Students Helpful Tools
If you are a student with a disability, then you will have a transition plan within your Individualized Education Plan (IEP) by the time you turn 16 years old. It is very important that you are educated about what this plan is and that you are involved in creating YOUR transition plan. The transition plan details the goals that you would like to achieve after high school in the areas of work, education and possibly independent living. So when you become involved in transition planning process, you will be thinking about questions like: Where will I work? What will I do to earn money? Will I go to school, like college or a vocational training program? What will I study? Will I live on my own and handle all the tasks that go along with that, like budgeting, finance, cooking, and transportation?
To find many of the answers to the questions above, your IEP team (including yourself), will most likely ask you questions in the form of interviews, assessments, surveys, and questionnaires. To make a plan meaningful for you, it’s important that you are involved and tell the team your interests and preferences. You will definitely want to include the things you are good at in your plan. If you don’t understand any part of the plan, make sure you ask questions. It is also very important that you go to your IEP meetings and participate at those meetings.
Look through the tools below to get a better understanding of the transition plan and to help you make progress toward your goals for AFTER high school.
Find out more about what transition plans in Arkansas look like and what they mean; click on each form for more information.
Pilot IEP Forms
Permission for Consent to Invite an Agency
Summary of Performance (SOP)
Sample Letter to Accompany SOP
Interested in participating in your transition planning? Check out these tools that can help you get more involved in the planning process and in the meeting.
Learn more about yourself and your strengths here and share that information with your teachers and IEP team!
Invite people to your meeting by inviting them with your own invitation that could look similar to this one!
These movies feature disability issues but some may have adult themes. Check with your teacher or parents to make sure it's okay for you to watch the movie. You might ask your teacher if it's possible to watch the movie with your class or ask your parents and siblings if they would like to watch with you. Find more movies featuring disability issues here.
Get basic information on different kinds of disabilities here …you might learn something about yourself!
The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) is a Technical Assistance and Dissemination project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Adminstration (RSA), Cooperative Agreement Number H326E140004. Their site www.transitionta.org provides resources and guidance on transition planning, graduation, post-school success, data analysis and use, and effective practices and predictors of post-school success. We encourage you to visit their site for lots of valuable information whether you are a teacher, counselor, parent, student, or an agency employee.
If you want some help in being more active at your IEP meetings and in your transition planning, take a look at this helpful guide and ask your teacher for help!
Collecting Post-School Outcomes Data
An important part of improving outcomes for students with disabilities is collecting information after they have left high school to see what services have been used and how programs in high school may have helped them be successful. If you have a student who has recently left high school or will soon, please read more on Post School Outcomes Data Collection. We need your participation when it’s time to collect the data.
Learning Style Assessments
Take this assessment and find out how you learn best and improve your study skills! Share this information with your teachers too! This information is too important not to know about yourself!
Assistive Technology Assessments and Tools
Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education - use these guidelines to help yourself be your best advocate and help those who will work with you at the post-secondary education level to make the smoothest transition possible while you have the assistive technology supports you need! For more information on quality indicators for assistive technology, click here.
Student Self Evaluation Matrix - The self-evaluation matrix is intended to measure and improve assistive technology transfer to higher education settings.
Transition Skills Checklist - use this assessment to determine what skills you demonstrate and what skills you need to acquire.
Assistive Technology Implementation Plan - use this template to develop a plan to implement assistive technology.
Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning - this guide will provide you with information on transition, how to ensure your assistive technology needs are supported in the transition from high school to adult life, and information on laws related to transition and accommodations. There are many tools and valuable resources within this guide to help include consideration of assistive technology in the transition process.
Career Exploration / Employment Resources
What kind of work interests you? These tools can help you explore what’s available!
Career Infonet – find out options available to you for a career that interests you AND the education and/or training you might need.
Career Key – get help and advice on exploring and choosing a career for yourself!
Live Career – take a career test or get help writing a cover letter or resume!
Career Alternative Resource Evaluation System – take this FREE, online career assessment and find out what interests you most!
50 Questions Asked in Interviews - read these commonly asked questions to prepare for your interview.
Transition Training Resources: Test Prep Review - Your source for FREE online practice tests.
America's Service Locator - Looking for a job or training in order to prepare for a job? Find the nearest One-Stop Career Center that can provide the services you need.
JOB ACCOMMODATION NETWORK (JAN) - free consulting services for individuals with physical or intellectual limitations that affect employment. Services include one-on-one consultation about job accommodation ideas, requesting and negotiating accommodations, and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws.
Real Life Arkansas - Don't know how much money you will need to earn in the future? Don't know which occupation to choose? No problem! This site has three options to help you select the right career for your spending needs.
Career One Stop's Video Collection - Visit this website to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels.
Education Options After High School
Sparknotes – this is a great tool to help you understand books, write papers, improve your study skills and even prepare for the ACT and SAT.
AHEAD – find answers to many FAQs that you might have about going to college.
Financial Help – check out the financial resources that might be available to you in Arkansas!
The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid – find information about scholarships and fellowships for students with disabilities.
ADHE Financial Aid Search - search through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education's available scholarships.
College 4 U! - independent college counseling for high school students
ACT Test Preparation - provides additional practice wherever and whenever you want it.
College Readiness Survey - This survey gives you a quick look at your readiness for college. Do you think you are ready to go to college?
Getting Help for the Transition to College - Some students with disabilities may not be totally aware of the support services available at the college level. To provide more information of how to go about getting more information when considering post-secondary education options, the Disability Services Office at NC State University created a video DVD to help ease students’ minds and to give them helpful tips and advice. The video shows a current college student receiving supports and offering help to a current high school student who isn’t so sure he can make it at college. Students, watch the video and learn how you can get the supports you need to succeed in college!
Going to College - This site has lots of information about going to college and being successful with a disability. A section of the site is for students interested in going to college. It has videos and other tools that can get students on the right track in planning for college. There are three modules that students, parents and educators can participate in. The site also has a "Teacher Toolbox" that provides activities for teachers to use as they help guide students in the planning process. And finally, it has a Portfolio section to help students really get the important pieces organized so they are ready to be successful in college!
Testing Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities from the U.S. Department of Justice - This provides information on the obligation of testing entities, both private and public, to ensure that the test scores of individuals with disabilities accurately reflect the individual's aptitude, achievement, or the skill that the exam purports to measure, rather than his or her disability. The document discusses who is entitled to testing accommodations, what types of testing accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations.
Services for Students with Disabilities - If you have a documented disability, you may be eligible for accommodations on SAT Program tests. Visit this site for information about accommodations , the request process and required documentation.
Arkansas Next - Find out more about how you can make life after high school more exciting for you. This is a publication distributed to schools, but you can find the information right here at this site! Learn more about apprenticeships, colleges in Arkansas, dorm life, and the hottest jobs in Arkansas! You can also read stories from actual students in Arkansas and how they are making the right decisions for the life they want to have after high school!
Arkansas Apprenticeship - Visit this website to view a list of Arkansas' apprenticeship schools and find out how to become an apprentice.
Jobs Made Real: By Teens for Teens - This website was designed to aid teens in discovering their career path. It features thousands of videos of people doing their jobs and provides statistical data on job forecast and career information.
Arkansas Disability Resource Professionals Contact List - a list of Arkansas colleges' disability support services contacts.
Living On Your Own
Self-Determination (these are tools to help you advocate for yourself and set goals)
Youthhood – this site can help you plan take the lead in planning for YOUR future!
411 on Disability Disclosure Workbook for Youth with Disabilities – Educate yourself about your disability and how sharing that information can affect different aspects of your life.
The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development - The ICCYD connects thinkers and leaders of all ages to develop fresh ideas, forge new partnerships, and design strategies that engage young people and their communities.
Transitioning from high school to adult life often makes individuals think of where they will live, go to school and work. Something that is often overlooked is healthcare transition. This is an important piece to a successful transition. After all, where would we be if we didn't have the ability to take care of our health needs? Take the Healthcare Transition Readiness Assessment.
Got Transition - This website aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult healthcare through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.
Arkansas Driver's License Study Tools
Printable version of the most current Arkansas Driver's License Study Guide
Auditory version of Arkansas Driver's License Study Guide Vol Ed 7
Online quizzes and flash cards
Online practice tests
Printable flash cards for driver's test prep
The National Safe Driving Test & Initiative - driver education and outreach effort committed to improving safety on America's roads
Find agencies in your community here