This page provides resources related to transition for exceptional children regarding Independent Living/Community Participation, Postsecondary Education, Vocational Training and Employment, and Technical Assistance Centers.
The ultimate goal of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Division of Learning Services is the successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities - whether postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. We also recognize that many other transitions occur over the course of the life of an individual.
We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact Nick Easter at 502-564-4970 if you need further assistance with finding information related to transition planning.
Independent Living/Community Participation Resources
The following resources may be useful in helping you to achieve your objectives related to independent living and community participation needs.
The Arc of Kentucky holds a Vision of a positive future for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities , a future of communities with services and supports that will promote lives of value for Kentuckians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
With offices located in Louisville and Murray and services spanning the entire state of Kentucky, the mission of the Center for Accessible Living is to empower all people to achieve their goal of independent living while involving the entire community.
In partnership with Kentucky's 15 Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living, Community Mental Health Centers, Center for Independent Living and other community partners, DAIL addresses issues and circumstances that stand in the way of elders and people with disabilities achieving the best possible quality of life.
The Michelle P Waiver is a home- and community- based waiver under the Kentucky Medicaid program developed as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. MPW allows individuals to remain in their homes with services and supports.
The Supports for Community Living (SCL) Waiver Branch of the Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DDID) provides staff support for and oversight of the Supports for Community Living waiver program. The focus of SCL is to allow a person to remain in or return to the community. Persons with developmental or intellectual disabilities who meet the requirements for residence in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Intellectual Disabilities, and who meet other Medicaid requirements, are eligible for this program.
Postsecondary Education Resources
If your goals include continuing your education after high school, congratulations! Students who complete some kind of postsecondary education/training typically earn more money and experience better outcomes than do students who have only a high school diploma. The resources on this page are designed to assist you and your team as you plan for postsecondary education/training.
This handbook is designed for the student and his/her team to use as they plan for postsecondary education and/or training. The handbook will guide students through the planning process and some of the decision making that is ahead.
ACT is committed to serving students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the student's diagnosis. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations.
GEAR UP Kentucky is a program that focuses on improving the skills of at-risk students, and encourages them to stay in school, study hard, and take the right courses to go to college.
The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center gathers and disseminates information to help people with disabilities reach their full potential through postsecondary education and training.
From the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the above link provides a “Summary of Selected Provisions for Individuals with Exceptionalities and the Professionals who Work on their Behalf”
College Navigator is a research tool that allows access to information about more than 9,000 vocational-technical schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S. Users may search College Navigator by geographic region, state, city, type of institution, or instructional program, either alone or in combination. This is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
The Kentucky Association on Higher Education and Disability is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to promote communication among professionals in post-secondary education in order to improve the development and implementation of services to persons with disabilities.
Students with documented disabilities that require individualized accommodations should do two things: contact the Disability Resource Coordinator at their home college and inform their instructors.
KHEAA is a public corporation and governmental agency and instrumentality of the Commonwealth established in 1966 to improve students’ access to higher education. KHEAA administers several financial aid programs and disseminates information about higher education opportunities.
The E-Learn, Inc. web site has numerous free articles and information developed to support adult learners preparing for the GED and the networks that serve them. The articles include frequently asked questions, GED eligibility, study skills, test tips, scores and how to get motivated and manage test anxiety. Articles also address GED benefits and resources, where to take tests and why they’re valuable, as well as guides for finding financial aid and support.
PEPNet, a national collaboration of four regional centers, is supported by cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. PEPNet provides resources, information, in-service training, and expertise to enhance educational opportunities for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.
The Postsecondary Inclusion Partnership, a new pilot project, promotes participation in college/university life for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Through partnering with families, educators and administrators, the PIP supports students to achieve their stated goals, and work to further recognition of their roles as valued citizens. PIP is funded by the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, and administered by UK’s Human Development Institute.
Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. This website will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.
Do you know what is in store for students with disabilities who graduate from your school and head off to postsecondary education? Do you have the information you need to advise them on what to expect in postsecondary education?
Vocational School Database
This is a database of private postsecondary vocational-technical schools in all 50 states, organized by state and training programs offered. All the schools listed are state licensed or accredited, but the information is limited to the institution's name, address, and phone number. At the top of each state is a link to resources for that state from the U.S. Department of Education. Visually impaired users should be aware that there is a Text Only alternative to the graphic map of the United States at the top of that page.
Vocational Training and Employment Resources
The following resources may be useful in helping you to identify, plan for and achieve your postsecondary training and vocational goals.
Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center
The mission of the Center is to provide services that enable Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. The Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).
Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP)
The Community Based Work Transition Program is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. It is a cooperative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Kentucky Department for the Blind, and HDI.
The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.
The Kentucky Adult Education Act passed by the 2000 General Assembly created a partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education, increased funding and set the stage for dramatic improvements in the educational status of adult Kentuckians who lack a high school diploma, function at low levels of literacy or want to learn English.
The purpose of the Kentucky Business Leadership Network, which is affiliated with the U. S. Business Leadership Network, is to promote enduring partnerships between business and industry and agencies that provide vocational support services for Kentuckians with disabilities. This initiative is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Division of Mental Retardation, and HDI.
The Kentucky Office for the Blind is a state government rehabilitation agency. Its mission is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. We offer services to assist their effort to become more independent and productive in the workplace, community, school, and home.
NCWD/Youth works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.
The mission of the OCTE is to develop a versatile individual by providing technical education and skills training in a safe environment. OCTE’s goals include providing technical skills training to secondary students that leads to successful post high school transition, and enhancing career exploration options for secondary students.
The United States Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) seeks to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by expanding access to training, education, employment supports, assistive technology, integrated employment, entrepreneurial development, and small-business opportunities. The agency also builds partnerships with employers and state and local agencies to increase awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, and to facilitate the use of effective strategies.
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.
Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to: discover personal interests and contributions, find or negotiate a job that fits things they like to do and do well, become established as valued employees; and pursue job advancements.
Technical Assistance Centers
The following websites provide resources for local education agencies, parents and students, and offer a wealth of helpful information including knowledge development, evidence-based strategies/interventions/practices, and many other resources to help facilitate the successful transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities.
The Human Development Institute is Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. We focus our efforts on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. HDI’s research, training and service projects, address a wide range of topics and issues in areas such as early childhood, education and alternate assessment, transition across the lifespan, employment, community living, and personnel preparation.
KYPSO develops and oversees the administration of the Kentucky Post School Outcome Study, a longitudinal investigation of the post school outcomes of Kentucky youth with educational disabilities during the final year of high school and one year after high school exit. The goal of the KYPSO is to collect data related to student post school plans and outcomes for the purpose of determining best transition practices.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
NCLD-Youth is a youth-led resource, information, and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities. The project focuses on the five areas of youth development: learning, connecting, thriving, working, and leading.
Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition. Resources for parents, students and professionals.
NDPC-SD provides technical assistance to assist states in building capacity to design/select and implement effective, evidence-based interventions and programs to address dropout among students with disabilities.
NSTTAC assists states in building capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.
The mission of the NPSO Center is to help state education agencies establish practical and rigorous data collection systems that will measure and profile the post-school experiences of youth with disabilities.