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Transition from School to Work

The following resources describe initiatives that helped individuals with disabilities transition from educational settings to competitive, integrated employment.

Promising Practices for Transition from School to Work

This webpage provides resources and lessons learned from the implementation of various initiatives serving transition-age youth in Massachusetts on their path to employment.

Cross Systems Collaboration

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Family Engagement

Download get the facts brief #2

Transition to Employment: Get the Facts #2

This fact sheet provides key tips for how families can help young adults with intellectual disability and/or autism who may need decision-making supports.

Download get the facts brief

Transition to Employment: Get the Facts #1

This fact sheet provides key tips for how to achieve competitive integrated employment even if you need job supports on an ongoing basis.

Related Webinars

For Families and Students

Assistive Technology and Transition to Employment

Kristi Peak-Oliveira of Easterseals Massachusetts and Jan Hollenbeck of Medford Public Schools share strategies regarding use of assistive technology during transition from school to adult life, to support employment and career success. Steps for identification of technology and a variety of technology examples are provided.





This webinar identifies challenges and barriers culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) families experience. It provides an overview of strategies for supporting and increasing partnerships between CLD families and professionals.

Presented by:

Ginger Kwan: Executive Director of Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Reehana Nisha: Transition Program Lead at Open Doors for Multicultural Families

Slides ( PDF)

Getting From Here to There: Transportation During the Transition Years


This webinar addresses transportation services available to people with disabilities in communities around Massachusetts, explores connections between transition-aged youth and transportation opportunities, and provides a greater understanding of how to effectively infuse the topic of transportation when discussing transition goals.

Presented by:

Rachel Fichtenbaum: Executive Office of Health and Human Services Mobility Manager, Mass Mobility

MaryEllen MacRae: Director of Community Support Services of Ester Seals Massachusetts

Raising the Bar: Seeing Employment as Part of Our Children’s Future

This webinar is designed to help parents raise the bar and envision an employment success for their son or daughter. Success stories and strategies are shared to help youth prepare for employment through chores at home and work experience in the community.

Presented by:

Sean Roy: Training Associate, TransCen Inc

For Professionals and Educators

Partnering with Families: Working Towards Employment Success


This webinar highlights the importance of family involvement in the employment success of youth, while providing strategies for professionals to better engage families in the process. Topics include understanding the family perspective, addressing apprehension in exploring community-based employment, and strategies for helping families play a key role in career readiness and the job search.

Presented by:

Sean Roy:  Training Associate, TransCen Inc

School-Related Issues

Helping Your Child to Lead: Student-Driven Secondary Transition Webinar

Presented by:

Amanda Green: Secondary Transition Coordinator, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Martha Daigle: Family Engagement Coordinator, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Turning 18

Planning for the Transition to Adulthood: Applying for SSI and Medicaid (MassHealth)


As students in special education prepare to enter adulthood, individuals with I/DD who are turning 18 years old will apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. This webinar provides information on why applying for SSI and Medicaid is important, the steps you need to take to prepare to apply, and then how to apply for this important benefit.

Presented by:

Karen Mariscal: Esq.

Pat Nemia: M.A., P.T., Project Director at the Federation for Children with Special Needs

Autonomy, Decision Making Supports, and Guardianship


This webinar addresses guardianship, alternatives to guardianship and other “coming of age” related issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Presented by:

Frederick M. Misilo, Jr.: Attorney and Vice President, the Arc of The United States, Inc.

Self Determination and Self Advocacy

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Work Experiences

download Community Transportation for Transition-Aged Youth with Disabilities

Community Transportation for Transition-Aged Youth with Disabilities

This one-page brief provides a variety of ideas and resources to assist youth with disabilities to identify transportation options for employment and other activities.