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Transition Initiative Bulletin Board

Transition

This page was last updated on Nov 16, 2017 at 3:43 pm

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Welcome

Welcome to the Transition Initiative Bulletin Board. This is a place to share new resources, upcoming events, and other information from our partners both within and outside of the deaf-blind network.

You might already be aware of the excellent "Events" page hosted by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). If not, its collection of upcoming meetings, conferences, webinars, and resources is well worth exploring.

Without duplicating the NTACT site, we’ll highlight some of the most relevant items posted there and call attention to other resources in the field. 

Check back often to see what’s new in transition services. Older resources are moved to the Bulletin Board Archive.

Upcoming Events

Conferences

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NTACT 12th Annual Capacity Building Institute 2018

Denver, Colorado | May 15, 2018 to May 18, 2018

Mark your calendars! Here is the reservation link to make your online room reservations:  

Conference registration will be opened after Thanksgiving.

Web-based Publications

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It's My Future iPad App 

 It’s My Future! is designed to support adults with developmental disabilities to become more self-determined and to meaningfully participate in their annual planning meetings.

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From Assessment to Practice: A Model for Teachers - NTACT

NTACT has identified instructional practices and predictors for improved post school success based on the best available evidence. This model was developed to provide teachers with a process for incorporating them into the transition planning process; from transition assessment to classroom instruction.


DeafBlind Citizens in Action - 2017 Summer Leadership Program Summary

This summary provides details about the leadership development seminar that took place from June 25 to June 30.


Quick Guide: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth Secondary Transition - NTACT

This guide provides a brief description of issues and opportunities related to transition planning for post-school success for students with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  

Pre-employment Transition Services - A Checklist for State VR Agencies - WINTAC

This checklist was developed to assist States with the implementation and provision of pre-employment transition services.

Strategies for Establishing and Maintaining a Successful Interagency Transition Team

This tool, from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) lists strategies to help you keep your transition team running smoothly.

Interagency Agreement Toolkit - WINTAC & NTACT

This toolkit was developed jointly by the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) and NTACT to provide guidance on the development of interagency agreements between vocational rehabilitation (VR) and state education agencies (SEAs) as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. These types of agreements specify how SEAs and VR agencies will plan and coordinate transition services (including formal pre-employment services) for students with disabilities. Their purpose is to facilitate a smooth path from school to post-school activities.

"Updated" A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.

This guide, recently updated by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, covers transition planning, services and requirements, as authorized by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act; education and employment options for students after high school; and supported decision-making.

Age Appropriate Transition Assessment Toolkit – NTACT 

Updated by NTACT in 2016, this toolkit describes the process for conducting age-appropriate transition assessment. It includes sample tools to help with this process.

Evaluation Toolkit – NTACT

NTACT developed the Evaluation Toolkit to assist transition educators and service providers to improve their programs and services by determining what’s working and what’s not. This toolkit provides specific examples for state and local teams who are developing goals and tasks to improve transition education and services for students with disabilities. The Toolkit provides downloadable documents that can be edited by the user.

Transition Planning Tips for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Youth with Disabilities

PACER has also developed a new resource on working with culturally diverse youth.

Online Training

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Secondary Transition: Student-Centered Transition Planning

This module will help users to better understand the benefits of student-centered transition planning, identify ways to involve students in collecting assessment information and developing goals, and be able to prepare students to actively participate in their own IEP meetings. Estimated completion time is 2 hours.


Advocacy in the Deaf-Blind World

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)

Designed for consumers, family members and providers, this web-based training series will increase awareness and knowledge of how to effectively self-advocate for equal access to communication, transportation, mobility, print/media and technology application.

Working with Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind: A Course for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Other Professionals

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)

This course provides VR counselors and other related professionals with information and resources that will guide them in supporting individuals who are deaf-blind to find and maintain fulfilling employment that leads to an increased quality of life.

12 Credits/$199.


Recorded Webinars 

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Family Support in Post Secondary Education

This webinar looks at positive ways that families can help support their youth with disabilities in post-secondary education opportunities. 


Transition Coalition & NTACT Online Resource

Provides a guided tour of the online resources on the Transition Coalition and NTACT websites. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Outcomes for Students Participating in a Model Seamless Transition Program 

This session: 1. describes a seamless transition model that features research based service components; 2. compares vocational rehabilitation service elements, service costs, and vocational rehabilitation (VR) closure statuses of youth served through this model with a matched sample of youth who received other services; and 3. offers implications for transition and VR practice with students and youth with disabilities, especially in the context of transition 

HKNC Training for Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind

Independent Living 

From cooking and cleaning to budgeting, shopping, and paying the bills, individuals who are deaf-blind acquire the skills they need to live as independently as possible.

Vocational Training 

Working closely with a team of experts, individuals who are deaf-blind identify their strengths and interests, explore assistive technology, and develop skills and strategies to compete and succeed in the job market.

Federal Resources

Supplemental Security Income: SSA Could Strengthen Its Efforts to Encourage Employment for Transition-Age Youth 

In May 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to encourage employment for transition-age youth with disabilities. View highlights, recommendations, or the full report on the GAO website. The report is available in an accessible version. 

Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) workgroup – What to Know About Youth Transition Services for Students and Youth with Disabilities 

This fact sheet was created to address the compatible outcome goals and policy priorities identified in The 2020 Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy and provides a quick glance of available resources. Click on the links to learn more about each fact.


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