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Essential Tools

The Essential Tools series include resource guides, practice guides, policy guides, and other guides to increase the capacity of organizations involved in secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities. These guides include many ready-to-use handouts, overheads, forms, and other tools that can be used in a variety of settings, including meetings, classrooms, and employment settings.

  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Implications for Transition Personnel (October 2005)
    This Essential Tool summarizes current research on transition issues and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) youth with disabilities. It also offers information on how transition personnel can effectively support these youth by building on their strengths and enhancing natural supports available within their families and communities. Also included are several practical tools, and information on further resources.
  • Community Resource Mapping (May 2005)
    This guide provides step-by-step instructions on understanding, planning, and engaging in the coordination of community resources that support the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Designed for use at the federal, state, and local levels, it provides numerous practical tools and resources for initiating a resource mapping process.
  • Handbook for Implementing a Comprehensive Work-Based Learning Program According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (3rd ed.) (February 2005)
    By following the information and examples in this manual, school personnel can proceed with confidence to operate effective work-based learning programs consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Sample forms, agreements, and supporting documentation required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and FLSA are included in the examples whenever possible. This document also includes contact information for offices and personnel of the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and organizations involved in planning and delivering transition services for youth with disabilities, as well as information on Supplemental Security Work Incentives available to transition-aged youth with disabilities.
  • In Their Own Words: Employer Perspectives on Youth with Disabilities in the Workplace (September 2004)
    Eleven employers from various fields write about how they became involved in providing work experiences for youth with disabilities, what made it work, and what they recommend to individuals and organizations representing youth.
  • Increasing Rates of School Completion: Moving from Policy and Research to Practice, A Manual for Policymakers, Administrators, and Educators (May 2004)
    A report offering a synthesis of research-based dropout prevention and intervention strategies, including information about specific programs and evidence of their effectiveness.
  • Interagency Transition Team Development and Facilitation (January 2005)
    This guide, relevant to national, state, and local levels, offers instruction on (a) how to build an effective interagency transition team; (b) how to determine initial roles, responsibilities, and the team vision; (c) how to conduct interagency transition team meetings; and (d) how to determine whether or not your interagency transition team is making progress and meeting its goals. The manual also includes examples of successful interagency transition teams, and further resources.

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