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Transition Updates

October 18+ Network Updates

18+ Network | October 2017
18+ Network Recap
Greetings from the Region 4 18+ Network!  For anyone that missed the 18+ Network discussions this month, please read below for session highlights and resources discussed.
Remember, you will be able to access all meeting materials and handouts at the new 18+ Portal:


At our 18+ network meeting this month, we discussed some of the transition changes that will take effect next school year (2018-19) as a result of SB 748. You might remember reading that schools will now be responsible for supporting students with decision-making and self-determination.

For more information on self-determination, you may find these resources helpful:

Alternatives to Guardianship
Another topic we discussed at the 18+ network meeting was the topic of implementation of SB 748 next year. Specifically, supporting students and families with more information about supported decision-making agreements. 

But when did supported decision-making agreements become an option in Texas for adults with disabilities, you might ask? Supported Decision-Making Agreements (SDMA) were added to the Estates Code under Guardianship and Related Procedures during the 84th legislative session in 2015. SDMA were introduced as a way to implement a less restrictive substitute for guardianship for adults with disabilities who need assistance with decisions regarding daily life.

For more information on supported decision-making agreements, you may find these resources helpful:


Visits with Vickie
The Garrett Center has shared a new Student-Led Parent Interview Form that helps student with higher incidence disabilities prepare for a student-led ARD.
Also, make sure to sign up for the Garrett Center newsletter by emailing the Garrett Center and/or follow them on Twitter @GarrettCenter.
The Garrett Center at Sam Houston State University​

Resource Hub
This is a new software that is currently in beta testing that will allow you to join for free and retain access to their resources on person-centered planning, transition goal development, and more.
They recently presented their tools at the national DCDT conference in Milwaukee, WI this month.   
Wisconsin: (TIG) Self-Directed Transition: Lesson Plan Samples
The Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) has created 15 lesson plan starters intended to be used by teachers to support self-direction with the Wisconsin Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP). 
These lessons are aligned with the Wisconsin Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) application and were designed to be used by educators to support self-directed transition planning and instruction.  The lessons are to be considered “starter lessons” and used in small sections or to develop an entire semester course.  Each lesson introduces a basic concept of transition planning but also outlines extension activities to be used when creating a full course curriculum.  
This Transition Assessment Guide was created by Brian Kenney (Transition Improvement Grant – Southern Regional Coordinator) and Kathy Tuttle (Transition Improvement Grant – Northern Regional Coordinator). Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant does not endorse or recommend these resources, but only supplies them, in no particular order, as a convenient source of information. Linked sites are not under the control of the Wisconsin Transition Improvement Grant.

Resource Reminder: Transition Toolkit from Autism Speaks
The Transition Toolkit provides valuable information on the transition to adulthood. Topics include, self-advocacy, independent living skills, legal matters, and many other important topics. The transition page includes state specific transition timelines.
Family members of adolescents and young adults with autism between the ages of 13 and 22 in the United States may request a complimentary hard copy of the Transition Tool Kit by filling out the Transition Tool Kit order form.
A link to the housing and community living portal can be found here:
In addition, there is a job portal for individuals with autism It is a free site for employers, service providers and job seekers. Please feel free to sign up as a service provider.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Report to Congress on Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Resource Reminder: ThinkCollege
Do you need more resources on postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities?  Check out ThinkCollege!
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. This work is conducted through several federal grant projects.

Upcoming Transition Events in Houston
November 3-4, 2017
The ARC of Greater Houston


Call for Proposals: Texas Transition Conference
February 21-23, 2018
Westin Galleria Houston
Registration for the 2018 Texas Transition Conference is now open! To register, visit:
Are you looking to share ideas about transition practices in your district?  Do you have a great process for working with your VR counselor that you would like to share? Consider submitting a proposal to present at this year’s conference by clicking here:
The Texas Transition Conference will feature five main areas:
  • Student-focused planning
  • Family Involvement
  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Student Development
  • Program Structure
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