Secondary Transition

Pennsylvania Community on Transition 2013-14 Webinar Series

  • January 4th, 2014
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This webinar series , sponsored by the Pennsylvania Community on Transition, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), examines various topics concerning secondary transition for students with disabilities.

1) An Overview of School and Community-based Effective Practices in Pennsylvania (recorded on October 16, 2013)

This first session of the series will provide information regarding current effective practices, programs, projects, and activities in Pennsylvania for youth and young adults engaged in transitioning from high school to adult life. Included in this session will be information from the fields of secondary education, employment, higher education, and community living.

2) Effective Practices: Financial Education (recorded on November 20, 2013)

Having an understanding of financial skills and money management is crucial for all youth and young adults transitioning to adult life. This session presented in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Technology Foundation (PATF) will present information regarding the necessary financial skills that are needed for individuals with disabilities to live independently. Included in this presentation will be information regarding the PATF’s Cents and Sensibility financial education booklet.

3) Effective Practices: Successful Health Transitions (recorded on December 11, 2013)

As youth and young adults transition from school to adult life, planning based on health concerns is an integral aspect and is closely intertwined with success in post-secondary education, independent living, and community living goals. Success in these arenas requires that youth be as healthy and independent as possible in managing their health and medical related conditions. This webinar will address the importance of planning for health care needs in the secondary transition process; special concerns and community resources for particular complex health conditions; and provide examples of “best practices” in health planning in the transition process.

4) Effective Practices: Labor Laws (recorded on January 8, 2014)

Community-based vocational training and work experiences provide youth and young adults with a solid foundation for lifelong employment success. In order to implement and maintain employment-based programs it is important for educators, agency staff, and service providers to have an understanding of the relevant state and federal labor laws related to employment. This session will present information regarding the current labor laws and will provide resources to assist in developing and maintaining a work based learning program.

5) Effective Practices: Transition for Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (recorded on January 22, 2014)

Transitioning from high school to a post-secondary educational, employment, and/or community environment is exciting but challenging for all individuals. Youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing often face different and greater challenges than their peers. This webinar will present information regarding effective practice programs and services that are targeted specifically for transition age youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.

6) Effective Practices: Accessible Instructional Material (recorded on March 5, 2014)

Youth and young adults who are unable to use textbooks and instructional materials in the traditional way may need accessible instructional materials (AIM) in order to have meaningful and equal access to the general education curriculum in high school and to be successful in post-secondary environments. This webinar session will provide information regarding the use of accessible instructional materials that will be of interest to educators, families and other service providers. Strategies, tools, and insights regarding accessible instructional materials will be shared and discussed.

7) Effective Practices: Secondary Transition and Inclusive Practices (recorded on June 4, 2014)

Research shows that inclusion in general education classes is one of the predictors of improved post-school outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. IDEA and Chapter 14 require an individualized, assessment-based approach to secondary transition while the student is in high school. It is important that educators, agency staff, and service providers afford both rigorous, standards-aligned courses and community-based instructional experiences related to post-secondary education, employment and independent living. This session will examine effective practice, strategies, and procedures that address the individual needs of all youth and young adults transitioning to adult life.

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  • Dennis Clark
    Secondary Transition, Paraprofessionals, Family Engagement
  • Roni Russell
    Secondary Transition, Intensive Interagency, IDEA and Chapter 14
  • Hillary Mangis
    Secondary Transition, Intensive Interagency, School Psychology
  • Michelle Andros
    Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Secondary Transition, Deaf-Blind
  • Ryan Romanoski
    Behavior, Secondary Transition, IDEA and Chapter 14
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