Transition Resources

National Resources

National Deaf Center (NDC)
The national grant for postsecondary outcomes. Useful information about testing accommodations, remote services, speech-to-text services, and more.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center – Transition Resources
The Clerc Center is housed at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. They have developed a list of useful transition resources that include students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

Hands & Voices – Transition
This national organization has a variety of articles and helpful information related to Transition topics.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) was established to create opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.

United States Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support. partners with to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. Their team of college planning experts have curated valuable resources in the College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, which includes:

  • An in depth look at a student’s transition into college.
  • A guide to college accommodations & assistive technology.
  • Key strategies, resources, scholarships & more for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Fact: Around 20,000 deaf and hard of hearing students attend post-secondary educational institutions each year.

College Guide for Students with Disabilities
This guide is intended to help students with disabilities learn about their rights, the laws that protect them, and the resources available to help them see through their goal of obtaining higher education.

Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
EduBirdie is an academic platform where students can choose from hundreds of professional writers to assist them with their writing assignments (for a fee).

EduMed Scholarships & Resources for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The purpose of this guide is to connect healthcare students who are deaf or hard of hearing to some of the best scholarships and resources available.

Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS): Resources & Support for College Students with Disabilities
STEPS experts are a community of public service specialists who are dedicated to helping students and future professionals find the information they need to pursue and advance careers in the public sector.

Wisconsin Statewide Resources

A Guide for Employers: Employment and Hearing Loss

Disability Rights Wisconsin
Disability Rights Wisconsin is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Their mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. DRW is completely independent of government and the disability service system in order to be free of any conflicts of interests which undermines our capacity to advocate vigorously on behalf of the human and legal rights of people with disabilities.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is part of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD). DVR assists DHH clients in finding and securing steady work both full and part time. It also may include financial assistance in the educational prerequisites for a particular career.

Independent Living Centers in Wisconsin
Independent living centers (ILCs) provide assistance to people with all kinds of disabilities. These agencies were created to promote independence and self-determination for individuals, as well as to offer support and information to families and communities. Services provided by ILCs include: peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, coordination of personal care and other services, advocacy and community education.

ODHH is the Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The webpage offers a multitude of information and includes a downloadable booklet for employers on working with a DHH employees and a listing of interpreters.

University of Wisconsin Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute

Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)
All 24 WAICU-member colleges and universities are accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Wisconsin’s Road Map to Transition
A collaborative project from the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH), Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Vocational Rehabilitation.

Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD)
WSD is located in Delavan, WI and serves students ages 3-21. WSD offers summer camps for DHH students from all over Wisconsin. Check their website or call (262) 728-2066 for dates and schedules. They also have a transition-specific web page.

Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
The WTCS has 16 colleges with 49 campuses and additional outreach locations to serve every community both large and small, city or rural.

Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant (TIG)
Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant (formerly known as WSTI or Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative) is the Department of Public Instruction sponsored team of professionals serving students across the state. Their website includes a calendar of transition trainings, individual county events, an annual youth conference, parent trainings, as well as an annual conference in October called the Transition Academy. The Transition Academy is held in the Wisconsin Dells at the Wilderness Resort. They also organize an annual ‘Retreat’ meeting for those county teams to gather together and learn from each other and share ideas of what has been successful. Sign up for the newsletter to stay current on transition events in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Transition Conference
Held in February each year, this conference brings in national speakers and has many sessions in a variety of transition topics. This conference is sponsored by CESA 11 and is held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project
This grant-sponsored program is a resource for families with a child who is deafblind, and professionals who work with them. WDBTAP offers camps for deafblind children that are held at Wisconsin Lions Camp. Check their website or call (262) 356-0091 for more information.

Wisconsin Lions Camp
Wisconsin Lions Camp offers camps for DHH students and young adults. Check their website or call (715) 677-4761 for dates and schedules.

Great Lakes ADA Center
Great Lakes ADA Center has a webpage of information and contact information, including a resource list for Legal Assistance.

Guardianship Resources for Parents

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)

The Arc Supported Decision Making

Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups: Basics of Guardianship

Department of Health Services: Guardianship of Adults

State of Wisconsin Guardianship Forms

College and Transition Videos

Blackhawk Technical College

Center for Deaf Blind Persons

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Deaf Unity

Department of Workforce Development

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Gallaudet University

Gateway Technical College

Goodwill Great Lakes

H.E.A.R. Wisconsin

Madison Area Technical College

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Society’s Assets

Sorenson Video Relay Service

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID)

Transition Improvement Grant


Western Technical College