August 2021 - Transition Time!

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

August 2021 - Transition Time!

Change just Ahead

We can't avoid them. However, we can prepare our family member with disabilities for success in these future environments. This month we are highlighting some of the resources available for loan that provide tools for building community partnerships, strategies for involving other family members, and tips on how to make transitions smooth, meaningful, and a positive experience.

Please have a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library provides. Contact us by calling 304-293-4692 or visiting our WVU CED Disability Resource Library website.

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Featured Resources

Transitioning from High School to College

Navigating the Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities

Meg Grigal, Joseph Madaus, Lyman Dukes III, Debra Hart

This guide provides effective strategies for navigating the transition process from high school to college for students with a wide range of abilities. Families are often unaware of today's new and rapidly developing options for postsecondary education. Try some of the hands-on activities suggested for building strong collaboration between schools and families. Borrow navigating the Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities.

From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities

Elizabeth Hamblet

A one-of-a-kind, step-by-step guide that is an essential resource for college-bound students, their families, and the special educators and school counselors who work with them.

This book provides a clear path for preparing students with disabilities for successful transition to college. Borrow From High School to College: Steps to Success for Students with Disabilities.

Transitioning to Adulthood

The Autism Transition Guide - Planning The Journey from School to Adult Life

cover of the autism transition guide

Thorwath Bruey, Psy.D

Here is a road map for teenagers with autism, their families, teachers, counselors, and transition specialists to navigating the crucial, sometimes tricky journey from high school to adult life. The authors walk readers through the process of planning for these key areas: Residential choices Postsecondary education Employment Recreation and leisure activities. Borrow The Autism Transition Guide.

Job Success for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

David B. Wiegan

This book provides a comprehensive approach to developing a successful jobs program for persons with developmental disabilities, drawn from the author's extensive experience and real success. The majority of persons with developmental disabilities are unemployed, underemployed, or still work in sheltered programs where it is almost impossible to reach their full potential. Job success is possible! It takes a whole system approach. Learn how.

Borrow Job Success for Personas with Developmental Disabilities.

Transition Trek Board Game

An innovative and engaging board game that helps youth and young adults plan for life after high school. Players draw cards with questions related to careers, independent living, and self determination.

Borrow Transition Trek Board Game.

Transitioning Kids from Summer to School

cover of I am NOT going to school book

I Am NOT Going to School Today!

Robie H. Harris

Getting ready for the first day of school can be very exciting. But doing something new for the first time can also be rather scary. With help from his favourite cuddly toy, the small hero in this picture book discovers that once you have done something new, it's not so new and scary any more. Borrow I am NOT Going to School Today.

Transition Time: Let's Do Something Different

Jean Feldman

Turn stressful transition times into fun learning experiences with practical, simple activities. From Good Morning to Circle Time to Clean-Up, every part of the day is addressed with appropriate, imaginative activities. Periods of time between planned activities will become teachable moments using this invaluable resource.

Borrow Transition Time.

WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Transitions lead to independence

Several service programs within the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVUCED) can assist with transitions:

Next Steps Clinic - An interdisciplinary team of WVU professors and graduate students collaborate with the family and youth regarding life skills planning and linking to local resources.

Parent Network Specialists (PNS) are familiar with the laws related to students with disabilities including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and can assist parents in building positive relationships with IEP teams in designing individualized plans that include community service projects, job shadowing, and other skills that will strengthen a student's job marketability.

Circle of Parents Groups live, virtual every Tuesday evening 7pm. Meet other parents who are also navigating transitions and share resources.

Community Work Incentive Coordinators/WIPA - Do you or a family member receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Would you like to try to work or return to work? Are you concerned with losing your medical coverage? Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) can help!

WV Assistive Technology/WVATS: Physical disabilities often limit the physical tasks an individual can complete. WVATS technicians can conduct assessments and provide assistance in making informed decisions about assistive technology.

A Child's Champion
67th WVU Mountaineer Colson Glover

a photo of Colson with the CED Music Therapy puppets team

August's Child Champion: This month we celebrate Colson Glover, WVU's 67th Mountaineer. Colson demonstrates the spirit, pride and passion of the people in West Virginia.

Colson, a Lewisburg native, spent an afternoon with the cast of "Count Me In" puppet series filming, laughing, and having fun. He worked with three youth from the Center's DreamCatchers program to record introductions to the "Count Me In" Zoom series. In each of the six episodes, a new puppet character who has a disability is introduced to music therapist Miss Grace and her friends Noah Ash, Isabelle Mohar, and Bella Derby. Information on a variety of disabilities is presented in a fun way and helps dispel fears, myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities.

You can learn more about the Ability Awareness Puppets and watch Colson and friends by clicking on the button below.