Federal Law says that all children with disabilities are entitled to free education in 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.
The following links and resources can help answer your questions regarding education issues To speak to a LIFTT IL team member regarding your education needs please give us a call at (406) 259-5181 or send us a message through the contact us page.
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.
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.
Founded in 2018, The Montana Empowerment Center (MEC) is federally funded through the Office of Special Education Programs, United States Department of Education (OSEP) as Montana’s Parent Training Information Center (PTI) with a mission to empower, encourage and educate all Montana families of children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) with disabilities.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
Most recently updated by Congress in 2004 the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that requires “A free and appropriate public education” be provided to all eligible children with disabilities in the United States and ensures special education and related services to all children. The US Department of Education’s IDEA website brings together IDEA information and resources from the Department and its grantees to serve as a one stop shop for students, parents, educators, service providers, or grantees, who want to find information and explore resources on the education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
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.
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.
For more information about using, or obtaining our services call (406) 259-5181 or (800) 669-6319.