Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. These three areas are often referred to as “post-secondary outcomes” and are the driving force behind Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) written for students in high school.

Family Member and CaregiverFamilies are essential to the transition process for any youth. Parents and families are often the most helpful historians, providing the transition team with an essential level of detail about the background, experiences, and functional needs of the student.

A. General Transition Resources:
    1. Bucks County IU : Intermediate Unit #22 Web site with agency links, waiver information, employment, post-secondary education and community living links. Updated frequently:
        Click here: IU Virtual Transition Fair

      2. Moving On Directory from the Bucks County IU
:  Generated by the Bucks County IU, it is a directory of transition resources:
          Click here:  Bucks County Moving On

      3. Pennsylvania
Secondary Transition Guide –This website is designed to be a central information hub for youth and families navigating the transition from secondary education to adult life. The website links to other PA agencies and departments that support secondary transition:
          Click here: PA. Secondary Transition Guide

     4. Agency Supports:
 Office of Mental Health/Developmental Programs (MH/DP):                                            http://www.buckscounty.org/government/humanservices/MHDP

    Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR):                                                                             http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/OTE0NjYxNg==

    AACES: http://www.fsabc.org/program/autism-program/

   Coffeehouse: http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/MTIyMDM4Mzc=

    PA Assistive Technology: https://patf.us/programs/financial-education/

   TIP: http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/OTU4NzA2Nw==

   TIP Referral Form: http://www.livebinders.com/media/get/OTU4NzA3NA==

     5. Selective Service: The law requires all male U.S citizens and male immigrants          living in the U.S. to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. For more                information or to  register go to: Selective Service

Social Security: To find out if your child qualifies to receive social security                disability benefits and information on how to apply.
         Click here: Social Security

Voter Registration : Voter Registration

AGENCY Supports :  Agency Supports

Waiver Information: Waiver Information

Career Cruising – Utilized school web site to develop electronic portfolio with resume, career plans, career assessments and more.
        Click here:  Career Cruising 

Employment/Career Training/Military

Pennsylvania Career Guide: offers a way to investigate over 200 occupations. The guide has information about job skills, future job outlooks, average earning and more. The state publication is a resource to help you choose a career path that is right for you.
          PA Career Guide

U.S. Military: U.S. Military

PA. Military site: PA Military


Career One Stop: Career One Stop 

C. Post- Secondary Education:

     1. Think
CollegeCollege Options for People With Intellectual Disabilities:
         Click Here: Think College 

Colleges with  programs for Students with Disabilities: 
          Learning Disabilities: 
          Colleges with Programs for students with  Learning Dsabilities
Colleges with programs for students with Autism

          Intellectual Disability: ID - Post Sec Ed Oppor Resources 5-2012 .docx  

College Life – find out what to expect when living at college with a disability. For video clips, activities, information and resources to help students get a head start in planning for college: College Life

Financial Aid: To learn more about financial aid and to complete the FAFSA form online, go to : Financial Aid

Fastweb: a tool to help students find financial aid and scholarships for college (you must set up an account): Scholarships and Financial Aid


D. Independent Living:

            1. Transition Healthcare Checklist :  PA Transition Healthcare Checklist
            2. This link provides interactive lessons to experience daily challenges                            without real-world consequences:
            3. Toolkits: Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit:
            4. Recreation and Leisure Guides:
                Leisure and Recreation

For Educators Below are the formal assessments for each grade level, surveys utilized by the district and informal assessments for the major transition domains to assist goal development.

Formal assessments:

  1. 7-8th grade assessment: Career and Life Explorer
  2. 9th grade formal assessment: Career Exploration Inventory
  3.  10th grade formal assessment: Work Motivation Scale
  4. 11th grade formal assessment :O*NET – Career Interests Inventory
  5. 12th grade formal assessment: Transition to Work Inventory
  6. New student formal assessment: Career Exploration Inventory (EZ form)

   Informal Assessments

  1. Parent  Questionnaires:
    1. Life skills Parent/Guardian Survey (all grades) :Lifeskills Parent Survey
    2. Learning Support, Emotional Support and Autistic Support Parent/Guardian Survey: LS/ES/AS Parent Survey
  2. Student Future Planning Inventory:
    1. Middle School Inventory: MIDDLE SCHOOL Future Planning Inventory
    2. 9th grade Future Planning Inventory: 9th grade future planning inventory
    3. Life Skills Student Inventory: Life Skills Student Survey
    4. Learning Support/Autistic Support/ Emotional Support student Inventory: LS/AS/ES Student Survey


Helpful Websites:

1. National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center –                           Assessments and tool kits NSTTAC

2. ODEP – Office of Disability Employment Policy: ODEP

3. PaTTAN/Pa. Department of Education Secondary Transition page:                    Department of Education Transition

4. A.J Drexel Autism Institute:  
http://drexel.edu/autisminstitute/education-t    raining/community-training/

5. PA. Department of Education Career Education and Work (CEW)                         Toolkit: http://www.pacareerstandards.com/

6. Print out of Transition Related websites: Transition Related Websites 2013.doc



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