All Tuesday Tips

Capturing Big Picture Transition Services and Activities for Individual Students

A number of events and programs occurring in our schools can be good transition activities for your students. The key to capitalizing on these larger, group activities for a particular student is to understand 1) the individual needs of that student and 2) how the activity can help the student move toward his/her goal. If you’re finding it challenging, documenting and describing these large, group events as individual activities, this tip is for you.  

This short presentation we’ve recorded on YouTube walks you through the best practice process of moving from thinking about the “big picture” event to focusing on what each student needs and will gain from participating in a larger scale opportunity. Take a look and see how it might apply to your students or your school.

DON’T FORGET: When you are writing a transition service and activity, think about whether or not there will be an outcome that you can capture and use as part of next year’s age-appropriate transition assessment. That’s what brings the authentic experience full circle for students and helps them continue to make informed decisions about their future.

Planning for Health Care Transition

In addition to transition planning for employment and postsecondary education, students with disabilities and their families often need to plan for their future health care. The Center for Youth and Adults with Chronic Conditions (CYACC) is a state-funded clinic that helps Indiana youth, ages 11 to 22 with chronic health conditions, as they transition from pediatric to adult health care.

During an initial on-site evaluation, a CYACC team, which includes a social worker, a nurse and a doctor, works with families and students to look at strengths, current services, and future goals and needs. The team then follows up with recommendations to the family and an individualized transition plan to help families connect with appropriate resources and providers in their area. Individuals and families can self-refer, or a doctor can refer them to CYACC. Services are billed through insurance.

Topics discussed during a CYACC evaluation can include:

  • Independent living
  • Healthcare financing
  • Medical home/primary and subspecialty care
  • Health habits
  • Self-management
  • Mental health
  • Decision making
  • Education/employment
  • Family/caregiver support
  • Socialization
  • Transportation

Located on the fourth floor of the Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center in Indianapolis, CYACC is designed to guide young people with special health care needs toward a successful adult life.

For more information about CYACC and their services: 

Postsecondary Ed Resources

Students with disabilities planning to attend college or a university must weigh a number of factors to find the right program and supports. Beyond finances, there’s housing, transportation, academic and peer tutoring, work experiences, career planning and internships, physical accessibility, and course design.

To help you help your students with their postsecondary exploration we’ve added a page in the Resource Collections section of the INSTRC website. “Postsecondary Education” offers links to articles about apps for college students, Is College for You? in English and Spanish, charts depicting the differences between college and high school, information for college students who are deaf-blind, and more. Take a look at INSTRC’s new collected “Postsecondary Education” resource page.

The page also includes a direct link to the Center on Community Living and Careers’ webpage listing the Indiana transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, also known as the TPSID programs. You can navigate to the page from the INSTRC Resource Collections page, or visit now at:   

And one last resource. Need authentic assessments for students with a postsecondary education goal? On the INSTRC Transition Matrix you’ll find both the “College Planning Worksheet” and an “On-Campus Visit Reflection” page, where students can document what they discovered after a campus tour.

Pre-ETS Information for Teachers, Continued

Two weeks ago, we sent you Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) information from Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The new fact sheet clarifies how VR’s order of selection impacts students who may be receiving Pre-ETS.

With today’s tip, we’re adding a flowchart to the VR fact sheet to help you understand student eligibility for Pre-ETS.

We’ve posted both the “Pre-Employment Transition Services & Order of Selection” fact sheet and the new Pre-ETS flowchart on the INSTRC website. Just search for “Pre-ETS” in the resource search bar.


Pre-ETS and Order of Selection Information for Teachers

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services has a new information document for teachers. The new fact sheet, "Pre-Employment Transition Services and Order of Selection":

  • lists the activities for Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) mandated through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA 2014);
  • provides you with a link to determine if Pre-ETS is available within your region or school system;
  • defines VR’s order of selection; and
  • clarifies how order of selection impacts some students receiving Pre-ETS.

We’ll post the fact sheet on the INSTRC website. Just search for “Pre-ETS” in the resource search bar.

Coming soon: A flowchart, illustrating the Pre-ETS eligibility process.

Mental Health in Transition

For some students, mental health issues may become more frequent or pronounced during the transition to adulthood years. Lori Desautels, Ph.D. has written extensively on the effects that both the brain and mental health have on learning. Her blog post, "The Adolescent Brain, Leaving Childhood Behind," lists seven guidelines for secondary educators that support emotional and mental health as students transition to adulthood.

  • Model the behaviors we want to see.
  • Tap into the strengths, passions, and expertise of all students.
  • Give students choices and input into developing rules and guidelines.
  • Provide safe and fair boundaries.
  • Teach students about the brain and how it develops during adolescence.
  • Teach them how to calm their stress response system with focused attention and brain breaks involving movement.
  • Show your interest in their lives by learning the traits, norms, and interests of students—music, favorite tech, clothing, goals, etc.

In her post, Desautels expounds on these guidelines and includes links to activities, strategies, and more information. 

More Mental Health Resources

'Oh, the Places You'll Go!'

Accessible transportation provides people with disabilities the ability to experience increased vocational, social, and community opportunities. Understanding various forms of public transportation is crucial to helping students have a full range of choices in different areas of their life.

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) is a great resource for transportation information, with links to trainings, webinars, publications, and even grants and other sources of funding.

Connect2Help 211 provides a list of transportation services for people with disabilities in each county in Indiana.

 And now we can add rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, to the list of transportation options for students and families. The following links provide information and support about rideshare programs for people with disabilities.

Resources for New Transition Teachers

Those of you who visit regularly know that the Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) website contains an ever-growing number of resources compiled just for Indiana transition educators. There are several ways to find what you need on the site. You can use the Resource Search on either the home page or from the drop-down menu under Transition Resources. On the Search page you can hone in on topics or filter by format.

If you’re a new teacher or new to transition, we’ve collected some resources for you. (We’re all about making your life easier!) From the home page, use the drop-down menu beneath the Collected Resources tab.  Select “Professionals New to Transition.”  There you’ll find ten resources, including a checklist for compliant Transition IEPs, examples of Transition IEPs for various students, fact sheets for working with VR, and the presentation “New to Transition: An Introduction to Transition Planning.”  (Note that the INSTRC team is hard at work adding new resources and updating others.  We’ll keep you posted.)

Here’s the direct link to the “Professionals New to Transition” collection:


Project SUCCESS, in partnership with IDOE, is leading the review, revision, and development of alternate academic standards (Content Connectors) and we are seeking a diverse group of stakeholders from across the state to support this work. This process is important to ensure all students, including those with significant disabilities, have access to grade level standards aligned to Indiana Academic Standards.

The first session will be held in Indianapolis on March 12. If you are interested in participating on March 12 or at future sessions, please complete the Indiana Content Connectors application by March 1.

Indiana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Transition Conference

The Indiana Deaf & Hard of Hearing Transition Alliance will hold its annual transition conference next month for students, families, educators, and other supporters.

Prepare for Success—Life After High School
March 19, 2018
Indiana Government Center South

Topics on the agenda include self-advocacy, benefits, Pre-Employment Transition Services, IEP 101, maximizing opportunities, and more. Register now. We’re attaching a flyer and the registration link. Or, go directly to registration: 

To see highlights from last year’s conference, check out the Alliance’s video: 

Department of Education Resources

In the busy-ness of a typical day, it is difficult to find time to look at all of the incredible resources available to us. This week we’re highlighting resources on the Indiana Department of Education’s website. Some have a direct link to Transition, while others link to subjects that affect our daily lives as educators.

Take a minute to locate a new (or not so new) resource to support your work.

We’re often asked about the monitoring rotation for Indicator 13, as well as other performance indicators. The website above takes you to information regarding Continuous Improvement Focused Monitoring and Support. On this site, you will find the monitoring indicators and dates for your district.

The Certificate of Completion (COC) is a much talked about topic in our secondary schools. Make sure you have the most recent information from Dr. Pam Wright, director of the Office of Special Education, IDOE, at   

Presentations available from a September 2017 Charter School training, conducted by the DOE, provide great overviews of some of our most important topics in the field—no matter where you teach. You will find information and presentations from individuals across the state on the following topics:

• Accommodations
• Autism
• Understanding & Addressing Behavior
• Due Process and Discipline
• ESSA & Foster Care
• Key Components in a Compliant Transition IEP
• Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events
• Multi-Tiered System of Support
• Section 504
• Title Grants & Support
• And more!