PASSAGE USA Transition Initiative

PASSAGE USA Graduates in front of Southpaw statue.


Part of the PASSAGE USA project is the Transition Initiative. The Transition Initiative aims to make the special education process clear to parents so that they can be active, engaged, and knowledgeable participants in all of their children’s individualized education meetings, especially those focused on transitioning from school to adulthood. In addition, the Transition Initiative provides the resources to make transition as seamless as possible. 

The Transition Initiative offers workshops for teachers on facilitating academic, PSE, independent living, employment skills, and outcomes for students with ID through SARIC; hosts the Postsecondary Education Preview (PEP) Overnight Summer Camp; provides individual consultations to parents, students, and districts around the IEP process and PSE, independent living skills, and employment access skills; and can attend local school and system based transition fairs.

Furthermore, the Transition Initiative will gladly bring students from PASSAGE USA to local high schools to meet students with ID and share their PSE, independent living, and integrated competitive employment experiences.  

Lastly, the Transition Initiative is currently planning its first annual PASSAGE USA Open House.  Watch this page for more details.

Please contact if you are interested in any of these services.  

Contact if you are interested in a Zoom or a face-to-face meeting for your class, your parents, or yourself to discuss transition or PASSAGE USA, a Zoom or a face-to-face class to address Self-Determination, or additional Transition resources.

The links below are for people with disabilities, their families, and their teachers. 


Important Links

AAPD – American Association of People with Disabilities

ADDitude - ADD & ADHD Symptom Tests, Signs, Treatment, Support

Autistic Not Weird - Insights from an Autistic Teacher and Speaker

Autism Support of Alabama


Center for Parent Information & Resources

DO-IT | Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology

Full Life Ahead

Infographics from NeuroClastic - The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People

IRIS Center

IRIS | Children’s Books: Portrayals of People with Disabilities

LD OnLine | All About Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Learning Disabilities Association of Alabama

Noodle Nook - Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Special Education Teachers - YouTube

NTACT - National Technical Assistance Center on Transition

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Pacer Center Champions for Children with Disabilities

People First Alabama

Regional Autism Network – Alabama Department of Mental Health

Resource Roundup Alabama - Less searching... More doing!

Sibling Leadership Network | Siblings of people with disabilities

Special Education Resource - YouTube Resource Library

The Ability Toolbox: Mental Health, Disability & Chronic Illness Life Hacks

The Autism Helper

The Color of Autism Foundation | Connecting Families To Culturally Competent Support

Think Inclusive | The Official Blog of MCIE

Understood for Learning & Attention Issues

Understood - YouTube

United Ability | Nonprofit Disability Services

Wrightslaw Alabama Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

This project is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post- Secondary Education Grant # P407A150076 and P407A200064.