Greetings from the Region 4 Transition Listserv! As we move closer toward finishing the first month of school, many of us are still trying to find that balance as we work to support our students and families, in addition to supporting our own families. Region 4 is committed to providing updated resources for disaster recovery support at: http://www.esc4.net/disaster-recovery-support/region-4-disaster-recovery-relief. Here you will find links and bulletins with information as we receive it. We have also included the FAQs for Special Education Issues Resulting from Hurricane Harvey in Volume 4.
Also in this month’s transition updates are a few highlights from the 85th Legislative Session and some of the transition-related impacts as we move forward.
Remember, if you have an upcoming parent night or transition fair that you would like included in the transition update, please send me the information and any additional flyers or materials to support the event that you would like included.
Highlights from the 85th Legislative Session
Did you know? Senate Bill 748, a bill directly related to transition planning for students in Texas, passed and was signed into law this summer. This bill amends sections §29.011, §29.0112, and §29.017 of the Texas Education Code (TEC). Once rules are revised and updated, they will apply beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
Also, you may hear reference to House Bill 1886 (HB 1886), which also includes the same amendments to sections §29.011, §29.0112, and §29.017 of the Texas Education Code (TEC) in addition to updated requirements for dyslexia.
Some of the changes included in SB 748 (2018-19 school year):
Supported Decision-Making Agreements
Facilitating the referral of a student/parents to agency services/benefits
Supporting decision-making skills and fostering self-determination
TEA will create and maintain a list of services/public benefits
Stay tuned for more resources that will support you and your transition employment services designee (TED) in preparing to implement these changes for next school year.
Transition Planning Guide for Students in Foster Care
Remember that the Transition Planning Guide for Students in Foster Care Receiving Special Education Services is now available. The child welfare and education systems are charged with helping older youth transition to adulthood. This is especially true for students with disabilities.
While each system has extensive transition planning policies and procedures, the processes often work in parallel, but not in coordination with each other. The new guide clarifies the similarities and differences in the transition planning processes in the child welfare and special education systems. The guide also includes best practices and recommendations for improved coordination between systems to better support students with disabilities in foster care during the transition to adulthood.
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:
The Secondary Transition and Post-School Results Network hopes to see you there!