Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocation Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

ACCES-VR, which is part of the New York State Education Department, provides job search, educational, and independent living services and supports that help adults with disabilities find employment.

Are young men with disabilities required to register for the selective service (military draft)?

A lottery starts with 19 year olds and moves through the age groups until age 26. When enough individuals have been drafted, they’re called for evaluations to determine eligibility.

Assistive Technology for Transition-Aged Students with Disabilities

An assistive technology (AT) device helps a person with a disability complete an everyday task (like communicating), increase independence, and can enhance his or her quality of life.

Busines Etiquette

The word etiquette comes from an old French word for ticket. And like the right ticket, the right business etiquette gets you where you want to go.

Care Coordination for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are eligible, receive supports and services from The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities often called OPWDD. Coordination of these services is one of the supports.

Career Plan in New York State

Starting in ninth grade, the Career Plan is part of the documentation required for students working toward a CDOS Credential. It is used to track and update student engagement annually in the career planning process over the school year throughout high school.

College Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Here are examples of accommodations that may be available at your college.

Developmental Disabilities

Developmental disabilities (DD) are specific disorders that may occur anytime from before a baby’s birth, up until the age of 22. A developmental disability may take different forms.

Disclosure in a Community Setting

When accommodations are needed for you to have meaningful participation in a community setting, you may want to disclose your disability.

Exercise Your Right to Vote

All Americans have the right to vote, including people with developmental disabilities.

Financial Well-Being for People with Disabilities

When you or your adult child have a disability, there are resources available to help you plan, earn, and keep as much money as possible to live your best life.

Graduation Chart

When a young adult completes high school they will be awarded with a diploma and/or a credential. A diploma and/or a credential will be used to pursue post high school opportunities and goals.

Guide to Finding Helpful Resources for NYS Families of Teens & Young Adults with Behavioral Health Challenges

Read the guide here.

Housing Discrimination and Accommodations for People with Disabilities

In New York State, the Fair Housing Act protects tenants with disabilities from housing discrimination.

How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

While cover letters are not always required, writing one will make you a competitive candidate and help you stand out from other applicants. Your cover letter will share information about yourself and why your skills are a good fit.

How to Write an Effective Resume

An effective resume will summarize your education and experiences, including jobs, internships, leadership roles, extracurriculars, and volunteer activities.

How To Write An Email

Emails can be used to make clear, effective requests, especially when in need of assistance or accommodations in school or in the workplace. Emails also are one of the primary ways of communicating in a professional setting.

How to Talk to Your Child About Their Disability

Having a strong sense of strengths, abilities, interests, and values are key parts of advocating for yourself. A young person’s awareness of how their disability may affect them at work, in the community, or with their education is a significant part of this process.

Independent Living Centers

Independent Living Centers (ILCs) are community-based, independent nonprofit organizations that are run by and for individuals with disabilities. They provide services that help those with disabilities lead independent, productive, and meaningful lives.

Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)

An IPE is a plan to help a person with a disability, who qualifies for services, find, get and keep a job. It describes what the person wants to do, how they will get there (step by step) and the services needed to reach the goal chosen to work on.

Key Employment Terms in English and Spanish

Key Employment terms used in: Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, Adult Career and Continuing Ed Services, Mental Health, State Ed, Department of Labor, Social Security, Human Resources.

Key Terms for Self-Directed OPWDD Services

Learn the key terms!

Legal Rights: School-Age vs. Post-Secondary

In high school, students are entitled to receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Once they transition out of high school, they must be determined eligible for appropriate accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at their respective colleges, post-secondary schools, vocational training programs or workplace. It is never too early for families and young people to understand the differences between the IDEA and ADA and how those differences will affect them.

Life Beyond High School for Students with Developmental Disabilities

It’s never too early to start planning for your child’s transition from high school to adulthood.

Making Transitions Stick

Transition to adulthood, assists a student with a disability to move smoothly from school to post-school activities (the areas of live, learn, work and play).

Mock Cover Letter

A quick breakdown of all the components of a cover letter with examples included.

Mock Resume

A quick breakdown of all the components of a resume with examples included.

Money Management Basics

Although many people no longer use checkbooks to reconcile their checking account, it is still an important skill to help you keep track of your spending.

Navigating Adult Services

All then important contact information

New York State Commission for the Blind - Vocational Rehabilitation Services

NYSCB, which is part of the Office for Child and Family Services, provides independent living, educational and job search services and supports that help legally blind individuals fully integrate into society and find employment.

Parent Centers

Parent Centers located across the country work together to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.

Postsecondary Disclosure

As a person with a disability, you will have the important decision of whether to disclose your disability or not to disclose. What is important to understand is that in order to receive many of the supports and services that might benefit your success in higher learning, disclosure might be necessary.

Preparing Your Child/Young Adult for Work

Should your young adult disclose his/her disability to an employer?

Preparing for Self-Advocacy 101 Tween Edition ages 9-12

Helping youth gain independence and develop self-advocacy skills required for adulthood needs to start earlier than the teen years. There are lots of ways we support them as they begin to develop these skills.  The goal is to work on these skills early and often!


Promoting Self-Advocacy During Transition Planning

Transition should be student-centered and student-driven, focusing on the strengths, needs, interests, abilities, and goals of the young person. Transition planning is an individualized and unique experience for each student, but there are several steps that should be taken to encourage student participation and self-advocacy.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the Federal agency that oversees the government’s insurance and benefits program. This includes programs based on financial need, disability, retirement and survivor benefits.

Soft Skills: The "Other" Skills Needed to Get and Keep a Job!

Social communication skills, such as a “hello” with a smile, are very important in the workplace.

Steps to Obtaining Accomodations in College

Obtaining accommodations in college is different than in high school.

Supported Decision Making

Supported Decision Making (SDM) is an alternative to guardianship that allows a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (ID/DD) to use supports to make his or her own decisions.

Ten Transition Tips for Young People with Behavioral Health Challenges in NYS

Make the most of IDEA Transition Services while in school


In our world today, technology and the internet allow us to function and meet our needs online, from ordering groceries and finding a job to connecting to social groups. Social media helps us connect with other individuals to set up transactions, dates, and networking.

Transition Timeline

It is never too early to start planning for the transition from childhood to adulthood, both from the students’ and the parents’ perspective. Below are some tips about what schools should be doing, and what families and children can do to help develop skills for adult success even before students reach high school.

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) must reflect transition services by the time the student reaches the age of 15. There will be parts of the IEP that have not been completed previously. Each new part is meant to help the student to continue to learn, develop, and maintain the skills that will help them reach their post-secondary goals.

Turning 18 Safely in Your Community

For youth with disabilities, turning 18 may present some additional considerations or concerns in navigating the community and systems as an adult. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (ACCES-VR & NYS Commission for the Blind) -Young Adult and Parent Responsibilities

If you have been found eligible for Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR Services) or New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), you will now work with your Counselor to develop your plan of employment.

What is an Exit Summary

The Student Exit Summary is meant to provide a written overview of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance.  

The Student Exit Summary should be completed during the final year of high school, but must be completed and provided to the student before graduation. It should also reflect the student’s strengths, limitations, needs & skills.

What is the Front Door?

The Front Door is the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) process for deciding if a person is eligible for services and creating a service plan.

What is Work-Based Learning (WBL)?

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a term for activities which link employers and schools to provide special learning experiences for students.

What the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Means for Young People with Disabilities in New York State

Under WIOA, students in high school must receive pre-transition services that prepare them for work. These include job exploration, workplace readiness skills (such as interviewing, resume writing, good work habits and conduct, and appropriate communication) and internships and job experiences.

What to expect when applying for ACCES-VR

Your teacher and/or guidance counselor should be talking to you about ACCES-VR and the services that they can provide as you exit high school and move on to your post-secondary goals. (i.e. go to college, go to work)

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Adaptaciones para universitarios con discapacidades

Estos son ejemplos de adaptaciones que pueden estar disponibles en tu universidad.

Administración del seguro social (SSA, por sus siglas en Inglés)

La Administración del Seguro Social (SSA) es la agencia federal que supervisa el seguro gubernamental y el programa de beneficios. Esto incluye los programas basados en necesidad económica, discapacidad, jubilación y beneficios de sobrevivientes.

Bienestar Financiero Para Personas Con Discapacidades

Cuando usted o su hijo adulto tienen una discapacidad, hay recursos disponibles para ayudarlo a planificar, ganar y mantener la mayor cantidad de dinero posible para vivir una mejor vida.

Centros para una vida independiente

Los centros para una vida independiente (ILC) son organizaciones comunitarias independientes sin fines de lucro dirigidas para y por personas con discapacidades. Ofrecen servicios para ayudar a las personas con discapacidades a tener una vida independiente, productiva, y valiosa.

Comisión del Estado de Nueva York para Personas Invidentes (NYSCB, por sus siglas en inglés) Servicios de Rehabilitación Vocacional

La NYSCB, que forma parte de la Oficina de Servicios Infantiles y para la Familia, proporciona servicios y apoyos de vida independiente, educación y de búsqueda de empleo y ayuda a que individuos legalmente invidentes se integren plenamente a la sociedad y encuentren empleo.

Cómo escribir un correo electrónico

Los correos electrónicos pueden ser utilizados para hacer solicitudes claras y efectivas, especialmente cuando se necesita ayuda o acomodaciones en la escuela o en el lugar de trabajo. Los correos electrónicos también son una de las principales formas de comunicación en un entorno profesional.