Role in the Transition Process


Discover resources for a variety of the different roles in the transition process

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Youth and Family

Youth and Family have an important and unique role in the transition planning process. Review a number of resources that can assist in preparing for and participating in your transition to adult life.


Agency Navigation Tool

Learn a little about agencies you and your family may be interacting with during the transition to adulthood years. Includes fill-in spaces to keep track of information and local contacts.

Agency Navigation Tool (PDF)


Backwards Planning Tools

Use these tools to begin or continue making plans over time for a youth's desired adult outcomes. Planning with the youth is most effective when done with teachers, agency partners and others.

Backwards Planning Tools


Evidence Based Practices

Learn about instructional methods and strategies that have research based evidence of being effective to teach transition-specific skills.

The Evidence Based Practices and Predictors Page

Evidence Based Practices


Evidence Based Predictors

Evidence Based Predictors are activities, services and supports that occur during the school years that have been identified through research as being associated with higher rates of success as youth enter adulthood. Transition team professionals can share information with youth, family and all team members to assist in transition planning. Community Based Transition teams can use this tool for assessing and aligning programs and options across agencies with these Predictors.

Evidence Based Predictors

The Evidence Based Practices and Predictors Page


Navigating Transition Planning for Youth on Place 3 and 4 on the Path to Community Employment Webinar

Watch this webinar to learn how to approach planning as a multi-agency team for the youth with complex needs.

Navigating Transition Planning for Youth on Place 3 and 4 on the Path to Community Employment Webinar (PDF)


Making My Way Through College

A useful guide for any student pursuing further education or training after high school.

Making My Way Through College (PDF)


Hitting the Open Road After High School

Review this booklet for ideas on determining options for youth after exiting school.

Hitting the Open Road After High School (PDF)

Hitting the Open Road After High School (Page)


Charting the LifeCourse Tools

Charting the LifeCourse Transition to Adulthood
Watch this information packed webinar to learn about Charting the LifeCourse tools for transition planning from school to adult life.

Sample of Charting the LifeCourse Tools
Use this short document to enhance transition planning discussions about adult life goals and the supports that may needed to achieve a meaningful adult life.

Review all the Charting the LifeCourse™ tools


OCALI Third Thursday Webinars

Transition Planning Tools
Discusses helpful tools for transition planning - from the time your child enter school to when he's ready to move on to adulthood

Employment First and the 8 Predictors of Transition Planning Success
Discusses how to identify and talk about the evidence-based practices that promote a transition outcome of integrated community employment.


Path from School to Employment Folder

This folder is a “conversation starter” with families and youth. It gives a broad overview of the possible steps, questions, services and decisions that need to be considered during the years of transition planning.

Order Pathway from School to Employment folders for free (including shipping). Choose ‘Transition Framework‘ folder from the Request Materials list.

Order Pathway from School to Employment Folder

Download Pathway from School to Employment Folder (PDF)

Watch an introductory video of Employment First Transition Framework Resource Tools


Profiles of Ohio’s Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Ohio’s Postsecondary programs deliver inclusive college experiences for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that include internships, college classes, housing and social experiences that result in improved access to gainful employment.

Download Ohio's Postsecondary Program Summaries


Vocabulary Crosswalk

Families and youth can gain awareness of terms and langauge frequently used across agency partners through the use of the Vocabulary Crosswalk reference tool

Vocabulary Crosswalk


Transition Team Professionals

Professionals from many agencies and organizations can participate in transition planning with a youth and family. Explore these agency-neutral resources to help support planning with multiple agency partners, families and youth.


Agency Navigation Tool

Contains basic information about a variety of agencies who may play a role in the youth's transition. Includes typable space to personalize contacts for local service providers

Agency Navigation Tool (PDF)


Backwards Planning Tools

Use these tools to begin or continue making plans over time for a youth's desired adult outcomes. Planning with the youth is most effective when done with teachers, agency partners and others.

Backwards Planning Tools


Evidence Based Practices

Learn about instructional methods and strategies that have research based evidence of being effective to teach transition-specific skills.

The Evidence Based Practices and Predictors Page

Evidence Based Practices


Evidence Based Predictors

Evidence Based Predictors are activities, services and supports that occur during the school years that have been identified through research as being associated with higher rates of success as youth enter adulthood. Transition team professionals can share information with youth, family and all team members to assist in transition planning. Community Based Transition teams can use this tool for assessing and aligning programs and options across agencies with these Predictors.

Evidence Based Predictors

The Evidence Based Practices and Predictors Page


Collecting and Analyzing Youth Performance Data

Provides information and examples of basic methods for using observation to gather assessment data about youth performance.

Collecting and Analyzing Youth Performance Data


What Works For Work

Materials and tools for professional development to improve practioners' knowledge and skill of how to teach and use evidence based practices.

What Works For Work


Path to Community Employment Case Studies

Case Study examples of youth who acheive community employment through unique pathways.

Path to Community Employment Case Studies


Navigating Transition Planning for Youth on Place 3 and 4 on the Path to Community Employment Webinar

Watch this webinar to learn how to approach planning as a multi-agency team for the youth with complex needs.

Navigating Transition Planning for Youth on Place 3 and 4 on the Path to Community Employment Webinar (PDF)


Multi Agency Transition Planning Materials

Guidance for multi agency teams for systematically planning to conduct Transition Assessment and Transition Planning

Multi Agency Transition Planning Materials

Transtion Assessment Planning Guide (PDF)


Vocabulary Crosswalk

Transition teams can gain awareness of terms and langauge frequently used across agency partners through the use of the Vocabulary Crosswalk reference tool.

Vocabulary Crosswalk (PDF)


Benefits Planning Information

Working in the community can allow youth to earn their own money, increase independence and create more opportunties for the life they desire.Considering employment may bring questions about how working might impact benefits. Gain information to use in making decisions about work and benefits that are based on facts to discuss with youth and families.

Benefits Planning Information


Charting the LifeCourse Transition to Adulthood

Use this short document to enhance transition planning discussions about adult life goals and the supports that may needed to achieve a meaningful adult life.

Charting the LifeCourse Transition to Adulthood

Review all the Charting the LifeCourse™ tools


Charting the LifeCourse Webinar

Watch this information packed webinar to learn about Charting the LifeCourse tools for transition planning from school to adult life.

Charting the LifeCourse Webinar


Profiles of Ohio’s Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Ohio’s Postsecondary programs deliver inclusive college experiences for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) that include internships, college classes, housing and social experiences that result in improved access to gainful employment.

Ohio's Postsecondary Program Summaries


Path from School to Employment Folder

This folder is a “conversation starter” with families and youth. It gives a broad overview of the possible steps, questions, services and decisions that need to be considered during the years of transition planning.

Click Here to Order

Watch an introductory video of Employment First Transition Framework Resource Tools

Download Pathway from School to Employment Folder (PDF)


Ohio Department of Education - Postsecondary and Workforce Development for Students with Disabilities website.

Includes a variety of documents pertaining to postsecondary transition requirements and resources.

Postsecondary and Workforce Development for Students with Disabilities website.


School and Agency Administrators

Administrators influence and support transition planning practices and processes for many youth, families and colleagues. Consider resources and information relevant to the broad role of the school and agency administrator.


Strategic Planning Guide

Developed to assist local Multi Agency Teams to become more effective in serving transition youth across agencies. Provides tools and examples to support cross-agency collaboration.

Strategic Planning Guide


Employment First Founding Statute and Administrative Rule

The legal requirments and rules for employment services for people with developmental disabiliites.

Employment First Founding Statute and Administrative Rule


Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP)

Fact Sheet about ODE and OOD transition partnership

Ohio Department of Education and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP)


Transition Planning and Educational Requirements for IEP

Review rules and policies guiding the requirements for transition youth prior to graduation from high school.

Transition Planning and Educational Requirements for IEP


Collecting and Analyzing Youth Performance Data

Provides information and examples of basic methods for using observation to gather assessment data about youth performance.

Collecting and Analyzing Youth Performance Data


What Works For Work

Materials and tools for professional development to improve practioners' knowledge and skill of how to teach and use evidence based practices.

What Works For Work


Path to Community Employment Case Studies

Case Study examples of youth who acheive community employment through unique pathways.

Path to Community Employment Case Studies


Pre-employment Transition Services

Learn about the Pre-Employment Transition Services for students through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

Pre-employment Transition Services


Taskforce Common Principles

Review the practices that the Ohio Employment First Taskforce agencies use a to create a coordinated state effort to assist people with disabilities to achieve employment.

Taskforce Common Principles (PDF)


Taskforce Transition Vision Plan

The Ohio Employment First Taskforce uses a transition vision plan that focuses on increasing community employment outcomes for youth with disabilities and is based on the Transition Vision Core Principles.

State of Ohio Transition Vision Core Principles

  • Competitive, Integrated employment is the expectation for all youth with disabilities
  • Transition planning for youth requires multi-agency collaboration
  • Early dialogue with individuals and families is critical to ensuring employment outcomes
  • There are multiple pathways to employment
  • Person-centered planning is key to the development of effective services and supports for transition-age youth

Taskforce Transition Vision Plan (PDF)

Find Additional information on the core principles.


Vocabulary Crosswalk

Transition teams can gain awareness of terms and langauge frequently used across agency partners through the use of the Vocabulary Crosswalk reference tool.

Vocabulary Crosswalk (PDF)


Community Investment in Transition Youth with Disabilities Tool

A self-assessment tool for prioritizing an agency or school's needs to improve readiness and capacity to serve youth in transition to community improvement.

Community Investment in Transition Youth with Disabilities Tool (PDF)

Community Investment Tool Guidance Document
A companion to the Community Investment Tool, this document provides some additional guidance and examples of how a team might proceed through the document.

Community Investment Tool Guidance Document (PDF)


Evidence Based Predictors

Evidence Based Predictors are activities, services and supports that occur during the school years that have been identified through research as being associated with higher rates of success as youth enter adulthood. Transition team professionals can share information with youth, family and all team members to assist in transition planning. Community Based Transition teams can use this tool for assessing and aligning programs and options across agencies with these Predictors.

Evidence Based Predictors


Path from School to Employment Folder

This folder is a “conversation starter” with families and youth. It gives a broad overview of the possible steps, questions, services and decisions that need to be considered during the years of transition planning.

Click here to order.

Watch an introductory video of Employment First Transition Framework Resource Tools

Download Pathway from School to Employment Folder (PDF)