Health Care Transition in the School Setting: A Training Program for Educators provides special education teachers, school nurses, transition specialists, administrators and support staff with the knowledge, skills and tools to facilitate improved health literacy, self-management, communication, and self-advocacy among students with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The course describes how health care transition is an integral component of successful transition to post-secondary adult life, and demonstrates how to integrate health-related goals and objectives into federally-mandated transition Individualized Education Plans, 504 Plans, and Individualized Health Care Plans.
This web-based, self-paced course is comprised of 10 sequential modules, lasting an average of 15-20 minutes each. Total time to complete the course is approximately 3 hours. A short description of the module and learning objectives are provided with the video links below. Before starting, please download the Course Toolkit, which provides links to the tools and resources used throughout the course.
- Introduction (Handout)
- Adolescent Development (Handout)
- Working with the Health Care Community (Handout)
- Health Insurance (Handout)
- Legal & Financial Aspects of Transition (Handout)
- Assessing Health Care Transition Readiness (Handout)
- Health Skill Development (Handout)
- Care Transfer (Handout)
- Conclusion (Handout)
- Practice Activities (Handout)
- My Health Care is classroom curriculum to improve health literacy, communication and self-advocacy skills for adolescents and adults with ID/DD from Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (2015). Evaluation study results are here.
- What’s Health Got To Do with Transition? (updated 2009, USF). A 40-hour classroom curriculum for high schools students in special education that promotes health literacy, self-determination, and health care management skill-building; includes a detailed Teacher’s Guide. Findings from the intervention are reported in this article in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (2010), research poster (APHA conference, 2006), and comprehensive report (2005).
- Healthy Transitions (lesson plans, videos, and other tools for students with intellectual disabilities)
Presentations for Educators and School Nurses
- Learn about tools and resources for schools in our webinar presentation entitled Health Care Transition Resources for Florida Secondary Schools (6/22/16)
- Essential Role of the School Nurse (presentation on 9/15/14)
- Transition Planning for Students with Chronic Conditions or Disabilities (2014, National Association of School Nurses)
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, and Individual Health Plans (IHPs)
- IHPs, 504 Plans, and IEPs: What’s the Difference?
- Embedding Health Care Transition Outcomes in IEPs (Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin)
- From the Adolescent Health Transition Project, Washington State Department of Health, University of Washington
- Preparing for IEP Meetings (English) (Spanish) (Haitian Creole) 10 steps for parents to prepare for IEP meetings
- IEP Guide: Summary, Process & Practical Tips (from Autism Speaks)
- Transition Planning Guide (from the Florida Department of Education/Project 10)
- Sample Section 504 Plan for Diabetes (from American Diabetes Association)
Other Materials and Resources
- University of Florida’s Interdisciplinary Collaborative on Healthcare and Education Transition (ICHET) offers a fully online certificate program designed for graduate students and professionals interested in bringing both health care providers and educators together to help youth with chronic illness successfully transition to adulthood.
- See ICHET’s 2016 white paper, The Education Healthcare Transition (EdHCT): Working Together to Assist Youth with Chronic Illness Transition to Adulthood
- Resources for College Students from BestColleges.com, including information on disability, mental health, academics and college life
- Advocating for Yourself in School (English) (Spanish) (Haitian Creole) Tips for middle and high school students
- FL School District/Social Service Agency Contacts (contacts by school district for foster care liaisons. child legal services, community-based care, and DCF regional directors)
- Staying Safe at Work (brochure about occupational health curriculum from University of CA, Berkeley)
- Sexuality Across the Lifespan (FDDC, Univ. of Albany)
- Spina Bifida Overview for Teachers (Fact sheet from the Spina Bifida Association)
- GEMSS (tools for schools concerning students with genetic conditions)
- Family Network on Disabilities (multiple programs for families of children/students with disabilities)
- Special Education Guide (information for parents and teachers of students with special needs)