The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities.
HEATH participates in national conferences, training sessions, and workshops; develops training modules; publishes resource papers, fact sheets, directories, and website information; and fosters a network of professionals in the arena of disability issues.
The National Transition Network (NTN) provided technical assistance to states awarded with School-to-Work Grants. We were a partner within the National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities (NTA).
The mission of the NTA was to ensure that youth with disabilities, including those with severe disabilities, acquired skills and knowledge, gained experience, and received services and supports necessary to achieve successful post school outcomes, including postsecondary education, gainful employment, independent living, community living, social integration, and lifelong learning.
The National Transition Alliance sought the formation of one education system that benefits from the lessons learned form special education, regular education, and vocational education.
The three broad goals of the NTA included:
- Improving transition services and outcomes for youth with disabilities;
- Building state capacity to plan and implement effective school-to-work practices for youth with disabilities; and
- Building integrated systems that recognize the importance of aligning structures, policies, and procedures to support youth with disabilities and their families.
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
The Institute on Community Integration produces a wide range of publications and electronic media resources for service providers, educators, policy makers, advocacy and resource organizations, researchers, families, persons with disabilities, and others.
You may browse our online catalog using the following links—
- Newsletters covering service strategies, policy issues, research findings, and personal experiences of individuals with disabilities and families in relation to all areas of life, including the social, family, educational, vocational, housing, and health care areas.
- Resource Guides providing practical approaches to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities in areas including K-12 and postsecondary education, consumer-controlled housing, health care, recreation, employment preparation, and self-advocacy.
- Curricula supporting self-determination; educational, recreational, and social inclusion in K-12 and other settings; and paraprofessional development in educational and community service settings.
- Reports summarizing findings from applied research related to education, employment, and residential and other community services.
- Brochures offering simple how-to tips and lists of resources for use in K-12, family, and community settings.
- Videotapes challenging myths and improving educational and direct support services.
- Miscellaneous instruments and day planner inserts addressing K-12 and postsecondary concerns.
The Community Transition Program: Experiences Starting a Community-Based Program for Students Ages 18-21.
This manual is based on the development and operation of a community-based transition program in Lawrence, Kansas. The teachers reveal their insights and share many of their resources, programming, and curricula to help others develop community-based transition programs. Download this 84-page manual.
Needs Assessment for Students with Significant Disabilities
This needs assessment provides you with a tool that can be used to evaluate the educational services received by students 17-21 with significant disabilities to determine if changes are needed. This assessment addresses students' educational setting, instructional support, inclusive opportunities, employment, recreation, adult agency eligibility, and ability to travel independently. This training module is available at through On-Campus Outreach at the University of Maryland.
Reference List of Curricula and Assessments used by programs in the 18-21 programs database
Discussion Board for Programs serving 18-21 year olds
Program Evaluation Training