The transition from school to life in the real world is challenging, and holds additional complexities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In this section, you'll find resources on how people with IDD can make the transition from high school to postsecondary education and competitive work in the community.
Raising Expectations for Better Futures
Charting the LifeCourse via a Social Media Strategy
This video presentation shares findings from a Facebook intervention that used Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) materials with families of youth with IDD, age 12-18. Presenters share how the intervention impacted families’ attitudes, expectations, and activities that can lay the groundwork for effective transition planning.
Our Stories - Young Adults, Work, and Personal Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This archived webinar from May, 2020 features the stories of self-advocates employed to conduct research on transition practices.
Investing in Our Future: Youth, Employment and Post-Secondary Opportunities
The purpose of this report was to collect information about advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities by state developmental disabilities councils specific to employment and post-secondary education opportunities for youth with developmental disabilities. Download the report here.
What Matters Most: Research on Elevating Parent Expectations
This brief outlines the impact of parental expectations on the employment and education outcomes of children with disabilities. It also offers suggestions for practitioners on how to encourage parents to explore and identify community based transition outcomes. Download the brief here.
Lessons Learned from the Learning Academy: Optimizing Transition Supports for Young Adults with Autism
The Learning Academy (TLA) at the University of South Florida is a 30-week transition program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between the ages of 18 and 25. The program provides services, supports, and experiential opportunities, with the aim of enhancing skills that will prepare students to succeed in the workplace and postsecondary education settings.
Considering Community Service: Building Social Skills for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Considering Community Service: Career Development for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Limited employment outcomes of young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a recent surge in incidence of ASD diagnosis indicate a need for more effective school-to-work transition interventions. Community service opportunities can support young adults with ASD to gain skills, explore careers, and develop networks that can lead to meaningful employment.
Community of Practice on Demonstration Projects: Collaboration and Systems Change
Beginning in FY 2012 and 2013, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) funded eight Partnerships in Employment (PIE) systems change projects under the Projects of National Significance program. PIE is a national transition systems change project whose purpose is to identify, develop, and promote policies and practices to improve transition, post-secondary, and competitive employment outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).