Definition: All students develop skills for independent living through direct instruction and/or added support as necessary.
- Independent living skills training
- Physical and mental health
“I’m Getting Ready” is an interactive workbook that covers everything from finding housing to budgeting, cleaning, cooking, and paying the bills (PDF, 78 p., 2001): www.itsmymove.org/docs/resources/imgettingready.pdf
Friendly tipsheets on education, employment, living skills and more, specifically aimed at young adults with mental health challenges. Many are suitable for all youth. From Transitions RTC in Massachusetts.
- Friends: Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members (PDF, 84 pages, 2013) is a manual providing concrete, how-to strategies for supporting relationships between people with disabilities and other community members.
- Disability Workshops offers a free email newsletter, plus curriculum and both online and in-person workshops to help parents, teachers and service providers learn to be comfortable addressing sexuality with people with developmental disabilities.
- How to Teach Your Child with Learning and Attention Issues About Money Management from understood.org.
- Telling Your Money What to Do: The Young Adult’s Guide (PDF, 4 pages, 2013) is a youth-friendly tipsheet from Transitions RTC in Massachusetts.
- My “Must Have” Papers (PDF, 2 pages, 2011), also from Transitions RTC in Massachusetts.
- Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum from the FDIC to help low- and moderate-income individuals outside the financial mainstream improve their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. There’s a Money Smart curriculum for young people as well as an online Money Smart version and a Money Smart Podcast Network for those who prefer to listen.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) What Happens to Your SSI When You Turn 18? (PDF, 1 page, 2011) from Transitions RTC in Massachusetts.
- Six Steps to Creating a Financial Literacy Program in Your Classroom or Transition Program (PDF, 2 pages) from the National Disability Institute.
- Jump$tart is a coalition of organizations that share a commitment to advancing financial literacy among preschool through college-age youth. They provide a clearinghouse of financial education curricula. Check out the online Reality Check activity where students see if they can afford their dream life.
- Disability.gov has a Guide to Transportation section with a broad range of resources about transportation-related issues.
- NH public transportation: check out this public transit map (PDF, 1 page, 2013): www.nhtmc.com/rail_and_transit/state_transportation_map.pdf
- Quick Guide: Transportation and Travel Instruction (PDF, 3 pages, 2016) describes the research about the importance of travel instruction, as well as links to teaching resources.
- Youth in Action! – Serving on Decision-Making Boards is a tip sheet for youth from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD).
Recreation and adaptive sports:
- Northeast Passage empowers individuals with disabilities to define, pursue, and achieve their therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports goals.
- New England Healing Sports Association (NEHSA) is a volunteer, non-profit organization operated by and for individuals with disabilities to integrate individuals with disabilities into society through social and recreational activities.
- Granite State Adaptive Sports provides individuals who have a disability the opportunity to develop independence, confidence, life skills and fitness through participation in sports, therapy, training and recreation programs.
- New England Disabled Sports offers student athletes an extensive selection of summer and winter programs for individuals looking for recreation, as well as aspiring competitive athletes of all ages and disabilities.
- The Red Cross booklet, Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs (PDF, 20 pages, 2014), guides you through planning for an emergency or a disaster.
The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) provides descriptions and lesson plan starters for effective practices and predictors that promote positive post-school outcomes for all students with disabilities. The website is a little hard to use, but full of good stuff. We recommend using their the search box, for example, “banking”, to cut through to content that interests you.
Physical and mental health
Youth Mental Health First Aid (video, 14:07-minutes) is an overview of MHFA training modules that teach adults how to help adolescents ages 12-18 who are experiencing mental health or substance abuse issues. From the NH Behavioral Health Collaborative.
More tipsheets from Transitions RTC in Massachusetts:
- TTYL: Keeping in Contact With Your Professional (PDF, 2 pages, 2011)
- My Mental Health Rights on Campus (PDF, 2 pages, 2011)
For more resources on transition to adult physical and mental healthcare, see the Collaborative Planning page on this site.