Opportunity Link Module 1

Introduction and Module Overview

All parents wonder what their child’s life will look like after school is finished. We all ask: What will my child do? Where will he or she live? What kind of friends will be a part of his or her life? What kind of person will he or she be? For at least 13 years, […]

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What is Transition and Why is it Important?

Transition is about change. For young people who attend school, it is a change from their role as students to being adults and doing things other adults do in the community. This may include getting a job, going to college or university, getting a place to live, developing personal and social relationships with other adults, […]

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Community Participation After High School

We do many things in our lives as adults that are valued by our society. We are workers, taxpayers, voters, volunteers, shoppers and customers, church members, members of a club or an organization, and so on. By being these things, we contribute, participate and are generally appreciated. For several reasons, many people with disabilities are […]

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What Can Families Do Now?

There are number of important things that families can do to help pave the way to life in the community once your child has completed school. Below are a number of suggestions that may be helpful. Parents are encouraged to start using these suggestions as early as possible to help lay the ground work for […]

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Key Factors for Successful Transitions

Achieving successful transitions from school to work and adult life starts with all children receiving a good education. There are a number of other factors that have been identified as important to the successful transition of youth with disabilities (and all youth). These include: Schools provide youth with disabilities with a quality inclusive education. This means […]

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Transition Planning – Roles for Families

Families play a crucial role in being the main advocates for their children. This means that families should be active participants in planning for the successful transition from school to work for their child. It also means that families are usually responsible for making sure things happen within the school if transition planning is not […]

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The Transition Planning Process

There are various parts to the transition planning process that will need to be considered. The planning process will involve identifying specific goals for your child’s future as well as action steps to achieve those goals. It will require the involvement of different people as well as meetings, follow up discussions, monitoring and evaluation. There […]

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Using The PATH Planning Process

A useful planning exercise has been developed to help young people with disabilities and their families plan for a positive future. This is called PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope). It is usually a 2-hour exercise during which the person with a disability (with help as necessary) identifies his or her’s vision of the future […]

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Transitions From School to Work

There are many aspects of planning for a transition from school to work. Goals for successful employment are typically a central part of transition planning for all youth, including youth with disabilities. Below are some helpful strategies for assisting youth with disabilities to achieve employment goals after high school. Developing a Career Portfolio A career […]

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Module Summary

Building bridges to a successful transition from school to work and community participation will take time, effort, and patience on the part of you, your child and others. Some of the essential keys to helping your child have a successful transition include: Families, educators, employers and others committing to the goal of community participation for […]

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Additional Online Resources

Below are some additional online resources on the topic of transition from school to work and adult life. Some of these resources require Adobe Reader. If you do not have this program you can obtain it free at www.adobe.com Resource for the Transition of Students with Exceptionalities from School to Work or Post Secondary Education […]

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Module 1: Plain Language version with Audio (Flash Format)

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