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.

Transition Plan

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!

A Student's Guide to the IEP

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.

General Transition Information

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!

    Personal Learning Styles Inventory®

    VARK – A Guide to Learning Styles

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. 

Arkansas Career Fields, Clusters and Pathways Chart

Arkansas Career Clusters Descriptions

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 

    KnowHow2GO College Quiz - See if you're ready for college by taking this college prep quiz.

    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.

     Arkansas Future Grant - Arkansas Future (ArFuture) is the newest state grant program. The purpose of this grant is to increase                  education and skills of Arkansas's workforce in an affordable manner. The grant applies to students enrolled in Science, Technology,                        Engineering and Math (STEM) or regional high demand areas of study. The grant will cover tuition and fees for qualifying certificate and                  Associate degree programs at Arkansas's public institution for eligible students. The grant is available on a first come, first served basis. 

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. 

    411 ON DISABILITY DISCLOSURE WORKBOOK FOR FAMILIES, EDUCATORS, YOUTH SERVICE PROFESSIONALS AND ADULT ALLIES       WHO CARE ABOUT YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES 

    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.

Healthcare Transition

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

Agency Connections 

    Agency Brief

    Questions to ask Agencies

    Find agencies in your community here 

Tools for Youth Transitioning from Juvenile Justice Facilities

    The "You Got This: Educational Pathways for Youth Transitioning from Juvenile Justice Facilities" packet for                 empowering justice-impacted youth with the information, tips and resources they need to plan for their future after leaving a facility. The packet       provides checklists, guidance, lists of resources, and templates of commonly required documents to help students prepare for a successful             re-entry.

Healthcare Transition Tools

    Health Care Transition Guide for Teens in Middle School
    This is a handbook for younger teens, written for middle school students with medical and/or developmental needs.

    Now That You're In High School
    This is a handbook for older teens. It covers many transition topics important to teens.

    Finding Adult Providers
    It is important to find your adult doctors early - around age 18 to 21.

    Being a Healthy Adult
    This is a resource for the youth and their family. This adds role-playing activities and checklists to help families find their transition strengths.

    Vital Records Guide
    Arkansas Guide to services for children with disabilities 

    Online Medical Notebook Template
    Use this care organizer to store your child's information.

    Got Transition Medical Summary and Emergency Care Plan
    This is a printable summary including daily care information and information needed in an emergency.

    Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Needs
    A quick reference guide regarding emergency preparedness for individuals with special healthcare needs.

    Long-term Service & Support

    Health Passport
    This booklet that can be carried with you when attending hospitals or other providers of health and disability services contains information about     how you want people to communicate with you and support you.

    My Med Schedule
    Use MyMedSchedule to manage meds and labs on the go, set reminders, and make it easier to communicate with their healthcare providers.

    My Medical App
    My Medical is a comprehensive record-keeping app for your personal medical information.

    The Wallet Card App
    The Wallet Card is a free tool for teenagers and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is designed to help them communicate           clearly with law enforcement or first responders.

    Medicaid Transportation Brokers

    Smart 9-1-1
    When you dial 9-1-1 from a mobile phone, the 9-1-1 call takers have very little information to help you. Users of this service provide vital                 information to call takers, including information regarding your household members, address and location, vehicle(s), emergency contacts and       communication preferences. 

    The Healthy Bodies Toolkit
    A guide on puberty for students with disabilities