What Works for Work: Evidence Based Transition Practices and Predictors

Why It Matters: Beyond School

As teams prepare youth for the transition to adulthood, developing skills for employment becomes a priority. Educators require effective tools and resources to assist in teaching these skills. Fortunately, research has identified practices that, when implemented with fidelity, have been shown to improve skill development for transition youth.

The evidence based practices research has been identified and validated by respected professionals in reputable organizations such as:

  • NTACT- National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
  • NPDC-National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder

However, many educators, job coaches and others are not using these powerful tools and methods to teach critical skills! Why? Some professionals report they are simply unaware of the evidence based practices. Others suggest that user-friendly ways to learn about and implement these practices would encourage wider-spread use in schools and the community. With this in mind, OCALI, with the support of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, set out to introduce selected evidence based practices and how to incorporate these into the academic, vocational and social education and preparation for transition youth. The project, commonly known as What Works for Work, resulted in user-friendly tools and resources now available on this website.

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We are committed to continuous improvement of the resources on our site. Please provide feedback on your experience with What Works for Work to Chris Filler at chris_filler@ocali.org.