College for Students with Disabilities

A Guide for Students, Families, and Educators

There are many pathways to achieve independence through higher education. The College for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Students Families, and Educators from Maryville University gives you an idea of what to expect as you research your options.


Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities

Maryland State Department of Education

The MSDE Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities (2017) provides information to students, parents/guardians, educators, and community agencies about the transition process.


Planning for Transition Success

June 1017 Presentation by Katie Collins-Ihrke, MBA, MS
Executive Director
Accessible Resources for Independence


Reach Indpendence Through Self Employment (RISE) Program

Presented by Morris Tranen at the Transition Symposium March 18, 2017

Self-employment is a vocational option for individuals with severe disabilities. The RISE Program facilitates and encourages the successful launch and operation of consumer-owned ventures.

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Help Your Teen Develop Self-Advocacy Skills

Maryland Department of Disabilities

Start by making sure your teen has a clear understanding of his disability, his strengths, and his weaknesses.

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K-12 Career Explorer

The K-12 Career Explorer is based on the Maryland Career Development Framework and is designed for parents and teachers with children from pre-K through 12th grade.


Volunteering Opportunities for People With ASD

by Holly Bortfeld

Volunteering is essential for creating well-rounded adults. Volunteering not only teaches skills and keeps the volunteer engaged, but also benefits the larger community, spreads autism awareness, and can lead to new friendships.


Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals

by Jennifer Graham and Peter Wright, Esq.

As we enter the second half of the school year, many parents hear the clock ticking louder and louder as graduation nears.

We hope you have been working closely with your child’s IEP team through high school to ensure that appropriate transition goals have been established and your child’s progress toward these goals has been measured and documented.


Transition and Self-Advocacy

By Lynda L. West, Stephanie Corbey, Arden Boyer-Stephens, and Bonnie Jones, et al.

No one has a greater stake in the outcome of transition planning than the student with a disability. The student should be an active, participating member of the transition team


Developmental Disabilities Administration Guide to Services

The Maryland  Developmental Disabilities Administration funds a variety of community-based services, which are included in the Developmental Disabilities Administration Guide to Services,