives and keep track of things. This webinar will show how smartphones can be part of a larger strategy to increase independence, and improve organization and time management skills.  Gather some kids, make a bowl of popcorn, and watch it together! Registration

Tools to Choose Accessible Materials that Work for Students

AIM Navigator logo April 27, 2017 The National Center for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) at offers a host of resources to better understand and make decisions about accessible educational and instructional materials. Some highlights:

There’s an introductory 3:42-minute video, part of an AEM Basics section to learn what accessible materials and technologies are, and who needs them.

To help you get started, there are two free interactive tools that can help you make decisions about accessible print materials: the AEM Navigator and the AIM Explorer(Read rest of Tools to Choose Accessible Materials that Work for Students)

Next Steps NH

The Next Steps NH project provides professional development and coaching to selected New Hampshire high schools for the purpose of increasing the graduation rate of students with disabilities, and students at risk. This is done through implementing evidence-informed transition planning practices that help students prepare for college, career, and adult life.

This website is part of the project and will house all tools and resources developed as part of the project.

View a simple sitemap for this website.

Video of the Month

“Intelligent Lives”: Preview of a new film from Dan Habib that explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path. 14:51-minutes. Lots more videos

Website Tour

Take 3:52 minutes and tour the website.

A one-page flyer about the website

Transition Lingo

Transition:  the process of assisting youth to move from high school to the adult world.

College and Career Ready: having the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to enroll, persist, and succeed in college and other postsecondary training opportunities, and to gain entry into a meaningful career.

Postsecondary: Elementary school is primary education, high school is secondary education, and after high school is postsecondary education.

Download this activity as one of your next steps to develop everyday language explanations of transition terms.