Teachers' Corner

This page will provide you with useful resources including forms, career assessments, PowerPoints and links to websites.

I will be continually updating and adding to this page, so please visit often to see what's new!

Please let me know of anything else you'd like to see on this page.

Note: Numerous other resources and a plethora of career exploration website links can be found on the general WorkAbility website pages on the left and below!




Unifying stakeholders to best support the post-secondary transition of young adults with disabilities.


Through partnership and collaboration, providing outstanding post-secondary outcomes in the areas of education, employment and community integration for young adults with disabilities.

The Transition services Taskforce is a collaboration between 5 WorkAbility 1 programs (San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, San Dieguito and Oceanside) the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education and 30 local agencies and programs that support transitioning students with disabilities. We have four committees: Competitive Integrated Employment, Transportation, School District Collaboration, and the Business Partner Collaborative. The Taskforce meets quarterly; teachers, parents and students are welcome to attend and participate!

This resource is a great starting point when researching post secondary support programs. Parents and students are invited to explore the various resources including the Program and Information sheets provided by our Agencies and Partners to learn more about the various north county programs and agencies that provide services to our transitioning students.

Please note that many of the agencies that support young adults with moderate to severe disabilities require that the person is a San Diego Regional Center client. Please pay close attention to the Eligibility Requirements.

Transition Interviews & Assessments


Writeable Transition Planning Guide for Student and Parent - This great interactive interview tool is writable and simple to use for all levels; the writable portions can be completed by the student or for the student as applicable.

Student Transition Interview - With a comprehensive post-secondary planning sections, this interview template is a valuable tool in creating an ITP.

Student Transition Interview - This interview includes a quick Learning Styles assessment and Social Skills Inventory.

Community-based Skills Assessment - Developing a Personalized Transition Plan - A comprehensive assessment from Autism Speaks

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination assessments:

AIR Self-Determination Scale - this form assesses the characteristics and behaviors that indicate the degree to which your student demonstrates traits of self-determination and the degree to which the people influencing your student provides opportunities that foster self-determination.

Adolescent Autonomy Checklist - This checklist is particularly helpful in evaluating areas of need in students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Life Domain Assessment - suitable for most students, but probably more appropriate for mild to moderate students

Note: The section below, entitled Self-Advocacy and Self- Determination, contains additional assessments.


If you can't find a relevant assessment in this book, it probably doesn't exist!

QuickBook of Transition Assessments




California Department of Education - Secondary Transition Planning

Resources and guidelines to assist youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life, including education and training, employment and independent living. Many of these resources are included separately on other WorkAbility website pages or below, but there's a wealth of information here in a one-stop shopping format!


Resources and guidelines for educators, parents and agencies that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in the area of employment.

Education and Training

Resources and guidelines that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in education and/or training.

Independent Living

Resources and guidelines that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in independent living.

Guideposts for Success

A document developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that identifies key educational and career development interventions.

Employment First Policy

Resources and guidelines that will assist transition age youth develop postsecondary goals that lead to competitive, integrated employment (CIE).

California Career Resource Network (CalCRN)
CalCRN logo

The California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program is established in California Education Code. The primary duty of the CalCRN is to distribute career information, resources, and training materials to middle school and high school counselors, educators, and administrators, in order to ensure that middle schools and high schools have the necessary information available to provide a pupil with guidance and instruction on education and job requirements necessary for career development.

The California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program at the CDE provides a number of free career exploration and planning tools that can be used with students and their families.

The home site http://www.californiacareers.info has links to all resources including:

California CareerZone:http://www.cacareerzone.org/ - a career exploration program with four easy to use career assessment tools.

Make Money Choices: http://www.cacareerzone.org/budget/ - an online budgeting program. Students find out how much money they will need to support their chosen lifestyle and the career choices they will need to make to earn the money!

The California Career Center (CalCC): http://calcareercenter.org - a career and college web portal. Tools to help students map their future, whether looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, the military or other options.


  • Middle & High School Completion & Planning
  • Post-secondary Education and Training
  • Exploring Career Options
  • Getting a Job
  • Addressing Challenges
  • Financial Literacy
  • Career-Related Videos
  • “My Stuff” Accounts
  • Personalized High School and Career Action Plans
  • Upload and save documents

Parents and Guardians

  • Career Development and College Planning Parent Handbooks
  • Helping Your Child Address Challenges
  • Quick Guides to: Exploring Career Options, Postsecondary Education and Training and Paying for College
  • California CareerZone Workbook [PDF]
  • Career & College Planning Resources for Parents and Guardians


Parent Guide: http://www.cacareerzone.org/guide/parents/ -this guide is to help parents and guardians understand how California CareerZone works so they can assist their student in the career exploration process.

Counselor's Guide to Career Exploration using CalCRN Resources: This guide introduces and explains the use of the CalCRN resources in a variety of student settings - CalCRN Counselor's Guide to Career Exploration

Career & College Readiness Lesson Plans (CCRLPs) are now available on the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) home web site at www.californiacareers.info. These lessons can be useful in helping your students develop the career and college readiness plans and CalCRN College Career Readiness Lesson Plans - Overview skills critical for success during and after high school.

The CCRLPs are posted on the site under the Lessons tab, or you can go directly tohttp://www.californiacareers.info/#Lessons.

The CCRLPs consists of 45 lessons spread across grades 5-12 with 5 or 6 lessons per grade. They are organized by grade level but not limited to implementation in any specific grade.

"Note: In my opinion the lesson plans for 11th and 12th graders may be too advanced for some of our students and it's worth looking at all the lessons for the various grade levels to ascertain which are appropriate for our mild/mod and FS/SH students."

In addition to the lesson plans, the CCRLPs include an Educator Guide, Career Readiness Glossary (in English and Spanish), and all the student handouts are available in Spanish.

The attached document provides a brief overview of each lesson.

CalCRN College and Career readiness Lesson Plans - Overview

CA Transition Alliance logo California Employment Consortium for Youth

I Want to Work! I Know I Can!

Developed by the CA Transition Alliance in collaboration with the California Employment Consortium for Youth

This excellent booklet is a guide to information, services, resources and websites that will help students achieve their goal to work:

I Want to Work! I Know I Can!



Do2Learn http://www.do2learn.com/JobTIPS/DeterminingInterests/Overview.html provides free access to their JobTIPS Determining Interests pages. In this section of their website students can identify their strengths, skills, career interests and goals. Assessments include a social skills assessment, interests quiz, and work environment assessments to help guide them towards specific careers. They can also learn much more about specific jobs in the job descriptions section. This website is very user friendly and the assessments are self explanatory and quick to use; lots of videos too!

Jobs Made Real

The Jobs Made Real web site was developed as a career exploration resource for the Chops Teen Center in Santa Rosa.

The www.jobsmadereal.com web site provides:

  • 2200 career videos

  • The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics labor market data

  • A shortcut to the California CareerZone for further exploration

  • Alignment to the Holland Code career interest inventory

  • A rotating selection of videos scrolling across the top of the site

Videos are organized by:

  • Popular Choices (High Pay with Minimum Required education and training)

  • Holland Code categories with student friendly terms

Orange County Career Briefs

Created by the California Community Colleges' Career Development Advisory Committee, this website has a great array of user friendly student and instructor booklets including:

  • Thriving in Today's Workplace
  • Communication Skills
  • Think Like an Entrepreneur 
  • Preparing for Life Beyond High School

Free printable resources: https://www.occareerbriefs.com/resources/

Teaching Young Workers About Job Safety and Health

Safety for Teens on the Job

Every nine seconds a young American worker is injured on the job, making employees under 25 twice as likely to get hurt at work. Visit OSHA's Site for Young Workers

The following curriculum from NIOSH is intended to be used in a classroom (or other group training setting), and has been customized for California. The booklet includes instructions for teachers and a step-by-step guide for presenting the material: [email protected]: Talking Safety California

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination

Self-Determination Resource Handbook - with a new emphasis on assisting students in acquiring the necessary skills to self advocate, this great publication will aid in the teaching and facilitating of transition and self-advocacy skills: Self-Determination Resource Handbook

Related assessments and checklists:

AIR Self-Determination Scale - this form assesses the characteristics and behaviors that indicate the degree to which your student demonstrates traits of self-determination and the degree to which the people influencing your student provides opportunities that foster self-determination.

Adolescent Autonomy Checklist - This checklist is particularly helpful in evaluating areas of need in students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Individualized Community Assessment - This assessment will aid in evaluating the preparedness of a student with moderate to severe disabilities for community activities.

 - suitable for most students, but probably more appropriate for mild to moderate students

Transition Domain Assessment - a more comprehensive assessment than the Life Domain Assessment

Essential Life Skills for All Teens - One page 'bubble' chart covering broad array of skills students will need to be independent

Essential Skills for all Youth - Four page chart including self determination and self management

Disability Disclosure

The 411 on Disability Disclosure - This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. The workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability and helps them make informed decisions about disclosing their disability.

Disclosure in a Post-Secondary Academic Setting

Disclosure and the Workplace


The U.S. Department of Education online "one-stop shop" financial aid tool kit for those who assist students in selecting postsecondary institutions and financing their higher educations. The Financial Aid Toolkit consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database. The database provides access to resources covering the entire financial aid lifecycle from applying for financial assistance to repaying student loans. It includes documents such as materials for financial aid nights at institutions, publications, presentations, brochures, videos, and sample tweets and Facebook posts. The tool kit also offers professional development information, such as training opportunities and resources for self-instruction. Wow!


NINTH GRADE: Overall Goals: Career/Interest Exploration, Understanding Graduation Requirements

  • Identify/review personal learning styles
  • Review graduation requirements
  • Create a 4-year plan for graduation (classes/electives)
  • Learn about clubs on campus and attend 2 club meetings
  • Participate in a volunteer work experience

TENTH GRADE: Overall Goals: Career/Interest Exploration, Work Experience

  • Update/modify 4-year plan
  • Complete credit audit worksheet
  • Obtain 3 job applications and complete them accurately
  • Complete the “Pocket Resume”
  • Obtain a copy of social security card
  • Obtain a state ID
  • Enroll in Driver's Ed
  • Obtain a bus pass
  • Make an appointment to take the driver's permit test
  • Conduct a job search (newspaper, online) and record job contact information
  • Complete the paperwork for a work permit
  • Talk to WorkAbility to see about obtaining a job
  • Research ROP classes of interest

ELEVENTH GRADE: Overall Goal: Post-Secondary Goal Setting and Planning

  • Update/modify 4-year plan
  • Review credit audit worksheet and graduation requirements
  • Enroll in an ROP course
  • Create a Resume and cover letter
  • Identify a career of interest and research education requirements, potential earnings, and job outlook
  • Identify Post-Secondary (ITP) goals: Education, Career, Living, Social
  • Identify colleges/vocational schools of interest
  • Attend a career/job fair and talk to 3 potential employers
  • Explore Age of Majority and Guardianship issues
  • Request letters of recommendation

TWELFTH GRADE: Overall Goals: Post-Secondary Goals and Planning

  • Review credit audit worksheet and graduation requirements
  • Enroll in ROP or Work Experience class
  • Update resume and cover letter
  • Attend Community College tour
  • Take a class at the community college
  • Identify vocational training programs for an area of interest
  • Visit/tour a vocational training program
  • Make an appointment with the Department of Rehabilitation
  • Register for selective services and voting
  • Make contact/appointment with the Disabled Student Services office at community college or university
  • Apply for FAFSA
  • Enroll in Adult Education

Transition Partner Suggestions

Adult School


Boys & Girls Club


California Conservation Corps

California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids - CalWORKs

Career Technical Education
Chamber of Commerce

Church/faith based groups/agencies/programs

Community Centers

Community College

Court school - CYA (California Youth Authority)

Department of Rehab. - DOR

Employment Development Dept. - EDD

Family Services


Job Corps

Mental Health Services


One-Stop Career Centers

Regional Center

Regional Occupational Programs

School programs

Service organizations - Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary Club etc.

Social Security Admin. - SSA

Social Services

Workforce Investment Act - WIA


Youth Organizations

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