Roads to
Learning and Earning

About RTLE

The Roads to Learning and Earning website is the product of a North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) Grant entitled Learning and Earning After High School: The Role of Transition Services in Raising Expectations and Attitudes for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. Dr. Kelly Kelley and Dr. David Westling began this work in the fall of 2013.

The purpose of RTLE is to provide a web-based resource matrix for students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID), their families, and their teachers that may be used as they transition from high school to their communities. Three objectives reoccur throughout this comprehensive website:

  1. Raise expectations of parents, teachers, administrators, and students;
  2. Demonstrate possibilities of competitive employment, post-secondary education/training, and independent living options for youth; and
  3. Provide teachers, parents, and student with a web-based guide to prepare students and create opportunities for positive post-school outcomes.

RTLE spans grades 6-12 giving a variety of resources from other states, practicing teachers, and researchers organized into five domains:

The easy-to-use links ensure that the site is appropriately used as an informative tool for students with ID as they make plans to enter the adult world.


This grant initiative funded by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities does not endorse or promote specific products or resources within the site. This web resource serves as a centralized platform to help in connecting and promoting positive post-school outcomes for students with intellectual disabilities, educators, and families.

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