The Federal Law says that all children with disabilities are entitled to a free education in the public schools. Children with disabilities are also entitled to a special education that meets their needs and prepares them for more education, jobs, and adult living. Transition planning helps parents and schools prepare children for adult life by making sure that children learn important life and academic skills. Through LIFTT’s peer mentoring services and Independent Living Services we can assist in helping an individual reach their goals.
The following are links to helpful resources for reaching these goals:
Montana Youth Transitions
Their mission- To improve transition services and increase the number of youth with disabilities who achieve their desired post school outcomes. Their vision- all individuals with or without disabilities –live, learn, work, play, and participate together in all life experiences. Contains useful information on resources for parents, professionals and youth.
Montana Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF)
Their mission-To identify students with disabilities who have exhibited leadership skills and equip them with additional training so that they may become leaders by example. MYLF Students will expand their knowledge of the culture of disability, learn about all types of disabilities, and meet adults who are living successfully with disabilities. Their Goals- Develop Individual:
- Leadership Plans to use upon return to his/her community
- Academic and Career Goals
- Work ethics and a belief that work is not only a right but also a social obligation to reach his/her full potential
- Resource Development Plan in order to attain continued or more complete independence through the following: Technology, Community Support, Peer Mentoring, Civil Rights .
Contains useful information on learning to become a leader, getting involved, and working as a team.
Parents Lets Unite for Kids (PLUK)
Contains an extensive library of publications, resources and videos that every parent will find useful. Also in contains well done short informational pieces.
- Parents Lets Unite for Kids (PLUK)
- Understanding an IEP (Individualized Education Program)
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. Nice list of topics such as IEP & Transition Planning, Career Guidance and Exploration, Self Determination, supports and accommodations.
Rural Institute at the University of Montana
Provides useful resources and information on a variety of topics related to disabilities that we have explored through a multitude of projects. Useful information on topics such as Assistive Technology, Early Childhood, Education, Employment, Health, Transition and recreation. Also has a great section on Emerging Leaders where young people with disabilities share their stories.
Mental health resources for college students and others
Colleges and Universities have departments that focus on serving people with disabilities.
Listed below are links to higher education in our service area. Contact our office for information for any of the Colleges and Universities across the state.