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Transition Updates

October Edition

Volume 4 | October 2017
Transition monthly news & updates
Greetings from the Region 4 Transition Listserv!  You may have noticed that I forgot to send September’s update last month, so I’ve decided to make sure that you don’t miss October updates by sending this one out early. This month is just a quick review of some important resources related to transition planning that may be helpful to you, your staff, or to the families and students that you serve.
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.


Alternatives to Guardianship
If you read last month’s blog post about 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 soon be responsible for more thoroughly supporting students with decision-making and self-determination, which includes 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:

Counseling and CTE Resources to Support Transition
This is a collaborative resource (TEA/THECB/UT/TWC) that provides comprehensive professional development and other tools to help educators with college and career planning for students. Make sure you sign-up for a free account and check out all of the professional development modules!
It also serves as a resource for students and families with college and career planning tools that include a career assessment that could be an appropriate transition assessment for some of your students. Check it out at:  

Texas CTE Resource Center
This is TEA’s new CTE resource portal with lots of different tools and information for teachers, administrators, and counselors.  Be sure to check out the CTE professional development modules on topics about serving special populations within CTE.  There is also a free CTE Work-Based Learning course that would be a benefit to any of your staff that support vocational training and need to learn more about CTE work-based learning guidelines.


Resource Reminder: (OSERS) Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
Do you have the most updated copy of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Transition Guide?
In May 2017, A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (May, 2017) was revised to remove references to the now rescinded ESSA regulations.
Make sure that you have the current copy and make sure you make it available to your staff, parents, and students because it has a lot of great information about transition and postsecondary options to support students in adult life!


Upcoming Transition Events in Houston
2nd Annual Positive Futures Conference
November 3-4, 2017
The ARC of Greater Houston
Registration for the 2nd Annual Positive Futures Conference is now open! To register, visit:
Townsley Raposa | Transition Specialist | 713.744.4470 | |
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708