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Tools for Transition

Employment First

Employment First enhances lives by creating greater opportunities for all people to advance their careers. Individuals can use their strengths and talents in order to increase their economic wealth, have a sense of accomplishment and create their own social identity.

Ohio Means Jobs

In short, whether you are looking for a job or looking to fill one, has the resources to help find the best fit for you. has gone from being primarily an online job board and resume bank, to a full-fledged online career counseling center, providing a menu of career services for all Ohioans, and an abundance of resources for businesses looking to hire. By connecting employers to individuals, can not only provide a quality job, but also a quality of life to thousands of Ohio families.

The Transition Assessment Matrix

The Transition Assessment Matrix is a searchable database developed by the Indiana Northeast Cadre of Transition Leaders and the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center and includes resources for authentic and age-appropriate assessments in the areas of education, employment and independent living

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities is a guide developed by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the U.S. Department of Education

ENGAGE: Transition Toolkit for Families

ENGAGE: Transition Toolkit for Families is a tool that assists teams in identifying needs in the areas of employment, education, financial planning, housing, social, medical and mental health concerns

Social Security Administration Red Book

Social Security Administration Red Book is a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income Programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities

Transition Competencies Checklist for Students by Karen Wolffe

Transition Competencies Checklist for Students by Karen Wolffe is a sample checklist focused on competencies to support transition offered though Project Aspiro

Deaf People and Educational Attainment Report in the US

Deaf People and Educational Attainment Report in the US is a comprehensive overview of the most current data on educational attainment trends and trajectories for deaf individuals in the United States

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

The The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Often, accommodations are free or inexpensive.

Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace Why, When, What, and How - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Publication by United States Department of Labor

Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?" This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. This resource helps job seekers with disabilities consider the why, when, how and what of disability disclosure to assist with this decision.

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Families
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

Family members can help their youth with disabilities by working with and encouraging them to develop soft skills, such as communication and decision making. By improving these soft skills, a youth can enhance his or her social life, do better in postsecondary studies, and be more successful at finding and maintaining employment. This document list several strategies that families can use to help youth develop soft skills.

Financial Assistance

The following websites offer information on financial assistance that is available to support students and families for post secondary educational pursuits.

Disability Scholarships: List of Bursaries and Student Financial Aid Programs (Disabled World)

Scholarships & Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

College Guide For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students
This tool provides a guideline for colleges on understanding the needs of college students who are deaf/hard of hearing and how to provide accommodations for college students to successfully navigate their college years.