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The following fact sheets available for download and include basic information on the areas of:

  • Customized Employment PDF
  • Discovery PDF
  • Positive Behavior Supports PDF
  • Inclusion PDF
  • Advocacy PDF

Other Helpful Resources:


Impact Newsletter

SAFETEA-LU – Of Interest to People and Programs on Disability

FTA Grant Information

5310 Information & Fact Sheet

JARC Information & Fact Sheet

Urbanized Area Information & Fact Sheet

Non-Urbanized Area Information & Fact Sheet

New Freedom Information & Fact Sheet

Florida Transportation Disadvantaged

Contacts by County


Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities (Fourth Edition).
By Paul Wehman, Ph.D. –  with invited contributors.

The Transition Handbook: Strategies High School Teachers Use That Work!
By Carolyn Hughes, Ph.D. and E. W. Carter, Ph.D..

Teaching Self-Determination to Students With Disabilities: Basic Skills for Successful Transition.
By Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., Martin Agran, Ph.D., and Carolyn Hughes, Ph.D..

Full transition statement based on student’s individual wants and needs. => based on the Florida Strategic Plan on Transition and the National Guideposts.

Teaching Students with Mental Retardation: Providing Access to the General Curriculum
Byna Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., with Deanna J. Sands, Ed.D., Earle Knowlton, Ed.D., & Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Ed.D.


Using Portfolio Assessment to Develop Transition Programs for Students with Mental Retardation. Douglas E. Carothers and Ronald L. Taylor.  Assessment for Effective Intervention 2005; 30; 33-40.

Transition Assessment: Wise Practices for Quality Lives.
Byan Caren L. Sax, Ed.D. and Colleen A. Thoma, Ph.D.

A Resource for Assisting Young People with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties.
Edited by naHewitt B. Clark, Ph.D. and Maryann Davis, Ph.D


Going to College: Expanding naOpportunities for People with Disabilities.
Edited naby Elizabeth Evans Getzel, M.A. and Paul Wehman, Ph.D.

Transition of Youth with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education.
Edited by Robert A. Stodden, Ph.D. and Stanley H. Zucker, Ph.D.

Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
This brief presents information about postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.


All Aboard!
Document provides an overview of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Act, eligibility requirements, glossary of terms, website and resources. (2001). A publication of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

Going to Work: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities.
Making the decision to work and developing a plan is one of the most important decisions an individual will make. This guide has information in an easy-to-read format for the busy professional. A publication of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

Opening Doors to New Consumers and Employees.
Designed for potential employers, this booklet identifies the advantages of hiring people with disabilities. A publication of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.

Embracing a Working Life For All.
Article by Michael Callahan

Customized Employment Frequently Asked Questions
By Cary griffin, Dave Hammis, and Tammara Geary

Customized Self-Employment Examples
See Griffin-Hammis & Associates

Some Useful Handouts to Help With Customized Self-Employment
See Griffin-Hammis & Associates

Self-Directed Employment: A Handbook for Transition Teachers and Employment Specialists
Byna James E. Martin, Ph.D., Dennis E. Mithaug, Ph.D., John H. Oliphint, M.Ed., James V. Husch, M.A., & Eva S. Frazier, M.A.

Personal Assistance Services (PAS) in the Workplace
By Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor

Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities.
By Cary Griffin and David Hammis.

The Job Developer's Handbook: Practical Tactics for Customized Employment.   
Byna Cary Griffin, David Hammis, and Tammara Geary.


Access to Oral Health Care for Florida’s Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
A white paper commissioned and sponsored by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Incorporated.

The Public Health Insurance Cliff for Older Adolescents
By Harriette B. Fox, Stephanie J. Limb, and Margaret A. McManus

Youth/Young Adult Transition Worksheet
A Children’s Medical Services Document, Florida Department of Health.

Parent Transition Worksheet
A Children’s Medical Services Document, Florida Department of Health.

A Consensus Statement on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults With Special Health Care Needs
PEDIATRICS Vol. 110 No. 6 December 2002

HRTW Tools & Tips
Public & Private Insurance Plans: Understanding the Options for YSCHCN

Aging out of Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT):  Issues for Young Adults with Disabilities
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) coverage offered through the Medicaid program has played an important and unique role for low-income children with disabilities, and maintaining this support is a key concern.

Florida Chartbook on Disability & Health
This report focuses on disability in Florida, with comparisons to national averages as well as evaluation of differences within the state by county.

Promoting Health Care Transitions for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities.
Edited by Cecily L. Betz, Ph.D., RN, FAAN and Wendy M. Nehring, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Health Promotion for Persons With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities: The State of Scientific Evidence.
Edited by Wendy M. Nehring, Ph.D., R.N.

Envisioning My Future: A Young Person’s Guide to Health Care Transition.
By Children’s Medical Services, Florida Department of Health


It Doesn't Take a Rocket Scientist to Understand & Use Social Security Work Incentives.
By: Roger Shelley, Marsha Katz, and David Hammis
PDF Version - 12th edition

Current Social Security Administration regulations:

Social Security Administration Work Incentives – see The Rural Institute’s website for more information:

Changes in SSI & SSDI for 2008 – see The Rural Institute’s website for more information: 

Assistance in Maintaining Benefits While Working  
Special rules have been developed to make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid. See Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities.


Family involvement in transition planning and implementation. 
By Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., M. Morningstar, Ph.D., & D. Husted, Ph.D.

Promoting Typical Lifestyles for Adults with Significant Disabilities.
By Pamela M. Walker & Patricia M. Rogan

Family Manual for Transition to Work and Adult Services
Transition to Employment and Adult Services for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in Illinois. Promoting Incentives for Integrated and Self Employment Project - The Arc of Illinois.



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