• Transition Services




    Transition Services means a coordinated set of activities for a young adult with a disability that is designed within a results-orientated process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the young adult with a disability to facilitate movement from school to post-school school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation.


    Transition Services are based on the individual’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests.


    Resources for Transition Services:


    Adult Service/Agency Resources:

    Social Security Administration 


    Suburban Access, Inc. (Cook County)  

    Division of Rehabilitation Services 

    RTA - Paratransit Program 


    Gateway Special Recreation Association 

    Helping Hands 

    Ray Graham Asssociation 

    Seguin Services  

    Spectrum Vocational Services  

    Supported Employment Associates  



    Parent/Family Resources:

    IPADDUnite - a yahoo chat group of parents of adults with disabilities http://health.groups.yahoo.com/IPADDUnite

    www.equiforequality.org Legal resources & advocacy

    www.abilitylinks.org  Job networking for people with disabilities

    www.specialrecreation.org Leisure & recreation opportunities

    www.illinoislifespan.org  Referral & advocacy

    www.thearcofil.org    Advocacy, policy making, and training

    www.familysupportnetwork.org     Advocacy & education

    www.hdadvocates.org    Benefits assistance & health care access

    www.partnersinpolicymkaing.com    Training to families &self-advocates on systems change through public policy

    www.state.il.us/agency/icdd/    State agency focused on improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities through advocacy, systemic change and capacity building.


    Transition Planning Resources:

    Transition Outreach Training for Adult Living– TOTAL Project  http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/html/transition_video.htm

    National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center  http://ncset.org/

    Division on Career Development and Transition  http://community.cec.sped.org/dcdt/home

    Zarrow Center  http://www.ou.edu/content/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow.html

    National Center on Secondary Education and Transition  http://www.ncset.org/

    Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PAETC)  www.paetc.org

    Think College  www.thinkcollege.net

    National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability  http://ncwd-youth.info/youth-development