This video is Part 1 of 2 featuring author Susan Traugh providing an inservice on the features and use of her curriculum, Transition 2 Life. T2L is a self-directed program providing mild- to moderately-affected special needs students with the skills they need to transition into adulthood and you the curriculum you need to meet federal mandates and Indicator 13 requirements.
This 175-page curriculum can be used to meet transition goals during an intensive semester, during the senior year, or throughout the high school years. It has been used with students as young as fourteen and into the middle twenties with positive results.
The workbook is written on a high third/low fourth grade level with lots of airy pages and short, direct lessons followed by a comprehension quiz or real-world activity, yet is still respectful of teenage maturity.
The units and suggested resources, including transcripts, IDEA laws, IEP’s, voter registration cards, and ATM cards, etc., provide students with an individual resource portfolio that will guide them through college, employment or young adulthood while meeting federal standards for transition services and you with undisputable evidence that you have provided comprehensive transition education.
ITP goals have been provided for each unit. Just copy the goal and use it in annual IEP’s to meet transition goals. Parent verification letters are provided with each unit to keep parents apprised of your efforts to meet transition goals, and suggestions are provided to parents to help them enhance their child’s life skills learning. Grading sheets are included with each unit, and an answer guide for all units is provided in the teacher’s manual.
Who Am I? --College and career exploration, learn to read and understand my IEP, learn to advocate for myself, analyze what life skills I currently possess,discover learning styles.
Transportation--Learn how to find the city grid, read a map, take public transportation, study for a driver’s license.
Educatio--Career aptitude test, fill out sample college application, create a college class schedule, learn how to obtain grants and financial aid, find the disabled student service center.
Finance--Learn how to write a check or use the ATM, examine current spending habits and how they impact future financial health, create a budget planner, file a 1040 EZ
Communication--Learn explicit instruction on business manners, dress and behavior, write business letter, create a resume, address an envelope, obtain personal references.
Employment--Fill out job application, practice answers to typical interview questions, participate in mock interview with rubric, explore how to find job openings.
Resources--Learn how the law affects me at 18, have resource guides to provide information on legal rights and responsibilities at 18, resource guides on where to find help (abuse, unemployment, housing, health, etc.) in my community.
While many teachers will be able to download the program today and use it today, for those of you who would like additional information, please go to our website. In-service for implementation of T2L is available online at www.transition2life.com. An introductory power point presentation is also available on the site for use with students, parents and/or staff.