“Not Tommy”: Smart and Safe, Part 2

Read “Not Tommy”: Smart and Safe, Part 1 Katie was visiting Tommy at least once a day most days. Maggie and Katie’s dad worried a little, but didn’t want Katie to worry. After all, this was her first time having her own place away from her parents. Maggie and Jim, Katie’s dad, were also enjoying…

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Transition services in school: What is required by IDEA law and regulations?

From Transition Law and Regulations TRANSITION SERVICES [20 U.S.C. Sec. 1401(34)] Transition Services means a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability designed within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school…

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READY Tool: Readiness Evaluation of Transition to Adulthood for Deaf-Blind Youth

By Charlotte Cushman  READY Tool: Readiness Evaluation of Transition to Adulthood for Deaf-Blind Youth is an online resource from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB).  It is designed to help transition teams, composed of an individual who is deafblind, parents, and professionals, identify essential activities that should be carried out during the transition process from school…

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What to do when you meet a sighted person–from Vision Aware

What To Do when You Meet a Sighted Person People who use their eyes to acquire information about the world are called sighted people or “people who are sighted.” Legal “sight” means any visual acuity greater than 20/200 in the better eye without correction or an angle of vision wider than 20 degrees. Sighted people…

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Time for Transition: Putting the Pieces Together for Parents

There is no charge for this event. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Sessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Michigan Library and Historical Center 702 W. Kalamazoo St. Lansing, MI 48909 Learn More and Register Online: Time for Transition Registration by November 19, 2018 Presented by Michigan Department of Education–Low…

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How can I explore a career if I can’t go to the place where people work?

Here’s a link to Exploring Careers Virtually, a presentation that is full of resources and connections for young adults with disabilities and their families. It came from Youth Career Connect, a project of the US Department of Labor. It covers the topics listed below: How to connect students to the workplace virtually to learn about careers.…

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Low Income and Subsidized Housing

Here’s more good information on kinds of affordable housing. There’s a real shortage of housing for people with very low incomes. It helps to get more familiar with what is our there. Affordable Housing Online just started a “premium service” that has a fee, but I get lots of information without paying for the premium…

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“Not Tommy”: Smart and Safe, Part 1

Katie’s mom and dad were so proud of her. She’d gotten her own apartment, and was really happy about it. Of course, it’d only been a day or two since they finished moving her in. She was 24, and had collected a bunch of furniture over the past couple of years, so she was ready…

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