Center on Transistion Innovations

  • Welcome to CTI

    The Center on Transition Innovations offers rich information to support your work in helping youth with disabilities achieve their full potential as they transition into adulthood.

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    It is the vision of the Virginia Department of Education to create a centralized statewide resource regarding the transition of youth with disabilities. The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) will provide evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the field. A cornerstone of CTI is the research studies and demonstration projects conducted here in the Commonwealth. Let’s continue to build on all of the good work in Virginia to assist youth with disabilities to achieve successful post school outcomes.
  • Business Spotlight

    Meet Bill Bosher Jr., Executive Director, Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and a member of the CTI Advisory Council.

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    Bill Bosher Jr
  • Transition Thursdays

    Join us on the fourth Thursday of every month where we highlight a transition topic!

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    Transition Thursdays

Postsecondary Education & Training

For an increasing number of students with disabilities, the next step after graduation may be postsecondary education or training.

Employment

Helping students to reach their career aspirations requires careful, thoughtful, and early planning including career exploration & work experience.
 

Independent Living

The acquisition of independent living skills can significantly impact a student’s future and quality of life.

 

What Makes Us Innovative

We’re not just saying it, we’re doing it. In addition to offering rich information to support your work to improve transition outcomes, we are in the field demonstrating and researching models to better serve youth with disabilities.

  • Start on Success
  • Project SEARCH
  • Customized Employment
  • ACE-IT in College
CTI Projects
Business Collaboration
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Business Collaboration

Transition FAQs

  1. Are students obligated to inform colleges or training programs that they have a disability?
    No but it might be helpful to do so if they need accommodations. Read more about postsecondary education.
  2. Do all students need postsecondary goals for independent living?
    It depends. Learn how to make this decision. Read more about independent living.
  3. Can a student work and still collect Social Security benefits?
    Yes. Find out how students can come out ahead by working. Read more about Social Security benefits.
  4. How can we better prepare students to be competitive in today’s economy?
    Include Virginia's Workplace Readiness Skills into a student's course of study. Read more about employment.

Transition Tips for Teachers

Make sure the assessment process is comprehensive and ongoing
Gather transition assessment data throughout the school year in a variety of environments to assist students in developing career interests, functional skills, and work-related behaviors.

Develop and provide work experiences to students while in school
A variety of work experiences emphasizing work-based learning, such as job shadowing, school-based internships, community-based experiences, volunteering, or paid employment, will assist students to build their skill sets, explore interests, and increase their understanding of work expectations.

Teach students about careers and career readiness
Teachers should make sure students have knowledge of the career and technology courses available within their schools.

Use transition assessment data to drive instruction
If a student has identified a particular postsecondary outcome, then instruction and transition services should support the attainment of that outcome.

Transition Thursdays

Join us on the fourth Thursday of every month where we highlight a transition topic just for you!

November 20, 2014
Transition to Independent Living and Community Participation. This new video features three speakers who discuss a range of topics related to community services and transition planning. VCU-RRTC intern Kasey Crute shares her personal experiences and recommendations for accessing services in the community. Gayl Brunk, Executive Director of the Valley Association for Independent Living, discusses the role of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in transition planning. Malcolm King, Child and Family Program Specialist for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, also covers services provided by Community Services Boards (CSBs) in Virginia and offers tips for teachers on accessing CSB services for their students.