Part B (ages 6 through 21)

Federal Sources Federal Sources

No one piece of legislation defines government services to youth with disabilities. Instead there are a number of Acts that impact youth with disabilities.  Here are the major ones:
•    The Rehabilitation Act
•    The Americans with Disabilities Act
•    The Olmstead Decision (ADA Title II)
•    The Higher Education Opportunity Act
•    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
•    Workforce Investment Act of 1998

Disability Legislation for Youth
NCWD/Youth provides all the legislation with annotations about
•    Age of youth covered by legislation,
•    Eligibility criteria,
•    Services provided,
•    Providers of the services, and
•    Triggers for turning services on or stopping services.
•   View all legislations on one page

TATRA Legislation Section

U.S. Department of Education - Home Page
President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education (PCESE) – Final

Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) - Home Page
Twenty-Sixth Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
General IDEA Guidance from OSEP
OSEP’s Legislation and Policy Guidance
OSEP Policy Correspondence

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) IDEA 2004 Website:
Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
This site is a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006.
Topic Briefs:
Secondary Transition
Individualized Education Program (IEP), Team Meetings and Changes to the IEP
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Video Clip:
Individualized Education Program (IEP) - Changes in Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
Training Materials:
IEP Curriculum Module
Dialogue Guides:
Secondary Transition
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
ndividualized Education Program (IEP) Team Meetings and Changes to the IEP
Dialogue Guide Facilitator Handbook
IEP Team Changes/ Evaluation and Re-evaluation (Leadership 2006)
Q&A Documents:
Questions and Answers On Individualized Education Programs (IEP's), Evaluations and Reevaluations

Data Accountability Center (DAC) - Home Page
Data Tables for OSEP State Reported Data
This information is provided for those interested in the numbers of students with disabilities and trends.  The information is collected by state according to the requirements of Section 618 of IDEA 2004.  No interpretation is provided.  The viewer should read the latest OSEP annual report to congress for the interpretation of the data:
Twenty-Sixth Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Population & Enrollment Data
State-level Data Files

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Home Page
Disconnected Youth: Federal Action Could Address Some of the Challenges Faced by Local Programs That Reconnect Youth to Education and Employment
Highlights Page

Summary of a GAO Conference: Helping California Youths with Disabilities Transition to Work or Postsecondary Education
Highlights Page

Young Adults With Serious Mental Illness: Some States and Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Address Their Transition Challenges
Highlights Page

Regional Resource Center Program – Home Page
Secondary Transition – topical index

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) – Home Page
Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Guide
Research to Practice Lesson Plan Starter Library:  Student-Focused Planning
Legal Requirements
Evidence Based Practices
This section includes NSTTAC’s review of evidence-based practices and results of that review, including Practice Descriptions, organized by the categories of the Taxonomy for Transition Programming, and Research to Practice Lesson Plan Starters.
Capacity Building
This section documents provides a) NSTTAC’s model for building state capacity for secondary transition education and services, (b) secondary transition education planning tools, and (c) resources from Institutes hosted by NSTTAC.
NSTTAC Products
This section highlights products developed by NSTTAC, including editions of NSTTAC Postsecondary Resources
Valuable information that support transition to and success in postsecondary educational environments is provided in this section.
Students & Families
This section provides resources of particular interest to transition-age students, such as Youthood, and their families.

National Post-School Outcomes Center – Home Page
Resources - National Perspectives
Data Sources
Organizations and Agencies
Secondary Transition
Tools & Products

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) – Home Page
Secondary Transition Coordinators at the State Level
Transition Planning: A Team Effort

Project FORUM at NASDSE - Home Page
Autism: Challenges Relating to Secondary Transition

The IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement at Vanderbilt University – Home Page

Module: School Counselors: Facilitating Transitions for Students with Disabilities from High School to Post-School Settings
See additional Topic Briefs on Transition – click on transition, then on topic Briefs.  Caution - some documents are pre-2004.

Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers (the ALLIANCE) – Home Page
Secondary Transition / Post-School Outcomes Technical Assistance Centers
IDEA 2004's Indicators 8, 13, and 14: Measuring Transition Success
Transition From High School
Publications: Transition Parent Briefs (from the PACER Center)

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness – Home Page
Products on Transition

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth – Home Page
The 411 on Disability Disclosure

IDEA Partnership Organizations IDEA Partnership Organizations

Autism Society of America - Home Page
Autism Society of America: Transition to Adulthood
Autism Society of America: Autism 101 - Free Course

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) – Home Page
Secondary to Postsecondary Education Transition Planning for Students With Learning Disabilities

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) – Home Page
Transition to Postsecondary Education
ACTE Issue Brief: CTE's Role in Career Guidance

Council for Exceptional Children – Home Page
Transition – More Important than Ever
Improving Post-School Outcomes for Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders
Postsecondary Academies: Helping Students With Disabilities Transition to College
Designing Individualized Education Program (IEP)Transition Plans

Education Commission of the States - Home Page
ECS Education Policy Issue Site: Special Education--Transition
Secondary Transition Coordinators at the State Level
Autism: Challenges Relating to Secondary Transition

PACER Center – Home Page
Project C3: Connecting Youth to Communities and Careers
Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA project)
TATRA Knowledge Center - PACER Transition Resources
Interagency Collaboration and Transition
Transition Planning and Employment
Solving the Employment Puzzle