Teachers' Corner

 This page will provide you with useful resources including forms, career assessments, PowerPoints and links to

 I will be continually updating and adding to this page, so please visit often to see what's new!

 Please let me know of anything else you'd like to see on this page.

  Note: Numerous other resources and a plethora of career exploration website links can be found on the general   WorkAbility website pages on the left and below!



 Unifying stakeholders to best support the post-secondary transition of young adults with disabilities.


 Through partnership and collaboration, providing outstanding post-secondary outcomes in the areas of   education, employment, and community integration for young adults with disabilities.

 The Transition Services Taskforce is a collaboration between 5 WorkAbility 1 programs (San Marcos, Vista,   Carlsbad, San Dieguito, and Oceanside) the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education, and local agencies   and programs that support transitioning students with disabilities.  The Taskforce meets quarterly; teachers,   parents, and students are welcome to attend and participate!

 This resource is a great starting point when researching post-secondary support programs. Parents and
 students are invited to explore the various resources including the Program and Information sheets provided by
 our Agencies and Partners to learn more about the various north county programs and agencies that provide
 services to our transitioning students.

 Please note that many of the agencies that support young adults with moderate to severe disabilities require   that the person is a San Diego Regional Center client. Please pay close attention to the Eligibility Requirements.

Transition Interviews & Assessments


 Writeable Transition Planning Guide for Student and Parent - This great interactive interview tool is writable
 and simple to use for all levels; the writable portions can be completed by the student or for the student as

 Student Transition Interview - With a comprehensive post-secondary planning sections, this interview template
 is a valuable tool in creating an ITP.

 Student Transition Interview - This interview includes a quick Learning Styles assessment and Social Skills   Inventory.

 Community-based Skills Assessment - Developing a Personalized Transition Plan - A comprehensive   assessment from Autism Speaks

 Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination Assessments:

 AIR Self-Determination Scale - this form assesses the characteristics and behaviors that indicate the degree
 to which your student demonstrates traits of self-determination and the degree to which the people influencing   your student provides opportunities that foster self-determination.

 Adolescent Autonomy Checklist - This checklist is particularly helpful in evaluating areas of need in students
 with moderate to severe disabilities.

 Life Domain Assessment - suitable for most students, but probably more appropriate for mild to moderate   students

 Note: The section below, entitled Self-Advocacy and Self- Determination, contains additional assessments.


 If you can't find a relevant assessment in this book, it probably doesn't exist!

 QuickBook of Transition Assessments



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California Department of Education - Secondary Transition Planning

 Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including   education and training, employment and independent living. Many of these resources are included separately
 on other WorkAbility website pages or below, but there's a wealth of information here in a one-stop shopping   format!


 Resources and guidelines for educators, parents, and agencies that will assist transition-age youth identify and   move toward their postsecondary goals in the area of employment.

 Education and Training
 Resources and guidelines that will assist transition-age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary   goals in education and/or training.

 Independent Living

 Resources and guidelines that will assist transition-age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary   goals in independent living.

 Guideposts for Success

 A document developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that identifies key educational and   career development interventions.

 Employment First Policy

 Resources and guidelines that will assist transition-age youth develop postsecondary goals that lead to   competitive, integrated employment (CIE).

California Career Resource Network (CalCRN)

  The California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program is established in California Education Code. The   primary duty of the CalCRN is to distribute career information, resources, and training materials to middle

 school and high school counselors, educators, and administrators, in order to ensure that middle schools and
 high schools have the necessary information available to provide a pupil with guidance and instruction on   education and job requirements necessary for career development.

 The California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program at the CDE provides a number of free career   exploration and planning tools that can be used with students and their families.
 The home site has links to all resources including:

 California CareerZone - a career exploration program with four easy to use career assessment tools.

 Developing a Budget - an online budgeting program. Students find out how much money they will need to   support their chosen lifestyle and the career choices they will need to make to earn the money!

 The California Career Center (CalCC) - a career and college web portal. Tools to help students map their
 future, whether looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, the military, or other options.


  • Middle & High School Completion & Planning
  • Post-secondary Education and Training
  • Exploring Career Options
  • Getting a Job
  • Addressing Challenges
  • Financial Literacy
  • Career-Related Videos
  • "My Stuff" Accounts
  • Personalized High School and Career Action Plans
  • Upload and save documents

 Parents and Guardians

  • Career Development and College Planning Parent Handbooks
  • Helping Your Child Address Challenges
  • Quick Guides to Exploring Career Options, Postsecondary Education and Training, and Paying for College
  • California CareerZone Workbook [PDF]
  • Career & College Planning Resources for Parents and Guardians

 Parent Guide - this guide is to help parents and guardians understand how California CareerZone works so
 they can assist their student in the career exploration process.

 CalCRN Counselor's Guide to Career Exploration - Counselor's Guide to Career Exploration using CalCRN   Resources: This guide introduces and explains the use of the CalCRN resources in a variety of student settings. 

 CalCRN College Career Readiness Lesson Plans - Overview(CCRLPs) - available on the California Career   Resource Network (CalCRN) home website.  These lessons can be useful in helping your students develop
 career and college readiness plans skills critical for success during and after high school.

 The CCRLPs are posted on the site under the Lessons tab

 The CCRLPs consists of 45 lessons spread across grades 5-12 with 5 or 6 lessons per grade. They are organized
 by grade level but are not limited to implementation in any specific grade.

 In addition to the lesson plans, the CCRLPs include an Educator Guide, Career Readiness Glossary (in English
 and Spanish), and all the student handouts are available in Spanish.

 The attached document provides a brief overview of each lesson.

 CalCRN College and Career Readiness Lesson Plans - Overview

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I Want to Work! I Know I Can!

 Developed by the CA Transition Alliance in collaboration with the California Employment Consortium for Youth

 This excellent booklet is a guide to information, services, resources and websites that will help students achieve   their goal to work:

  I Want to Work! I Know I Can!


 Do2Learn provides free access to their JobTIPS Determining Interests pages. In this section of their website   students can identify their strengths, skills, career interests, and goals. Assessments include a social skills   assessment, interests quiz, and work environment assessments to help guide them toward specific careers.
 They can also learn much more about specific jobs in the job descriptions section. This website is very user-   friendly and the assessments are self-explanatory and quick to use...lots of videos too!

Jobs Made Real

 The Jobs Made Real website was developed as a career exploration resource for the Chops Teen Center in
 Santa Rosa.

 The website provides:

  • 2200 career videos

  • The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics labor market data

  • A shortcut to the California CareerZone for further exploration

  • Alignment to the Holland Code career interest inventory

  • A rotating selection of videos scrolling across the top of the site

 Videos are organized by:

  • Popular Choices (igh Pay with Minimum Required education and training)

  • Holland Code categories with student friendly terms

Teaching Young Workers About Job Safety and Health

 Safety for Teens on the Job

 Every nine seconds a young American worker is injured on the job, making employees under 25 twice as likely
 to get hurt at work. 

 The following curriculum from NIOSH is intended to be used in a classroom (or other group training setting), and   has been customized for California. The booklet includes instructions for teachers and a step-by-step guide for   presenting the material: Youth@Work: Talking Safety California

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination

 Self-Determination Resource Handbook - with a new emphasis on assisting students in acquiring the necessary   skills to self advocate, this great publication will aid in the teaching and facilitating of transition and self-   advocacy skills: Self-Determination Resource Handbook

 Related assessments and checklists:

 AIR Self-Determination Scale - this form assesses the characteristics and behaviors that indicate the degree to   which your student demonstrates traits of self-determination and the degree to which the people influencing   your student provides opportunities that foster self-determination.

 Adolescent Autonomy Checklist - This checklist is particularly helpful in evaluating areas of need in students   with moderate to severe disabilities.

 Community-based Skills Assessment - This assessment will aid in evaluating the preparedness of a student   with moderate to severe disabilities for community activities.

 Transition Domain Assessment - suitable for most students, but probably more appropriate for mild to   moderate students

 Essential Life Skills for All Teens - One-page 'bubble' chart covering broad array of skills students will need to be   independent

 Essential Skills for all Youth - Four-page chart including self-determination and self-management

Disability Disclosure

 The 411 on Disability Disclosure - This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether
 or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment,   and social lives. The workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability and helps   them make informed decisions about disclosing their disability.

 Disclosure in a Post-Secondary Academic Setting

 Disclosure and the Workplace


 The U.S. Department of Education online "one-stop shop" financial aid tool kit for those who assist students in   selecting postsecondary institutions and financing their higher educations. The Financial Aid Toolkit 
 consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database. The database provides   access to resources covering the entire financial aid lifecycle from applying for financial assistance to repaying   student loans. It includes documents such as materials for financial aid nights at institutions, publications,   presentations, brochures, videos, and sample tweets and Facebook posts. The tool kit also offers professional   development information, such as training opportunities and resources for self-instruction. Wow!


 NINTH GRADE: Overall Goals: Career/Interest Exploration, Understanding Graduation Requirements

 Identify/review personal learning styles

 Review graduation requirements

 Create a 4-year plan for graduation (classes/electives)

 Learn about clubs on campus and attend 2 club meetings

 Participate in a volunteer work experience

TENTH GRADE: Overall Goals: Career/Interest Exploration, Work Experience

 Update/modify 4-year plan

 Complete credit audit worksheet

 Obtain 3 job applications and complete them accurately

 Complete the "Pocket Resume"

 Obtain a copy of social security card

 Obtain a state ID

 Enroll in Driver's Ed

 Obtain a bus pass

 Make an appointment to take the driver's permit test

 Conduct a job search (newspaper, online) and record job contact information

 Complete the paperwork for a work permit

 Talk to WorkAbility to see about obtaining a job

 Research ROP classes of interest

 ELEVENTH GRADE: Overall Goal: Post-Secondary Goal Setting and Planning

 Update/modify 4-year plan

 Review credit audit worksheet and graduation requirements

 Enroll in an ROP course

 Create a Resume and cover letter

 Identify a career of interest and research education requirements, potential earnings, and job outlook

 Identify Post-Secondary (ITP) goals: Education, Career, Living, Social


 Identify colleges/vocational schools of interest

 Attend a career/job fair and talk to 3 potential employers

 Explore Age of Majority and Guardianship issues

 Request letters of recommendation

 TWELFTH GRADE: Overall Goals: Post-Secondary Goals and Planning

 Review credit audit worksheet and graduation requirements

 Enroll in ROP or Work Experience class

 Update resume and cover letter

 Attend Community College tour

 Take a class at the community college

 Identify vocational training programs for an area of interest

 Visit/tour a vocational training program

 Make an appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation


 Register for selective services and voting

 Make contact/appointment with the Disabled Student Services office at community college or university

 Apply for FAFSA

 Enroll in Adult Education

Transition Partner Suggestions

Adult School


Boys & Girls Club


California Conservation Corps

California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids - CalWORKs

Career Technical Education
Chamber of Commerce

Church/faith-based groups/agencies/programs

Community Centers

Community College

Court school - CYA (California Youth Authority)

Department of Rehab. - DOR

Employment Development Dept. - EDD

Family Services


Job Corps

Mental Health Services


One-Stop Career Centers

Regional Center

Regional Occupational Programs

School programs

Service organizations - Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary Club etc.

Social Security Admin. - SSA

Social Services

Workforce Investment Act - WIA


Youth Organizations