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Assistive Technology and Transition
Foundations in Transition: Person-Centered Strategies for Students with Disabilities
This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide examples of how assistive technology (AT) can be used to assist students transitioning from school to work, to post-secondary education, or to community living. Examples will include devices to increase independence and productivity, and effective use of electronic memory and prompting devices. AT transition planning tools will also be shared.
Since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was amended to include secondary transition services, youth with disabilities continue to have higher dropout rates and lower high school graduation rates, employment rates, and post-secondary education rates than youth without disabilities. Secondary transition policies and indicators have been in place for 20 years that are designed to eliminate those gaps and to improve the preparation of youth with disabilities for adult life. This five-part workshop series, presented by practitioners who work every day with youth with disabilities, includes training in practices that have been shown to improve the self-determination skills of youth and will provide educators, community providers, and family members with tools to help youth develop transition plans that are relevant to their areas of interest, and to use resources effectively to ensure success.
It is highly recommended that participants attend all five sessions in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the transition process and to have the opportunity to use the tools and strategies for effective secondary transition practice.
Who Should Attend:
High school general and special education teachers, school counselors, vocational rehabilitation counselors, transition specialists, special education case managers who work with high school students, mental health and area agency staff, community providers, and family members are encouraged to attend.
Sponsored by APEX III and NH RESPONDS.
Presenter(s): Therese Willkomm
Therese Willkomm, Ph.D. directs the NH Statewide Assistive Technology Program (ATinNH) with the IOD, is a clinical assistant professor in the UNH Dept. of Occupational Therapy, and coordinates the graduate certificate in assistive technology and the disability studies minor. Known internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology,” Dr. Willkomm has provided assistive technology services for over 28 years and authored 22 publications.