Sites listed on this page are for reference and to share some of the options available. There is no attempt to recommend one over the other. Rather my intent is to provide you with options. Some are free, others are not.
The Transition Process
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
This page is intended to provide guidance and resources related to effective practices related to transition of students with disabilities.
Preparing Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Adulthood: A Transition Toolkit for Educators
This toolkit is intended to provide educators and other members of the transition team with practical information and resources to prepare youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for a successful transition from school to adulthood.
Career Assessment / Development Tools
Oregon Career Information System (CIS)
This site is used by a number of schools throughout the state. For a subscription fee, it includes career and interest inventories, related career clusters and training information. Students set up a profile and they can save their information, develop resumes and future plans. All information is geared toward Oregon youth. This site also includes lesson plans related to the career development process.
Drive of Your Life
Interactive and free Indiana-specific career exploration website. Students answer questions about their interests while building a car that they “drive” to careers that might be a good fit for them. Once students settle on a few careers to explore further, they learn which high school courses and post-high school training or education programs they need to succeed in those careers.
My Next Move
Originally developed for veterans, this federal website offers career development tools and lots of related careers, required training etc. Students can just search jobs of interest or take a career interest survey. They get a print out of their work. Much of the information on this page is also available in Spanis
Mi Próximo Paso
A Spanish-language version of My Next Move.
This FREE tool is from Washington State and includes career exploration tools and a vast data base of occupations and related education or training needed.
This website is a very simple job exploration tool. Individuals answer two questions, one “What am I good at?” and two “What do you like?” which relates to different career fields. Based on these answers the participant gets suggested careers and related job and training information including short videos of individuals telling about those jobs. Very simple and easy for HS students.
This assessment tool is rating scale which assess self advocacy, Present Level of Educational Performance and suggested goals related to the common core.
This site has a very complete list of FREE practice aptitude tests that students can use to see what they are good at. Individuals can purchase more complete tests, but these will give students a sense of what the different aptitudes include.
Simple online assessment that assesses communication and working styles. This quick tool would be great for generating discussion about how our personalities impact our career choices.
Student Directed Transition Planning (Lessons)
This site is hosted by the University of Oklahoma and includes has a series of FREE lessons that are directly aligned with the IEP process. In this way, students gain skills needed to meaningfully participate in their own transition planning and their own IEP meetings. You can also access links for each lesson, along with pre and post assessments.
This site has a number of lessons and activities related to career development. It is a federally funded page so is free to use in schools. This site is focused on younger students so is perfect for finding career tools for the Middle School teacher.
Families and Communities Together
This nonprofit Organization provides training and support to parents and families throughout Oregon.
Employment First Initiative and Related Sites
Oregon is an Employment First state which focuses on integrated employment for individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities. This page provides information and contacts related to this initiative.