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Transition Planning (Ages 14-25)
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Center for Community Inclusion - This is Maine's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. The center offers interdisciplinary education, community services, applied research and evaluation, and disseminates information on developmental disabilities.
and Adults with AD/HD - CHADD serves individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder (AD/HD) through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research,
education and support, they provide science-based, information about AD/HD
for parents, educators, professionals.
HEATH Resource Center - The
HEATH Resource Center is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary
education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the US Department
of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange
about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations,
Maine Transition Network/Committee on Transition -
This statewide network, with six regional offices, provides information
and technical assistance regarding transition planning with youth and
young adults with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 25.
Program — DO-IT stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking,
and Technology. This program focuses on education, careers, assistive
technology, and providing resources for people with disabilities.
Employment and Work-Based Learning Activities for College Students with Disabilities - Advice to students with disabilities to prepare for employment. The title will open a link to a Microsoft Word version of the booklet in a new browser window.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England - Goodwill Industries of Northern New England helps people with disabilities live more independently. Our mission is “through employment, residential, educational and support services, Goodwill works to enhance the social and economic independence of people with disabilities and others who experience barriers to such independence”.
Guide to Special Education in Maine - This is a guide
to special education in Maine, it can help parents understand and navigate
school-based services and includes eligibility info, time lines, checklists
and sample letters.
Healthy and Ready to
Work - This site offers
assistance to adolescents with disabilities who are ready to transition
to post-secondary education, or towards working in an independent environment.
Accommodation Network -
This is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
of the U.S. Department of Labor. This site provides information on job
accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities to encourage
employment and retention.
as Self Advocates — KASA is a national, grassroots
network of youth with special needs and their friends, speaking
on their own behalf. The site includes forums for youth to speak
out, artwork by youth, and updates on news and rallies.
Developmental Disabilities Council - The DD Council supports
individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to participate
in the design of, and access to, community resources. The council provides
information and referral, works on systems change, educates legislators,
and funds projects.
Though it's based in another state, this site has a collection of resources
and tools for all guidance counselors, parents, and students. Applying
for post-secondary education, self-advocacy for students with disabilities
and training tools are some of the resources on this site. Enter the
site by selecting "visitor". Multiple languages are also available.
Tapestry Database - Developed by the Center for Community Inclusion.
This is a searchable database of programs in Maine for youth in transition.
Maine Advisory Council on Transition -
One of six regions for the Maine Transition Network, this organization
provides services for those in Cumberland and York counties. Services
include: information, education, training, and technical assistance related
to transition planning with youth and young adults with special needs
who are transitioning from school to adult life.
Assistance Team Unit - This
Maine site connects you to a group of school personnel who provide early
identification, intervention, and referral to services for students experiencing
academic or social problems. The program is located throughout Maine.
Teens - The Struggling Teens site gives guidance about
clinical and educational residential settings from the perspective of
Research Institute -
Sponsored by the National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities
(NTA), this site gives examples of "promising practices" that might be
useful to policy makers and educators.