2020 HELIX Revisited

06. Future Connections: A Self-Determination and Transition Curriculum for Teens and Young Adults


Session Dates

Sunday January 31, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online
Sunday February 28, 2021 - 12:01 AM - Online


Future Connections (FC) is a curriculum and tool designed for adolescents and young adults to use with their support teams in identifying their preferences, interests and needs as they plan their futures. FC curriculum breaks down seven life skill areas into lessons using slide shows, apps, videos, life maps, music, and role play to teach concepts of the FC survey. The survey tool is offered in 3 formats which accommodates users with language and cognitive differences, including users of AAC. Outcomes, tips and ideas from the pilot program, as well as resources and research supporting transition, will be shared. Session participants will be provided access to the FC curriculum and survey tool, in addition to supplementary materials, so they are able to implement Future Connections with their own teams immediately.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe two effective tools that can be used by parents, educators, therapists and other transition team members to assist young adults in identifying and sharing what’s important to them in planning their future. (Questionnaire, Interactive Curriculum, LifeMap, Final Project)
  • Describe how to implement a curriculum that teaches life-skill areas supporting transition planning for teens/young adults.
  • Describe how to implement three uses of Future Connections program including access to tools, assistive technology, video examples and materials which will be made available to participants.

Target Audience:

Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Target Audience

Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Topics Covered: Low Incidence

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 610-787-7211, or abauerlein@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Judith Lunger

Event Contact:


Annette Bauerlein

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta

Additional Info

Registration for HELIX Revisited closes on February 19, 2021.