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    Achieve Texas

    http://www.achievetexas.org/

    AchieveTexas is designed to help students and their parents make wise education choices. This initiative uses the sixteen federally defined Career Clusters of the States’ Career Clusters as the foundation for restructuring how schools arrange their instructional programs.

    College for All Texans

    http://www.collegeforalltexans.com                 

    The right place to find everything a Texas resident needs to know about preparing for, applying to and paying for college or technical school. 

     Completion, Graduation, and Dropouts
     
    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) prepares data, reports, and additional resources related to graduates and dropouts in Texas public schools.

    Council for Exceptional Children - Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT)

    http://www.dcdt.org/index.cfm

    The Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition website provides up-to-date information in a number of areas, including upcoming events, practical ideas, research findings, and other resources relating to the successful transition of students and young adults to their future environment.

    DO-IT

    http://www.washington.edu/doit/
     
    DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities – Internetworking, Technology), a project of the University of Washington, provides academic and career resources for students with disabilities, K-12 educators, postsecondary education faculty and administrators, librarians, employers, parents, and mentors.  DO-IT's website focuses on issues for people with disabilities, including universal design, accessible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, postsecondary education and careers.

    IDEAS That Work (OSEP)

    http://www.osepideasthatwork.org/

    A website of US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) designed to provide easy access to resources, links, and other important information from research to practice initiatives funded by OSEP that address the provisions of IDEA and ESSA. 

    Learning Disabilities Online

    http://www.ldonline.org/

    LDOnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

    My Future


    This website created by the United States Department of Defense
    features career, college and military content, allowing users to explore all possibilities and gain insight into each option.
     

    MyRoad.com is a college and career planning website of the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college opportunities.  A free personality assessment and matching careers is available as well as information on colleges, majors, and interviews with people in various fields.

    National Career Clusters Institute

    http://careertech.org/

    National Career Clusters™ Framework is supported by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEC).  This website provides information and resources on career and technical education (CTE) and the 16 career clusters with links to state CTE information and data.

     National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

     
    The National collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. 

    National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC)

    http://www.dropoutprevention.org/

    Serves as a research center and resource network for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations so these students receive the quality education and services necessary to succeed academically and graduate from high school. 

    National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD)

    http://www.ndpc-sd.org/

    NDPC-SD provides evidence-based technical assistance to help states build and implement sustainable programs and best practices that will yield positive results in dropout prevention, reentry, and school completion for students with disabilities.

    Own Your Own Future

    http://www.ownyourownfuture.com/

    A website of the Texas Gear-Up initiative that provides resources aimed at increasing college readiness for students in grades 7-12.  Includes resources for parents and activities for use by educators.  Educators are asked to provide name, email address, and school to enter their part of the site. 

    Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN)

    http://cte.ed.gov/nationalinitiatives/gandctools.cfm?&pass_dis=1

    The PCRN is a resource and information forum of the USDE Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), Division of Academic and Technical Education (DATE).  The website provides information on current CTE legislation, grants, and accountability data, as well as resources for developing and implementing rigorous, state-of-the-art career and technical education programs.

    Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income Technical Assistance Center (PROMISE)
     
     
    Supports six model demonstration projects and provide them with the resources, information, and communication strategies to promote the best possible outcomes for youth eligible for Supplemental Income and their families.

    Resource Guide on Higher Education for People with Disabilities

    http://www.txddc.state.tx.us/resources/publications/collegehtml.asp

    From the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, this guide links to a variety of websites to help students prepare for higher education.  Available online and in PDF format.   

    Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)

    http://seriweb.com/ 

    Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.

    Texas A&M University Career and Technical Special Populations Training and Resource Education Center (CTSP Center)

    http://ctsp.tamu.edu/

    The CTSP Center is a Texas Education Agency (TEA) grant-funded project that provides access to career and technology and special education-related multimedia information (books, curriculum materials, videos, online courses) to teachers, parents and education professionals throughout Texas and nationally. 

    TEA Special Education Graduation Guidance

    http://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Graduation_Requirements/

    The Texas Education Agency provides guidance on graduation for students receiving special education services including special education graduation options, participation in graduation ceremonies, and other related topics.

    TEA Special Education Rules and Regulations 

    http://tea.texas.gov

    Links to federal and state laws, rules and regulations for providing special education and related services. 
    Texas College and Career Readiness Resource Center
     
     
    A collection of resources and tools available to all stakeholders committed to building a strong college and career readiness culture in Texas Schools. 

    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

    http://www.dars.state.tx.us/

    DARS works in partnership with Texans with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society.

    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board  (THECB)

     
    THECB provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system.  The THECB website provides information, data, and other resources on universities, colleges, and trade and technical education in Texas.   

    Texas Labor Market and Career Information  (LMCI)

    http://www.lmci.state.tx.us/

    LMCI, a department of the Texas Workforce Commission, provides useful and reliable information about careers, educational training options and jobs.  Downloadable resources as well as resources for purchase are available. 

    Texas Project First

    http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/index.html 

    Created by parents, for parents, this web site is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents & families of students with disabilities. 

    Texas State Library

    www.TexasTalkingBooks.org

    The Texas State Library Talking Books program provides free library service to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities-whether permanent or temporary. Books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and cassette. Playback equipment to be used with TBP materials is available for loan and materials can also be downloaded from the Web via BARD by registered readers.

    Think College

    http://www.thinkcollege.net/

    This website is designed to share information about college options for people with intellectual disabilities.  Information is provided for transition aged students and adults attending or planning for college. Also available are resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.

    TWU Project INSPIRE

    https://www.twu.edu/inspire/

    The Texas Women’s University Project INSPIRE website provides an enormous amount of information related to individuals with disabilities. Some of the information include: instructional techniques, inclusion strategies, sport organizations, health and safety issues, and even a parent page to assist with activities in the home and community.

    US Disability.gov

    http://www.disability.gov/

    Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security to employment to affordable and accessible housing.

    USDE Individuals with Disabilities Act 2004
     
    http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home

    This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available.

    USDE Office of Vocational and Adult Education

    http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html

    Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

    United States Department of Education (USDE)

    http://www.ed.gov

    This federal agency website provides current information on federal laws, activities, and resources impacting education in the US.

     Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC)
     
     
    National center that is funded to provide training and technical assistance to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to meet the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 
    Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC)
     
     
    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Youth Technical Assistance Center (Youth-TAC) provides technical assistance to the nation's VR system to improve transition programs and services for youth. 
     

    Youthhood

    http://www.youthhood.org/

    A website for teenagers to help them begin to think about their future.