Special Education

Transition Student, Family and School Resources

This section contains information or internet links to information that students, families and schools may find particularly helpful in deciding how to plan for transitions.


Disability.govexternal link connects individuals with disabilities to information and opportunities.

Postsecondary Transitioning Resources for Students with Disabilities - The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, has posted two letters to provide information about the legal rights of students with disabilities as they transition from high school to postsecondary education institutions.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilitiesexternal link(U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Washington, D.C. 20202) is an on-line pamphlet that explains the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools. This pamphlet also explains the obligations of a postsecondary school to provide academic adjustments, including auxiliary aids and services, to ensure that the school does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

Office of Disability Employment Policyexternal link provides information to individuals about employment resources.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)external link - Youth and Family Guide provides information about employment laws, services and programs for youth with disabilities.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center (PACER)external link is a parent-to-parent information web site.

PAS Toolkitexternal link A recently released toolkit through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This toolkit assists youth in strengthening some of the fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships.


Ticket to Workexternal link details legislation providing a tool box of work incentives for people with disabilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services for High School Students - Q & A for Parents is a brochure for parents of students with disabilities available in both Spanish and English which provides information about VESID's vocational rehabilitation services.

Tests of High School Equivalency provides information about the HSE, which allows adults who did not graduate from high school or whose diplomas may not be recognized by New York State to obtain a diploma.


Transition Planning Inventory for Students and Families is a form to help students and parents sit down to identify their future plans prior to attending transition planning meetings.

Job Seeker Toolsexternal link offered by Career One Stop provides resources for workforce development, including job seeking tools.

Social Security Onlineexternal link offers programs and research related to individuals with disabilities, including work incentives.

Talking Book and Braille Library is the service that helps individuals obtain talking books, including equipment and texts.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexicexternal link provides audio books for qualifying individuals.

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materialsexternal link (NCAIM) provides information to interested parties about accessible versions of print materials, including what they are and how to access those materials. 


Helping Students with Visual Impairments: Resources, Tools and Technology to Foster School Successexternal link is a guide from Accredited Schools Online that provides information and resources to facilitate a successful transition to college for students with visual impairments. This guide includes information on assistive technology, campus resources that provide assistive services and tools, information about scholarships for students with visual impairments, and online resources that students can access to facilitate academic and career success.

Going to Collegeexternal link provides information about college life with a disability. It includes video clips, activities and additional resources that can help prepare a high school student with a disability for college.

NY Learns is a resource from the State Education Department for parents, students and school counselors.  It contains information about the higher education system as well as provides answers to some frequently asked questions.

College Boardexternal link provides information about students with disabilities who require accommodations on the college board tests (such as the SAT or the Advanced Placement Program).

Post Secondary Planning Resources offers planning resources for students, parents and school counselors on colleges, universities, specialized programs, paying for your education, and preparing for a career.

Postsecondary Education Planning external linkgives tips for prospective students with disabilities.

HEATH Resource Centerexternal link is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education (college and vocational technical programs) for individuals with disabilities.

GO Collegeexternal link is a resource for information about paying for and succeeding in college.

Postsecondary Education Planning for Assistive Technologyexternal link is a guide to arranging for assistive technology on campus.

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planningexternal link, created by the Center on Technology and Disability, is a guide providing information to assist families and students prepare for utilizing technology after leaving school.

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Last Updated: November 28, 2016