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Transition Information for Parents & Students Age 14-21

Upcoming Training Information: Introduction to Work Incentives & Ticket to Work for Youth with Disabilities
Have you ever wondered... How will working affect your disability benefits? What does "Ticket to Work" really mean? Get the answers at this FREE Works for Me training Introduction to Work Incentives and Ticket to Work for Youth with Disabilities Works for Me in conjunction with The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities will present FREE training workshops at six locations around the Commonwealth. To Register on-line:<>
PA Youth Leadership Network
The PYLN is a group of young adults with disabilities who want to make a difference in the lives of youth in Pennsylvania. The mission of the PYLN is to develop the self-determination, empowerment, and leadership of youth that promotes successful post school outcomes in the areas of education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth and young adults throughout Pennsylvania.
Smart Futures--Keys2Work
Keys2Work is a career-based skills remediation program that leads to WorkKeys credentialing in core workplace skills. Keys2Work is used by school districts and community-based organizations statewide to document skill gains in terms of both improved academic achievement (leading to IEP gains, better grades and increased PSSA scores) AND enhanced workplace preparation (leading to increased earning potential).
iTransition is a free, online transition curriculum to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school. There are four separate trainings with activities to help students learn about themselves, their career goals, and the skills they need to be successful in the future.
My Next Move
What do you want to do for a living? Career Search Engine
Do-It Pals
DO-IT Pals is an electronic community of teens with disabilities planning for college and careers. They engage with each other, mentors, and DO-IT Staff and learn about useful resources.
Works for Me PA
A FREE resource that can direct you to agencies and programs that help people with disabilities in Pennsylvania who want to work, and improve their financial security. We will review your specific situation and guide you to resources that will help you find a job, obtain training, keep health insurance, get assistive technology, or find other support you may need. There are many great reasons to work and, with the resources we have available, it is possible! And, contrary to what some people believe, you can work without losing your financial security or health care benefits. In fact, you may even be able to increase your income! If you are unsure about working, there are ways to stay qualified for Social Security benefits while trying a job.
United Way Volunteer Opportunities--Berks County
The Volunteer Center offers a variety of volunteering opportunities to suit your interests and schedule.To find volunteer opportunities, search the on-line volunteer matching service by clicking on "Volunteer Now".
Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC)
At the Hiram G. Andrews Center, education is not confined to the CTI classroom. While the majority of a student's time and attention is focused on education and training, job skills is only part of the learning experience. A continuum of support services ranging from vocational evaluation and career exploration to independent living skills combines to offer our students the skills they will need to live, work and contribute in the community. This variety of services also enables the individual to examine personal behavior and make positive changes in preparing for entry-level employment.
Job Corps
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
Going to College
This Web site contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.
KHAN Academy
The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. The library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.
Free SAT Prep
RACC Practice Placement Tests
When you take the official placement test for Reading Area Community College, your scores will be used to determine which classes you will register for in your first semester. It's important to prepare for the test so that your scores accurately place you in courses that are appropriate for your skills and challenge you to learn more. You cannot "fail" the placement test. However, if your scores on the placement test are lower than your actual skill level, you may end up taking more courses than necessary. To help you prepare, RACC has put together some materials you can use to review your writing, reading, and math skills.
Secondary Transition Resource Index
The index references commonly identified topics associated with secondary transition planning for youth with disabilities.
JAN--Job Accommodations Network
Accommodations Database
Abilities in Motion
AIM’s staff serves over 2600 people with disabilities throughout Berks County and the surrounding areas. As a Center for Independent Living, AIM provides: Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, Service Coordination, and System Advocacy Change.
Prospectus Berco
Provides many different programs and services for individuals with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, and the elderly in Berks County.
Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide
The purpose of this website is to provide youth, young adults, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress toward the attainment of post-secondary goals related to education, employment, and community living. The Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Guide website is a continual work in progress. Bookmark this site and check back regularly for updates and additions.
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