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Planning My Way to Work (Transition Guide)

Planning My Way to Work (Transition Guide)

If you are a student, you are likely excited about having a job and earning money!  You may have questions about school and other services available to help you plan for your transition from school to work and adult life.

Planning My Way to Work is a guide for students with disabilities and their families to help you navigate services and community resources on your path from school to work.  This guide is available for download in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.  If you’d like to order printed copies click here.  If you have questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

How to use this guide
We organized this guide in 10 sections to help you go through the transition planning process. Read the entire guide or read the sections most relevant to you.

Introduction Letter

Section 1 is an overview of the transition planning process and your planning team.

Section 2 describes how to develop critical self-determination skills.

Section 3 presents facilitated person-centered planning as a tool to identify your gifts, strengths and capacities.

Section 4 details the contents of your individual education plan (IEP) as well as your rights, transition services and diploma options.

Section 5 discusses finding your community’s natural resources for work and community experiences.

Section 6 talks about developmental disability services, how to apply for them, the eligibility process and the individual support plan (ISP) to receive these services.

Section 7 describes Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services, eligibility, steps to getting a job, and your rights and responsibilities in VR services.

Section 8 summarizes Social Security benefits, benefits planning and programs to keep your benefits while you earn income.

Section 9 explains what happens legally when you reach the “age of majority.” This section helps you and your family prepare for this milestone.

Section 10 includes resources to help you meet your housing and independent living goals, including transportation.

Most sections end with a list of resources. Each list includes websites and other Internet resources that have hyperlinks in that section.

Tools for transition planning
Several planning tools are included in the guide’s appendix to help you record important information.

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