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The Foundation for a Student-Driven Process: Personal Futures Planning

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


Please note: Due to inclement weather, this session has been postponed from Thursday, January 12, 2012 to Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

This session will focus on the person-centered, student-directed futures planning process using graphic facilitation, and how to conduct it with youth with disabilities. In this skill-building session, participants will learn to conduct futures planning meetings, use graphic facilitation, manage the action planning process, and identify key resources and people who can help. Participants will also learn how to engage students and help them to self-advocate. Finally, participants will learn how to translate the information from the futures plan into the youth’s transition IEP goals.

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): Jonathon Drake, Heidi Wyman, and Heidi Cloutier

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.

Jonathon Drake, MSW began his relationship with the IOD as a NH Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program intern. Jonathon then joined the IOD’s APEX project, providing training and technical assistance to high schools around the Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) intervention model. He is currently the master trainer for the RENEW Capacity Building project, training mental health clinicians to provide RENEW services to youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Heidi Wyman, MSW directs Strafford Learning Center’s Transition Resource Network (TRN), a regional “hub” for people and programs concerned with youth transition. Ms. Wyman provides technical assistance to individuals, families, schools, and organizations that are developing personalized goals and plans for learning and living. She also facilitates networking and collaboration on several projects which increase job training, employment, and independent living opportunities for youth, particularly youth with disabilities.

Date & Time

1.31.2012 8:00 AM -
1.31.2012 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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