RTLE

Roads to
Learning and Earning


Guide for Families

go for a SPIN (Strengths, Preferences, Interests, Needs)
Objectives, activities, and resources that guide teachers in formal and informal transition assessments with students and families to reflect individualized goals during and after school

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

Work with your son/daughter's support team to fill out information needed to gather strengths, preferences, interests, and needs to help write individualized transition goals.

Activities

Informal assessments that the teacher may give or ask you to help give your son/daughter
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Driver's Seat
Objectives, activities, and resources focused on what teachers, families, and students can do to take charge of future goals and make appropriate plans during and after high school

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objective

Help your child lead their own IEP meetings with the support of their teachers.

Activities

  • Have your son/daughter attend IEP meetings
  • If you or your son/daughter cannot attend the IEP meeting, make sure needs, preferences, and interests are discussed
  • Support your child in actively leading their IEP meeting

Objective

With support from teachers, talk to your son/daughter about strengths and weaknesses and how to seek decision making assistance across classroom and community settings.

Activities

  • Help your child speak up for themselves
  • Talk with your son/daughter openly about their strengths and weaknesses
  • Talk with your son/daughter about decisions they are capable of handling
  • Provide opportunities to make choices and decisions, to explore and take risks, and to learn from experiences of success and failure
  • Encourage and provide your son/daughter opportunities to self-regulate and self-manage his/her day to day actions

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

Work with teachers and your son/daughter on short and long term goals that are individualized for work, school, and living as independently as possible during and after high school.

Activities

  • Help your son/daughter to break long term goals into short term objectives
  • Make a long-term plan with your son/daughter for school, work, and living in your community
  • Talk to your son/daughter about the plans/goals they have after graduation
  • Look at IEP goals to make sure they are relevant to life after high school
  • With the team, decide how your son/daughter will exit school
  • Review and revise if needed how your son/daughter will exit school

Objective

Using available teacher, internet, and community resources, help your son/daughter with medical care, financial planning, guardianship, and being an active citizen in the community.

Activities

  • Think about the programs and support you will need when your child leaves school.
  • Find a doctor and a dentist for your son/daughter
  • Take your son/daughter to get an identification card at the local DMV
  • Understand eligibility requirements needed for Social Security Income and special needs trust
  • Teach your son/daughter about Miranda rights
  • Decide if guardianship is needed for your son/daughter before age 18 and consider options for full guardianship
  • Register men for Selective Service

Objective

Work with your son/daughter and teacher to attend and give support as they lead IEP meetings, give input on goals, and help write the Summary of Performance (SOP).

Activities

  • Have your son/daughter attend IEP meetings
  • If you or your son/daughter cannot attend the IEP meeting, make sure needs, preferences, and interests are discussed
  • Support your child actively leading the IEP meetings
  • Understand your son/daughter's IEP and how it promotes independence
  • Help your son/daughter write the Summary of Performance (SOP)

Objective

Using role play opportunities, provide opportunities for practicing appropriate social skills and decision making.

Activities

  • Provide opportunities for your son/daughter to make choices and decisions, to explore and take risks, and to learn from success and failure
  • Model appropriate behavior at home and in social situations
  • Get a copy of your son/daughter's daily schedule and use it at home
  • Encourage and provide your son/daughter opportunities to self-regulate and self-manage day to day actions

Objective

With support from teachers, talk to your son/daughter about disability needs and seeking decision making assistance across classroom and community settings.

Activities

  • Make sure you are allowing your son/daughter to make real choices, be included with all people, and have high self-expectations
  • Talk with your son/daughter openly about disability needs
  • Help your child speak up for his/herself
  • Ask and listen to what your child has to say about what they want in life and work with them on expressing their own needs
  • Encourage your son/daughter to talk about strengths and needs for work and school
  • Talk with your son/daughter about the ability to handle decisions
  • Ask teachers how your son/daughter can regularly participate in school wide programs and in the community
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Road to Work
Objectives, activities, and resources that teachers, families, and students can work on together to plan for successful employment after school.

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

Based on your son/daughter's job skill interests, help them prepare or apply for jobs by completing resumes, job applications, and completing interviews.

Activities

  • Work with your son/daughter and teachers to create a resume, job portfolio, and/or video resume
  • Practice job interviewing skills with your son/daughter
  • Take your son/daughter to job fairs to learn explore jobs and careers
  • Work with Vocational Rehabilitation to help your son/daughter gain employment in the community
  • Help your son/daughter search and apply for summer jobs in the community

Objective

With guidance from teachers and employers, help your son/daughter gain work experiences and discover ways to evaluate work performance under relevant job placements

Activities

  • Make sure that your son/daughter's education aligns with skills that employers desire
  • Be sure your son/daughter gets work experiences during school hours
  • Assure that you son/daughter has copies of work related documents that are requested (birth certificate, social security card, tax forms)
  • Help your son/daughter get a real paid job in the community
  • Explain ways your son/daughter can ask for support on the job
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Road to College
Objectives, activities, and resources that teachers, families, and students can work on together in order to prepare for college.

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

With teachers and community resources, continue to explore college options through internet, visits to college campuses, and transition fairs.

Activities

  • Search websites with your son/daughter for employment, vocational training, and colleges to learn more about course requirements, potential majors, costs, services for students with disabilities, living arrangements, activities, and student life
  • Explore accommodations and supports in college that might be available for your son/daughter
  • Take your son/daughter to college fairs and/or tour a college/university
  • Help your son/daughter get involved in volunteer and community activities to increase their chances of getting accepted into a college program

Objective

Using teacher or internet resources, explore and explain the differences between high school and college to your son/daughter.

Activities

  • Go to Disability Services or ask teachers about the different accommodations between high school and college
  • Ask the school to help provide current documentation needed for college (recent psychological assessment, letters of reference, summary of performance)
  • Ask your son/daughter's school guidance counselor about financial aid and college opportunities
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Road to Community Living
Objectives, activities, and resources for teachers, families, and students that work towards successful independent living options after high school

Objectives and Activities to Begin in Middle School

Objectives and Activities to Begin in High School

Objective

At home and school, help your son/daughter with skills needed to safely live and navigate as independently as possible in the community.

Activities

  • Have adult conversations with your son/daughter about sexuality and family planning
  • Help your son/daughter take responsibility for health care needs, such as making appointments, and filing and taking prescriptions
  • Look into driver's education when the time is right and use local transportation systems outside of your family
  • Begin to discuss and practice a transportation plan for after high school for your son/daughter

Objective

With support from community agencies and teachers, help your son/daughter with housing, financial, and community mapping resources needed to achieve community living goals.

Activities

  • Have your child register to vote
  • Work with the teacher to perform community mapping in order to identify postsecondary education, vocational, residential, and recreational opportunities available to students within the community
  • Discuss with your son/daughter about payment for living on their own with a fixed income, think about a waitlist for low income housing
  • Assist your son/daughter with a waiting list application for residential placements in the state, regardless of future residential plans; removal from these lists are easy
  • Apply for Section 8 Housing Vouchers
  • Discuss and explore with your son/daughter the kinds of insurance that may be possible after high school
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