National

All Together We Can – this collaborative site is about working together to help people with special needs and is led by Samuel Sennott, who can be reached at sennott@nova.edu . The most prevalent topics are assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, inclusion, literacy instruction, the Read/Write Web/ Web 2.0, and universal design for learning.

Collins Dictionary – is another source with definitions of words; pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819.

Dictionary.com – this is a great web resource to look up words you may not understand. In addition, it has a thesaurus that can help you to pick just the right word.

Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy – Kickstar your ILP (Individual Learning Plan) – An ILP is a set of activities that can helps your student  take charge of your future. It does this by connecting what you do in high school with your college, job and career goals. This way, you graduate with the PRACTICAL knowledge and skills you need to build the future you want!

Family Voices Kids as Self Advocates – A national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need.

Ideal Group – is to enhance the independence, quality-of-life, quality-of-education and employ ability of individuals with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network – (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

National Center for Learning Disability –  improving the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability – navigating the road to work, making the connection between youth with disabilities & employment.  This site has several easy to read and practical tip sheets for you and your student.

Youth in Action! – Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate

Youth in Action! – Leading Your Transition Planning

Youth in Action! – Learning Disability History

Youth in Action! – Getting Involved in Volunteering

Youth in Action! – Serving on Decision-Making Boards

Youth in Action! – Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center – (NSTTAC) – for those interested in planning for secondary transition from school to adult life.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) – serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

The Mint – will help your student to increase their financial IQ.  There are great tips for parents and students on creating a future financial plan.

Think College – College Options for People with intellectual disabilities.

Ticket to Work – program is a Federal program designed to provide Social Security disability beneficiaries the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter and maintain employment. The goal of the program is to reduce and, whenever possible, eliminate dependence on cash benefit programs.

Understood – their goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences.

US Department of Education – IEP’s – has several resources to view about IEP’s and other related topics

Wrights Law is special Education Law. It is the place for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Ohio

Disability Rights Ohio – is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) – serves families, educators, and professionals working with infants, preschool and school-age children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and low-incidence disabilities – including hearing impairments, visual impairments, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injuries and other health impairments.

Ohio Office for Exceptional Children – provides leadership, assistance and oversight to school districts and other entities that provide differentiated instruction for students with disabilities and gifted students.

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities – (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them. OCECD works through the coalition efforts of over 40 parent and professional disability organizations and over 70 individual members which comprise the Coalition.

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) – oversees a statewide system of supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. DODD does this by developing services that ensure an individual’s health and safety, encourage participation in the community, increase opportunities for meaningful employment, and provide residential services and support from early childhood through adulthood.

The Arc of Ohio –  is to advocate for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, through legislative and social action, information and education, local chapter support and family involvement.

Columbus

Campus Based Transition – The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio has partnered with area institutions of higher education to give Central Ohio students with disabilities campus-based transition programs in a peer group setting with the curriculum, environment and support needed to improve their lives after completing secondary education.

WINGS – is a two-year program that utilizes community-based work experiences to blend work and daily living skills including cooking and applied reading and mathematics.

STEP – is a one- to two-year program with a community integration focus that teaches work and related skills three days per week.

Project Plus is a one-year program that teaches self-determination and focuses on work and related skills four days per week. This is the final transition step.

ACT – is a one-year program designed for student with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have completed high school graduation requirements. The program teaches self-determination through transition planning and academic coaching.

Goodwill Columbus Employment Skills Training – The Workforce Development Department at Goodwill Columbus is here to help you. Here, you will find answers, opportunities, and support from people who are committed to helping you take the right steps toward finding a fulfilling and rewarding job.

The State Support Team Region 11 (SST 11) – is a new agency that combines regional services provided by the former Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center (COSERRC) and Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Team.

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