Special Education Transition

Special Education Resources and Information for Students Aged 14-22

What is Transition Planning?

"Transition planning is an essential step in preparing students with disabilities to assume adult roles. Transition planning should focus on students’ future goals, empowering them to create a personal vision and identifying opportunities to help them meet their current needs as they transition into postsecondary education and training, employment, and quality adult life."

                                                    —Transition to Adult Living: An Information and Resource Guide

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires:

  • Transition language in the IEP at age 16
  • Measurable postsecondary goals based on age-appropriate assessments related to: training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills
  • A summary of performance upon school exit

Programs and Resources for Students Aged 14-22

AccessSFUSD - Adult Transition Program (ages 18-22)

About AccessSFUSD

AccessSFUSD is a community based program for special education students ages 18-22.  In AccessSFUSD students work on developing key skills and experiences in the community setting, and reinforce those skills with on-site functional academics.  Building independence, developing self-advocacy, utilizing public transportation, interpersonal and independent living skills, work & volunteer experiences, personal development, and functional academics allow students to become more active members in their homes and communities.   

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AccessSFUSD Eligibility

  • Ages 18-22

  • Has completed 12th grade

  • On a certificate of completion track

  • Has an IEP

 

AccessSFUSD Mission Statement

AccessSFUSD is a community based program for students 18-22 with disabilities.  We focus on teaching functional life skills within the community setting.

 

San Francisco IS our campus.

 

We strive to help students discover their passions, unlock their potential, and become involved members of the community.  We offer an individualized program that works with each student’s goals and interests to further develop their skills, gain vocational experience, and to create self-determined individuals who are active in their community.

 

Current AccessSFUSD Program Sites

  • AccessSFUSD: The Arc

  • AccessSFUSD: Bay Street

  • AccessSFUSD: Balboa

  • AccessSFUSD: Burton

  • AccessSFUSD: Galileo

  • AccessSFUSD: Lowell

  • AccessSFUSD: Mission

  • AccessSFUSD: O’Connell

  • AccessSFUSD: Marshall

  • AccessSFUSD: Wallenberg

  • AccessSFUSD: Project Search*

 

*AccessSFUSD: Project Search is a one year intensive internship at Kaiser Hospital eligible to qualified students in their final year of their AccessSFUSD program

 

Sample AccessSFUSD Video 

 

Articles about the Transition Planning Process

A Guide to Secondary Transition - "There is no one formula for a successful transition. The path through and out of high school is rarely a straight line, in great part because learning and growing are synonymous with change— changing minds, discovering new goals, altering preferences, and developing new understanding and strengths. So while transition efforts do involve a process, include a plan, and entail some very specific requirements that are defined by law, they also present puzzles to be solved and paths to be uncovered."

The Transition to Adult Life from the Special Edge Newsletter - The transition from adolescence into adulthood is often exciting—and nearly always challenging. This change can be even more challenging if you have a disability. The California Department of Education is using the latest research and best practices to lessen the challenge and to ensure a successful transition for every student in the state.

Secondary Transition Planning from the California Department of Education - Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education and training, employment and independent living.

California Department of Rehabilitation

California Department of Rehabilitation - Employment and Independent Living for Californians with Disabilities since 1963

How to Get Started with DOR

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is here to help you. We work with people who have disabilities to help them get jobs, develop or promote in their current jobs, live on their own, and enjoy a life equal to others.

Our staff will work with you based on your specific hopes and needs. You are the most important person in this process. We will help you build a plan to improve your job and personal life. To help you reach your goals will require some work from you too. We will coach you all along the way.

We may be able to help you with:

  • Disability and benefits programs
  • Job search and interview skills
  • Job training and tools
  • College and textbooks
  • Disability equipment
  • Support services like childcare or transportation
  • Connecting you with other people or groups that may be able to help you

 

We will always respect you and your opinions. We will help you to understand the various options available to you as we work toward your goals.

Please click "Continue the Getting Started Process" to begin. We just need a little bit of information from you. We will have the right person contact you to answer your questions.

Thank you.

 

 

College and University Resources

College Disability Programs:

City College Disabled Students Programs and Services

San Francisco State Disability Programs

Cal State East Bay - College Link Program

UC Berkeley Disabled Students' Program

UC Davis Student Disability Center  

Paul K Longmore Institute on Disability

UC Irvine Disability Services Center

University of Arizona SALT Center

California State University Services for Students with Disabilities: Every CSU campus has services to support students with certifiable disabilities. Be sure to contact your campus as early as possible to learn more about the ways your campus can help you succeed.

 

Articles:

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities from the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

12 Questions to Ask About a College’s Disability Services

College scholarships for Students with Disabilities 

College Accommodation Request Preparation Form

 

Looking for more information?

Visit the SFUSD Office of Counseling and Post-Secondary Success webpage for information and resources about getting ready for high school, graduating from an SFUSD high school, exploring your options beyond high school, and more.

Jewish Vocational Services

Jewish Vocational Services - We help San Francisco’s young people build the skills they need to succeed in school and work.

Youth Programs

JVS helps youth in San Francisco, ages 14-24, transform their lives by building skills and connections to succeed in school and work. Our goal is to help young people experience the world of work and transition to postsecondary education or a job with career potential.

Employment

JVS works with foster youth and high school youth with disabilities to identify career goals, prepare for the world of work and build skills through after-school and summer jobs.

High School Partnerships

JVS partners with John O’Connell High School and Downtown High School to link in-school coursework to future careers through work-based learning.

Transition Pathways

JVS helps youth build bridges to postsecondary education and careers in three industries: early care and education, building construction trades, and environmental technology.

 

Transition Partnership Program: TPP

The Transition Partnership Program (TPP) is a cooperative program between SFUSD and the Department of Rehabilitation that prepares high school students for employment. These students must meet certain criteria to be eligible for DOR services. The program is limited to 40 new students a year.

On completion of schooling the student will be referred by DOR to a vendor for employment services. These services consist of but are not limited to pre-employment training, resume development, job coach and competitive employment.

TPP Steps for Enrollment

All students must first meet the Department of Rehabilitation eligibility requirements before being enrolled. The students are referred to the TPP specialist to assist in determining eligibility.

See Steps:

  1. The teacher reads the eligibility requirements.
  2. The teacher identifies a student that is significantly impacted by a disability and will need help obtaining competitive employment.
  3. The teacher and TPP specialist sets an appointment time to meet with the student and give DOR application/DOR referral form.
  4. The student completes the DOR application/DOR referral with parents, teacher and or TPP specialist.
  5. The teacher and TPP specialist obtain required documents (current IEP/w signatures, psycho-educational evaluation/assessment with signatures, therapist contact info, other stakeholders' info).
  6. The TPP specialist reviews the materials and turns them into a DOR counselor.
  7. The TPP specialist and DOR counselor coordinate a DOR intake date.
  8. The TPP student is travel trained to the DOR downtown office for intake.
  9. The DOR counselor determines the eligibility.
  10. The TPP specialist begins to meet with the student for pre-employment training on a regular basis.
  11. The DOR counselor creates an Individual Plan of Employment (IPE) for the TPP student.
  12. When the TPP student is 4-6 months out from exiting high school, the DOR counselor will begin job development and placement services
  13. The TPP specialist determines if TPP student is exiting SFUSD or returning.
  14. The TPP student exits SFUSD by graduating or acquiring a Certificate of Completion
  15. As of June 30th of each year, all non-returning students are exited from direct TPP services from the SFUSD.
  16. From this point forward TPP students are responsible for maintaining contact with their DOR counselors.

 

Eligibility

SFUSD students may qualify for Department of Rehabilitation pre-employment services by showing documentation of significant impact on there ability to get employed. The DOR counselor will review all the appropriate documentation to determine if a student is eligible. If found eligible the student will receive an acceptance letter and begin meeting with their TPP specialist for pre-employment training.

Mobility

The ability to move from place to place.

  • Wheelchair, prosthesis, orthosis, mobility training, mobility aid and/or service dog to move from place to place.
  • Personal assistance to move from place to place.
  • Assistance to use public transportation, read maps or signpost to move from place to place.
  • The individual is limited in terms of distance and /or terrain that can be traveled.
  • Other serious limitations in terms of employment outcome.

Communication

The ability to use, give and /or receive information.

  • Rehabilitation technology that includes, but is not limited to, and augmentative speech device, screen reading software, hearing aid, TTY or assistive listening device to use, give and/or receive verbal/auditory information.
  • Interpreter to use, give and/or receive verbal/auditory information.
  • Low vision aids to use, give and/or receive visual information.
  • Braille/tactile labels and/or a brailler to use, give and/or receive visual information.
  • Rehabilitation technology including, but not limited to, screen reading software to use, give and/or receive visual information.
  • Other serious limitations in terms of employment outcome.

Self Care

The ability to plan and/or perform activities of daily living.

  • Personal assistance services to plan and/or perform activities of daily living.
  • Rehabilitation technology to plan and/or perform activities of daily living.
  • Specialized training to independently plan and/perform activities of daily living.
  • Other serious limitations in terms of employment outcome.

Interpersonal Skills

The ability to establish and/or maintain appropriate interactions with others.

  • Specialized training and/or personal assistance services to establish and/or maintain appropriate interactions with co-workers, supervisors, etc.
  • Prescribed medication to establish and/or maintain appropriate interaction with co-workers, supervisors, etc.
  • Other serious limitations in terms of employment outcome.

Work Skills

The ability to learn and/or perform work functions.

  • Job coach to learn and/or perform work functions.
  • Specialized training and/or personal assistance services to learn and/or perform work functions.
  • Rehabilitation technology to learn and/or perform work functions.
  • Rehabilitation technology to plan, problem solve, and/or organize work functions.
  • Personal assistance services to plan, problem solve and/or organize work functions.
  • Specialized training to plan, problem solve and/or organize work functions.
  • Job Coach to plan, problem solve and/or organize work functions.
  • Other serious limitations in terms of employment outcome.

Work Tolerance

The ability to sustain the required level of work function.

  • Adjusted work schedule to meet continuing medical treatment and/or medical needs.
  • Variable work schedule for medical appointments or medical needs.
  • Prescribed medication to sustain required levels of work functions.
  • The individual is restricted from working in certain work environments which may include, but are not limited to, cold heat, noise.
  • Other serious limitations in terms of employment outcome.

Services

Participants in the Transition Partnership Program may receive some of the following services and activities based on individual need. The TPP Specialist will work with the TPP students individually, in group settings, pull-outs, and at work sites.

See More:

  • Open an email account
  • Sign up for Workability1
  • Meet Department of Rehabilitation counselor
  • Complete DOR Individual Plan of Employment (IPE)
  • Learn the steps to email resume
  • Mock interviews
  • Practice job applications
  • Draft resume, cover letters, and thank you notes for after interviews
  • Complete a career assessment through the Career Locker
  • Open a banking account
  • Make a sample monthly/yearly budget
  • Use of agenda/technology (cell phone, laptop etc) to keep track of assignments and appointments
  • Memorize social security number
  • Interest inventories
  • Learn co-workers names
  • Take public transportation to internship
  • Take public transportation to DOR
  • Use of video modeling to teach appropriate work skills/attitudes/behaviors/personal relationships
  • Job shadowing activity related to the area of interest
  • Volunteer community work experience
  • Paid community work experience
  • Learn self advocacy

Community Partners

 

TPP/PS/WAI Coordinator

Robin Lewis-Hampton

📞 Phone: 415-695-5872

email: lewisr@sfusd.edu

 

TPP/POWS Specialist

Rachel Moore

📞 Phone: 415-707-9307 

email: Moorer2@sfusd.edu

WorkAbility - training program for special education students ages 14-22

WorkAbility is a training program for special education students ages 14-22 designed to promote career awareness and exploration while students complete their secondary education program. 

WorkAbility provides students with opportunities for job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience, and ongoing support and guidance from vocational personnel.

WorkAbiliity 1: A California Transition Program

WAI Intern's Application Information:

Please download completed application. Complete in blue or black ink. Make sure you include signed copy of SS card and current picture ID. All of these documents must be submitted with all required signatures before an application will be accepted.

WAI Employer Packet 2017-2018:

WorkAbility I Office

45 Conkling St. - Room 102

San Francisco, CA 94124

📞 Phone: 415/695-2428 

Fax: 415/695-2448

Alma Reyes

Office Support

This page was last updated on April 21, 2022