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Addressing the Transition Needs of Youth with Disabilities Through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) System
(December 2002)

NCSET Information Brief
This brief discusses strategies for including work-based learning and youth development opportunities sponsored by the Workforce Investment Act in students' IEPs. The brief will also discuss youth development, youth employment and how One Stop career centers can be accessed to support students with disabilities in their career development.

Challenges in Coordinating Related Services and Supports in Secondary and Postsecondary Educational Settings (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
Current practices and policies, including differences between youth and adult service delivery systems and the lack of interagency collaboration, complicate service coordination for youth with disabilities. This brief, written for secondary and postsecondary educational administrators, state policy makers, rehabilitation counselors, and researchers, identifies the barriers to successfully managing supports for individuals with disabilities and provides recommendations for overcoming these barriers.

Communities of Practice: A Strategy for Program Improvement (August 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
This Information Brief defines Communities of Practice, outlines seven principles essential for development of vibrant Communities of Practice, and offers examples. Further resources are also suggested.

Community Resource Mapping (May 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
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.

Community Resource Mapping: A Strategy for Promoting Successful Transition for Youth with Disabilities (May 2003)
NCSET Information Brief
This brief introduces a dynamic process for creating synergistic community collaboration among those concerned with youth development, and for maximizing the community's human and financial resources that support youth. The brief includes a detailed explanation of Community Resource Mapping, a list of the benefits of mapping, examples of mapping efforts, whom to contact information for further information, plus related resources.

Connecting Employers, Schools, and Youth Through Intermediaries (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief
This brief, written for secondary educators, employers, and disability service providers, addresses the primary issues in promoting the participation of employers in work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities. In addition, it outlines strategies for how employers can more effectively engage youth with disabilities by working with intermediary organizations.

The Emergence of Psychiatric Disabilities in Postsecondary Education (September 2004)
NCSET Issue Brief  
An unprecedented and growing number of postsecondary students report psychiatric disabilities. This brief provides a brief definition of the issue and an outline of the primary barriers such students face in completing postsecondary education. The brief also offers strategies for postsecondary professionals, recommendations, and further resources.

Handbook for Implementing a Comprehensive Work-Based Learning Program According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (3rd ed.) (February 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
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)
NCSET Essential Tool

It is essential for educators, transition specialists, workforce development professionals, family members, and youth to understand employers' needs, circumstances, and perspectives as they establish work-based learning experiences. This publication features the experiences of employers in their own words. 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 or organizations representing youth.

Integrating Service Systems at the Point of Transition for Youth with Significant Disabilities: A Model that Works (December 2002)
NCSET Information Brief
This brief focuses on coordination and integration of various services (e.g. education, vocational rehabilitation, developmental disabilities) so that youth with disabilities receive continued support to maintain and expand their employment and independent living outcomes throughout adulthood, in addition to accessing other community activities. This brief describes a "blended" service model that addresses this concern. It features a case study example, and discusses implications for implementing similar models in individual schools and developmental disabilities service systems.

Interagency Transition Team Development and Facilitation (January 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
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.

Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition (February 2004)
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief provides a concise description of person-centered planning and an explanation of the benefits of this process. The brief also provides action steps for implementing person-centered planning, references within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that support the process, and a list of additional resources.

La Planificación Centrada en la Persona: Una Herramienta para la Transición (February 2004)
NCSET Parent Brief
This is the Spanish-language edition of the Parent Brief entitled "Person-Centered Planning: A Tool for Transition." Este artículo proporciona una descripción concisa de una planificación centrada en la persona y una explicación de los beneficios de este proceso. El artículo también provee los pasos a dar para implementarlo, referencias dentro de la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA) que apoyan el proceso y una lista de recursos adicionales.

Programs and Practices for Special Education Students in Alternative Education Settings (January 2007)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
This brief shares some findings from the University of Oregon’s descriptive study, “What do they do there? Examination of alternative education schools, programs, and practices for special education students.”

Putting Interagency Agreements into Action (September 2004)
NCSET Issue Brief
Interagency agreements among educational and noneducational agencies can help maximize resources and services for transitioning youth. This brief describes the components of successful interagency agreements and how they can be implemented. Information about further resources is also provided.

Social Security and Undergraduates with Disabilities: An Analysis of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey (October 2004)
NCSET Information Brief  
This brief provides a rich demographic profile of the utilization of postsecondary education by recipients of Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The brief summarizes the results of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey and also provides information about resources for further information.

Supplemental Security Income (Part 1 of 3): A Bridge to Work (March 2003)
NCSET Parent Brief
This parent brief is part 1 of a 3-part series on supplemental security income. This brief gives parents of youth with disabilities practical information about how youth can use Social Security work incentives to facilitate a gradual transition from dependence on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to partial or complete financial independence. Social Security work incentives allow a recipient of Supplemental Security Income to earn wages while maintaining SSI cash benefits and Medicaid. Background information, definitions, and specific financial criteria for using SSI work incentives are included.

Supplemental Security Income (Part 2 of 3): So You Have Decided to Apply (May 2003)
NCSET Parent Brief
This parent brief is part 2 of a 3-part series on supplemental security income. The brief is tailored for parents of youth with disabilities and provides a detailed description of the process for applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The brief outlines four elements, including a) the process of making an appointment with a Social Security Administration representative, b) the specific steps in applying for benefits, c) criteria that the Social Security Administration uses to determine an applicant's eligibility, and d) information about the evaluation conducted if the Social Security Administration cannot initially make a decision about your child's eligibility.

Supplemental Security Income (Part 3 of 3): Your Right to Appeal (September 2003)
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief guides parents through the Supplemental Security Income appeals process, providing information about why many applications are denied, how the decisions are made, and how applicants can respond effectively. The brief provides detailed information about the four levels of appeal and discusses three case studies.

The Transition Planning Process (April 2005)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief
This NLTS2 Data Brief provides a national view of the transition planning process undertaken during high school with and for youth with disabilities as they prepare for life after school. The information reported comes from a mail survey of school personnel conducted as part of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Findings from NLTS2 generalize to youth with disabilities nationally who were 13 to 16 years old in December 2000, to each of 12 federal disability categories, and to each age group within the age range.

Transition Planning: Community Mapping as a Tool for Teachers and Students (April 2005)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
Community mapping can acquaint teachers and students with a community's culture, resources, transition needs, and assets. This brief describes the research base for community mapping and provides an outline of the roles, responsibilities, and materials involved in the community mapping process. It also provides examples and further resources for engaging in community resource mapping.

Transition Services for Students Aged 18-21 with Intellectual Disabilities in College and Community Settings: Models and Implications of Success (December 2006)
NCSET Information Brief
This brief provides an overview of some successful models of transition services being implemented in postsecondary settings, describes one such model implemented by the Baltimore City Public School System in three local colleges, and presents some of the implications and strategies for success of this model.

Youth with Disabilities and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (December 2002)
NCSET Policy Update
This brief contains an overview of the Workforce Investment Act, workforce investment system management structures, and the One-Stop service system. It focuses on youth programs within WIA, and includes information about (a) funding structures and eligibility for youth activities, (b) Youth Opportunities Grants, (c) youth services and activities, (d) performance accountability, and (e) nondiscrimination. This brief examines implications for youth with disabilities in transition from school to work, and the wider benefits to workforce investment systems of effectively serving youth with disabilities.

Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: Prevention and Intervention Strategies (February 2005)
NCSET Issue Brief  
This brief provides proactive solutions to juvenile delinquency problems of all youth, including those with disabilities, involved in the juvenile justice system. In particular, the brief focuses on the models of restorative justice and wrap-around services. Information on additional resources is also provided.

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