MACSS Transition Resources

Asperger Syndrome
Education.com provides a free and rich resource of information on Asperger Syndrome for families and educators. The site includes a section titled “Beyond High School” that reviews post-high school options for young adults with Asperger Syndrome.

e-Buddies
e-Buddies is an email friendship program for people with and without cognitive disabilities (age 12 & up). e-Buddies is an e-mail pen pal program that pairs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one e-mail friendships with peer volunteers who do not have intellectual or developmental disabilities.  People are matched on age, gender, and common interests. The site is free for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and anyone under the age of 18. Sign up for the program at the e-buddies site.

Going to College
Going-to-College contains information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities, and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.

Guideposts for Success for Youth
Guideposts for Success assists youth with disabilities in developing individualized plans for education and employment and service strategies as required by the Workforce Investment Act. 

Healthcare Transition Training
This site provides health-related training, resources, and information for those who are transitioning to various life stages such as from high school to college and/or work.

Impact:  Feature Issue on Supporting New Career Paths for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
This publication of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration explores some of the innovative thinking and resources that are providing expanded employment options for people with disabilities today, and offers success stories of some of the individuals taking new career paths. 

Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) seeks to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. MCVS coordinates Learn & Serve America programs with the Mississippi Department of Education and coordinates VISTA and National Senior Service Corps programs with the Mississippi Office of the Corporation for National Service. Disability inclusion information is available for all national service programs.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
 NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.  A variety of resources are available to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP)
The National Service Inclusion Project works to ensure meaningful service experiences for people with disabilities who are interested in volunteering with various programs. Additionally, training and technical assistance on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as active participants in national service programs is also provided.

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults
This handbook offers a step-by-step look at transitioning to college life for those with autism. Tips are offered on everything from classroom accommodations to dealing with roommates. Other topics discussed include self -advocacy, independent living, and maintaining good eating and sleeping habits.

Q and A: Questions and Answers on Secondary Transition
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has issued this new document which includes updated guidance on identifying postsecondary goals in training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living.

School Community Tool Kit
The School Community Tool Kit, from Autism Speaks, is a toolkit to assist members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism. It is intended as a support for the general education and administrative school staff who interact with students with autism in various capacities.

Students Living with a Genetic Condition: A Guide for Parents (2010) (Parent Guide) Developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), this guide provides information that may be helpful when writing a letter to or preparing to meet with a student’s teacher, school nurse, and physical education teacher or coach. It may also be a useful resource for bus drivers, babysitters, church leaders, or any other potential caregiver of a child with a disability.

Take a Q: Employer Interview Tips
When interviewing a candidate with a disability, some employers find themselves nervous about how to appropriately interact or uncertain about what they can and cannot ask. AskEARN now provides guidance on navigating the interview process with candidates with disabilities.

Technology Learning Center (TLC)
The Technology Learning Center (TLC) through the Institute for Disability Studies includes a range of programs that include evaluation, consultation and training in use of assistive technology to enhance education and participation. TLC’s extensive lending library of equipment available for trial use (free of charge) is crucial to obtaining a personalized good-fit between individual’s needs and the device attributes in the quest to improve quality of life. TLC’s programs are designed to improve learning and living for people with disabilities of all ages. Improved quality of life is the fundamental goal of all programs at TLC and IDS. TLC offers various adapted recreational programs and equipment lending for fishing, tennis, golf, bowling, basketball, pottery, kayaking, table tennis, and swimming.

Video-based Intervention Helps Improve Social Behaviors in Teens with Autism
Watching a group instructional video demonstrating social behaviors was associated with improved social skills among 13- to 17-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder, according to a study in the journal, "Exceptional Children." Parents of the teens included in the study reported being highly satisfied with the results of the video-based instruction.  

We Connect Now
 This website was created to serve college students with disabilities. It was developed in an effort to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues. It has been used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges, universities, and groups serving people with disabilities in 50 states and at least 9 foreign countries. 

Youthhood
Youthhood assists youth as they explore their community and build a future.  Resources and information are provided to help plan for college, work, and future aspirations.