Transition Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic

For Everyone

The Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis Checklist offers important relationship-building steps you can take to help young people weather this storm. The research-based Developmental Relationships Framework identifies key actions young people need to experience in relationships in order to be resilient and thrive. For the full description of the Developmental Relationships Framework and the research behind it, visit the Search Institute.

The New Hampshire AT Makers Fair is not happening this year, but check out their AT Makers Facebook page. It’s full of ideas for assistive technology you can make to help in COVID-19 and remote learning times.

Removing Barriers to Effective Distance Learning by Applying the High-Leverage Practices Tips and Tools (PDF, 29 pages, 2020) is a complex title for a practical and usable document. It identifies high leverage practices to help dismantle six barriers, including the struggle to keep students focused and engaged, and helping students manage their workload.

Educator Resources


Tips on using accessible digital materials, i.e., video, audio, images, and text, in your teaching, from

Add closed captions to lectures, videos, and all speech on Zoom. You use the automatic speech recognition capabilities built into Google Slides, which runs in the background while you display whatever you want on your screen. There is no punctuation, so make deliberate pauses at the end of your sentences. YouTube video on getting closed captions in Zoom.

Accessibility Guidelines for Remote Courses, from the University of Oregon

Virtual IEP meetings

How to hold and participate in virtual IEP meetings (PDF, 6 pages, 2020) 

Tips from the Field: Facilitating Successful Virtual IEP Meetings (PDF, 1 page, 2020)

General resources

Multiple resources to address transition for the 2020-21 school year, from NTACT

Four recorded NTACT webinars, with tools you can download:

  1. Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok & Beyond: Social Media for Peer2Peer Engagement
  2. Strategies & Resources for Students with Complex Support Needs in Distance Learning Environments
  3. Employment Preparation and WBL Experiences in a Virtual World
  4. Transition Activities Online At Home

NTACT Instructional Planning Resources – fourteen pages of links to resources, sorted by type.

Recorded webinar series from OSEP IDEAs That Work: Continuity of Learning During COVID-19. They also offer an extensive resource database that you can filter to get what you need.

A Dry Run at a Socially Distanced Classroom. Some college faculty in NY tested teaching in three scenarios: collaborative work in a classroom, lecturing in a bigger hall, and an outdoor class with group work. The article sums up what they learned, and it might be useful in your planning. 

Family Resources

As the parent of a student with a disability, you may hear a lot of new terms being thrown around during the pandemic. Key Terms Regarding Online Learning and Education Technology (PDF, 6 pages, 2020) explains the meaning of different terms and their implications for students with disabilities.

Family Guide to At-Home Learning, from the CEEDAR Center at the University of Florida has practical strategies for helping students of all ages who may be struggling with an at-home learning task. Families may find these strategies useful when helping their students complete various reading, math, and/or behavioral tasks at home. Two-page PDF version of Family Guide

Video: Advocating for Children with Learning Differences During Coronavirus, 3:22-minutes

Suggestions for participating in an remote IEP meeting (PDF, 1 page, 2020)

Free tools to help avoid distraction and multi-tasking:

  • Forest is an Android and Apple app. Whenever you want to stay focused, plant a tree. Your tree will grow while you focus on your work. Leave the app halfway and your tree dies.
  • StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that helps you stay focused by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites.

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