Special Education: Transition Webinar Series

Family Matters LogoSpecial Education: Transition Webinar Series Presented by Family Matters PTIC

Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship

Join us for a webinar on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

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The speaker will review guardianship versus some less intrusive and restrictive alternatives to guardianship and discuss the pros and cons of each alternative. Consent issues such as right to terminate life support systems, right to refuse medical treatment, residential placement decisions, etc. will be discussed. Many persons with cognitive disabilities are under guardianship even though there may be other options available to them and their families. By addressing these options and their pros and cons, families and individuals will gain knowledge of a variety of alternatives that may better fit their needs.

Building Bridges from School to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities: What Families Need to Know and Do

 Join us for a webinar on Aug 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

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Research tells us that all youth should be actively planning (bridge building) to make successful transitions to adult life, especially youth who disabilities! Parents/families and their students who have disabilities have a vehicle for this bridge-building in the IEP transition plan and should take advantage of the opportunity to consider and plan for all facets of adult life, as well as the community services and relationships that could add strength to the “bridge”. Proactive partnerships between community service providers, schools, and families are essential in creating dynamic person-centered transition plans, maximizing available resources and supporting the dreams and self-determination of youth with disabilities. This webinar will provide information to parents/families about secondary transition; the critical role of parent/family in assisting transition planning teams; parents/families assisting their young adults to successfully navigate between the education and adult service systems; and, supporting the use of a variety of tools that increase the participation of young adults and their families in building a solid bridge from school to adult life.

Preparing Students with Disabilities for Successful Transition to College

 Join us for a webinar on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

This webinar will NOT be archived! You must attend the live webinar in order to receive the handouts!

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The transition to college can be challenging for students with disabilities, but with the proper preparation, they can enjoy success! Author and Columbia University learning consultant Elizabeth C. Hamblet explains how the system for accommodations works at college, describes students’ rights and responsibilities within that system, and shares what the research says are the skills and knowledge correlated with success at college. She also reviews the paperwork students need to apply for accommodations and discusses what accommodations may be available.

Taking A T Along – Transitions for People Who Use Assistive Technology

Join us for a webinar on Sep 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM CDT.

This webinar will NOT be archived! You must attend the live webinar in order to receive the handouts!

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No matter how simple or complex your child’s transition may be, the new start always means that steps must be taken to ensure that AT that was working well in one environment is used in the new environment , and AT use is re-examined and adapted to meet new environmental demands. With the right kind of skills and supports leading up to and during transitions, continuity of AT use is much more likely.

This webinar about AT and transition will invite participants to use three aspects of effective transition preparation as a basis for helping individuals who use AT to plan their transitions from school to post-school living and work environments. We will address AT skills for Independence; Self-determination and AT; and activities to ensure quality transition planning. Participants will learn about ways to help students leaving high school to be as independent as possible in their AT use and as prepared as possible to use it in post-high school environments.