October 5, 2017 When educators, families, students, community members, and organizations work together, postsecondary outcomes improve for students with disabilities. The recently updated Family Engagement Teams Guide (PDF, 12 pages, 2017) is an easy-to-follow guide to help high school administrators, staff and parents to develop a family engagement team using the focus group strategy. It provides… Continue reading: New Family Engagement Teams Guide from Next Steps
June 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 NH Department of Education and the Parent Information Center (PIC) collaborated… Continue reading: Transition Fairs around NH, and a New Guide
Apr 27, 2017 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: There’s an AEM… Continue reading: Tools to Choose Accessible Educational Materials that Work for Students
Feb 10, 2017 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… Continue reading: The Voice of New Hampshire’s Young Adults
Jan 23, 2017 Additions and improvements on this website in the past few months: New Toolkit for Driving Change with paths for personal or school-wide change using Next Steps tools. Includes a self-assessment and a companion guide for school change. New College Faculty section for faculty and staff in teacher education/preparation programs in colleges and universities. Get… Continue reading: New Additions to the Website!
A quick update on additions and improvements on this website in the past few months: New page to house all the Ed O’Leary transition IEP videos in one place More exemplar IEPs in the Transition IEP Requirements Tool New assistive technology reference page New postsecondary options and college disability services sections Updated the ELO page to connect to the new BeyondClassroom ELO website. BeyondClassroom now includes examples and a For Students… Continue reading: Lots of New Stuff on the Website!
Tips for Transition has 134 transition tips submitted from all over the country by practitioners. The purpose of Tips, originally published in 2009, is to identify and share grassroots transition practices. Some are a few sentences; others are longer. There’s contact information for each submitter so you can get more details. The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and… Continue reading: Tips for Transition, from Practitioners
The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) developed a four-page e-flyer, NSTTAC’s Secondary Transition Evidence-Based Practices, to quickly connect educators and parents with resources to explore new teaching practices. Examples are Using Self-Advocacy Strategy, Using Simultaneous Prompting, and More than One Strategy. The flyer includes hotlinks for each practice that take you to a 1-2 page description. The descriptions include: explanation… Continue reading: Quick Links to Explore Evidence-Based Transition Practices
Jan 28, 2015 (updated with 2015 report on Dec 8, 2016) The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire has released Facts & Figures: The 2015 Annual Report on Disability in New Hampshire. This 20-page report presents a wealth of disability-related statistics in clear summary form with lots of graphics. Facts & Figures focuses… Continue reading: The 2014 Annual Report on Disability in New Hampshire
We stumbled upon a valuable resource for any group that makes decisions: Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Education to encourage families to get more involved, it has usefulness far beyond that. The guide provides an impressive amount of concrete and actionable information about effective groups in… Continue reading: Good Resource for Any Group That Makes Decisions