Transition to Adult Life Resource Library

The West New York School District does not endorse any agency and/or website. The website links, books, and articles on this page may be helpful resources.

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Federal Agency State Agencies
General Information on Transition Planning Accessible Public Transportation/Travel Training
At Risk Students Career Exploration
Disability Laws Guardianship/Estate Planning
Financial Aid/Scholarships Homeland Security/Military
Integrated/Competitive Employment Life Skills
Post-Secondary Education Selective Service
Sports/Recreation

Federal Agency

The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) in English and Spanish

State Agencies

Department of Human Services Division of Disability Services

Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities

Department of Labor Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

SSA Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) in New Jersey

General Information on Transition Planning

Transition to Adulthood English and Spanish

Parent’s Guide to Transition

The Next Step- a 19-minute video that presents personal stories of young people with disabilities who enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools.

Transition Checklist-designed to give family members an easy to use list of topics that should be taken into consideration when discussing transition from high school to college.

Here’s to Your Student’s Future! A Parent’s Guide to Transition Planning

Accessible Public Transportation/Travel Training

NICHCY Travel Training for Youth with Disabilities

New Jersey Transit Access Link

New Jersey Reduce Fare Program

At Risk Students

Is your child at risk for dropping out of school? Has your child left school without obtaining a high school diploma? Click here for suggestions on what you can do.

Edison Job Corps Center

New Jersey Youth Corps

Career Exploration

JobTIPS Toolkit: JobTIPS is a program to help individuals with disabilities explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain it. JobTIPS addresses social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult. Though JobTIPS is designed for direct use by individuals with autism and other disabilities, it is also suitable for delivery by teachers, family members, clinicians, mentors, and job coaches.

NCWD/Youth’s Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success Podcast Series (2011):The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has released a new podcast series for parents and families, "Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success.” The podcast episodes are: #1 "Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success,” #2 "How to Build Communication Skills for Job Success,” #3 "How to Build Interpersonal Skills for Job Success,” and #4 "How to Build Lifelong Learning Skills for Job Success.” The series provides ideas for parents and families on activities they can do at home and include in their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) to ensure the development of skills needed for job success following completion of high school

Disability Laws

Reference Points: Guía sobre las Leyes de Discapacidad (Handbook June 2009)

The Southwest ADA Center’s "Guía sobre las Leyes de Discapacidad,”

The Spanish language version of "The Disability Law Handbook,” is available. The Handbook is written in FAQ format and answers questions about the ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments. (The English-language version)

Rutgers Office of Disabilities Services-IDEA, ADA, IEP'S, and Section 504 Plans: What Happens in College?

Guardianship/Estate Planning

Division of Developmental Disabilities Guardianship

GANJI – Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc.

How to Become the Legal Guardian of a Person Receiving Services From the Division of Developmental Disabilities -Pro-Se Packet

Hudson County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program

Planning for your Disabled Child, Kiplinger, by Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Need guidance on how to assist your child with paying for college? Need information about scholarships? Click here for some guidance.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Hispanic College Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

College Board

Adventures in Education Spanish and English

Homeland Security/Military

Today’s Military

Coast Guard

Integrated/Competitive Employment

The Influence of Families on the Employment Process (June 2011): The Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts-Boston, shares the thoughts and feelings of people with intellectual disabilities about how their families help them make decisions throughout their lives. Family members can motivate people to work, help them understand why work is important, influence self-determination and empowerment, and help them develop understanding of themselves and their place in the workplace. This resource includes tips to help families be involved in helping people prepare for, find, and keep jobs.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Integrated Employment Toolkit (2011): The transition form school to employment is a critical time in the lives of youth with disabilities. Collected are strategies to help youth and their families access the full range of support available to prepare them for successful transition to integrated, competitive employment.

Supported Employment Vendors who Provide Services:

http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/dvrs/vendor/Hudson.html

http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/dvrs/vendor/Bergen.html

http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/dvrs/vendor/Essex.html

Life Skills

A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Life Skills (2001) (Parent Guide): "Ready, Set, Fly” is a companion tool for the Casey Foundation’s Life Skills Guide. It covers topics such as money management, social skills, nutrition, self-care, work skills, housing and transportation, community resources, and learning about candidates in elections. This guide helps families help their young adults gain the skills they need to live as independently and as well as possible. Available in pdf (57 pages, 170 KB).

Parents, Teens, and Money: A Clear and Simple Guide to Discussing Financial Responsibility (2008) (Parent Guide): Chase Card Services, in collaboration with College Parents of America, published this online guide to help parents discuss important financial topics with their teens.

The Youth Transition Toolkit: A Guide for Young People with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood by Talent Knows No Limits (TKNL), a public information campaign of the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP). The toolkit is a guide on preparing for transition to adulthood and making choices about their own health care, education, employment, finances, independent living, and social and recreational activities. While some of the services and resources provided are California state-specific, much of the guidance applies to youth in any state.

Post-Secondary Education

Think College– College Option for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Parent Technical Assistance Network April 2009 Webinar, "Why Not College: Inclusive College Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities,” along with other information on the Higher Education Act and Students with Intellectual Disabilities.

Selective Service

Selective Service System: Males (171/2 and older) must Selective Services even those with disabilities

Sports/Recreation

Center for Modern Dance Education Learning Through the Arts
84 Euclid Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: Elissa Machlin-Lockwood
201-342-2989
Fax: 201-342-8209
Cmde1962@aol.com
Ages 2 to senior citizens. Creative noncompetitive inclusive classes for children and adults. Special class for teens and adults with disabilities

JCC on the Palisades Special Services
411 East Clinton Ave
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Contact: Cheryl Edelstein
201-569-7900 x302
www.jcconthepalisades.org
Various recreation programs for children through adults

Montclair Riding Academy
12-22 Woodlane Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
973-731-4182
Fax: 973-731-4171
Therapeutic horseback riding

Special Olympics New Jersey
http://www.sonj.org/
Provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.