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Tools for Transition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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, Ohio Means Jobs 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.

Hands and Voices Post-Secondary Transition Online Module for Parents and their Teens

This module is designed to help families navigate the transition process that is results-oriented to best support the development of skills for employment, independent living and/or furthering one’s education.of students as they prepare for life after high school.

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.


This interactive game supports the development of self-advocacy skills in common situations in school, the workplace, and the community. Real life situations, challenges, and conflicts that are part of the deaf experience are shared to help students be better informed and work on decision-makings skills.

Pre-Employment Transition Services

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) offers Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities beginning at age 14. These are introductory services and are intended to help students with disabilities get an early start in identifying career interests.

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.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and show employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace by providing resources that support disability disclosure and workplace accommodations.