Students

This page provides students with objectives, activities, and resources needed to grow themselves and learn various skills needed to advocate for themselves and accomplish their goals. Objectives, activities, and resources are grouped together by five main areas: Go for a SPIN, Driver's Seat, Road to Work, Road to College, and Road to Community Living.

Go for a SPIN

(Strengths, Preferences, Interests, Needs)

Objectives, activities, and resources that guide teachers in formal and informal transition assessments with students and families to reflect individualized goals during and after school

Objectives and Activities to begin in Middle School:

OBJECTIVE: Work with your teacher and support team to tell them what you are good at, what you need help with, and what you like to help you succeed at work, at school, and with living goals.

Activities


  • Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and know what you are good at

  • Recognize areas you need help in

  • Work with those around you to make connection and figure out what you want for your future

Objectives and Activities to begin in High School:

OBJECTIVE: Work with your teacher and support team to tell them what you are good at, what you need help with, and what you like to help you succeed at work, at school, and with living goals.

Activities


  • Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and know what you are good at

  • Recognize areas you need help in

  • Work with those around you to make connection and figure out what you want for your future

Driver’s Seat


Objectives, activities, and resources focused on what students can do to take charge of future goals and make appropriate plans during and after high school

Objectives and Activities to begin in Middle School:

OBJECTIVE: With guidance from teachers and family members, attend transition fairs and meet with other middle and high school students to talk about future goals.

Activities


  • Go with your family to workshops about becoming an adult

  • Go to events with your family at school and in your community

  • Talk to older students who have met their goals after high school

  • Think of new things you would like to do and tell your parents and teachers when you want to do something on your own; also let them know if you need their help

  • Find a way that is best to talk with your teacher and family about your goals

OBJECTIVE: Work with your support team to create a plan that you understand and one that fits your future goals for jobs you want to try and which classes interest you.

Activities


  • Learn words about transition planning

  • Help write your life goals and ask for supports you need to make them happen

  • When you turn 14, you should be going to your IEP meetings to talk about what you need, like, and what classes you need to be taking to meet your goals

  • Talk to adult service providers about their services

  • Meet with new people who want to help you with your goals after high school



OBJECTIVE: Using strategies practiced with your teachers and family members, show others how you can problem solve, speak up for yourself, use good time management, and organizational skills.

Activities


  • Find ways to get things done even when they are difficult for you to do

  • Stay organized and think about how you spend your time

  • Talk with other people about problems in your life and how you try to solve them

  • Learn how to use technology to help you be more independent during school, work, or at home

  • Use appropriate manners and be nice to other people


OBJECTIVE: With help from your teacher and family, attend and lead your IEP meetings.

Activities


  • Go to your IEP meeting

  • In the IEP meeting and talk about what you like and want to do

  • Lead your IEP meetings


OBJECTIVE: With support from your family and teachers, talk about your strengths and weaknesses and what you truly need, in and out of the classroom, to be successful.

Activities


  • Ask for what you need

  • Know about your strengths and weaknesses

  • Make choices that make you comfortable

  • Make good choices and think about what happens to others with the choice you made

  • Think about what you do and how it affects you and those around you with the decisions made

  • Ask for input from general education teachers and administrators

  • Learn about student’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Objectives and Activities to begin in High School:

OBJECTIVE: Work with your teachers and family to meet goals during and after high school for work, school, and living on your own in the community.

Activities


  • Break bigger goals into smaller ones

  • Make a long-term plan for school, work, and living in your community

  • Talk about plans/goals with your family about what you will do after you graduate

  • Look at your IEP goals to make sure they help you after high school

  • Decide with your family and teacher what kind of diploma you will get when you finish school

  • Ask questions each year about the diploma you are working towards


OBJECTIVE: With help as needed from your teacher and family, find a doctor and dentist, learn how to save money, and be sure you have ways to have a voice in your community.

Activities


  • Map out supports needed to achieve your goals after high school with support agencies

  • Learn how to visit doctors and dentists

  • Get a photo ID card

  • Learn about Social Security Income and saving money

  • Learn about Miranda Rights

  • Learn about what it means to be your own guardian after 18 and talk with your family about whether you might be your own guardian

  • Men sign up for Selective Service


OBJECTIVE: With help from your teacher and family, attend and lead your IEP meetings.

Activities


  • Go to your IEP meeting

  • Attend your IEP meetings and talk about what you like and want to do

  • Lead your IEP meetings

  • Make a plan to be independent

  • Help write your Summary of Performance (SOP) in your IEP

OBJECTIVE: With your teacher and family, role play and discuss how to get along with others and make decisions.

Activities


  • Make good choices and think about what happens to others with the choice you made

  • Use good behavior at home and with coworkers

  • Help your family and teachers make your daily schedule with what you would like to do

  • Manage your day to day schedule


OBJECTIVE: With support from your family and teachers, talk about your disability needs and what you truly need in and out of the classroom to be successful.

Activities


  • Make important choices, work with all types of people, and have high expectations for yourself

  • Know about your disability and needs

  • Ask for what you need

  • Find your voice and talk about what you truly want and not what others want for you

  • Talk about your strengths and needs for work and school with others

  • Make choices that make you comfortable

  • Talk to your teacher and families about what they think you can do and what you know you can do in regular classrooms and work settings

Road to Work

Objectives and Activities to begin in Middle School

OBJECTIVE: With your teacher and family, research or try different job opportunities based on your work interests.

Activities


  • Think about why you want a job and how you want to work

  • Go see people who work in different settings that interest you

  • Get a job permit if needed


Objectives and Activities to begin in High School

OBJECTIVE: With help from your support network, practice steps for getting a job such as writing resumes, filling out job applications, and practicing interview skills.

Activities


  • Making a resume, portfolio, or video resume so that you can use these when you apply for jobs

  • Practice interviewing for jobs

  • Go to job fairs to learn about jobs

  • Talk to Vocational Rehabilitation so they can help you get a good job

  • Find a summer job near home

  • Participate in a career awareness program or class

  • Interview an adult worker in a career field of interest

  • Draft resume, cover letters, and thank you notes for after interviews

  • Meet with high school guidance counselor to affirm vocational interests and align coursework to meet requirements


OBJECTIVE: With help from your teacher, family, and employers, learn work skills that are needed to do well on a job during and after school hours

Activities


  • With your teacher or families help, learn what makes you do your best at work

  • Go to work during school hours with your teacher as much as you can to learn good work skills

  • Make sure that copies of important documents for work (birth certificate, social security card, tax forms)

  • Get a real paid job in the community

  • Learn about ways to ask your boss and coworkers to help you on the job when you need it

  • Discuss potential plans for job shadowing and/or community-based training




Road to College

Objectives and Activities to begin in Middle School

OBJECTIVE: With your teachers and family, look up colleges on the internet and visit colleges to see which one best fits you.

Activities


  • If you want to go to college, make a list of the classes you want to take in middle school to prepare you for college

  • Use the computer to look up colleges and courses you would like to take

  • Go visit a college

  • Go to college fairs to learn about different college options


Objectives and Activities to begin in High School

OBJECTIVE: With your teachers and family, keep looking up colleges on the internet and visit colleges to see which one best fits you.

Activities


  • Look at work and college websites to learn more about classes you might want to take, how much money you need, services you can get, where you will live, and how college students live

  • Learn about supports you can ask for in college

  • Go visit a college

  • Go to college fairs or college campuses to learn about different colleges

  • Connect with volunteer and community activities to increase your chances of being admitted to a college program

  • Tour post-secondary occupational training programs

  • Research college scholarship opportunities



OBJECTIVE: With help from your teacher and family, know big differences between high school and college.

Activities


  • Go with your teacher or family to learn about differences in college

  • Bring all documents that you need to college (recent psychological assessment, letters of reference, summary of performance)

  • Talk to your school guidance counselor about college

  • Practice advocating for yourself with accommodations and services



Road to Community Living


Objectives, activities, and resources for students that work towards successful independent living options after high school

Objectives and Activities to begin in Middle School

OBJECTIVE: In school and at home, learn skills needed for living as much as you can on your own.

Activities


  • Practice good social skills in your community

  • Learn about steps to look, smell, and feel good

  • Go to place in your community that interest you and what you’re good at

  • Volunteer in your community

  • Practice buying things in the community

  • Practice and learn about money, cooking, shopping, and housekeeping

  • Learn and practice public transportation and safety skills

  • Learn to operate a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer

Objectives and Activities to begin in High School:

OBJECTIVE: In school and at home, learn skills needed for safely living and getting around your community as much as you can on your own.

Activities


  • Learn about personal relationships and how families are made

  • Be in charge of your health care needs by making appointments, filing, and taking medicines on your own

  • Look into driver’s education when the time is right and use local transportation systems such as the bus

  • While still in school, practice using a transportation plan you will do when you finish school

  • Take a CPR/First Aid class

  • Obtain a bank ATM card

  • Inquire about rates for utilities (phone, electricity, gas, water, cable)

  • Attend to grooming/hygiene needs independently

  • Schedule and keep appointments

  • Plan recreational outings at least once weekly

  • Keep and use a calendar, address book, and phone numbers


OBJECTIVE: With help from your support team, take time to explore housing options, as well as how you will pay for them and who will help you from the community

Activities


  • Register to vote

  • Go to community mapping meetings to help find community opportunities that will help after you graduate

  • Talk about where you want to live and how to pay for it

  • Start thinking about how you are going to pay for living on your own with a fixed income, think about getting on a waiting list for low income housing

  • Add your name to the waiting list for residential placements in the state

  • Begin to think about what kind of insurance you will receive after high school