How to Prepare Students for Transition

By Melissa Ragan

As both a high school teacher and the parent of a child who has transitioned to life after high school, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to make the transition for young adults with disabilities a little smoother based on some of the mistakes and lessons we’ve learned. Here are five ways we can help prepare all students with disabilities to be successful in their post-school lives.

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Social-Emotional Learning: You’re Probably Already Doing It! (And if you’re not, here are 5 ways to start.)

By Melissa Ragan

If you work in education, you can’t throw a stick these days without hearing about social-emotional learning (SEL). Reactions from educators range from yeah, of course social-emotional learning is important to those that acknowledge that social-emotional learning is important, but should be taught at home, to the nonbelievers who think it’s just the latest buzzword in education.

But social-emotional learning isn’t new. 

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Summer Camp: Ready or Not

Summer’s coming! Do you know what your children will be doing while school’s out? If you have a child with a disability, there aren’t always as many options as there are for typical children.  And sometimes those options are limited to sleepaway camps. Knowing when your child (or you!) are ready for the sleepaway experience can be tricky. We spoke with one mom to find out how she knew this was the year for them!   (more…)

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Teaching Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities about Safety and Health on the Job

Many US workers lack health and safety training and workplace injuries are a serious public health problem. Employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities may be at higher risk for being hurt at work. In this article, the team at the NIOSH Safe•Skilled•Ready Workforce Program discuss the importance of having a workplace safety curriculum!

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10 Questions with LaPrice Weatherington, Transition Coordinator at John F. Kennedy School, Newark, NJ

LaPrice Weatherington is a Transition Coordinator, an author, and a mother. Her passion for helping students with IEPs transition from life in high school to life out there in the real world is inspiring to us here at ONEder. We were lucky enough to sit down with LaPrice and get her insights into why having a focused transition curriculum is so important.

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