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Resource Development for Transition: Who Should We Ask to Come to the Table and What Do We Do Once They Are There?

Foundations in Transition: Person-Centered Strategies for Students with Disabilities


During this session, participants will learn how to support students to ask for help within the context of their goals, and how to establish effective individualized teams to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to adulthood. Transition may take any of a number of different forms, including alternative education, employment and work-based learning, community involvement, and post-secondary education options. This requires transition providers to engage a variety of people and systems. This session will outline the most effective and efficient techniques for pulling together resources on behalf of each student, including how to create and manage teams, and the advantages of finding resources within the school, family, personal network, the special education process, and in the community. This session will also include information about resources for transition to post-secondary education.

Series Description:
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): Heidi Cloutier and Michelle Lewis

Heidi Cloutier, MSW joined the Institute on Disability in 1998 after working in Community Mental Health as a vocational counselor and case manager for individuals with chronic and severe mental health issues and drug and alcohol addiction. She presents nationally on transition planning, creating individualized budgets, and person-centered planning. She currently facilitates planning for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders, trains new facilitators, and provides mentoring and technical assistance for mental health counselors and other transition planners.

Michelle Lewis, M.Ed. is the Project Director for the Parent Information Center on Special Education and Project Director of Supporting Successful Early Childhood Transition (SSECT). She presents statewide and nationally on involving families in education, and has over 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and families, including with transition-aged youth on establishing a course of study, exploring career interests, and setting goals for life after high school.

Date & Time

5.3.2012 8:00 AM -
5.3.2012 2:30 PM

Registration Fee

Registration Fee: $99
*Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.


Holiday Inn

172 North Main Street
Concord, New Hampshire

Event Contact

Name: Cat Jones
Phone: 603.228.2084

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