New Online Community Transition Program, UNH-4U, FREE This Fall

The UNH-4U Bridges program is a new online community transition program to prepare young adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-24,  for higher education, independent living, and careers. It consists of three, 10-week virtual trainings that promote self-awareness, occupational/academic direction, advocacy, technology and personal computing skills, knowledge of resources, and enhance social connections. The trainings are:… Continue reading: New Online Community Transition Program, UNH-4U, FREE This Fall

Helping Families Cope with Remote Learning

With schools across the country closed, parents are searching for reliable, easy-to-understand resources to support learning at home. Here are a few recommended sites. The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University has created a free training module for families, Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic, that offers practical tools and easy-to-implement strategies. Teenagers need structure and… Continue reading: Helping Families Cope with Remote Learning

Easy Access, Free of Charge Resources

We recently attended a useful session at the annual American Council for Rural Special Education (ACRES) conference. It was “Ideas that Work: Easy Access, Free of Charge Resources,” presented by David Emenheiser from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). David reviewed more than 25 online tools, training modules… Continue reading: Easy Access, Free of Charge Resources

Two Favorite Transition Resources

There are two resources we find ourselves recommending over and over. One is the awesome occupation exploration website, My Next Move, and the other is an insightful college readiness checklist for students and parents. My Next Move website My Next Move is a very friendly front-end to the comprehensive-but-harder-to-use federal occupations database, O*NET OnLine. Each… Continue reading: Two Favorite Transition Resources

Resource Spotlight: Taking Notes for Another Person

Note taking is the practice of capturing important pieces of information in a systematic way. Note taking is a commonly needed accommodation at both high school and postsecondary education levels, and in other situations requiring learning, including job sites and internships. Effective note taking for others is a skill acquired through training and strengthened through… Continue reading: Resource Spotlight: Taking Notes for Another Person

The State of Learning Disabilities in New Hampshire

  The annual report, The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5, from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, has been released for 2017. The report is based on data for the 2015–2016 school year and other research from the field, and looks at the current challenges and opportunities facing the 1 in 5 children who have… Continue reading: The State of Learning Disabilities in New Hampshire

Smartphones and Smart Ideas

  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… Continue reading: Smartphones and Smart Ideas

Tools to Choose Accessible Educational Materials that Work for Students

We’re highlighting resources that recently crossed our desks from the National Center for Accessible Educational Materials. The National Center for Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) at aem.cast.org 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: [raw][/raw] There’s an AEM Basics section… Continue reading: Tools to Choose Accessible Educational Materials that Work for Students

The Voice of New Hampshire’s Young Adults

  The Voice of New Hampshire’s Young Adults (PDF, 125 pages) executive summary (PDF, 6 pages) is the report of a study that surveyed more than 4,330 young adults living in New Hampshire about their attitudes and perceptions surrounding substance misuse. The themes that emerged from the study have wide applicability in transition planning as well because they provide… Continue reading: The Voice of New Hampshire’s Young Adults

New Dan Habib Documentary on Transitioning Youth

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has received a $15,000 contract from the New Hampshire Department of Education and Next Steps NH to support a new documentary film by IOD filmmaker Dan Habib, focusing specifically on youth with disabilities transitioning from high school to employment or post-secondary education. “As youth… Continue reading: New Dan Habib Documentary on Transitioning Youth