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:
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.
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.
In addition, there is a job portal for individuals with autism www.thespectrumcareers.org. 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.
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.
Registration for the 2018 Texas Transition Conference is now open! To register, visit: ttc.tamu.edu
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: https://tamucehd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GpmQnyJszCEd0x
The Texas Transition Conference will feature five main areas: