Implementing a Transition Council to Achieve Employment Outcomes
Tuesday, July 24
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom BC
Breakout Session Presenter(s)
Breakout Session Co-Presenter(s)
Mary Pat Dye
Program Coordinator of Post Secondary Services
Carroll County Public Schools
The presenters have over 20 years of collaborative work together and have developed a variety of work based learning options that move the classroom to places like hospitals, colleges and local businesses. As the pressure to find employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD increases, a strategy that brings together education, vocational rehabilitation, business and organizations that support people with I/DD is critical in assuring students are afforded employment options based on the principles of employment first.
The Carroll County Transition Council provides a holistic, best practice approach to planning and implementing effective transition plans for students. The Transition Council is a dynamic group that is charged with developing a multi focused process that considers the key aspects to effective transition planning. The core components and sub groups of the Council are focused on: collaboration with over 25 service providers and businesses, adult I/DD providers and behavior health services, transition fair for students and families, transportation, communication, youth connections, employment and digital student portfolio. Plans will be shared on the newest components which include; family engagement, self determination, IEP transition planning and CTE-CRD completer. The collaboration between The Arc and Carroll County Public Schools is transformative as The Arc becomes engaged with students at age 14 and is involved in planning and providing contracted services prior to the student exiting. The result is a comprehensive plan that considers the transitioning student’s career/employment interests, transportation needs, social needs, residential needs and the types of personal support they may require to be successful. The program also includes opportunities for work based learning that is funded by the Division of Rehabilitation Services and another important Council member. This presentation is for organizations that are involved in transition planning who want to improve outcomes, organizations that want an additional funding/contracting opportunity and organizations that want to increase their compliance with the Community Settings Rule.
Participants will be able to take away a best practice process for implementing a seamless transition program that benefits students and their families during a critical phase of their development. The presentation includes handouts, clear examples of successful transition plans that can be replicated, and identifying stakeholders who are important to the process.