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Indiana Career Explorer: More Information

After our Tuesday Tip introducing you to Indiana Career Explorer, we had several questions from our readers. We contacted the Indiana Field Trainer to get some clarification and direction for those of you who have had difficulty setting up student accounts.

Anyone can set up a sample student account to see the tools and resources available to students. Our contact recommends the following to create a middle or high school student sample account:

  1. When you are asked to type in the first three letters of a school name, type in “tra” and select “training use only.”
  2. Change the birthdate and graduation year to reflect that of the appropriate grade student, but you can use your own email address as a username.

On a broader scale, school employees can contact Client Engagement to identify the site manager for their district (the person who can set up an administrative account). Each school has an assigned site manager even if they don’t use the system. Contact Client Engagement at: 877-999-6227.

There are trainings available to schools, both online and in person. If you are interested in staff training, please contact Mary Pouch at

We hope this helps with clarifying how to get started exploring Indiana Career Explorer. Let us know or contact Mary if you have additional questions!

Explore Work

The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center has teamed up with George Washington University to create “Explore Work,” a new online training for teens with disabilities. The course lets users delve into career planning, first work experiences, school beyond high school, workplace readiness, and self-advocacy.

“Explore Work’s” modules include strength-finder activities, career scavenger hunts, independent living challenges, videos, and more. Users have the option of guided or self-guided learning. Guided instruction allows students to save and track their progress and provides certificates for each completed module.

Ready to explore? "Explore Work"

Indiana Mental Health Resources for Students

Adversity, trauma, and stress can negatively affect the social, emotional, and cognitive development of teens and young adults. Adults often identify or mislabel students experiencing these issues as having behavior, discipline, and/or learning issues in school. The Indiana School Mental Health Initiative (ISMHI), a project of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, works alongside school districts and their community partners to provide resources, training, and advocacy to promote the social, emotional, behavioral, mental, and physical health of Indiana’s school-age children. ISHMI’s goal is to increase school engagement and improve educational and life outcomes.

Through the ISMHI website LookUp Indiana, you can search by city name or zip code to find mental health providers, shelters, social service organizations, and support groups in your area. Take a look at some of LookUp’s resources, below, and then bookmark the website!

Common Language—a listing of frequently used, education-related mental health terminology and references.

School Mental Health Resources—links to professional organizations; frameworks; workshops, trainings, and assemblies; school-based health centers; mental health intervention registries; and more.

General Information—more information about the ISHMI’s vision, mission, goals, and staff.

The Path to Independence: Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth

The PACER Center provides support to young adults with disabilities and families who are making decisions about education and services. Many mobile apps can support students as they work towards self-determination and independence in postsecondary education, job training, employment, and independent living. The PACER Center’s resource, "The Path to Independence: Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth," provides a list of free or low-cost apps reviewed by parents and professionals.

The document categorizes apps into the following topics:

  • Exploring College and Career Pathways
  • Finding and Getting a Job
  • Vocational Support
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Executive Functioning
  • Reading, Writing, and Note-taking Supports

Visit the PACER Center website and The Path to Independence: Mobile Apps to Support Transition-Age Youth for more information.

Charting the LifeCourse: Employment

In case you missed it, the August 2018 edition of the INvision newsletter, from the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS), included a link to the LifeCourse “Daily Life and Employment” planning guide.

Developed by Missouri Family to Family, in partnership with Show Me Careers, the guide contains easy-to-use activities and resources so that students can begin to chart their course toward their employment vision. Take a look at “Charting the LifeCourse: Daily Life and Employment” here.

As a companion to the guide, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development also developed “Charting the LifeCourse: Daily Life and Employment,” six short video modules that introduce students and their supporters to “questions to ask, things to do, and resources that can help lead them to a job, career, volunteering, college or continuing education, and ultimately, the lives they want.”

Indiana Career Explorer

Some of you may be familiar with this site, but others may not. Indiana Career Explorer is an online education and career planning system currently used by many school districts and WorkOne centers across the state.

This interactive site allows the job seeker (student or adult) to take interest inventories, explore occupations, write resumes, research employers, prepare for job interviews, develop a portfolio, and much more.

Check it out at and see how it might support the students you work with as they prepare for employment and further education/training beyond high school.

One-Stop Shopping for How-to-Vote Resources

Whether they’re voting for the first time, may have voted in a previous election, or won’t vote for another year or two, you can help your students learn this important independent living skill before they cast a ballot. Election Day is November 6, 2018, but absentee voting begins October 10.


Indiana Voter Portal—includes links to voter registration, verifying voter status, locating polling place, voting hours, sample ballots.

Application for Absentee Voting (Note: Local Election Board must receive the application at least 8 days prior to the election. People with disabilities are eligible to vote via absentee ballot.)

Information About Assistance at the Polls for Voters with Disabilities

Information About Photo I.D.s on Election Day

Videos About Voter Registration—brief videos from Indiana Disability Rights on voting and the registration process.

“Your Vote Is Your Voice”—a 54-page guide to voting from the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. (Note: In Indiana, a voter who has a legal guardian may still cast a ballot; this is not the case in all states.)

October 11 Transition IEP Training Webinar

Our final Regional Transition IEP Training wrapped up yesterday in Jasper, IN. We send our appreciation to Carmel, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Hammond, Huntington, and Jasper for hosting us and our thanks to all of you who were able to attend.

If you did not have the opportunity to get to a Regional Training this year, but would like to know the updates on the Certificate of Completion, Pre-ETS, Transition Portfolios, and more, you still have a chance! We’ll have an abbreviated, webinar version of the training on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 1-2:30 p.m., Eastern Time. And yes, the webinar is FREE!

To connect to the webinar on the day of the training, just click on the link: 
Or by phone: Dial: +1-646-558-8656 (US Toll) or +1-669-900-6833 (US Toll)
Webinar ID: 153 571 300

The Office of Special Education at the Indiana Department of Education has asked us to pass along a job opening announcement. The department is looking for a Special Education Specialist. For more information and instructions on how to apply, go to:  

Graduation Guidance

Many of you have been asking about Indiana Diploma Decisions, the guide for teachers and families from the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center, originally published in 2015. Because of the extent of the changes to the Certificate of Completion, graduation pathways, and diploma options, the guide was in need of an update, so you won’t find it among our resources on the INSTRC website. We’ve taken it down while INSTRC and DOE staff work on a new model.

It may take us some time, so please be patient. In the meantime, we recognize that teachers and special education departments around the state need resources. Here’s a compilation of information from DOE that may help. Print and post!

We promise: You’ll be the first to know when Indiana Diploma Decisions is back online!

Graduation Pathways (includes link to High School Diploma resources):
Graduation Requirements/Flowchart 2019-2022 
Coffee Talk Video/Certification of Completion
FAQs Certificate of Completion 

New! 'Indiana Transition IEP Rubric'

More updates! Last week it was fact sheets from Indiana VR. This week, we want to give you a brand new shiny “Indiana Transition IEP Rubric.”

This new edition of the rubric will be your go-to guide as you create quality, compliant Transition IEPs for your students this year. It features examples of written statements that illustrate quality, compliance, or non-compliance for each part of the IEP. Screenshots show you where to find and enter new information in the Indiana IEP (IIEP). Resources at the end of the rubric include everything from a video on authentic assessments to a resource collection for writing quality IEPs.

You can find the new rubric on the INSTRC website as a resource. Just type “Transition IEP Rubric,” or just “Indiana Rubric” or even just “Rubric” in the INSTRC resource search bar.

Need a quick look at the requirements for a Transition IEP? Review the Indicator 13 Checklist, which provides you with the specific compliance questions used when reviewing Transition IEPs. You’ll find those same questions in the rubric along with supporting information, examples, and resources.