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Ready, Set, Fly is a companion tool for the Casey Foundation's Life Skills Guide. It covers things such as money management, social skills, nutrition, self-care, work skills, housing and transportation, community resources, and learning about candidates in elections. This guide will help families help their young adults gain the skills they need to live as independently and as well as possible. The Guide can be found at

Approved Schools
A comprehensive list of approved private, special act, state operated and state supported schools.

ASPEN of America, inc.
A nonprofit organization which provides information and advice to families of advanced individuals with Autism, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD.

Blindness Resource Center

Center for the Study of Autism
The Center for the Study of Autism (CSA) provides information about autism to parents and professionals, and conducts research on the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions.

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Educacion Especialen el Estado de Nueva York Para ninos de 3 a 21, Anos Guia Para los padres

The Harvard Family Research Project's April 2010 FINE Newsletter focuses on family engagement from birth through young adulthood. Featured articles highlight effective family engagement strategies for parents of adolescents and a Cincinnati, Ohio cradle-to-career system of support that includes family and community engagement. The newsletter can be found at

Glossary of Special Education Terms

Guide to Understanding Supports and Services

IEP Facilitation
IEP Facilitation is a voluntary early dispute resolution option that is
available when parents and districts both agree that the presence of a
neutral third party would assist with communication and problem solving
during a committee on special education (CSE) or committee on preschool
special education (CPSE) meeting.

Learning Disabilities Online
A webiste which provides information and resources on learning disabilities and ADHD.
New York State Education Department

Office for Civil Rights
The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.
OPWDD - Eligibility for OPWDD Services

OPWDD - Transmittal Form for Determination of Developmental Disability


The Parents' Guide to Student Success  was developed by the National PTA in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. To find out if your state has adopted the standards, visit Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the guide provides grade by grade overviews of what students will learn in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. It is available in English and Spanish at

Part 200: Students with Disabilities


Preschool Special Education Resources -Criteria for Eligibility for Preschool Special Education Programs and/or Services Guide for Determining Eligibility and Special Education Programs and/or Services for Preschool Stude

Procedural Safeguards Notice

Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3-21
Special Education in New York State for Children Ages 3–21, A Parent’s Guide, May 2002

Treament and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children.

The Safety Net

United States Department of Education


TransitionSource - What's New Resource Update

08/06/2012 - Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Handicapped Children in New York State (Learn More)

This is the fourth edition of the Directory of Services for Blind and Visually Handicapped Children in New York State. The directory is a compilation of schools, organizations, agencies and programs that provide services and information to children who are legally blind and their families in New York State. To make information easier to find, some organizations and resources may be listed more than once in the directory.
08/06/2012 - Transition: A Guide for Parents and Students (Learn More)
Transition: A Guide for Parents and Students was created by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) in January 2011. In addition to describing general transition and career development issues, roles and responsibilities, this guide also describes helpful CBVH services that can assist in this process.
08/07/2012 - CareerZone implementation discussion (Learn More)
We at TransitionSource have been asked to collect your thoughts and feedback around implementation of the new CareerZone system. If you haven't been to this new and improved website, you will be amazed at the wealth of resources for career development. Have you worked with teachers and/or students as they used the revised system? Please provide your thoughts in the TransitionSource Discussions area.

08/07/2012 - Better Federal Coordination Could Lessen Challenges in the Transition from High School: (Learn More)
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Studies Transition, Issues Report
From the GAO website..."GAO was asked to provide information on the (1) challenges students with disabilities may face accessing federally funded transition services; and (2) extent to which federal agencies coordinate their transition activities. GAO reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and agency documents from Education, HHS, Labor, and SSA, which administer the key programs that provide transition services. GAO also administered a data collection instrument to gather program information from these agencies. Finally, GAO interviewed various stakeholders, including state and local officials, service providers, parents, and students with disabilities, in five states selected based on the number of federal grants they received to fund transition services."