Transition focused resources for students with disabilities, family members, and educators during the COVID-19 closure. Please check out our Publications, Online Courses, and Other Available Resources.
Promoting Internet Safety Among Users with Autism Spectrum Disorder publication discusses challenges that individuals with ASD and their families may face when navigating the Internet.
Increasing Independent Living Skills for Employment Success publication provides parents ways to help their children develop independent living skills in the home and community.
Virginia Parents’ Tips on Transition Planning publication offers suggestions from Virginia families whose children have experienced the transition from high school to adult options.
Five Fascinating Facts Exploring Technology publication discusses how assistive technology can help students improve their functional capabilities.
CTI Online Courses
Get Ready for College is a free series of online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the college preparation, selection, and disability services process.
Work-Based Learning is a free self-paced course comprising three online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the development and implementation of work-based learning activities for students with disabilities.
Skills to Pay the Bills focuses on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.
Use Virginia View to explore over 1,000 careers by industry, career cluster, salary, and education requirements to find the career for you.
Explore Work to learn who you are and what you’re good at so that you can start planning for your future.
Check out VA Wizard for a comprehensive career assessment and planner.
My Next Move allows you to explore careers that match your interests and training.
Learn How to Write a Professional Email both in and outside of the workplace.
21st Century Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth discusses the skills that students will need to enter the workforce and be successful in their chosen careers.
View CTI’s Transition Tips video to learn how to enhance career related skills at home.
Check out Youth in Transition - Soft Skills: The Competitive Edge - Office of Disability Employment Policy for a comprehensive curriculum for kids with and without disabilities to learn valuable workplace skills.
Check out CareerOneStop: Careers and Career Information to research careers and local training opportunities.
Global Problem Solvers: The Series is a FREE animated supplemental curriculum for grades 4-8 that teaches the STEM, problem-solving, entrepreneurial, and teamwork skills needed for students to thrive in today's digital world and tomorrow's workforce.
Check out the Transition Assessment Matrix: Transition Resources for age appropriate transition assessments for students.
Virtual Field Trip shows you the stages of development for familiar products while introducing careers in the agricultural career.
Listen to Graduating in a Pandemic: Advice For The Anxious Post-College Job Search for advice on searching for work after college.
Check out Tips to Help College Students During the COVID-19 Epidemic for guidance in adjusting to new living situations.
Independent Living Resources
Did you know that Centers for Independent Living operate throughout Virginia to provide services, such as independent living skills training and transition services for youth, to individuals with disabilities?
Check out the Teacher Online Resource Center to obtain lesson plans, videos, and other resources for teaching financial education to students.
A Day in the Life Maintaining Routines and Schedules in Difficult Times helps families who are dealing with sudden and drastic changes to their typical routines and schedules.
Youthhood.com has resources for both job seeking skills and independent living.
View CTI’s Transition Tips video to learn about ABLEnow; a financial tool for individuals with disabilities.
Use this in-depth Life Skills Inventory Assessment covering 15 components of independent living to identify areas of growth potential and IEP goals.
The Parent Transition Survey includes components on future living options, recreation and leisure, transportation.
View CTI’s Transition Tips video to learn about enhancing independent living skills at home.
This Independent Living Postsecondary Goal Decision Assistance Form covers home living, household management, and self-advocacy to help the IEP team decide if a student needs a postsecondary goal in the area of independent living
Written by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Tips For Working With Support Staff During COVID-19 can help you deal with the changes brought on by COVID-19.
Postsecondary Education and Training Resources
Want to prepare for college while at home? View the video, The Difference between High School and College, it will give you a glimpse of the changes you need to expect while attending college.
A Spectrum of Possibilities: Parent Experiences offers advice and perspectives of parents and counselors supporting college students with ASD.
View A Spectrum of Possibility: Professor Experiences to learn about the experiences of college professors and students with ASD.
Use Tips for IEP Teams to Help Students and Families Prepare for Inclusive Postsecondary Education to guide the selection of transition goals and activities that will likely be key factors in making college a reality.
Students and Parents COVID information provides helpful information for college students and parents on loan repayment, virtual college tours, and student needs.
Use the Foundational Skills for the College and Career Learning Plan to structure goal setting and to track and document the achievement of foundational skills.
Read Think College Fast Fact Peer Supports: Focusing on the Experiences of College Students with Intellectual Disability for a discussion of the positive impact that peer supports can have on Inclusive Postsecondary Education students.
School Beyond High School helps students understand the many options for continued learning after high school and how to prepare for the future.
Other Available Resources
COVID-19 ASD Resources
VCU’s Autism Center of Excellence provides resources for individuals with ASD and their Family Members during the COVID-19 Closure. These resources include information packets, videos, and visual tools.
COVID-19 & Virginia Public Schools
Virginia Department of Education offers ready access to up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 and the steps schools should take to safeguard the health of students and staff.
Transition Services for Students with Disabilities
Virginia Department of Education provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle/secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.
Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere to provide guidelines for administrators and teachers supporting students in learning remotely.