This page contains information and resources which may prove helpful as districts and parents work together to develop meaningful transition plans for students with severe disabilities.
The IDEA '04 and the Kentucky Administrative Regulations require that “for students who graduate or age out of the program, the LEA shall provide the child with a summary of the child’s academic achievement and functional performance including recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child’s postsecondary goals (707 KAR 1:300 Section 4 (21)). In an effort to assist districts in meeting this requirement, two optional formats for documenting the “Summary of Performance” have been developed. The options are:
Option 1 – was developed just after the IDEA was reauthorized in 2004 and has been used by districts since that time.
Option 2 – is a recently developed format that is now available. This option outlines a more student-directed approach to the Summary of Performance. The format attached is the teacher’s copy with annotations on how to complete, as well as a blank student copy.
Option 3 – Your district may also develop its own way of documenting the Summary of Performance as long as the regulatory requirements are met.
Independent Living/Community Participation Resources
The following resources may be useful in helping you to
achieve your objectives related to independent living and community
Arc of Kentucky
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
Center for Accessible Living
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.
CHFS Services and Programs
Supports for Community Living
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
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.
ACT – Services for Students with Disabilities
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.
Council for Exceptional Children
GEAR UP Kentucky
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.
Heath Resource Center
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.
Higher Education Opportunity Act – 2008
Higher Education Opportunity Act Reauthorization (HEOA)
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”
IPEDS College Navigator
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
Kentucky Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
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.
Kentucky Community/Technical College System (KCTCS): Disability Services Coordinators
with documented disabilities that require individualized accommodations
should do two things: contact the Disability Resource Coordinator at
their home college and inform their instructors.
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (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.
National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes
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.
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.
Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators
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
Vocational School Database
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
Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center
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
Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP)
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.
Division of Career and Technical Education
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
Kentucky Adult Education
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.
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Blind Services Division
The Kentucky Office for the Blind has consolidated services with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation effective October 1, 2018.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (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.
Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE)
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.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
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.
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with
disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.
Supported Employment Training Project (HDI-UK)
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.
Human Development Institute
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.
Kentucky Post School Outcome Center (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.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
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.
National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (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.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: Transition to Adulthood
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
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (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.
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
assists states in building capacity to support and improve transition
planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.