Virginia Transition Resources
Posted: February 15, 2023 | Written By: Melody Gopee | Category: At Home Help
In most states, 22-year-olds begin to age out of the programs designed to support students throughout their educational journey. However, many states, regions, and communities have organizations and agencies that can help support young adults in the transition from high school to postsecondary education, workforce programs, and/or independent living. To help navigate the available resources, we’ve compiled a list of organizations below in Virginia that specialize in transition services for adults with disabilities.
Virginia Career VIEW (Vital Information for Education and Work): Offers career exploration resources primarily for grades K-8. They explore various career clusters and offer career assessments, portfolios, and plans. They also offer hands-on activities that would be great to use in social skills classes. Learn more.
Virginia Wizard: Virginia’s resource for college and career planning, assessment tools, workforce statistics, career exploration and information on career clusters. They offer ways to help find career clusters and occupations, learn more about strengths, play career games, set goals, and all kinds of other things that can help determine the best career path. Learn more.
Explore Work: A resource created for students with disabilities. Students work through modules on career planning, workplace readiness, life beyond high school, self-advocacy, and career exploration. Students can print a certificate at the end of each module and can choose between self-guided or assisted navigation. Learn more.
I’m Determined: A Virginia resource for students with disabilities and their families. Activities focus on self-advocacy skills and assist in navigating secondary transition planning. Resources for teachers, parents and students are included. Learn more.
VCU Center on Transition Innovations: Virginia’s Center on Transition Innovations and Technical Assistance provides training and resources for all things secondary transition, including modules for students and teachers. They are a leading provider of resources and innovative models to support students with disabilities in their transition to adulthood. Learn more.
Virginia Developmental Disability System: A page for individuals and families with information about the work that is occurring within the Division of Developmental Services, along with resources on accessing services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more.
For Educators and Administrators Interested in Bolstering their Transition Services
Pathful Explore: A virtual job shadow platform that offers resources for career exploration, job and internship searches, and college information. Students can watch videos on careers of interest, complete career assessments, and build a resume. Lesson plans and site navigation are provided for teachers and students can use independently or in groups. Learn more.
T-Folio: A free transition portfolio tool for high school age youth with disabilities. It is designed to guide youth in exploring, identifying, and planning for their desired post-school goals. Learn more.
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