Hands & Voices Post-Secondary Transition On-Line Module for Parents and Their Teens

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“Roots and Wings”

“If I had two wishes, I know what they would be, I'd wish for Roots to cling to, and Wings to set me free; Roots of inner values, like rings within a tree, and Wings of independence to seek my destiny…. Don't make my life too easy, it's better if I try, and fail and get back up myself, so I can learn to fly. If I had two wishes, and two were all I had, and they could just be granted, by my Mom and Dad; I wouldn't ask for money or any store-bought things. The greatest gifts I'd ask for are simply Roots and Wings.”  Dennis Waitley

Post-Secondary Transition begins no later than the year a student turns16 as defined by IDEA. Per IDEA, transition is designed to be a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student to facilitate movement from school to life after high school. This may include; further education, employment, and/or independent living.

This time transitioning from high school to entering into either the workforce or post-secondary education can be difficult to understand and navigate.

Goals of the Module:

  1. To have a resource for parents and their transition age teens that will support their exploration of life after high school.
  2. Parents will report knowledge and confidence in understanding post-secondary transition.
  3. Transition age teens with report feeling more knowledgeable and prepared for the transition process.

Intended Audience:

  1. Parents and their transition age children.
  2. Teachers and support staff working with transition age students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Topics included in the module:

  1. Laws and Key Information Parents Need to Know about the Transition Process
  2. From Parent Advocacy to Student Advocacy
  3. Technology Transitions
  4. The Parenting Aspects of Transition
  5. Strategies to Assist the Process of Transition

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The contents of this training module were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RE5020). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this training module do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.