Resources

Checklist for Post-Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities (PDF)

Post-Secondary Transition Planning: Collaborative Roles and Responsibilities (PDF)

Timeline to Transition for High School to College (PDF)

Transition Timeline (Vocational Training) (PDF)

Adult Services Timeline (PDF)

Competitive Employment Timeline (PDF)

Employment/Careers and Exploration


Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS offers labor and career data for regions, states and local areas

Careers in the Military

The Military website provides a variety of information about the military, its branches, pay scales, tuition opportunities, etc

DARS

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.

Job Accommodation Network

JAN answers questions about workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or related legislation.

My Next Move

My Next Move helps with the job search by providing career information and vocational interest inventories.

O*NET

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

PWC Parks and Rec

PWC Parks & Recreation has hundreds of conveniently located programs and activities for you and your family to enjoy year round. They also provide opportunities for careers.

School Insurance

Markel is a website where you can enroll your child in the Student Accident Program endorsed by your child's school district.

Types of Engineering

On The Types of Engineering Degrees you will find all types of engineering degrees are provided with a link to a full article with more detail on each where available. You can also find links to universities offering specific degrees, or use their site to find available engineering degrees.

VA Wizard

Virginia Wizard provides help with finding a career and information to help with preparing and paying for college.

WIOA/Skill Source Center

The Skill Source Group is a non-profit organization serving Northern Virginia employers and job seekers. They offer a wide range of free job placement, training, and educational services to employers, job seekers, and incumbent workers.

Worker's Permit

Online registration forms for Employment Certificates for students ages 14 and 15

Your Free Career Test

Free 3 minute online career test.

Education/Training


 ACE-IT in College

VCU ACE-IT in College program is a five semester inclusive, on-campus college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, or autism. With the support of an education coach, ACE-IT in College students take VCU classes and participate in VCU activities.

AHEAD Assoc. of Higher Education and Disability

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in post-secondary education.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers continuing education for emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Delivered through Basic Life Support (BLS) the training opportunities allow EMTs to attain or stay current with their CPR, AED and other basic life support skills for adults, children and infants.

Center on Transition Innovations

Centralized statewide resource for educators and other stakeholders involved in the transition of youth with disabilities, created by the Virginia Department of Education in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University.

College Living Experience

Students at College Living Experience are encouraged to pursue their post-secondary programs of interest so services can be tailored specifically to their educational needs. Includes assistance with academics, independent living, social skills, and career development.

The College Place

The ECMC Foundation works to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes-especially among under-served populations-through evidence-based innovation.

College Preparation Checklist

Multitask checklist for parents and students to prepare for college

College Steps (only at NVCC Loudon Campus)

College Steps provides individualized college support for students with social, communication, or learning challenges

FAFSA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid to get help paying for college

First Nursing Academy

Send email First Nursing Academy : They prepare students to enter the nursing profession at a basic entry level.

GMU Life

The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment.

GMU Mason Autism Support Initiative (MAIS)

GMU MAIS offers individualized, comprehensive social and academic supports to motivated Mason students registered with Disability Services in order to assist them in building skills necessary for success in the university environment and beyond.

I'm Determined

I'm Determined is an information-packed website for students, parents, and educators-provided by the VA Dept. of Education's Self-Determination Project.

National Center of Secondary Education and Transition

NCSETis a federally funded project that coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.

National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities

The HEATH Resource Center is a web-based clearinghouse that serves as an information exchange of educational resources, support services, and opportunities in the form of resource papers, fact sheets, website directories, newsletters, and resource materials.

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

NTACT's purpose is to assist State and Local Education Agencies and State VR agencies/providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities (including those with significant disabilities) graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

NVCC Pathways

Pathway to the Baccalaureate is a consortium of 10 educational institutions in Northern Virginia who have joined forces to provide a seamless web of support to selected students as they pursue a four-year college degree.

NVCC Strive

STRIVE, Inc. is a private non-profit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to providing opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities to transition from school to post-secondary training, employment, and successful community living.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

Virginia's federally funded Parent Training and Information Center provides information and training.

Peterson's

Petersons provides information and tools you need to find, get in, and pay for school.

Prince William County Police Explorer Program

The Prince William County Police Explorer program provides youth with the knowledge of the law enforcement function in their community, and gives them an idea of day-to-day police operations.

SAT Practice

College Board Practice

Khan Academy Test Prep

Think College

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities.

United States Military

Information regarding the US Military.

Virginia AHEAD

Virginia AHEAD is a statewide organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities.

Virginia Department of Education

College planning resources provided by the Virginia Department of Education.

Virginia Wizard

Virginia Wizard provides help to find a career as well as information to help prepare and pay for college.

 

Apprenticeships


 Central Intelligence Agency Careers

CIA High School Internships

Are you a high school senior planning to enroll in a 4-or 5-year college program, who is looking for an exciting and challenging internship experience? Consider the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academic

The mission of the Virginia National Guard Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy is to intervene in the lives of 16-18 year old teenagers by providing the values, skills, education, and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly structured learning environment.

DOLI Apprenticeships

DOLI ;provides workers with job training opportunities for lifelong skills and helps employers meet their needs for highly skilled workers through a proven, cost-effective system of registered apprenticeship.

The Electrical Alliance

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) electrical apprenticeship program is an accredited education program. It requires students with strong math and sciences skills dedicated to advancing their careers. Once apprentices complete their training, they are licensed electricians.

FBI

Federal Bureau of Investigation job listing

Job Corps

Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life for eligible young people at least 16 years of age who qualify as low income.

Northern Virginia Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Program (WIOA)

The Skill Source Group is a non-profit organization serving Northern Virginia Employers and Job Seekers. They offer a wide range of free job placement, training, and educational services to employers, job seekers, and incumbent workers.

NOVA Workforce

NOVA's Workforce Development offers in-person, online and customized training to fit your needs.

Power Line Worker Training School;

The Power Line Worker Program being offered through Southside Virginia Community College covers the fundamental aspects of power line work, including the most crucial element of all: safety. Electric utility line workers install, remove, maintain, and repair both low and high voltage distribution lines and associated equipment and facilities. The 12-week program provides both classroom and hands-on training.

Washington D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprentice Committee

Information on plumbers and gasfitters apprenticeships.

Year Up

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults (ages 18-24) with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, corporate internships, and support.

 

Independent Living


 AccessVA.org

Access VA provides information for Virginians with disabilities to find an affordable, accessible place to live.

The ARC of GPW

The ARC of Greater Prince William/INSIGHT, Inc is committed to providing opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential for growth and independence.

The ARC of NOVA

The Arc of Northern Virginia is a local chapter of the largest non-profit organization supporting thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Commonwealth Autism

Links to Autism Resources in Virginia.

Community Services Board

Prince William County CSB helps assess and link clients and families to vocational, recreational, and residential programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Department of Social Services

This is a Prince William County portal to apply for benefits including food assistance, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); etc.

Disabilityinfo.gov

The Office of Disability Employment Policy Connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing.

DMAS Medicaid

Department of Medical Assistance Services. DMAS administers Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Virginia. CHIP is called Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS). DMAS provides a system of high quality and cost effective health care services to qualifying Virginians and their families.

Department of Motor Vehicles: Study Guides for Learner's Permit Exam:

Click to visit DMVnow

Virginia Learners Permit Practice Test

Driver's License Manual

The Driver's Manual is available in pdf and audio versions.

DVBI

The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) assists Virginia's citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.

Guardianship

Information on guardianship

The Health Department

Prince William Health District is dedicated to promoting optimum wellness, preventing illness, responding to emergencies and protecting the environment and health of our residents.

Independence Empowerment Center

The IEC is a community-based, non-profit, non-residential service and advocacy organization operated by and for people with disabilities in the state of Virginia.

Northern Virginia Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

NVRCServes people who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, friends, co-workers, employers and business and government agencies that serve deaf and hard of hearing people through advocacy, technical assistance and educational and outreach activities.

NVA Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

VDDHH The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing works to reduce the communication barriers between persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who are hearing, including family members, service providers, and the general public.

Parent Resource Center

The Prince William County Schools Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)'s mission is to assist parents and families of children with disabilities to become active participants in their child's education.

PEATC

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center builds positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life.

People First for Young Adults

People First for Young Adults is a social and self-advocacy group for youth with disabilities ages 14-26. The goal of the group is to help individuals with disabilities understand the importance of self-advocacy and empower them to speak out for themselves.

PRTC On-the-Go Travel Training Program

PRTC On-The-Go Travel Training Program is designed to help potential riders get over the hurdle of the unfamiliar and become confident users of public transportation.

Selective Service System

SSS: REGISTER: It's What a Man's Got to Do. It's quick, it's easy, it's the Law.

Social Security Administration

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources.

TBI

Brain Injury Services (BIS) has taken a leadership role in developing community based services for residents of Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding counties who have experienced a brain injury including stroke.

VA Cooperative Extension

Virginia Cooperative Extension educational programs are designed to: enable families to better manage resources; help youth become self-directing, contributing and productive members of society; and improve the impact of urban horticulture on the environment.

VADETS

Virginia Driver Education and Training Safety. Students who do not pass classroom Driver's Education can take it online through VADETS. Experienced Virginia driver education teachers designed this course.

VA Photo ID

Information on how to get a Virginia photo identification card.

Virginia Center for Disability Leadership-Advocacy and Guardianship Resources

The Center for Disability Leadership supports and encourages people with disabilities to become leaders in their own lives and leaders in our communities.

211 Virginia

2-1-1 Virginia is a free service that can help you find the local resources you need. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Community Participation/Volunteer


Do Something.org

Do Something is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change Their 5.3 million members in 130 countries tackle volunteer campaigns that impact every cause.

e-Buddies

E-Buddies promotes social inclusion online for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Guide Dogs of America

Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada.

Middleburg Humane Foundation

Located in Marshall, the Middleburg Humane Foundation's goal is to provide a safe haven for abused, neglected, and at risk animals, both large and small.

Miss Ability Pageant

Annual Event: Pageant organizers and Points of Contact: Donna Notarantonio dnotar@gmail.com; or Dea Bonasso, deabonasso@gmail.com

Prince William County Animal Shelter

Prince William County Animal Shelter Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old. We have a teen volunteer program with limited activities for young people between the ages of 15 and 17.

Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center

Simple Changes Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and be able to walk briskly for two to three hours at a time. Volunteering at Simple Changes is about helping individuals with disabilities. Horse experience is welcome, but not required. We are happy to train volunteers to assist individuals with disabilities and to work with the horses.

Teen Ink

Teenage writing, art, photos, and forums . Provides teens with an opportunity to publish creative work and opinions.

Virginia Voter Registration

Information for voting in Virginia.

Volunteer Prince William

Volunteer Prince William offers volunteer opportunities in Prince William County.

Youth Leadership Forum

The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills.

Recreation and Leisure


AMC and Regal Movie Theaters

These theaters provide sensory friendly movies. Check their website for movie schedules and locations.

The ARC of Greater Prince William

The Arc of Greater Prince William/INSIIGHT, Inc, is committed to providing day support and recreational activities to people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club is dedicated to ensuring that youth have a safe place to learn, have fun and grow.

Boy Scouts

Visit Boy Scouts for more information.

Casper Minds

Casper Minds (phone: 571-264-6261) is dedicated to developing programs that are individualized to the needs of each child and adult. Clientele includes ranging from the ages 2 years of age to 99 years of age diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other related disorders.

The Creative Dance Center

Positive dance education available with opportunities for fun and development for your dancer with disabilities. Adaptive Hip Hop & Jazz classes; Ashburn location Miss Meghan, 703-724-4900

Gainesville/Haymarket Buddy Ball

Buddy Ball is for children ages 6 to 18 years old who have special needs and disabilities. Buddy Ball pairs players with volunteers from the local Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth baseball leagues, who receive instruction on how to work and communicate with children with disabilities.

The Girl Scouts

Visit Girl Scouts for more information.

The House

The House ensures that pre-teens and teens are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to become future leaders. The House links young learners to organizations and individuals who offer support for their efforts.

Jill's House (ages 6-17)

Jill's House provides a safe haven to entrust your children, so you can rest. Your child will make new friends and experience things you never imagined possible. Our respite is for all children with intellectual disabilities and their families - without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity-ages six to seventeen.

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program provides equine assisted activities for children and adults with disabilities, youth-at-risk, recovering military service personnel, and their families in an inclusive, community setting.

Park Authority

PWC Parks and Recreation has hundreds of conveniently located programs and activities for you and your family to enjoy year round. They also provide opportunities for careers.

Prince William County Schools Parent Resource Center (PRC)

The PRC's mission is to assist parents and families of children with disabilities to become active participants in their child's education. The PRC provides information, supports parents regarding the special education process in Prince William County, and will refer parents to appropriate resources in the Division and the community. Summer Camp and recreation opportunities for students with special needs are also posted.

Prince William Special Olympics

Prince William Special Olympics provides recreational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in the county. Currently there are 13 competitive sports events which involve 270 athletes (children and adults).

Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center

Rainbow Riding strives to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities through participation in equine assisted activities.

Tripping with Jamie

Travel agent specializing in travel for individuals with disabilities.

Last updated: October 13, 2022