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Transition & Adult Resources

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Transition Services (Colorado Department of Education) – resources for schools and families. This link has helpful information on requirements and different aspects of programming.

Center for Community Partnerships — a program through Colorado State University; department of Occupational Therapy.  Our individualized, comprehensive services help individuals identify and learn to use accommodations, compensatory strategies, modifications, and other supports that assist in the achievement of their chosen life pursuits.

College in Colorado– Planning tools for students such as personal skill, career, and interest inventories that can help in planning for post secondary education.

College Living Experience – provides post-secondary supports to students with College Living Experience autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other special needs. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized services in the areas of academics, independent living, social skills, and career development, CLE supports are tailored to each young adult we serve.

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC) is Colorado’s only statewide cross-disability organization dedicated to ensuring the independence, self-reliance, and full participation of people with all types of disabilities in Colorado.  CCDC offers advocacy training for people with disabilities and their allies.

Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council – Providing advocacy, independent living skills training, information and services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities.

Employment Works – Employment Works provides job placement services to adults and youth with disabilities through referrals from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Ticket to Work and in collaboration with community service providers. A program of Ability Connection Colorado

The HERO Alliance – Promotes home ownership education and resources for people with disabilities in Colorado.

Independent Living Experience (ILE) is a customized support service for adults desiring a life of independence. Our team works directly with each adult to help them become their own self-determined advocate with the necessary skills to be successful within their living, working, and social environments.

IN! –Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education is grounded in the belief that all students, including those with intellectual disabilities have the ability and the desire to advance their education beyond high school.

Opportunities for Post-Secondary Success – The OPS program is based out of the Center for Community Partnerships in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. The OPS program focuses on supporting successful post secondary transition outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities including individuals with an autism spectrum disorder or a brain injury.

PAD-CO – List serve and resources for parents of adults with a disability in Colorado.

Personal Affordable Living is a Nonprofit Corporation organized for the sole purpose of establishing high quality, affordable, community housing for adults with Developmental Disabilities.

Project SEARCH High School Transition Program – a unique, business-led, one-year, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion including a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships.

Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) – This initiative focuses on serving youth ages 13-18 with barriers to employment such as developmental, emotional, cognitive and other disabilities. A program of Ability Connection Colorado,

School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) – exists through collaborative agreements among the Colorado Department of Education, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and local school districts. The agreements provide year-round services including counseling and guidance, job development, job placement, on-the-job training and job-site support to assist young people with disabilities to become employed and self-sufficient.

Via – Via is a full-spectrum mobility manager offering transportation, travel training, mobility options information and referral and a wide range of community resources. Serves 19 specific communities.

Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) – The WIPA program is a community-based organization that receives funding to provide all Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries (including transition-to-work age youth) with FREE access to work incentive planning and assistance. A program of Ability Connection Colorado.

Youth Employment Resources – View information on topics related to programs, jobs and training focused towards youth.

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Career Resources For Americans With Disabilities -This page also has  information about public policy, employer compliance, and issues facing disabled individuals in the workforce.

College Guides Collection — Resources for students with disabilities planning to attend college; specific guides for students with Learning Disabilities, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Physical Disabilities, Visual Impairments and more.

Employment First Fact Sheets — produced by the Association of People for Supporting Employment First (APSE) give information about employment issues.

Getting Ready for When Your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority:  A Parent’s Guide

Got Transition? – Got Transition is dedicated to improving health care transition supports for youth moving into the adult health care system.

Healthy Transitions – Guides, videos, and resources about moving from pediatric to adult health care.  Note that some information on this site is specific to New York State.

Making My Way through College –  a guide for any student, with a disability or suspected disability, pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university.

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS) – A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making provides resources and tools  that allow people with disabilities to retain their decision making capacity by choosing supporters to help them make choices.

Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills NCWD/Youth – information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners — experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development — strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available. Look for The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities and the companion Youth and Disability Disclosure: The Role of Families and Advocates

Resources for Families resources from around the web for families who want more information about transition planning and participating in post secondary education.

Supported Employment Leadership Network – SELN brings together state developmental disability agencies for sharing, educating and providing guidance on practices and policies around employment to its members.   Includes a webinar on the importance of family support for employment.

Think College – College options for people with intellectual disabilities

Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care and Self Determination in Health Care – Healthy Transitions has filmed 40 video vignettes depicting situations which occur in real life and demonstrate skills young adults can develop in order to become more actively involved with their own health care of each product.

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