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One-Stop Systems and Transition from School to Adult Life

In the disability world, the term "transition", refers to the activities and processes that occur to prepare a young person with a disability to move from school to adult life. Employment is a major emphasis during transition and there are a variety of ways that One-Stop systems can participate.

Why One-Stop Systems Should Be Involved in Transition Services

How One-Stops Can Help Any Young Person

WIA encourages youth to be introduced to One-Stop services early in their career development, and stresses the use of the One-Stop system as an entry point for obtaining education, training, and job search services.

Quality Services for All Students = Quality Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are no different from other youth: they need help deciding what career areas to explore, accessing further education and training, and gaining work experience. Youth with disabilities are best served, by offering quality services to meet the needs of all young people. Individuals with disabilities can then be assisted and supported as needed to fully benefit from these services. Here are some fairly simple ways that One-Stop systems can help all young people.

Transition from School to Adult Life Resources

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
Voice/TTY: (800) 695-0285; (202) 884-8200
Fax: (202) 884-8441

Provides information & referral regarding children and youth with disabilities (birth to age 22) for families, educators, and other professionals; also has extensive information pertaining to adults with disabilities. Has an extensive number of free publications on transition and other topics. Maintains listings of disability-related organizations, parent groups, and professional associations at the state and local level.

National School-To-Work Learning & Information Center
400 Virginia Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20024
Voice: (800) 251-7236
Fax: (202) 488-7395

This is the national resource center for School-to-Work programs. Extensive information is available on School-to-Work programs, including some information specific to students with disabilities.

National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities
Transition Research Institute
University of Illinois
117 Childrens Research Center
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Voice: (217) 333-2325

NTA has a variety of information and resources, including information on model transition services and connections between transition and School-to-Work

National Transition Network
430 Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant Street SW
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: (612) 626-8200

NTN provides consultation and advice on transition, publishes a variety of resources, and maintains a list of state contacts.

PACER Center
8161 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55437-1044
Voice: (800) 537-2237 or (952) 838-9000
Fax: (952) 838-0199
TTY: (952) 838-0190

PACER has a variety of activities focused on improving quality of life for children and young adults with all disabilities. PACER has a wide array of information and publications available on transition.

Written by:

David Hoff

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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth